our story

Whitewood Events is an Athens-based company focused on helping clients with the design, planning, and production of their wedding and other special events. Our goal is to make sure that each event runs smoothly and helps each client to enjoy the process, all while utilizing and working alongside local vendors.

Ask us how we can work with you to make your next event or special day everything you've dreamed it could be....and more.


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"After trying on a few different career paths, I knew that I needed to be creative in some way. This, and my joy of entertaining, eventually led me to event planning. Working as an event consultant at a local rental company since 2012, I have been fortunate enough to meet and get to know many Athens wedding vendors - from caterers to florists and even other event planners. I have been able to add to my previous knowledge of the industry and apply it to going over and beyond that which is required of me in my day job. It also became apparent that I was passionate about keeping as much as I could local. Athens is such a fabulous hub for creative entrepreneurs and sincerely kind individuals who give their all to achieve the same goal as myself - making others happy while doing what they love. This makes the planning experience that much more enjoyable for me, and hopefully for you as well!"

Things I love: mixing the 'old' with the 'new', adding a bit of the unexpected, getting to know those I get to work with!

-Whitney Downs

Owner. Planner. Designer.


"Growing up in Athens I decided to stay local to attend the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in Advertising, however decided to pursue my passion for event planning and designing after college. I was fortunate to be hired by the premier caterers of the south as part of their sales team and worked hard at building a strong rapport with clients for 2 years while also working as a contracted Graphic Designer for a local photographer. Since then I have continued enhancing my event knowledge as the special events coordinator for another local company and wedding venue in Athens. For the last three years I have gained invaluable experience in executing events throughout the Atlanta, Athens and surrounding areas with the help of many other Athens vendors. Dedication to details and logistical planning are my specialties on top of a love for all things design. I love getting to know my clients and giving them a stress free and fun planning journey to the day that they have always dreamed of!"

-Cassie Scarborough

Planner . Designer . Organizer Extraordinaire



"My wedding day was the best day of my life. It is the one day that you are surrounded by all of your friends and family, and everyone is happy. It is also a day that can reflect your relationship's personal style. As a wedding planner, I want all of my brides to have that same joyful experience on their wedding day and be able to express their style through the decor, music, food, and details. I have always been in the creative field, with a background in interior design and as an artist. I came into event planning while working as the Event Coordinator at the Taylor Grady House, where I was also married. Through that position and planning my own wedding, I was exposed to many of the local vendors of Athens, and I saw weddings of all sizes and styles. I love helping clients navigate through all that is celebration planning to create and design their perfect day. "

-Caty Ann Delaigle

Planner. Designer. Portrait Artist




"Hi! I'm Erica, Associate Planner here at Whitewood Events! A quick background on me: I'm a senior Public Relations student at the University of Georgia, and I love all things weddings, design, PR, and Athens, Georgia (Go Dawgs!). After playing around with a few career paths (I'm talking pre-med here, people LOL!), I decided to stop trying to be what everyone else wanted me to be and focus on what I really love - so here I am! When I'm not working with Whitney, Cassie, and Caty, I'll be keeping you updated on what we're doing here at Whitewood, keeping you up to date on the latest trends in the industry, and sharing (hopefully) helpful tips for weddings, especially those here in the Athens area. I hope you enjoy!"

xo - Erica Cleary

Associate Planner. Wedding Enthusiast