A Romantic Winter Wedding at DeKalb County Courthouse in Decatur, Georgia

Just outside Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, the DeKalb County Courthouse was the perfect venue for Sydney Chicoine (27 and a server and event coordinato

Just outside Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, the DeKalb County Courthouse was the perfect venue for Sydney Chicoine (27 and a server and event coordinator) and Dustin Yancy (27 and a paramedic) to throw their black-tie wedding. “Dustin and I spend so much of our time in downtown Decatur. We love the neighborhood, bars and restaurants. The feel of our wedding was classic and vintage, so the DeKalb County Courthouse was the perfect backdrop,” Sydney says of the stately venue. A color scheme of burgundy, purple, blush, sage green and ivory was embellished with lush greenery, romantic blooms and gold accents. “The feel was very romantic—an abundance of florals, greenery and candlelight against the clean, marble,” Sydney says. The couple’s ceremony was understated yet chic with a stone urn filled with manzanita branches that were decorated with hanging votive candles. “We tried to keep everything simple, natural and elegant to go with the space,” Sydney says. “Dustin and I had always said that we wanted a very meaningful ceremony followed by an awesome party,” Sydney says. “DJ Brandon from Lethal Rhythms really kicked it up for the reception.” The couple made their grand entrance to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” After all, their wedding hashtag was #ImSoYancy. Sydney and Dustin had their first dance to “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)” by James Taylor. When deciding on their first-dance song, Sydney asked Dustin what song made him think about their relationship. He responded naming that song. “I have been a huge fan of James since I was a little girl, so we knew it was perfect, fun and a great representation of our love,” Sydney says. —Marissa Hermanson

“Our invitation suite was the perfect preview for our guests as to what to expect on the day,” Sydney says of their invites, which were designed by her best friend, Angie Webb. “It was a clean and romantic custom set that I put together by hand,” Sydney says. The couple’s friend and artist Julio Ceballos drew a custom map of downtown Decatur, Georgia, to add to their invitation suite.

“My gold heels were my most daring piece, I think,” Sydney says. “A surprise metallic pop under a soft, wispy gown.”
“I had three bridesmaids and one male attendant, and my younger brother was my man of honor,” Sydney says. “Since my group was so diverse in look and height, I wanted to have them wearing complementary attire but nothing uniform.” The ladies wore long gowns in shades of burgundy and purple, while men sported classic tuxedos with a burgundy pocket square.
Sydney carried a bouquet of olive greenery, black scabiosa, seeded eucalyptus, cafe au lait dahlias, alabaster garden roses, caramel antike garden roses, white majolica spray roses, fresh lavender and quicksand roses.
The couple’s ceremony was understated yet chic with a stone urn filled with manzanita branches that were decorated with hanging votive candles. “We tried to keep everything simple, natural and elegant to go with the space,” Sydney says.
“It has become very common these days for couples to share a first look before they walk down the aisle,” Sydney says. “Dustin and I were adamant about not seeing each other on our wedding day until I walked toward him to say ‘I do.’”
Windowsills were decorated with manzanita greenery and an array of pillar candles and votive candles.
“Besides the 41 degrees and pouring rain outside, I can’t say we really had any disastrous moments,” Sydney says. “Really, the weather became part of the ambiance of the evening, and we wouldn’t change a minute of our day.”

Although Sydney and Dustin were set up by friends when they were 14, they didn't feel sparks until reconnecting in college. “I invited him out for drinks with my girlfriends, we had our first kiss in my friend’s driveway, and we have been together every day since,” Sydney says.
The couple displayed their dinner menu on a framed sign with white calligraphy and floral paper.
Just outside Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia, the DeKalb County Courthouse was the perfect venue for Sydney and Dustin with its charm and stately architecture.
After the ceremony, Sydney and Dustin's sweetheart table was placed in front of the manzanita-branch-filled urn where they had exchanged vows. Their table was draped in blush fabric and embellished with romantic pillar candles and olive branches.
Each place was set with a gold charger, gold-rimmed glass, purple napkin, olive sprig and burgundy and blush watercolor escort card. Framed table numbers were created with watercolor paints and gold calligraphy.
Sydney and Dustin purchased their three-tier vanilla marble cake from Publix and gussied it up with olive branches, fresh figs and a celebratory “hooray” topper.