Wedding Wednesday | Bekah K. | Baton Rouge Wedding

Bekah and Caleb K. tied the knot on a gorgeous April day at Magnolia Mound Plantation in the heart of Baton Rouge. Desirae Gooding Photography captured their wedding day beautifully!

The Proposal:

How did you meet?

Caleb and I met through mutual friends a little over three years ago. Funny story, the first time we met, we were supposed to get froyo at Yogurtland but I misread the times online and it was closed when we got there. We ended up sitting in his car and talking for hours!

The Proposal

For our two year anniversary, Caleb told me he had planned out the day for me and for me to not make any plans. This included me having to miss my brother in law's birthday lunch and not getting to see my nephew when they first came in. Well, Caleb had worked the night before and accidentally slept until about two in the afternoon, so I could have made the lunch and come back and not missed anything with him. So, when he finally got up that afternoon, I was sitting on the couch fuming. When he first told me he had the day planned, of course I kind of thought he might be planning to propose, but when he woke up after half the day was over, I thought no way.

After he got up we hung out around the house and then he started cooking. He cooked me a super nice steak dinner and we small talked and ate. After eating, because this is so typical of me, I decided to speak up about how upset I was. I said something along the lines of, "you know what, I woke up thinking maybe today was the day for us but you made me miss seeing Graves, Keely, and Kevin AND you didn't propose. It's getting really hard to be patient and today you really hurt my heart." Caleb, being so patient with me, stood me up and gave me a big hug (later I found out he was silently laughing as I cried into his shoulder... typical).

He consoled me for a minute or so then he grabbed my hands and told me some super sweet things about how much I mean to him and how thankful he is for me, then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I was SO shocked but so excited, and of course I said YES! After FaceTiming our parents and siblings he decided to tell me that he had the HUGE ring box in his back pocket the entire day and didn't know how I didn't notice!

I could not have imagined a better moment, and I loved being able to be just us when Caleb proposed. It meant so much more to me because he was able to be so sweet and let himself get a little emotional.

Wedding Prep:

Bekah and her bridal party prepared for the big day at the Watermark Hotel in downtown Baton Rouge. Bekah made sure her ladies were comfortable while getting ready by giving them monogrammed sleep shirts from Target.

Puckett and Alyssa with Verde Beauty Studio created a gorgeous look for Bekah and her wedding party! The entire wedding party all rocked the half up updo, but all in different styles. Their makeup was a classic look with a beautiful pop of color on their lips.

While the ladies were at the Watermark Hotel, Caleb and his groomsmen got ready at Hotel Indigo. Caleb helped his guys be ready for his big day by gifting them Hershal bags filled with Hawk Soap Co. products.

The Details:

What made you choose where you got married?

My dream was to get married outside under trees, but have a reception that was covered in case of rain. Magnolia Mound was the perfect setup for this, and it was extremely affordable.

What were your special details or parts of the wedding that were specific to you?

Insisting on an unplugged ceremony so that everyone was fully present and the photographer was able to take the perfect pictures and be uninterrupted.

What did you choose to do as your favors?

My husband is a state Trooper, so we gave custom koozies that said, "Sentenced to Life"

The Attire:

Bekah looked stunning in a Essence of Australia gown from Bustle Bridal Gowns. She accessorized her look with a veil, also from Bustle; earrings from Etsy, and a Pearl bracelet that was her grandmother’s.

Caleb’s navy blue suit was Calvin Klein from Men’s Wearhouse.

Advice for Future Brides:

What is one thing you wish you would have known pre-wedding?

If you're worried your reception is ending too early, it is. That is my one regret with choosing this venue, we HAD to be done at 10pm because of a neighborhood ordinance. We were no where near done partying but we had to end it.

Words of Advice for future brides?

Go with your gut and make decisions based on what will make you happy, not anyone else. And make sure to set aside some time for just you on the day of your wedding, you're going to need it. 

Vendor Love:

Hair & Makeup: Verde Beauty Studio

Photographer: Desirae Gooding Photography

Venue: Magnolia Mound Plantation

Planner or coordinator: B. Kennedy Weddings

Invitations: Etsy

Videography: Film Thread Productions

Florist: Poppy & Mint