We’ve know that a good Southern woman has got both sweetness and sass. We do live in the south afterall! So we are so happy that Cayla and Nick brought both of these elements to their Southern wedding! Sassiness found in whiskey and cheeky garter shots, while romantic kisses and bright sparklers brought the sweetness. we hope you love this little piece of southern hospitality as much as we do.
A special thank you to, Brandy Angel Photography for capturing this Sweet Southern wedding!
I love Cayla and Nick’s story about how they met in Athens, GA and shared a mutual love of the Georgia Bulldogs and good whiskey. They even had Trent Woods officiate their wedding with the mascot painted on his head. Whiskey shots were taken before the ceremony and instead of a unity candle the couple poured whiskey into a barrel to symbolize their unity. This couple was so fun and their wedding truly expressed who they were as a couple. The blues and reds for fall were absolutely amazing and I loved he special touches they added like using part of Nick’s Army uniform on the garter and a piece of her mother’s wedding dress tied around the bouquet.
From the Bride and Groom:
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
For our wedding, the only thing we wanted was a southern good time. We didn’t want a stressful day. So it was easy, rustic southern feel and to lighten it up we had our friend, Trent Woods aka Big Dawg Woods, officiate. We did fall colors: navy, maroon, different greens and ivory. It was a game day in Athens, so the only culture we had was Georgia.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you choose your wedding day look? How did the groom? Describe both looks in detail.
My wedding dress was what I went into the bridal shop and told them that I knew I didn’t want. Turns out I was wrong. They had me try it on as my forth dress just to rule it out. Immediately, I knew it was my dress. Sweetheart neckline. Tight fit until it spilled out a little below the hips. Vertical lace all over, long beautiful train. I added a belt to give it a little something extra, and it was perfect! Michele Staggers did my hair and make up. She did an amazing braided messy updo to leave my shoulders and tattoos visible. As for Nick, I went with him and we picked him out a custom suit. He knew he wanted grey and we went from there. Under his suit him and his groomsmen wore American flag suspenders. It was fitting since him and 3 of his groomsmen were all in the marine Corp. they all wore navy ties to match the bridesmaids long navy dresses as well.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
We didn’t have too much floral because I wanted he room to speak for itself. But we had bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids and they were a burgundy, coral, ivory and most importantly greenery. I love greenery. There was a wooden ladder that hangs over the alter that my florist placed a lot of eucalyptus and other kinds of draping greenery. It was beautiful. For the center pieces we had baby’s breath in mason jars that my mom put together herself.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
We personalized our day with our officiant. Trent Woods. He is Big Dawg Woods for the Georgia Bulldogs. Trent paints his head for every Georgia game. He never misses a home game. But he missed the Kentucky game to officiant our wedding this year, but one thing stayed he same: his head was painted during the ceremony. Trent and his wife, Mandy woods have become great friends of Nick and I, family.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
Nick and I met at Bar Code in down town Athens. Bar code is now closed. He was the “bouncer” and I was in for a drink. I grabbed my drink and went and spent the remainder of my night with Nick. Turns out I had just moved home a month prior after living in NY for the past 2 years, and he had just moved to GA a few months prior from his home of NY. We already had a lot in common and were inseparable since. Nick proposed on Christmas Day. He put my ring in the bottom of a Kate Spade purse and a bottle of merlot inside the purse as well. When I opened the box and saw the wine bottle inside the purse I was like “yes wine AND Kate Spade” but then I noticed on the bottle it said “marry me? How bout it?” And I started to dig! I found the ring and knew it wasn’t a joke. It was so perfect, just the two of us in our PJs on Christmas morning!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
I was so nervous all day, not to get married but just for such a big event. So my favorite part of the day was our first look pictures. After seeing Nick I felt so at ease and the rest of the day was so easy. We also did a shot of Jameson at our first look, I’m sure that helped too. Jameson is our drink. I actually had the most anxiety about the ceremony. Neither Nick nor I are very fond of being the center of attention so it was a little nerve racking knowing that everyone was there for us. But the ceremony was so much fun. We added our own spin to it and did a whiskey unity ceremony where we started to age our own whiskey.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
The only advise I have is do not stress over it. I didn’t stress over any of the details of our wedding and it made it so much easier and I actually got to enjoy the day (besides my nerves)