Miss Davis, Sturgeon united in double-ring ceremony
Ashley LaNette Davis of Union City and Deron Lee Sturgeon of Hickman, Ky., were recently united in marriage at Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church in Union City.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Davis of Union City. She is the granddaughter of Glenda Davis and the late Charles Edwin Davis of Union City and the late Davis and Wanda Jernigan of Troy. Her great-grandparents are Iona Bullion and the late Robert Bullion of Union City and Jerry Erwin and the late Bonnie Gray of Hornbeak.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Sturgeon of Hickman. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Shelton Choate and the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius Sturgeon.
The Rev. Chip Davis of Fulgham, Ky., officiated the double-ring ceremony.
Upon entering the foyer, guests were greeted by attendants Desiray Sturgeon and Bethany Sturgeon, nieces of the groom, both of South Fulton, who presided at the register table and distributed programs.
The altar was adorned with a floral arrangement consisting of yellow orange-tipped roses, and orange Gerber daises and Boston ferns. Tall memory pillar candles in crystal candle holders burned in memory of the couple’s grandparents. The railing was draped with white lights wrapped in tulle with tulle bows on each end. Pews were marked with white tulle bows and the church windows were dressed with tall white candles and ivy.
A program of favorite songs of the bride and groom was played as guests were seated. Selections included “God Blessed the Broken Road,” “Imagine Me Without You,” “I Loved Her First,” “Butterfly Kisses,” “This I Swear,” “Stealing Cinderella” and “Lost in This Moment.”
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was played as the grandmothers were seated. They each wore a corsage with a single yellow orange-tipped rose.
“The Prayer” was played as the couple’s mothers were seated. The bride’s mother wore a sea-foam green floor-length gown accented with matching pearl jewelry and the groom’s mother wore a tea-length ivory dress accented with matching jewelry. They each wore a corsage of two yellow orange-tipped roses.
“Canon in D” was played as the bride’s attendants walked down the aisle. Attending the bride were Laurel Lawrence, maid of honor and cousin of the bride, of Dyersburg; Amy Stone, friend of the bride, of Obion; and Julie Sturgeon, sister-in-law of the groom, and Britnee Sturgeon, niece of the groom, both of South Fulton.
The bridal attendants wore strapless orange crush-colored floor-length dresses with yellow sashes. They carried single, opened long-stemmed yellow orange-tipped roses with orange satin ribbon tied around them.
The flower girls, Holly Lamb, cousin of the bride, of Ridgely and Meleah Sturgeon, niece of the groom, of South Fulton wore beautiful white tea-length dresses and halos of white flowers and baby’s breath. They each carried a matching basket with rose petals.
Attending the groom were Jarrod Coulson, best man and friend of the groom, of Murray, Ky.; Chris Coulson, friend of the groom, of Hickman; Bryan Sturgeon, brother of the groom, of South Fulton; and Greg Sturgeon, brother of the groom, of Union City. Ushers were Joey Davis, brother of the bride, of Union City and Chad Everett, cousin of the groom, of Cayce, Ky.
The male attendants wore black, double-breasted tuxedoes with orange vests and bowties. The groom wore a black, double-breasted tuxedo with a white vest and bowtie. The groom and groomsmen wore boutonnieres of yellow orange-tipped roses.
The ring bearer, Ian Johnson, cousin of the bride, of Calhoun, Ga., wore a navy and white outfit and carried a satin ring pillow.
The bride entered to the “Bridal Chorus” played by organist John Lowrance, uncle of the bride, of Dyersburg.
Given away by her father, the bride wore a white satin A-Line strapless gown with split-front overskirt and crystal beading and embroidery over the bodice and bottom of the gown and chapel-length train. She wore a two-tier fingertip veil with a rhinestone and pearl tiara.
She carried a clutch bouquet of yellow orange-tipped roses, which was tied with orange and yellow satin ribbon. A piece of lace and blue ribbon was cut from the bride’s mother’s wedding bouquet and tucked inside the bride’s bouquet, as her “something old” and “something blue.”
The song “So in Love With You” was played as the couple was lighting the unity candle.
Following the pronouncement of marriage, the couple was formally presented to the congregation. They departed the sanctuary to “The Wedding March.”
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall. Upon entering the fellowship hall, guests were asked to sign a photo of the bride.
In the reception area, tables with white cloths were adorned with crystal globes centered with white pillar candles on top of mirrors surrounded with yellow orange-tipped rose petals.
The bride’s table was covered with white cloths and draped in orange with white tulle bows. The center of the table held a beautiful three-tiered butter cream wedding cake, topped with a crystal bride and groom, with two satellite cakes on each side. The cakes were decorated in the bride’s color of orange. Holly Holman, friend of the bride, of Union City served the bride’s cake.
A long center table was covered with a white cloth and draped in orange with white tulle bows. The center of the table featured a large flower arrangement of yellow orange-tipped roses with orange Gerber daisies.
In front of the flower arrangement was a special hand-carved tree branch, which was carved by the groom with the words “Will You Marry Me?” This was presented by the groom to the bride on the day he proposed.
On one end of the table was the groom’s cake — a chocolate cake with chocolate icing served by Ashley Coulson, friend of the groom, of Murray. The opposite end of the table held nuts, mints and orange and yellow Reese’s Pieces™.
At the end of the long center table was another round table covered with a white cloth, draped in orange with white tulle bows. From a beautiful cut glass punch bowl, guests were served orange punch by Teresa Dudley, aunt of the bride, of Ridgely.
Favors, which included a spoon filled with Hershey™ Kisses and tied with a note that read “A spoon full of kisses from the Mr. & Mrs.,” were given to the guests.
After tossing the wedding bouquet and garter, the couple was showered by birdseed as they left for a short honeymoon in the Paducah, Ky., area.
The couple will reside in Union City.
On the evening prior to the wedding, family, attendants and special friends of the couple were guests at a dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at the Pleasant Valley Church fellowship hall in Union City.
The head table and guests tables were decorated with beautiful arrangements of yellow and white daisies and crystal votives with yellow candles.
Guests were served barbecue with all the trimmings, baked beans, slaw, potato salad and chips. A choice of dessert was also served.
Following the meal, the couple presented gifts to their attendants.
On the day of the wedding, the bride and her attendants were honored with a brunch at the home of Penny Holman in Union City.
The event was co-hosted by Amy Stone, Holly Holman and Martha Petty of Martin.
The serving table was decorated with a beautiful crystal pedestal vase overflowing with an arrangement of mixed flowers. Guests were served various casseroles, dips, salads, fresh fruit, desserts and fruit tea.
The hostesses presented the bride with a gift of lingerie.
Published in The Messenger 5.14.08