Introducing the Watsons

Lauren Rhoney and Collin Watson were united in marriage at The Barn at Collins Family Farm of Cobbtown at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2021 with the reception immediately after at the same location. The intimate double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rev. Patrick Brannen.

The bride is the daughter of David and Sandy Coursey and Sidney and Renee Rhoney. Her grandparents include David and Pat Rhoney, the late Russell Cardell, and the late Eloise Cardell.

The groom is the son of Linda and Allen Jordan and Dave Watson. His grandparents include Jimmy Wilson, Joyce Watson, the late Nell Wilson, and the late Notty Watson.

Luella Floral did all of the décor and floral arrangements. Mrs. Watson said, “They are the best! The owner, Mindy Hendley, and her team truly know how to make a vision come to life. They used beautiful ivory and champagne petal table linens, along with gold beaded chargers for the reception head table.” Most of the floral arrangements, bouquets, boutonnières, and centerpieces included white anemones, white and blush pink roses, other white flowers, and several types of greenery. Luella also used candlesticks, lanterns, and votives on most of the reception tables, but one of Mrs. Watson’s favorite things was the arbor she and her husband were married under that was fully covered with greenery and flowers. Their wedding colors included sage green, white, black, and gold.

Honey Specialists catered the reception. They served a house salad with various toppings and balsamic vinaigrette and ranch on the side, bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin medallions with a sweet peach glaze, marinated grilled chicken breasts with Alabama-style white barbecue sauce, southern-style green beans, a mashed potato bar with all the fixins’, smoked gouda macaroni and cheese (the couple’s favorite), and rolls with honey butter. They also had a fruit and vegetable table set up by some special members of Hawhammock Baptist Church.

Lauren and Collin’s wedding cake had alternating tiers of buttermilk pound cake and red velvet cake with homemade buttercream frosting made by Cathy Deal. The groom’s cake was a cake/cheesecake bar with chocolate and caramel layer cakes made by Michelle Bedgood and cheesecakes from Honey Specialists.

Michael Parker was the deejay; Mrs. Watson says he did a great job keeping everyone on the dance floor all night long. She further states that, of course, the first dance, the father/daughter dance, and the mother/son dances were very special, but they had an absolute blast with all of their closest family and friends who were there to celebrate their big day.

The wedding party included Chandler Moore as best man; Kaleb Gaitten, Zach Paulk, Cody Thompson, PV Turner, Christian Morris, Zane Jordan, Wesley Jordan, Denton Coursey, and Darin Coursey as groomsmen; London Stuckey as maid of honor; Eliza Noles, Tori Long, Kristan Rigdon, Regan Kennedy, Callie Johnson, Kirby Watson, Callie Swails, and Hope Jones as bridesmaids; Chanlee Youmans as a junior bridesmaid; Waylen Jordan as ring bearer; and Brinsley Kennedy as flower girl.

Before going wedding dress shopping at The White Magnolia Bridal Collection, Mrs. Watson had to fill out several questions about what style she was interested in. She knew she did not want anything lace and definitely wanted silk. The manager, Ashton, showed her a dress when they got there; she pulled it for Lauren based on the questions she answered. Lauren hesitated but then said, “Okay, I’ll try it,” but she knew it would not be “the one” because it had a huge bow on the back. Lauren tried on several dresses that day and saved that one for last. She told the manager she was not a fan of the bow and was then told it could be ordered without it. Once she took the bow of the dress and stood in the mirror, she knew that was her wedding dress. Everyone cried happy tears, and the dress was ordered that day. The designer of the dress is Anne Barge, and it was the “Foster” from the Blue Willow Collection. It was a silk, white, trumpet-style dress with a bateau neckline, rhinestone belt, and deep-V back with covered buttons all the way down the back.

The bridesmaids wore sage green velvet dresses of various styles from Revelry while the groomsmen wore black tuxes with black vests and black bow ties from Wrens Southern Ladies and Gents. Collin also wore a black tux with a Brackish bow tie made with pheasant and bobwhite quail feathers.

Lauren and Collin had a sparkler exit, which brought all the guests together in a line to send them off. The newlyweds left in a white 1953 Chevrolet truck that belonged to Collin’s late grandfather, Notty Watson.

The Watsons originally planned for a honeymoon in Barbados but due to certain COVID restrictions, they decided to cancel it and honeymooned in the U.S. They stayed in Islamorada, Florida. Lauren says it felt like they were “on an island in another country!” Islamorada was very laidback, the food was amazing, and the people were very nice. The husband and wife duo hope to return there someday.

The Watsons met on the first day of school at David Emanuel Academy when she was in eighth grade and he was in ninth. They instantly had a special connection and talked on and off throughout high school. They started dating September 1, 2013 during their junior and senior years and have been “high school sweethearts” ever since. After almost seven years of dating, they got engaged in the middle of the living room right as the COVID-19 pandemic began. The two had a weekend getaway planned and Collin had big plans for a proposal, but when everything began to shut down and hotels were cancelling reservations, he told Lauren he did not want to wait any longer… And she’s glad he didn’t!

When asked about how their wedding planning went, Mr. and Mrs. Watson would be lying if they said it wasn’t a little stressful at times. They were engaged for almost a year, which felt like a long time, but everything truly started to “snowball” the closer the day gets. They could not have done it without the help of their wonderful parents, family, friends, wedding director Alisa Scott, and vendors. They were able to plan a wedding day that was everything they ever imagined.

The Watsons currently live in Metter in the same house Lauren lived in for about six years as a kid. They call it their “fixer upper” and have had fun putting their own touches to things.

Lauren and Collin love married life so far. (Mrs. Watson still catches herself using her maiden name sometimes.) They want to stay in the “honeymoon phase” forever! The bride says, “It’s true when people say your wedding day flies by. If we could give advice to any couple getting married, it would be this: Take a moment alone and just soak in everything that is happening. It can be overwhelming and things can be overlooked, but when you see the people there to celebrate you and the look of happiness on everyone’s faces, you feel so loved and know for sure that all of the planning was well worth it. Don’t stress over the little things. No one will notice, and as you look back, it truly is one of the best days of your life.”

Other vendors included photographer Mark Williams Studio, videographer Justin Peay Productions, Georgia Photo Booth Company, and Anna Kate Willoughby and Kelli Thompson for hair and make-up.

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