Caitlyn Brown says she knew from the time she started dating her now-husband back in 2014, she was going to marry him. She was so certain about that she wrote him a love letter back then and held onto it for six years to give to him the morning of their wedding, whenever that may be.
She finally got to hand that letter over to her sweetie last weekend. Now, she’s Mrs. Austin Williamson.
The two met at The Cadle Barn on October 23 to swap vows in a 2 p.m. ceremony officiated by the bride’s uncle, Kenny Brown.
Joining them in the intimate ceremony were, of course, their parents. Mrs. Williamson is the daughter of Alicia Gayle Bellew and Alven Donald Bellew II as well as Nicholas Randall Brown and April Whitney Brown. Mr. Williamson’s parents include Ronnie Williamson and Lisa Ann Dailey and Kelvin Dailey.
Mrs. Williamson’s grandparents are Randy Brown, Larry and Debra Hall, Mike and Judy Gay, and the late Bruce Mullis. Her husband is the grandson of Joann Braddy.
Ahead of their wedding, the couple tapped a handful of individuals to stand next to them in what would be one of the most memorable days of their lives.
Ashlyn Brown, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. The bride’s other sister, Jaylee Justice, was a bridesmaid, along with Naomi Hall, the bride’s aunt, and two of the bride’s cousins, Zaid Brown and Allie Taylor. The bridal party dressed in long, silk dresses made by Frills by Scott in Statesboro. These elegant, blush-colored designs featured spaghetti straps that connected cold-shoulder sleeves; the dresses also had a wrap-around tie that formed a bow in the back.
Marshall Williamson, the groom’s brother, served as best man. The groom’s best friend, Tyler Hackle, was a groomsman, as were Bo Blanchard, the groom’s uncle, and two other friends of the groom, Jamie Johnson and Justin Price. The groom’s party donned custom navy tuxedos with coordinating bow ties, matching Mr. Williamson’s outfit for the day as well.
The bride selected a simple, timeless dress. Another Frills by Scott original, Mrs. Williamson looked striking in her white, long-sleeved fitted gown. This creation had a jeweled bodice, a V-neck front, and statement buttons in the back.
She asked her stepmother to be her wedding planner, and that was a decision she stands by today. Mrs. Williamson credits Whitney for making every idea she had come to life, saying her wedding was an “absolute dream” because of her help. Whitney also hand-crafted all the bouquets, boutonnieres, and wrist corsages for the wedding.
Numerous others helped the day come together smoothly. Two locals, Maci Lively and Sara Sutton, captured the day in photographic form. Michelle Bedgood, owner of The Cakery on the Square downtown, was the chosen caterer. Connie Fountain acted as deejay/emcee.
The wedding cake prepared by Tracy Avery was a vanilla confection with white frosting, gold dripping, gold macaroons, and flowers on top.
Rustic Charm Rentals in Statesboro provided several decorations to help create a rustic theme, including benches, barn doors, whiskey barrels, and a few signs.
Lastly, the arbor under which the Williamsons swapped vows and the unity cross used in the ceremony were built by the bride’s father.
Mr. Williamson and his mother shared their mother-son dance to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts while Mrs. Williamson and her father shared their daddy-daughter dance to “Half the Man,” a Jennifer Smestad ballad, sang by photographer Sutton.
The couple’s first dance was set to “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain.
At the end of the evening, the newlyweds escaped through a tunnel of bubbles blown by guests as George Strait’s hit song “It Just Comes Natural” floated through the air.
Mr. and Mrs. Williamson then enjoyed a beachside honeymoon in the Orlando/Daytona Beach area of Florida. They have since returned to their newly built home in Summertown.
The couple began dating in November 2014 and became engaged on October 24, 2020.