Teryn and Corey initially wanted to have a destination wedding; however, they had a difficult time making key decisions. So they decided not to over think it and let their hearts guide them. Terrlyn recalls, “We loved the idea of an intimate wedding that would focus on our love and commitment to each other.” After browsing a wedding website they came across the perfect venue, the breathtaking Old Courthouse on the Square in Decatur Georgia. When they made that decision everything else seemed to fall in place. The fashionable bride found her spunky little white dress at H&M just days before the wedding. She decided she wanted to walk down the aisle to the song “Yellow” by Coldplay, which also inspired their refreshing yellow color scheme. Their only guests were the bride’s mother, their officiant, their photographer, and pianist. Photographer Fotos by Fola, captured all of the beauty of this simple yet fun and vibrant wedding.
- Bride: Teryn Witherspoon
- Groom: Corey Bryant
- Wedding Date: 08/29/2013
We’ve always been a spontaneous couple and I think our wedding was a reflection of that. We started planning our wedding a little over a week in advance and I’m still in shock that we were able to pull it off!! Initially we planned on having a destination wedding with close family and friends but were having a difficult time making big decisions, like deciding on who, where and when… mainly due to my indecisiveness. Our premarital counselor advised that we not overthink it and suggested that maybe we should do something more intimate with just the two of us and have a bigger celebration later. It just seemed to make sense. We loved the idea of an intimate wedding that would focus on our love and commitment to each other. A few weeks later, and on a whim, we decided to take the next day off from work to get our marriage license. What’s funny is that the license application asks for the date of your wedding and at that time we had no idea when it would be!! We just knew we loved each other, we had been together for several years and didn’t want to wait much longer. We had finally settled on doing your typical Justice of the Peace ceremony when I came across the Old Courthouse on the Square in Decatur Georgia while browsing a random wedding website on the internet. From there everything just seemed to fall into place. As cliché as it sounds it really felt like it was meant to be and that we had made the right decision. Though it was short notice we had no problem booking the venue or finding excellent vendors. And I must say that our vendors were truly amazing!! More than we could’ve hoped for. They really made our day perfect. I knew I wanted to walk down the aisle to the song “Yellow” by Coldplay so we hired an awesome pianist that was willing to learn the song with only a few days’ notice to play at our ceremony. We were inspired by the song to use yellow as our wedding color and created a yellow table setting to add more of a personal touch. Although our wedding was pulled together at the last minute I wanted it to feel like we had been planning for months. Our only guests were my mother (bride), the officiant, our photographer, and the pianist. My mom was actually only there to help but ended up walking me down the aisle. Our wedding was simple but perfect for us.
I found my wedding dress two days before our wedding at H&M! I didn’t give much thought to what I would wear that day. I think I obsessed more over hair and makeup than I did the dress, besides you make the dress the dress doesn’t make you. I had been eyeing that dress for a while but couldn’t think of anywhere to wear it. After going in a few stores and not finding anything, I decided to just grab the dress as a backup, thinking that I had one more day and could always return it if I found something better. That same evening I found my shoes online, which had to be shipped overnight, and the dress seemed to go perfectly with the shoes! As for advice for brides to be I’d say do what feels right. Whether big and elaborate or small and intimate to remember that the day is about the union between the two of you. Also, you can save a lot of money by having your wedding on a weekday!
Incorporation of Culture
Our photographer was awesome!! He “tells a story” with pictures and the colors in his photos just jump off the page.
I found my fabulous makeup artist, Tori Johnson as well as our amazing photographer on Essence.com’s bridal blog. All of our vendors exceeded expectations. Everyone was so professional and accommodating and just so great at their jobs!
Most Memorable Moment
The entire day was memorable. Everything just fell into place and we had so much fun!
You Make Loving You So Easy
From the Groom...I really can’t pick just one thing… Teryn is just completely endearing and self-less mate who loves with her whole heart. I value that most about her and she inspires me to be a better man. I feel like I can do anything with her by my side and I’m really fortunate to have her as my wife. And, she makes a mean meatloaf!
From the Bride...Tell us one thing you love most about him...Corey is my sweetie! He’s caring, supportive and loving and has remained loyal and faithful even through the tough times. He’s an amazing father and my best friend. I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful partner.
- Photographer: Fotos by Fola, www.fotosbyfola.com
- Location: Old Courthouse on the Square, Decatur, GA
- Officiant: Reverend Thomas Johnson
- Pianist: David Singer “Keyboard Dave”
- Florist: Floral Matters
- Makeup: Tori Johnson
- Hair: Minrell Bowers, A Jewel 4 Sure Hair and Makeup
- Dress: H&M
- Shoes: Nina Shoes
- Cupcakes: A Piece of Cake