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Skelton Brunson Wed

Skelton Brunson Wed

Skelton Brunson Wed
Crystal DeSha Skelton
Joel David Brunson

Crystal DeSha Skelton and Joel David Brunson were recently united in marriage in a beautiful, sacred ceremony at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN.
The bride is the daughter of Mitch & Rebekah Skelton of Greenfield, TN. She is the granddaughter of Robert & Jessie Mansfield of Dresden, and Joe Ray & Nancy Puckett of Greenfield, TN.
The groom is the son of Ron & Pam Brunson of Black Mountain, NC. He is the grandson of Montez & the late Ralph Brunson of Memphis, TN.

The double ring ceremony took place at 2:30pm, Saturday, July 28th, 2007, at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, TN. Guests were greeted in the entry way by cousins of the bride, Mandy & Mack Mansfield, who provided registry opportunities and programs which included an insert of Joel & Crystal’s story; how they met and Joel’s proposal. The candlelit sanctuary welcomed guests as they were ushered to their seats by the Groomsmen for the wedding.

A program of music for the ceremony was provided by vocalist Josh Kautz of Jackson, TN, friend of the Bride & Groom and pianist Debbie Wood of Cookeville, TN, friend of the Bride and mother of bridesmaid Rachel Mooney.

The Mothers and Grandmothers were seated to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach. Rebekah Skelton, Mother of the Bride, Jessie Mansfield and Nancy Puckett, Grandmothers of the Bride were escorted by Josh Skelton, brother of the Bride. Pam Brunson, Mother of the Groom and Montez Brunson, Grandmother of the Groom were escorted by Paul Philip Brunson, brother of the Groom.

Just before the processional began the parents lit their candles to “Be Thou My Vision” by Bober. The bridal party processed to Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke. The bride chose Anna Curlee of Corinth, MS, her sorority sister, as Maid of Honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Lauren Juarez of Black Mountain, NC, sister of the groom, Rachel Mooney of Cookeville, TN, sorority “little sister” of the bride, and Amber Stevenson of Nashville, TN, sorority sister of the bride. Each carried a delicate bouquet of pink-tipped roses and wearing a graphite-gray tea length dress overlaid in black sheer organza. Alison Asuncion of Issaquah, WA, sorority ‘big sister’ of the Bride and Leah Hood of Woodlands, TX, and college friend of the bride were honorary bridesmaids, wearing black slim-line dresses. They handed each mother a rose as they reached the end of the aisle.

Paul Philip Brunson of Black Mountain, NC, brother of the groom was honored as Best Man. Serving as Groomsmen were Cole Duncan of Jackson, TN, friend of the Groom, Bruce McDonald of Tallahassee, FL, friend of the Groom, and Josh Skelton of Greenfield, TN, brother of the Bride. Each gentleman in the wedding wore a black tux with ashen pink vests and ties. The Groom wore a satin graphite vest and tie.

Flower girl, Ryleigh Herrin of Murfreesboro, TN, cousin of the bride tossed petals preceding the Brides procession. Ryleigh was dressed in a white sleeveless slim-line garden party dress with pink satin sash and Black ribbon. She carried a matching satin flower basket.

“Canon in D” by Pachelbel announced the entrance of the bride as she was escorted by her father. The bride chose an ivory satin gown. The neckline was strapless with beaded stitching along the top with a side tucked bodice above a satin A-line skirt. The back and train was adorned with matching beaded embroidery.

A fingertip length, candlelight veil cascading gracefully over her shoulders crowned the bride. Her necklace and earrings complimented her gown with the same pearls and crystals. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of pink-tipped and ivory roses, calla lilies and embellished with cobalt wildflowers.

Both sets of parents joined the Bridal couple as the Bride reached the alter on her father’s arm. In a uniquely intimate ceremony the Bride’s parents gave their daughter to the Groom and the Groom’s parents vocally supported their son in taking this lady as his wife.
Officiating the ceremony were Br. David Taylor, minister at Englewood Baptist Church and Dr. Ron Brunson, father of the Groom.

A reception followed where friends and family were welcomed by the bride’s parents. A buffet of fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses and dips were offered to guests. The Wedding Cake collection was the most unique attraction of the reception. Five dexterously decorated sheet cakes were displayed at multi-leveled heights, each offering guests a different tasty flavor including Mocha, Coconut, Strawberry and Carrot cake. Ending the cake cascade a two-tiered round cake awaited the bridal couple’s slice and toast.

After being officially announced, the bride and groom greeted and mingled with guests, enjoying the love and friendship of those who cared so dearly for them. After the reception the couple left for their honeymoon in Jamaica through a cascade of bubbles blown by well wishers. The newlyweds make their home in Humboldt, TN where each continue their careers in Jackson, TN; Joel, as a Intensive Care Nurse and Crystal as an Enrollment Counselor, Union University.

This Wedding was a most unique and blessed celebration due to all those who attended. The Bride felt ever so blessed that all of her family was able to attend which included both sets of her grandparents for which she is very close to. She was also thrilled that all of her sorority sisters and college friends were able to be a part of her wedding even though their lives have sent them to different states including not only all over TN, but WA, TX, MS & IL.

The Groom felt especially honored that his family was able to attend. His parents currently reside in Pakistan as Missionaries. His older brother and family are missionaries in Turkey. His brother who was the best man in the wedding is in the military and stationed in Washington State. His two sisters reside with their families in NC with his father’s family living in and around Memphis. It’s been a long while since this family was able to be stateside and together all at the same time.


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