NFL player Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, 29, met the love of his life, teaching administrator Evan Christina Davis, 28, during their freshman year of college at Auburn State University. After nine blissful years together, he popped the question during a romantic New Year’s Eve dinner cruise in Florida. They were married on July 2, 2011 in Decatur, GA. Share the love!
If you’re looking to turn more than a few heads on your wedding day, wearing an eye-catching statement piece is a must. The oversize floral details on Evan Christina’s birdcage veil were impossible to miss.
“Instead of using traditional flowers, I used things like fruit (green apples, lemons), succulents (hens and chicks, lotus pods), kangaroo paws, and other unique plants,” says Evan Christina, when we asked what inspired this one-of-a-kind wedding bouquet.
Evan Christina says she didn’t need to put much thought into the type of venue that would best fit their wedding style. “Carnell and I are college sweethearts, so it was fitting that we wed on a college campus,” she admits.
The bride skipped having the usual large bridal party in favor of keeping things intimate. Instead of bridesmaids, she had just one maid of honor, whom she let pick out her own gown. (Note to self, ladies: You don’t have to release your inner bridezilla for your day to go your way.)
Both Carnell and his best man’s suits were custom made at Joseph’s Custom Clothier. “We were going for a sharp, comfortable, three-piece, daytime look for the groom, that would allow him to stand out,” says Evan Christina.
Hester Parks and Gail Johnson, of Wedding Soiree, were the extraordinary planning duo responsible for helping the happy couple bring unique wedding details, like this organic flower girl basket, to life. And, Evan Christina tells us there’s no way she could have pulled it off without them.
It’s clear, Evan Christina knows her style well. Doesn’t the new Mrs. Williams look absolutely divine in her short Ramona Keveza gown with a dramatic floor-length train? This gown gets two thumbs up from us.
“I wanted to use décor that would enhance the natural beauty of the venue and complement the exterior landscapes,” says Evan Christina, on her choice not to go overboard with flowers and other fancy stuff.
“I wanted to limit the use of flowers and use unique arrangements that would leave a memorable statement without being too over-the-top,” admits Evan Christina. "Fortunately, my planners found a fabulous florist (The Perfect Stem) who embraced the challenge."
After their guests brought the heat to the dance floor with smooth moves and nonstop party vibes, Evan Christina and Carnell surprised them and served hand-crafted frozen pops from King of Pops at the end of the reception.
As guests left the wedding with Auburn University shakers as favors, in honor of the couple’s alma mater, the happy newlyweds hoped into their vintage ride and set off to begin a new life together as husband and wife. See more of this lovely wedding album over on The Bride’s Cafe now.