2011-06-09 / Personalities

Danna Lyda, Casey Nickels united in marriage May 14

Mr. and Mrs. Casey James Nickels Mr. and Mrs. Casey James Nickels Danna Ashley Lyda of Asheville, N.C., and Casey James Nickels of Tignall were married in an impressive double-ring ceremony Saturday, May 14, at five-thirty o’clock in the afternoon at Atalaya Castle in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Rev. Debra Gaddy of Hendersonville, N.C., officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Daryl and Diane Lyda of Asheville, N.C.

The bridegroom is the son of Troy and Becki Nickels of Tignall.

The historic Spanish seaside castle was decorated with palm trees and plants. Wooden benches were used for guest seating and the mother’s rows were marked with coral and white flower balls.

The bride entered to Marry Me by Train. Makin’ Plans by Miranda Lambert was played as the couple participated in the unity sand ceremony. Mrs. Lyda poured guava colored sand out of a glass starfish embellished bowl into the center glass vase for her daughter while Mrs. Nickels poured white sand out of a glass starfish embellished bowl into the center glass vase for her son. The couple poured the remainder of each color into the center vase signifying the joining of their lives together.

Cole Nickels of Statesboro was his brother’s best man. Groomsmen were Jon Doom of Wagner, S. Dak., Brandon Wheeling of Dallas, Coleman Watson of Athens, Thorne Brown of Atlanta, Clete Wilson of Tignall, Gaynor Hardy of Washington and Jeffrey Potterbaum of Atlanta. Serving as ushers were Josh Parrish of Norcross, Kyle Nye of Savage, Minn., cousin of the bridegroom, and Tyler Dow of Smyrna.

Devon Lyda Garnace of Asheville, N.C., sister of the bride, and Ashley Nickels of Statesboro, sister-in-law of the bridegroom, served as matrons of honor. They wore strapless guava-colored dresses with beaded necklaces and silver shoes.

Bridesmaids were Stacy Griffin of Asheville, N.C., and Tori Lyda of Asheville, N.C., cousins of the bride; Megan Swanson of Murphy, N.C., Morgan Peterson of Charleston, S.C., Courtney Brown of Atlanta, and the bridegroom’s sister, Calli Nickels of Tignall.

Their strapless knee-length guavacolored dresses were enhanced with beaded necklaces and silver shoes.

All of the bridesmaids carried bouquets of ivory hydrangeas, carnations, roses, and daisies. The bride wanted her matron of honors’ bouquets to be more personal, so Mrs. Garnace personalized hers with her favorite flower, lilies, while Mrs. Nickels personalized hers with gerbera daisies.

Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride was stunning in her taffeta trumpetstyle gown with a dramatic high collar neckline. Beading embellished the front at the bust line and button detailing adorned the back of the gown that flowed into a chapel train.

Her birdcage veil featured feathers and beading.

The bride carried a bouquet of pink/coral-colored garden roses. Her great-grandmother’s, grandmother’s and mother’s wedding bands served as her “something old” and were laced into the ribbon tied around the stems of her bouquet. She also wore the diamond ring of her grandmother, Betty Mull, on her right hand as her “something borrowed.”

For her daughter’s wedding Mrs. Lyda chose a brightly-colored floral knee-length summer dress with complementing gold shoes, bracelet and earrings. Her wrist corsage was made of white roses and hydrangeas.

Mrs. Nickels, the bridegroom’s mother, wore a purple knee-length layered dress and carried a silver clutch purse. She carried a small mother’s bouquet that was made up of white hydrangeas and carnations.


Following the ceremony the bride’s parents entertained at a reception in the courtyard adjacent to Atalaya Castle .

Courtney Pearson of Candler, N.C., cousin of the bride, tended the guest register.

The beautiful wedding cake was a four-tiered guava confection that featured white candy flowers. Flavors of lemon, Red Velvet and chocolate were found in the cake. The engraved cake cutting and serving set designed with crystal handles was a gift from the bridegroom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nickels. Their Lenox silver rim crystal toasting flutes were a gift from the bridegroom’s brother and sister-in-law, Cole and Ashley Nickels. A floating candle centerpiece with sand decorated the couple’s table.

The beautiful flowers, decorations and foods were done by the bride’s parents with other family members and friends assisting.

Ivy Safrit of Washington and Calli Nickels, sister of the bridegroom, also assisted in serving.

As a surprise to the bride, the couple danced to Love Your Love the Most. The bride and her father danced to Daddy’s Angel and the bridegroom danced with his mother to Then They Do.

The couple left the reception in their wedding attire.

Following a wedding trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, Mr. and Mrs. Nickels are living in Atlanta .

Rehearsal Dinner

Troy and Becki Nickels were hosts at a rehearsal dinner honoring Danna Lyda and Casey Nickels on Friday evening. Festivities were held in a picnic shelter outside the wedding location inside Huntington Beach State Park .

For the occasion the bride-elect wore a white sundress with Coach beach-theme wedges and carried a ribbon bouquet made by Ashley Nickels using ribbons from her wedding gifts.

Fish bowls with sand and ocean blue cloths were used in decorating.

Guests enjoyed a dinner of steak, potatoes, salad, tea, lemonade and homemade desserts.

The evening was also a surprise graduation party for Cole and Ashley Nickels who were missing their graduation from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro the following day.

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