Susan and Cartter’s Sunny Southern Soirée
Susan and Cartter met in Athens, Georgia. They live in Athens, Georgia. And they love Athens, Georgia. So it was quite fitting that they got married there too. On April 19, 2014, the special education teacher and video producer tied the knot at The Hill.
Natural décor, an easygoing mood, and reflections of the couple’s personalities combined to create Susan and Cartter’s ideal day.
Susan asked her bridesmaids to wear yellow dresses, so each girl picked out a shade and style of her preference.
The Bridal Bouquet
The bride clutched a lively arrangement by Amy Osaba of assorted greenery, a few small white blooms, and bold yellow sunflowers . “We just love the outdoors,” Susan says. “We included lots of branches and greenery over specific flowers.”
A Special Keepsake
The couple’s wedding planners gifted them this custom ring box, which had their initials and a heart carved on the top.
All in the Family
Cartter’s dad, who was a groomsman, donned a tan Jos. A. Bank suit. His mother chose a floral dress in a complementary color.
Father of the Bride
Susan and her dad walked down the aisle together as “This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody)” by Talking Heads played.
During the late-afternoon service, the 300 attendees were treated to live music and personalized vows exchanged by the bride and groom.
Since Susan doesn’t love buffet lines and Cartter isn’t the biggest fan of formal dinners, the happy compromise was serving the meal via stations. Some of the couple’s Southern favorites were offered: fried catfish, broccoli cashew salad, short ribs, and mashed potatoes.
In keeping with the color palette, the round tables were set in mostly neutral tones, with vibrant yellow napkins as an accent.
Centerpieces were comprised of lots of greenery, sunflowers, and white flowers, including ranunculus.
For their seventh dating anniversary, Susan got Cartter this wood plaque with string work in the shape of Georgia and a heart over Athens. Since it fit in with the design and style of the wedding, it was brought to the event as added décor.
Another Southern touch? The pralines made throughout the night in copper pans that coordinated with the other metal vessels used for décor.
The couple opted for an exposed cake with icing dripping down the sides, made by Classic City Confections.
A Sound Idea
Instead of a guest book, attendees signed vinyl records. The completed piece is now on display by the couple’s record player at home.
In Honor of Loved Ones
Family photos were set out to honor loved ones who had passed. Tags calligraphed with their names were tied to rosemary, which is a symbol of remembrance.
The First Dance
The newlyweds chose “Dreams” by The Cranberries for their first dance tune.
A Shared Dance
The couple then danced to “Lover’s Concierto” by The Toys, with Susan sharing the song with her father and Cartter with his mother.