Shaw Center, Baton Rouge Wedding: Karli + Jordan

July 27, 2016

Color Palette:
Periwinkle, Blush, and Ivory

What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Southern, Elegant, Fun

Tell us about your wedding venue(s) and why you chose to get married there.
Being born and raised in Baton Rouge, I love this city and all things relating to South Louisiana. I’ve always been fascinated with Louisiana History, especially the Huey P. Long era. Growing up, I was enamored with the Old State Captiol. It was like something out of a fairytale! Not only was HPL the last governor to fulfil his term at the Old State Capitol, but it now serves as Louisiana’s Political History Museum, so it seemed perfect to get married in this historic and gorgeous place.
We had this enchanting and extravagant ceremony location, so we thought it would be cool (and convenient) to have the reception at the very modern Shaw Center right across the street. The Shaw Center for the Arts is a museum for the performing and fine arts. I loved that both of our venues would be museums, one old and one new, both beautiful and unique.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?
Can I list every single one of my vendors in a 30-way tie? Seriously, these people are rock stars. We could not have asked for a more helpful and awesome group of people to make the big day perfect!
If you’re looking for a material answer, I’d have to say it was my dress and veil. I told Blush I basically wanted to look like a pretty pretty princess, and I really felt like one at our wedding. I feel like I should have a more sentimental and heartwarming answer than that, but did you see how fabulous the dress and veil were?? ūüėČ

What was your best wedding day memory?
1. Pre-ceremony, I was so excited, but felt so calm at the same time. It was the strangest feeling, reaffirmed everything I already knew. I knew this was the man I loved and wanted to spend my life with, and I never felt nervous about that.

2. After the ceremony, we were taking photos with the entire bridal party, and the guys started singing and it made¬†me start laughing. I couldn’t get it together after that. I didn’t cry before, during, or after the ceremony, but there were now tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. It’s not sweet or sentimental, but uncontrollable laughter is one of my favorite things.

3. When the pastor announced us as husband and wife! There’s not much to go into there; I was just so happy at that moment, because it was all finally happening!

Did you create any details yourself? How did you incorporate your personalities into the wedding?
I designed our programs and koozies, if that counts. And I put together the sign-in table tribute to our parents’, grandparents’, and great-grandparents’ wedding days. We used music from some of our favorite movies for the ceremony (Disney movies, Jurassic Park, Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump). And Jordan’s groom’s cake was modeled after their fantasy football trophy, which is a literal tree stump.

What is your wedding song?
To Love Somebody – Michael Buble
(Go ahead …^^^look it up to play in the background)

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Bride’s Prep Spot: Hilton Baton Rouge Capital Center | Groom’s Prep Spot: Hotel Indigo | Event Planner: Weddings by Allie | Ceremony: Louisiana’s Old State Capitol | Reception: The Shaw Center | Catering: Heirloom Cuisine |¬†Florist: Designs by Milissa¬†|¬†Wedding Cake: Ambrosia¬†| Event Rentals: Doug Olinde | Wedding Dress: Allure from Blush¬†| Getting Ready Outfits: Le Rose | Wedding Shoes: Badgley Mischka¬†| Bridal Accessories: Tiffany & Co – Bracelet (gift from the groom); rings – Blue Nile & Lee Michaels; great-grandma’s hankerchief; Anna D’Souza garters; bridal purse of Jordan’s grandmother’s dress (made by his aunt)¬†| Bride‚Äôs Hair: Lux Salon¬†| Bride‚Äôs Makeup: Verde Beauty¬†| Groom‚Äôs Apparel: Men’s Wearhouse¬†|¬†Transportation: Esquire Limo