On a snowy Christmas night, an engagement ring hung on a Christmas tree waiting on an answer. With tears of joy in her eyes, Kate Stokley said yes to Eric Golden’s proposal.
They decided to get married at a place as indigenous to Auburn as the beloved Toomer’s oaks, the Founder’s Chapel of Auburn United Methodist Church, on July 30, 2011. At four-thirty in the afternoon with Be Thou My Vision resounding through the chapel, the old wooden doors opened, and Kate walked down the aisle. She wore a simple ivory lace gown with a satin ribbon around the waist and a vintage bracelet her mother wore on her wedding day. She carried a bouquet, designed by Frou Frou, with white roses, white snapdragons and Queen Anne’s lace. Her bridesmaids, with orange flowers in their hair, wore navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of orange roses and orange tiger lilies.
Guests were greeted at the reception by hundreds of handmade decorations that covered the historic Greystone mansion. White, orange and navy blue pomanders, handmade yarn and ribbon garland lined the walkway and tents. Dozens of K’s and E’s hung from the trees and on the front door. Chalkboard signs showed guests where the food and drinks were being served as well as where the favors of monogrammed moonpies were displayed. The reception also featured a candy bar with white takeout boxes so guest could enjoy their favorite candy. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple had three different types of cupcakes from Venables featuring tiger cake toppers.
The couple left for their honeymoon in Ireland to their friends and family waving orange and blue shakers and chanting “Bodda Getta.” A perfect ending for a perfect day.