Real Weddings: Bowlin-Richardson

Callie Danielle Bowlin, daughter of Rick Bowlin, Janet Henderson Cagley and Michael Cagley, Sr., married Charles “Charlie” Richardson, Jr., son of Charles Richardson, Sr. and Jean Richardson and Danetta Comeaux and Bill Mayfield, on May 7, 2016 in a venue that they built with their own hands.

WHAT MADE YOUR WEDDING DAY SPECIAL?What wasn’t special? It was the day I got to marry my best friend. We spent seven months giving all we had, working our butts off to build the venue from the ground up. So just the fact that we actually pulled it off and were the first wedding in The White Magnolia was extra special.

DID YOU HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER?
Yes, Angela Marie Events out of Baton Rouge. She is amazing. I could never have done it without her. It was stressful enough designing and building the venue. I told her what I wanted and showed her pictures. Then she executed it ten times better than anything I could have imagined!

HOW MANY DRESSES DID YOU TRY ON?
I tried on probably 20 dresses, narrowed it down to five and then had a hard time choosing between two very different dresses. In the end, I went with the one that was the most comfortable. It was a champagne slip dress with an ivory lace overlay and it made me feel beautiful.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE CEREMONY?
My favorite moment of the ceremony was the look on Charlie’s face when he saw me coming down the aisle. I sure do love that man! He may seem tough, but he still cried when I walked down the aisle.

WHAT WAS THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT OF THE RECEPTION?
So hard to choose! One memorable moment was dancing with my Pawpaw in my Mimi’s wedding dress like he danced with her on their wedding night in 1957. It’s a toss-up between that and a karaoke sing-off between the groom and his groomsmen and bride with her bridesmaids.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE WEDDING DETAIL?
So many details…so hard to choose. I think the most fun detail was our “brand” on everything, like our own logo. We are both “CR” and Charlie brands the livestock with a backwards C and R, so Angela had it created into a cute logo that we put on everything from signs, to koozies, cups and napkins. I also loved our sweet tea and lemonade station with gumbo and crawfish flavored popcorn and our favors with little pots of dirt and magnolia seeds.

HOW WAS THE CAKE?
The wedding cake and groom’s cake were from The Cocoa Bean in Hammond. I wanted my cake to be simple with fresh flowers and it was so pretty and delicious!

DID YOU HAVE A GRAND EXIT?
Yes, I changed into my grandmother’s wedding dress and cowboy boots for the last part of the reception and our family and friends lined up outside with sparklers as we made our way out to our 1959 baby blue Chevy truck. Once we made it down the driveway, we actually turned around and came back for a little more partying, but the “send off” was super fun and made for some great pictures.

THE VENDORS

CEREMONY/RECEPTION VENUE: The White Magnolia
BRIDAL GOWN: Ashley Renee Bridal
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: BHLDN
GROOM’S/GROOMSMEN’S SUITS: Ashley Renee Bridal
PHOTOGRAPHER: Ashleigh Jayne Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER: BrideFilm
BAND: Old Sole Band
CAKE: The Cocoa Bean
FLORIST: Root Floral Design
WEDDING PLANNER: Angela Marie Events
SIGNS AND INVITATIONS: Rachael Roxanne
RENTALS: Timeless Vintage Rentals
LIVE WEDDING ARTIST: Trace Plaisance
GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Lauren Haddoxx Designs



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