Celebrating in the End Zone

Buses ferried the wedding party and guests to Williams-Brice Stadium, where the reception was held in the Founders Zone. “The stadium, including the Zone, is special to us,” says Natalie. Patty and Mark Foy also had their reception there when Natalie was young. “I cut into their first dance,” Natalie says with a laugh.

Southern Way catered the reception for the couple’s 300 attendees. Natalie and Stanton were blown away by the number of people who came for their special day. “We had more out-of-town guests than in-town,” says Natalie. “We had people from all over.” All the USC football special teams players were there, as well as some of the coaching staff. One special guest was Cocky. “His appearance was a surprise from my parents,” says Natalie. “It was so fun to have him there.” 

Parkland Cakes made the towering, five-layer cake. Set on a gold cake stand, it was adorned only by a little Cocky peeking out from under the bottom layer. Natalie and Stanton cut the cake using the same knife used at the wedding of Natalie’s parents and shared their first toast from silver goblets used at Julie and Ricky’s wedding.

Natalie and Stanton shared their first dance to Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You, made famous by Frankie Valli. The father-daughter dance followed, with Natalie and Ricky dancing to Carolina in My Mind, by James Taylor. Nancy and Stanton’s special dance was Those I’ve Loved, by Eric Church. Afterward, Finesse Band kept everyone on the dance floor. “Stanton really wanted that big band sound,” Natalie says. Williams-Brice was a festive setting for Natalie and Stanton’s special day. The bridal party got to take photographs on the field, and as a special treat, the JumboTron was lit up with the couple’s special hashtag, #ForWeberToThee. They ended the wedding night with fireworks at the stadium.

The next day, family friends Chan Boyer, Susan McMillan, Hope Komar, and Rami McCutchen hosted a morning-after brunch at the Grand on Main. “Stanton and I wanted to spend plenty of quality time with everyone,” says Natalie. “To us, our wedding was about our family and friends becoming one.” Their efforts worked beautifully.

“We love him,” says Julie of her new son-in-law. “He’s a great addition to our family, and we love his family.”

Natalie and Stanton credit God for bringing them together. “We are so blessed,” Natalie says.