The brides originally planned to go to New York City in October of 2015. In late 2014, the news broke that the Supreme Court was going to take up the big marriage equality case during their next term, and they realized they would more than likely not have a definitive ruling by summer. They wanted to be fully legal, somewhere, before the decision came down. They made their decision to advance their wedding to spring in late January, and relied on support and help from their community to get everything done in time. They borrowed 24 tables, and received 32 home made lasagnas; a true DIY effort. They felt charmed throughout the planning process. It was a tremendous amount of work, but worth it!
The entire day and experience were absolutely unforgettable. Little details, like having the Savannah College of Art and Design drumline precede them down the aisle, made Cody and Chela feel like they had really created an event that was true to their style. It was important to them that they not create tons of trash with disposable supplies, so they used glass plates and real flatware and donated it all after the wedding. The most common feedback after the wedding was that the whole day felt like a reflection of Cody and Chela, both as individuals and a couple.