Haley Chaney remembers a conversation she had with her mother when she was a young girl: “My mom said, ‘that Zac Woodall is so cute and sweet’ and I told her he’s a butt and I can’t stand him!”
Woodall’s opinion of Chaney wasn’t much better.
“His mother saw me in a pageant and told him I was pretty,” Chaney said. “He told her, ‘she could win Miss America and I would never like her.’”
Ten years later, they went from “ewww” to “I do” as the two married last month.
The couple became friends while attending Ohatchee High School. “I secretly grew to like him,” Chaney admitted. “But I didn’t know how he felt about me until he asked me out.”
It wasn’t long before their feelings turned to love and “I knew he was the one for me,” she said.
After graduation, the couple agreed any talk of marriage would have to wait until Woodall finished his degree in special education from JSU, which wouldn’t be until 2015. So Chaney never suspected a proposal was in the works when, a year ago, her best friend, Kristin Teague, asked if she could blindfold Chaney for a surprise.
Chaney was led out onto a pier at a friend’s lake home. “What are we doing here? I have to pee,” she remembers asking, not knowing all of her closest friends and family members were standing behind her.
She was instructed to remove the blindfold. And there was Zac.
“He was holding the most beautiful ring,” Chaney remembers. “He was down on one knee and he asked, ‘Haley, will you marry me?’”
Chaney burst into tears — the universal sign for “yes” — and the wedding planning officially began.
Woodall’s mother, Pam Woodall, kicked things off by hosting a bridal tea along with her friends, Texann Dixon, Bet Gallahar, Mitzi Hibbs, Wendy Kitchens, Kelly Miller, Pam Muns, Gayle Reaves, Kristy Stone and Donna Wood.
A month later, Chaney’s grandmother, Glenda Watts, joined with aunt, Christi Watts, to throw a traditional around-the-house bridal shower along with Christi’s mother, Shirley Brown.
Not to overlook the groom, Woodall’s cousins, Lindsey Adams, Brooke Harper, Clint Dover and Robin and Robert Cargal threw him a crawfish boil tool party.
The night before the wedding, the groom’s parents, Pam and James Woodall, hosted a rehearsal dinner at McClellan’s Buckner Hall. The meal featured barbecue with all the trimmings and an unforgettable cheesecake dessert.
The outdoor wedding was held the evening of Saturday, May 10 at Hammonds Creek Bend Farm in Wellington. It had rained all day, but one hour before the ceremony, the clouds drifted away and the sun peeked out.
Chairs and an altar mantle were set up alongside a rustling creek to create a picture-perfect nuptial setting.
The bride wore an antique white, all-lace strapless fit and flare gown with a sweetheart neckline. She carried a bouquet made by her mother, Connie Chaney, which consisted of white and tan burlap flowers, and she was escorted by her father, William Chaney.
The bride was attended by Teague as her maid of honor and Courtney Crossley as the matron of honor.
Bridesmaids were Shana Clements, Erin Coppock, Alex Carnes, Cheyenne Brown and Bethany Welch.
Garrett Kitchens served as best man while Zeb Coppock, Eric Crossley, Austin Sims, Kyle Chaney, Brenton Davis and Aaron Woodall were groomsmen.
Flower girls were Lainey Jennings and Caylin Adams. The ring bearer was Waylon Chaney.
Music was performed by Alex Brooks and the Rev. Whitt Hibbs officiated the service.
After spending seven magnificent days honeymooning at the Jewel Resorts in Ochio Rios, Jamaica, Mr. and Mrs. Zachery Woodall have settled into their new home in Ohatchee where they intend to live happily ever after.