Torise would be the first to tell you that her initial impression of Cecil was not a great one. When she first set eyes on him at her part-time job at the University of Georgia, she prayed (and I quote): “God, please don’t let me have to work with that guy! I don’t think I can take it!” Little did she know that the man she thought so loud and attention-seeking would be the same guy she would be laughing with and passing notes to during their work training session two days later! On their sixth anniversary as a couple, Cecil proposed to Torise with his own mother’s engagement ring, and they set the date of their nuptials for the following December. The couple hired Sandra Goolsby as their wedding planner and desired to avoid the typical holiday wedding colors, the palette of plum, teal, and bright green found in a peacock’s feather was the final decision for their special day. These rich tones were used for the wedding programs, the dress of the wedding party, and the reception decor at the Athens Wedding Venue, The Rialto Club. Home.Made Catering provided mouthwatering Southern cuisine for guests, complete with short ribs, collard greens, sweet potato casserole and homemade biscuits (Yes, that’s my stomach you hear growling!). Take the Cake provided a gorgeous wedding three tier wedding cake complete with peacock feathers as the topper. Head on over to Athens for this celebration of laughter and love with these photos by Douglasville wedding photographers, Nathan and Natosha Photography!
Was there a specific theme or style? What inspired it?
Since we wanted something unique, we wanted to use lots of vibrant colors. We didn’t want the typical white and silver mostly used for winter weddings or red or green mostly used for Christmas weddings. I was inspired by the vibrant jewel tones found in peacock feathers, so I created a palette of plum, lime and teal coupled with a few touches of Christmas.
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
I wore a Mori Lee for Madeline Gardner gown from the BLU Collection. It featured a fitted, drop waist bodice complimented with asymmetrical ivory tulle pleating, a classic strapless sweetheart neckline and a cascade of buttons down the back. Cecil wore a white tuxedo with a plum vest from Men’s Wearhouse. Bridesmaids wore teal dresses and carried plum clutches adorned with peacock feather accents I made instead of flowers. Groomsmen wore black tuxes with plum vests and ties and peacock boutonnieres.
Did you DIY any of the details?
Yes, we DIYed most of the wedding! We designed the invitations and programs, made centerpieces and speech bubbles, boutonnieres, corsages and the bridesmaid’s clutch adornments. I love arts and crafts, so it was natural for me to do many things myself.
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Dinner included short ribs with green tomato jam, roasted chicken with creole mustard, braised collard greens, sweet potato casserole, spinach salad with lemon vinaigrette and homemade biscuits. The signature drink was made with Jim Beam Red Stag with Cinnamon, cranberry juice and triple sec. The cookie buffet included chocolate chip, snickerdoodles, oatmeal raisin and white chocolate macadamia. Cake flavors included red velvet, strawberry, chocolate, and white chocolate. YUM!
If there was one thing you could change, what would it be?
Weather! It rained, which wouldn’t have been a problem, but my hair got frizzy by the reception. I was still cute though! LOL