Miss Adkins, Akin united in marriage
Second Baptist Church in Union City was the setting for the recent wedding of Candace Brooke Adkins and Christopher Michael Akin, both of Union City.
The bride is the daughter of David and Lisa Adkins of Union City. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Emrich of Union City.
The groom is the son of Jeannie Davis of Austin, Ark., and Mike Akin of Helena, Ark. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Bill Akers of Helena and the late Jack and Monrose Akin of Somerville.
The Rev. Eddie Mallonee presided at the ceremony.
Guests entered the sanctuary through the front doors of the church, which were decorated with wreaths of mixed pale pink roses, green hydrangeas and hypericum berries, along with a sage green sash. The wreaths were placed in memory of loved ones. Also at the front entrance were two black wrought-iron lanterns with pillar candles and matching floral bows.
Attending the registry and distributing the programs were Kristin Chandler and Gina Adkins, both of Union City. The registry table held a framed black and white photograph of the couple walking hand in hand, a hurricane globe and candle and the bride’s toss bouquet.
The pews were marked with an ivory swag that was draped down the aisle. The center aisle held an ivory aisle runner customized with the couple’s monogram. The pews at the front and back of the church were marked with small arrangements of the mixed roses and hydrangeas. Two black, spiral pillar candelabra were placed on each side of the altar. They were accented with pale pink roses, hydrangeas and hypericum berries and flanked by two nine-branch tree pillar candelabra. The center of the stage was decorated with a black wrought-iron fan pillar candelabrum decorated with the roses and hydrangeas.
Serving as ushers were Steve Emrich and Josh Robinson, both of Union City, and Gordon Cunningham of Helena. They wore Stephen Geoffrey chocolate Parisian tuxedos with pale pink rose and hydrangea boutonnieres.
Stephanie Robinson of Union City served as the wedding coordinator.
Scott Summers of Fayetteville, Ark., was the best man. Groomsmen were Clint Stoerner of Little Rock, Ark., Mike Malone and Jeff Johnson, both of Fayetteville, and Ben Brown of Union City. Male attendants and the father of the bride wore chocolate-colored Stephen Geoffrey tuxedos, latte-colored ties and vests and pale pink rose and hydrangea boutonnieres.
The groom chose a chocolate-colored Parisian tuxedo by Stephen Geoffrey with an ivory-colored vest and tie. His boutonniere was made from a single rose and hypericum berries. He also wore engraved monogram cufflinks, which were a gift from the bride.
Serving as matron of honor was Jaime Johnson of Union City. Bridesmaids were Amanda Ramsey, Yonna Speed and Missy Emrich, all of Union City, and Brandi Caudill of Troy. They wore sage-colored, satin empire waist gowns with matching sashes draped down the backs of the dresses. They accented their dresses with matching pearl necklaces and bracelets, which were gifts from the bride. Serving as junior bridesmaid was Katie Speed of Union City. Her dress matched that of the bridesmaids. She wore an engraved locket necklace, which was a gift from the bride. Attendants carried bouquets of pink roses, hydrangeas and berries, similar to that of the bride.
Kendall Speed and Kinley Speed, both of Union City, served as flower girls. They wore white flowing dresses with satin sage-colored sashes which matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. Kendall carried a kissing ball of roses, while Kinley carried a white cloth basket filled with rose petals and decorated with the couple’s monogram embroidered on the front. The girls wore engraved locket necklaces, which were gifts from the bride.
Prelude music consisted of “In This Very Room” by Harris, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Runyan and “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” by Kaiser. A vocal presentation of “Bless the Broken Road” was sung by Erika Lawrence, accompanied on guitar by Michael Lawrence, both of Nashville.
“Holy Ground” by Geron Davis was played as the grandparents of the couple were seated. The grandmothers wore corsages of pale pink roses and freesia. The grandfathers wore boutonnieres of the same flowers.
The parents of the couple were seated as “Surely the Presence” by Wolfe was played. The mother of the bride wore a bronze floor-length dress and a matching jacket with a rhinestone closure. The mother of the groom wore a chocolate brown chiffon tea-length dress and matching jacket with rhinestones. Their corsages were made from pale pink roses, hydrangeas and hypericum berries. They carried special embroidered handkerchiefs, which were gifts from the bride. The fathers wore matching boutonnieres.
