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Shelby Choat & Philip Dougherty

Southern Garden Party


Apr 6, 2024
Claremore , Oklahoma

Photo Credit

Taylor Highfill-Cornett

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The Proposal

For Shelby and Philip, the Fourth of July is one of their favorite holidays—a family celebration filled with cooking and lawn games. They are a ranching family, so they needed to check the cow fences to make sure they were in proper order before the fireworks. They rode out side-by-side to the land, but little did Shelby know that Philip was going to propose! They celebrated with their family and had a Red, White, and I Do party. They ended the night with a fantastic firework show.

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Couple
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Kiss

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Side Hug

In Preparation

Preparing for Shelby and Philip’s wedding was a community effort. With the help of Shelby’s mother and their amazing vendors, the couple was able to achieve the wedding of their dreams. Drawing inspiration from backyard weddings and the film Father of the Bride, the couple chose the theme: Southern Garden Party, complete with gorgeous foliage and delicious southern foods. Shelby and Philip infused many aspects of themselves into their special day: fireworks from the proposal, a margarita glass, a cross, and their dog Hank.

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Wedding Details
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Groomsmen
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Bridesmaids
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Getting Ready

The Big Day

On April 6, 2024, Shelby Choat married Philip Dougherty at her childhood home, “Veranda Oaks,” in Claremore, Oklahoma, with 300 guests in attendance. Getting ready in Shelby’s childhood home with all of her bridesmaids was a dream. The best part of her day was seeing her groom, Philip, during their first look. They wanted their first look to capture the traditional walk down the aisle, but after walking halfway, Shelby was so excited to see Philip that she began running towards him. It was truly the most magical moment of her life. In the style of a Southern Garden Party, their wedding was full of exciting, vibrant colors and fun textures. For something new, Shelby wore her new wedding dress. For something old, Shelby wore her mother’s veil from her wedding 30 years ago; something borrowed was her grandmother’s diamond earrings. The night ended perfectly with rain, as it is a sign of good luck for your marriage.

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Decorations

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Father and Bride
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Bridesmaids Ceremony

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Exchanging Vows

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Dip
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Walking

The Retreat

The newlyweds vacationed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and stayed at the Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa. They enjoyed an ATV tour, zip-lining, and riding donkeys. The two went on a romantic sunset cruise to a deserted island and then had dinner together on the beach. They hope to take their future kids back and show them all the places they got to experience.

Shelby & Philip Doughert Video Teaser 

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Family Pictures

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Holding Bouquets
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty First Dance

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Father Daughter Dance

Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Eating Cake
Shelby Choat&Philip Dougherty Car Kiss

Featured Wedding Vendors


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Bride’s Childhood Home – Veranda Oaks


Contributing Vendors

Bridal Shoes

Betsey Johnson 

Bridesmaids Dresses


Wedding Cake

Ms. Laura’s Cakes


Fleak Events Co


The Wave Tones

Event Planner

Crooked Roots Design 

Favors & Gifts

Perfect Occasion Store on Etsy


Crooked Roots Design 


Maria Farbinni Haute Couture at Stanley Korshak Bridal Salon

Groom’s Tux


Hair Stylist 

Addie Artisty

Makeup Artist

Marci Gains with MLB Artistry

Engagement Ring

Moody’s Jewelry

Wedding Band

Moody’s Jewelry

Honeymoon Accommodations 

Seas the Day Vacations


Laurel and Marie

Reception Venue

Party Pro Rents

Rentals & Decor 

Stay Gold Event Rentals


Old Urban Trolley 


Mother’s Veil from 30 Years Ago


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