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Oh my gosh, y’all. You know reading proposal stories is one of my favorite parts about writing these posts. Bethany + Caleb did not disappoint! Imagine Bethany’s surprise when Caleb popped the question in the middle of a shoot with Jose Villa and Joy Thigpen for OnceWed! (You can see it all here and here. It’s just too sweet.) It’s no surprise that this adorable couple would have an equally adorable wedding. Their colorful invitations and programs set the scene for a whimsical wedding in Freedom Park. Bethany looked lovely in her flowing Claire Pettibone dress and butterfly pinned to her hair, while Caleb looked smashing in suspenders and a mustard yellow bow tie. The couple exchanged vows under a willow tree in front of friends and family. Big thanks to Susan Dean for sharing!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. I was sitting at the dinner table at my aunts while playing an oh-so-competitive game of Phase 10 when my aunt says, “I know someone who’s so perfect for you. He goes to Liberty, sings and plays guitar, and wants to be a youth pastor.” It was my exact list from when I was a little girl of what I wanted in a husband! I sent Caleb a friend request on Facebook with a message telling him how my aunt and uncle loved him and we proceeded to message back and forth. I worked my schedule so I could go to his church that night. I walked in, saw him and sat down in a back pew reading my Bible as if I didn’t see him. (From the groom) I saw her walk in and sit down in the back. She pretended not to notice me but I noticed her. As I walked up to her, my heart began to race. I hadn’t even said hello to her but for some reason my heart started coming out of my chest, as if I had found THE girl. We said “Hi” and went to hug each other instead of shaking hands, which I thought was pretty genuine. As I walked on stage to get things rolling, I said to my drummer, “DAG ON, that girl is CUTE.” (From the bride) That week, I fell in love with him during a walk on the beach when he told me, “All the girls in my past were just trying to be what you are. I wake up thinking of you, can’t get you off my mind throughout the day, and go to sleep dreaming of you. You are the one I want to be with for the rest of my life.” I finally understood what my mom had always told me, “When you know, you know.”
Describe the proposal. We arrive at a shoot in California with Jose Villa. Talk about torture/complete fairy tale when given a wedding dress to wear with a smokin’ hot boyfriend who you want to marry and it’s all pretend. While Joy Thigpen and the rest of the ladies went to set up the next shoot, Jose, Caleb and I stayed at this amazing field with the prettiest sunset I’ve ever seen. Jose gives me a love note to hold that I think is so precious for a prop. We then sit down as he tells Caleb to “genuinely pass the love note to her and then open it.” In my head, I thought, “There’s actually a letter on it, wonder what it says. This looks like Caleb’s handwriting. This says my name! He’s pulling something out of his pocket…Omgosh, he’s proposing!” I jumped up as he bent to his knee and said YES!!!
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Cheerful, whimsical, eclectic
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: It was Claire Pettibone, couture, detailed, lace, vintage-inspired and romantic. What more to say!? I found the pre-owned dress on OnceWed.
Describe your wedding flowers: I loved peonies and my favorite flowers are billy balls so what better to do than combine them? I picked a sea foam green fabric at Hong Kong Vintage store and my bridesmaids and I put them together leaving the stems long for more of a “picked them from the wild” feel.

Photographer: Susan Dean // Videographer: Adam Hobbs // Day of Planner: Favor Me Events // Venue: Freedom Park // Florist: Gallery of Flowers // Wedding Cake Baker: Cake Lady Jill // Caterer: Chef Henry Catering // Paper Products: handmade by the bride // Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: butterfly from Hobby Lobby // Bride’s Shoes: Hong Kong Vintage, shoe clips from BHLDN // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: handmade

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
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  3. avatar Corinne reply

    I was also wondering who designed these invites? Really cute stuff!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Corinne! For this wedding, the bride designed them all herself! Impressive, I know!

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    I am going to be a grooms man soon for a wedding, and I was wondering where the men got their outfit at. Especially the bow ties.

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  8. avatar Linda reply

    What a beautiful looking wedding. Lovely dress too.

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Like the best Southern events, this beach wedding was the product of an entire family’s hard work. Bonnie + Brent took advantage of their surroundings and had their guests sit on quilts that were made by generations of women in Bonnie’s family. Guests sat family-to-a-quilt and watched as Bonnie, looking cool and relaxed in her Wtoo by Watters dress, meet her barefooted hubby on the shore of Hutchinson Island. I’m crazy for the slightly boho headband Bonnie made and wore and her fluffy peony bouquet by Rainbow Gardens. And see that fabric bouquet? It’s the handiwork of the bride! Don’t forget to come back for Part II, it just keeps gettin’ better! Thanks again to Maile Lani for sharing!

