Miss Lee, Johnson united in marriage during beach ceremony
Orange Beach, Ala., was the setting for the recent marriage of Macey Suzanne Lee of Union City and Brent Alan Johnson of Troy.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Lee of Union City. She is the granddaughter of Mary Ann Alexander, the late Milton Alexander and Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Lee, all of Union City.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Johnson of Troy. He is the grandson of Sarah Harris, the late Slim Harris, Zelma Johnson and the late Paul Johnson, all of Troy.
A bamboo arbor, decorated with tulle and beautiful arrangements of pink, fuschia and ivory roses, served as the altar for the ceremony. Ferns were placed in two rows forming an aisle in the sand for the entrance of the bridal party. Guests were seated on both sides of the aisle in bamboo chairs, which were decorated with tulle bows.
The mothers of the bridal couple entered the wedding setting to favorite instrumental selections of the bride and groom.
The bridal party also entered to favorite instrumental selections of the couple. Serving as attendants of the bride were Mindy Arthurs and Courtney Cranford, sisters of the bride, and Rebecca Harrington, cousin of the bride, all of Union City, and Jonathan Alexander Harrington, cousin of the bride, of Dyersburg.
The female attendants wore two-piece designs of coral and fuschia, featuring various styles selected by each attendant. Each attendant accented her attire with crystal earrings and a brooch, gifts from the bridal couple. They carried hand-tied arrangements of pink, fuschia and ivory roses. Harrington wore khaki dress slacks and a white linen shirt.
Serving as flower girls were nieces of the bride, Haley Brooke Arthurs and Hannah Lee Arthurs, both of Union City. They wore tea-length dresses of coral and fuschia and carried wicker baskets with various shades of rose petals.
The father of the groom served as best man. His groomsmen were his brothers, Jason Johnson of Atlanta, Michael Johnson of Eaton and Travis Johnson of Troy. They wore khaki dress slacks and white linen shirts.
Serving as ring bearers were Landon Allen Cranford, nephew of the bride, of Union City and Ben Harris Kail of Maury City. They wore khaki shorts and white linen shirts. They each carried a large starfish, symbolic of the marriage proposal of the groom to the bride.
As the strains of “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner began, all guests stood and turned to see the beautiful bride, escorted by her father, descending the wooden boardwalk onto the beach. As the bride and her father took their places at the altar, the bride was given in marriage by her parents.
The bride was radiant in an organza gown, designed by Allure Courture. The antique ivory, full-length, strapless gown featured a sweetheart neckline. The dress was adorned with glass beads, bugle beads and Swarovski crystals. It featured a semi-cathedral train which flowed gracefully onto the beach. She pinned an antique family heirloom brooch to the back of her gown where the train was attached. The bride completed her attire with a single strand of pearls and pearl and diamond earrings.
The bride’s bouquet was an elegant hand-tied mixture of pink, fuschia and ivory accented with greenery.
At the closing of the ceremony, the minister offered a prayer of blessing and then presented Mr. and Mrs. Brent Alan Johnson to the guests. Each guest was then given a seashell and invited to join the couple at the edge of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The shells were tossed into the waves, signifying an eternal union of the couple.
Cade Alexander Harringon, cousin of the bride, of Dyersburg provided a special video graphic memory of the ceremony. The bridal couple, family and friends enjoyed an evening of dining and celebration in Orange Beach as the festivities continued. The couple also honeymooned for the week following their wedding in Orange Beach. They are now residing at their home in Troy.
On the evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents entertained their son and his fiancée, along with the bridal party, family and friends, at an outdoor supper on the banks of a beautiful private lake in Orange Beach. The meal consisted of ribs and barbecue, prepared especially for the couple by Gene Johnson, uncle of the bride, of Memphis. Baked beans, slaw and potato salad were also served. For dessert, the guests were offered their choice of delicious homemade cakes, prepared by the groom’s mother.
After returning home from Orange Beach, the bride’s parents hosted a reception in honor of their daughter and son-in-law at the country home of the newlyweds in Troy.
A large white tent was placed in the spacious backyard. Guests were seated at round tables, which were covered with white cloths and adorned with arrangements of beautiful spring flowers.
Guests were treated to a “down-home” southern meal consisting of barbecued ribs, a baked potato bar, baked beans, pasta salad, assorted relishes and fresh vegetables and dips. Iced tea and assorted soft drink were also served. Strawberry cake and cupcakes decorated with starfish and seashells were offered for dessert. The groom’s grandmother, Mrs. Harris, who was unable to attend the wedding and the reception due to illness, surprised her grandson and his bride with several trays of her delectable chocolate-dipped strawberries.
A special moment of the evening included the showing of a video portraying the couple from infancy until their marriage. The video was prepared by the groom’s mother and was a surprise for the couple. Family and friends enjoyed socializing with the newly-married couple and touring their lovely home.
A local disc jockey provided musical entertainment throughout the evening. After the couple danced their first dance of the evening, guests joined them on the dance floor as the celebration continued into the night.
Published in The Messenger 5.21.08