When longtime Coca-Cola lover Stacey De Witt married Jara Jones, having their favorite beverage play a starring role in their wedding was a no brainer.
From their very first date, after being brought together by a mutual friend, Coca-Cola was a talking point.
Jones, whose father previously worked for Coca-Cola, immediately noticed De Witt’s soda ritual: she would take an ice-cold Coke, savoring the first half of the drink while the bubbles were at their bubbliest. Now, the 8-oz. mini can is her favorite serving size for her favorite drink.
The couple’s Coca-Cola love ran deep, even before they met. Jones (left) plays guitar, sporting his prized Coca-Cola hat, while De Witt toasts her graduation from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
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“For Stacey, Coca-Cola is a joy she celebrates from the moment she wakes up until we go to bed,” Jones said.
Jones gave her the name “Coke Snack.” The name stuck.
Through their years of dating in New York City, where they live now, “Team Coke Snack,” celebrated their love for both each other and their beloved beverage. When De Witt took a job at a prestigious social work organization, Jones surprised her with a vintage Coca-Cola lunch tin and two customized bottles inscribed with her name and their joint Coke-inspired nickname.
So, for their March 2018 wedding in Santa Barbara, Calif., the couple knew the occasion would be Coca-Cola-filled. “We wanted to use Coca-Cola to remind everyone that our special day was loving and playful,” Jones said.
When their wedding planner, Haley Brantley of Hitched by Haley, heard that the couple wanted to do a Coke toast, she was “giddy with delight” at the prospect of incorporating the couple’s beverage of choice.
“Bride” and “Groom” Coke bottles graced the reception, showcased in a shiny Coke-red wagon. Lyrics to a song Jones wrote as his proposal were proudly displayed in red on a poster. When it came time to dance, the couple sang along to “Love Shack,” changing the words to “Coke Snack.”
“Our friends and family truly embraced the day, the food and games we had planned," De Witt recalled. "They showed us their goofy, playful side and the room was filled with so much love.”
For their first anniversary, the couple plans to celebrate with a chilled bottle of Coca-Cola.
“Coca-Cola has gotten me through some long nights of studying and some sad moments,” De Witt reflects. “In a way, Coca-Cola is my 'happy place', and I am very grateful to share my happy place with my best friend and now husband."