Skip to content

Miss White, Smith wed in Gatlinburg

Miss White, Smith wed in Gatlinburg

Jenny Lynn White and Brian Ray Smith were recently united in marriage in a ceremony held in the park at Gatlinburg Chapel in the Smoky Mountains.
The Rev. Lee Bennett of Gatlinburg officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tony White of Tiptonville. The groom is the son of Mary Elizabeth Cooper and the late Rayford Smith of Newbern.
Red and white roses decorated the chapel, which was located with the mountains and a waterfall in the background. Fall foliage added to the beauty of the day.
Polished lemonleaf was gracefully garlanded along the chancel rail, tied at intervals with white and ivory satin bows.
Spiral tree candelabra were placed on each side of the altar. Hurricane lamps, which graced each pew, were decorated with greenery and white and ivory bows.
Music, prerecorded by pianist Ray Allison of Tiptonville, fellow church member of the bride, was played prior to the ceremony. Kathy Hayes of Hornbeak, aunt of the bride, presented the nuptial music. Selections included “In This Very Room,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “More,” “There is Love,” “You Are So Beautiful” and “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.”
For family seatings and mothers lighting the unity candle, “Surely the Presence” by Wolfe was sung by Mrs. Hayes.
For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. White chose a formal black silk and satin portrait collar neckline with cuffed dress with quarter-length sleeves and rhinestone buttons.
The mother of the groom wore a floor-length golden brown dress with a jacket.
They wore corsages of red and white roses.
The processional music was “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach.
Michael Moore of Tiptonville served as best man. Peyton Rushing of Tiptonville, cousin of the bride, served as ring bearer.
Serving as maid of honor was Jonanne White, sister of the bride, of Memphis. She was attired in a spaghetti strap floor-length gown of black chiffon, with a crystal beaded empire waist. She carried a bouquet of red and white roses, which matched that of the bride’s. Flower girl, Virginia Grace Dyer of Martin, wore a white dress with black satin ribbon.
The “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin by Wagner was played as the bride was escorted and given in marriage by her father. She wore an original gown of white satin and venise lace. The empire bodice, accented with lace and embroidered in seed pearls and sequins, featured a sweetheart halter neckline. The floor-length flared skirt cascaded into an attached chapel train. Her fingertip veil was a scalloped silk edge with pearls and sequins with a two-tier silver rhinestone crystal and pearl tiara.
She carried an elegant nosegay arrangement of two dozen red and white roses arranged with variegated pittosporium and baby’s breath, tied with white satin streamers.
At the close of the vows and during lighting of the unity candle, Mrs. Hayes sang, “The Lord’s Prayer” and read the scripture of Ruth 1:16: “Whither Thou Goest.”
The “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn was played as the recessional.

A reception was held at the Garden Plaza Hotel in Gatlinburg. Each round table was set with lamps, candles and white roses. White gift boxes, filled with Jordan almonds and tied with black organza ribbon, were placed on each table.
The focal point in the room was a table covered with a white floor-length tablecloth and centered with a three-tiered square wedding cake — its base formed in scrolls, trimmed with snowy white icing and the initials of the couple on the top.
The groom’s chocolate cake was decorated with a miniature caterpillar moving equipment. White punch was served from a crystal bowl. Nuts, mints, an assortment of vegetable and fruit trays, hot wings and pigs-in-blankets were also served.
Serving at the reception was Chelsey Johnson of Parsons.
Shelley White of Decaturville presided at the register.

A wedding celebration was held for the couple after their honeymoon.
The event was held at Ellington Hall on Reelfoot Lake and was hosted by the bride’s parents and her aunt and uncle, Kathy and Mike Hayes of Hornbeak.
Hurricane lanterns and candles, tied with white satin ribbon with silver balls, flanked the walkway to the door.
White, silver and black decorated grapevine wreaths with tiny lights were located on the entrance doors. An iron gazebo adorned tiny lights and black and white tulle was the focal point as guests entered the hall. Twinkling light balls were placed overhead in the center of the gazebo.
The main table was lighted with candles and held a 10-foot spotlighted grande vase center with four vases surrounding the main grande vase. It served as the centerpiece for the table. Each bottom vase was filled with black, white and silver balls. Flowers were placed on top of each vase and consisted of white roses, lilies, ting ting, white flowers and black feathers. Crystal candleholders with white candles surrounded the centerpiece.
Other mirrored tables had coordinating vases filled with glass balls, flowers, black feathers and hurricane globes and white candles.
The backs of the chairs were wrapped with black tulle bows. Each chair was capped with white chair covers.
The guests were served pork tenderloin and rolls, hot and spicy chicken wings, boiled shrimp from a silver punch bowl, ham and rolls, meatballs, pigs-in-blankets, chunks of cheese, homemade cheeseballs, hot homemade spinach and artichoke dip, vegetable tray, strawberries and grapes. A chocolate fountain with a crystal bowl, filled with strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows, was also enjoyed by the guests.
Small cheesecake petits fours and white frosted squares of wedding cake were served for dessert.
A live six-piece band provided the music, with the bridal couple dancing their “first dance” to “At Last” by Etta James.
Published in The Messenger 12.26.07