Describe the proposal. Brent and I went to my hometown for a festival and rodeo. After the morning parade, we went for a picnic on the river. Once there, we lay together on a dock with our dog, Shiver. Brent had the ring on Shiver’s collar and revealed it to me after sharing his feelings with me. In a high-pitched voice he asked me to marry him, and after a few moments of shock I screamed, “Yes!”
Three adjectives that describe the day are: Cozy, relaxed and touching.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: It’s a tie between our quilts and the ceremony music. The quilts we used for seating during the ceremony were made by myself, our mothers, grandmothers and even great grandmothers – it was a way to incorporate family into the day. The ceremony music was played on acoustic guitar by a sweet friend and groomsman of ours. Years ago, when I realized Brent was “the one,” I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to a Radiohead song that we love. I asked our friend if he would play it for us. It was a surprise for Brent and it made the moment so much more beautiful.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress: After watching way too many episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress” with my maid of honor, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted – something simple and architectural. When we arrived at the boutique, it was the first dress I saw. I knew even before I tried it on that it was the one.
Describe your wedding flowers: As a landscape architect, this may have been the most difficult task. It sounds nerdy, but I love ALL plants! I ended up with wildflowers for the arrangements because they reminded me of the ones I used to make as a little girl.

Photographer: Maile Lani Photography // Videographer: Eric Horner Films // Planner: En Vogue Event Planning // Ceremony venue: Courtyard Marriott // Reception venue: Indian Riverside Park // Florist: Rainbow Gardens // Wedding Cake Baker: Bride’s mother and grandmother // Caterer: Gator Hammock // Paper Products: bride // Bride’s Dress: Wtoo by Watters // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: bride // Bride’s Shoes: Antonio Melani // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: various // Accessories: bride

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar madelynne miller reply

    this is SO unique, beautiful, and personal!! i LOVE it!

  2. avatar Brittany reply

    Beautiful wedding! I love the little pajamas the bride and bridesmaids are wearing to get ready in! I wish I knew what brand they are!

  3. avatar eve reply

    hey those pics do look really great !!!

  4. avatar kaity reply

    love this! go gators!!

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    As an onsite hair and makeup artist in Florida, I do a LOT of beach weddings, and this one is so unique with the picnic tables and blankets! I loved how natural they kept most everything. Beautiful!

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  8. avatar Brittney reply

    Does anyone happen to know where those Bridemaids dresses are from with the ruffle collars? I would love to get something like that for my Bridesmaids!!

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If porch-front ceremonies are becoming a “trend” in Southern weddings, then sign us up! (We’ve featured two fairly recently — check out Andrea + Tres’ here!) Lane wore a gorgeous Pronovias gown for her marriage to Dan, while her bridesmaids donned J. Crew dresses. Speaking of bridesmaids, I loved what Lane had to say about what was Southern about her wedding: read on to hear all about her incredible group of family + friends, and how they pulled off such a beautiful wedding! We’ll be back soon with more succulent goodness from Maile Lani!

How did you meet? Tell us your story. We met while both working as interns for the Santa Monica office of Gensler, a global architecture and design firm. Our summer desks were next to one another, and we quickly sparked up a friendship. Dan and I would go to a beach called El Matador every weekend that summer; it was unpopulated by anyone but locals — a romantic place by any measure!
Describe the proposal. After a long distance courtship, with Dan leaving to finish school in London, England and me returning to Baton Rouge for my final year of design school in Louisiana, we finally ended up back in Los Angeles where we would eventually start our lives together. Dan proposed at our beloved beach, El Matador, a year and half later.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was: Creating all of the details ourselves and bringing our families together in one place for the first time.
What was Southern about your wedding? Our guests stayed in New Orleans’ historic Hotel Monteleone, greeted with hospitality packages consisting of local goodies such as Tony’s Cajun seasoning, pecan pralines, Zapp’s potato chips and Louisiana hot sauce. As soon as I arrived back in Baton Rouge from Los Angeles, I had an amazing group of friends and family rally around me to help with the execution of all the flowers and décor for the wedding. The sense of community that existed in these days leading up to the wedding may not be strictly Southern, but that sensibility is still especially strong in the South and it was very present at this time. It reminded me of what things must have been like before people just paid to have it all done. We were married on the front lawn and porch of a plantation on the bank of the Mississippi River under oak trees draped in Spanish moss. The food offering ranged from regional staples such as fried catfish and crawfish étouffée to truly delectable Cajun treats like curried pumpkin, crawfish & corn bisque, duck with praline sauce and candies yams. The evening’s entertainment was provided by a seven-piece brass band from New Orleans. Needless to say, this led to more than one soulful second line.

Photographer: Maile Lani Photography // Venue: Houmas House Plantation // Florist: bride and friends // Wedding Cake Baker: Ambrosia // Paper Products: bride // Bride’s Dress: Pronovias // Bride’s Hair Accessories/Veil: Family heirlooms // Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew

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  1. avatar Marissa reply

    I’m a huge fan of porch-front ceremonies and this one is gorgeous! Love it, Emily!

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