Prior to the wedding ceremony, a special video presentation of the couple, made by Amanda Ramsey of Union City, cousin of the bride, was shown. It include photos of the bridal couple as children and as a couple and was played to the songs “Someone Like You” by Van Morrison and “Got It Right This Time” by Keith Urban.
The bridal party entered the sanctuary to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. Following the attendants, the flower girls entered to “Jesus Loves Me” by Bradburry.
At the chiming of the hour, the bride was escorted by her father as “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner was played. She wore an ivory, strapless gown made of silk taffeta by Casablanca. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline with a dropped waist that flowed into a chapel-length train. The bodice featured asymmetrical gathers at the waist with hand-embroidery and beading. The chapel-length veil was custom-designed by the bride and was made of ivory silk tulle and accented with a rhinestone comb. The bride wore diamond earrings and a white gold pear-shaped diamond pendant, which was a gift from the groom. The bride chose the traditional blue and ivory garter with the words “I Do” embroidered on it. Along with her bouquet of pale pink roses, freesia, hydrangeas and hypericum berries, the bride also carried a special embroidered handkerchief, which was a gift from her parents.
After the exchanging of vows and rings, the couple was presented with a special song entitled “Marry Me,” which was written by the groom’s friend, Erika Lawrence.
After the presentation of the newlywed couple, they exited the church to the “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall.
The gift table was decorated with a bridal figurine and several framed photos of the couple.
Guests tables were draped with white and ivory linens. Fall floral arrangements in tall, clear vases and fall floral arrangements with pillar candles served as centerpieces. Each place setting held a caramel hand-dipped apple with chocolate drizzles and wedding cookies, which were iced with the couple’s monogram. Serving at the reception were Ms. Chandler, Gina Adkins, Emily Pope, Judy Robinson, Gayle Blackley, Laura Johnston and Jeanette Fisher, all of Union City, and Jean Smith of Murfreesboro.
The four-tiered bridal cake was decorated with latte-colored icing on every other tier and piped icing on each tier that swirled to match the design on the bride’s dress. A fresh fall flower arrangement of dahlias, bittersweet berries and rusty red maple leaves adorned the top of the cake.
The bride’s table was draped with ivory linens and held the bridal party’s bouquets.
Helping to showcase the bridal cake was a white trifold door with a glass inlay and a lighted candelabrum which shown through.
The groom’s table was decorated with the Arkansas Razorback football theme. The table was covered with ivory linens and a Razorback flag. The cake resembled a football field and was decorated with the big “Hog” emblem. The table also held chocolate-covered strawberries and an Arkansas helmet filled with candy corn. The groom’s framed No. 8 playing jersey was placed on an easel behind the table. As a special surprise to the groom, the bride had her photo made in his jersey and it was framed alongside a picture of the groom when he played for Arkansas.
The serving tables were draped in ivory linens and held an arrangement of fall flowers and candles. The buffet table held a large fresh fall flower arrangement in a stone urn that contained mums, carnations, maple leaves and bittersweet berries.
Guests were treated to sliced pork tenderloin, corn pudding casserole, roasted potatoes, baked apples, chicken strips, pasta salad, green bean bundles, rolls, water and iced tea. Alongside the buffet table was a chocolate treats table, which held many different chocolate-dipped treats, including chocolate-covered strawberries, cherries, pretzels, cookies and brownies. The guests were also offered banana punch — a favorite of the bride’s.
After the traditional throwing of the bouquet and garter, the couple left the reception amid confetti thrown by family and friends. Upon returning from their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, the couple resides in Union City.
The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Generations Restaurant in Union City.
Guests were served salads, hamburger steaks and chicken fettuccini alfredo, shrimp, their choice of vegetables and potatoes, along with carrot, strawberry and chocolate cakes for dessert.
The bride’s father gave a toast welcoming the groom into the family.
The bridal couple expressed their thanks to those in attendance and chose this time to present the wedding party with their gifts.
Published in The Messenger 1.2.08