After the Engagement

After featuring their Smith Mountain engagement in 2017, Lake magazine celebrates Katheryn and Garrett’s wedding this year. Photo by Southern Lifestyle Photography

After a perfect Smith Mountain proposal, which was featured in the February 2017 issue of Lake magazine, Katheryn Donati and Garrett Dagostin planned the perfect wedding. On May 19, 2018, friends and family gathered to celebrate the couple’s marriage, with a few family members and friends adding their own flair to make the day even more special.

Although the bride grew up in Tuscaloosa and the groom in Opelika, the two met at Auburn and have spent many happy hours visiting the bride’s grandparents, Tony and Jeanne McKinney, on Lake Martin. Their choice of White Acres Farm as the venue gave them a location between Opelika and the lake, plus the Auburn Marriott at Grand National was close by, providing rooms for out-of-town guests and the wedding party.

“The hotel has a great game room with a pool table, so I rented it for the guys to hang out and get ready for the wedding. Garrett’s cousin, Melanie, catered food for the guys while they were in the game room, which was so nice,” said the new Mrs. Dagostin.

Chartered buses transported family, friends, the groom and groomsmen to the wedding venue, while Donati and her ladies prepared for the event there.

“I am a very simple person, but I know what I like when I see it. So with lots of help from my mom and grandmother, who just loves a party, we planned the big things ourselves; then, hired Kim Roberts to plan the rest,” she said.

Dagostin chose a misty blue color for the bridesmaids’ dresses but allowed the girls to select the dress styles they wanted, along with their own neutral shoes. She gifted Kate Spade earrings to her maids at their luncheon, so they could wear them on the wedding day.

The couple steered away from tradition in a few key places. For maximum comfort, Donati wore sparkly Kate Spade tennis shoes with her gown. The groom and groomsmen all sported American flag socks, just to add a patriotic accent to the gray tuxedos.

“Patrick Bruce, a music teacher at Opelika High School, played all of our music on an acoustic guitar and did a wonderful job. I walked in to Elvis Presley’s Can’t Help Falling in Love with You, and we walked out together to Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car,” she said.

“When I think back about the day, I am just so glad at how well planned everything was,” said the bride. “The day went by so fast. We had close to 300 people there, but I feel like we got to see and talk to everyone. Nothing went wrong.”