Miss Kirkland, Ward united in marriage

Miss Kirkland, Ward united in marriage

Sarah Hunter Kirkland of Martin, formerly of Union City, and Luke Aaron Ward of Martin, formerly of South Fulton, were recently united in marriage on the family farm near Union City. The bride is the daughter of Celio and Melissa Uniao of Covington, Ga., formerly of Union City, and Hunter and Laurie Kirkland of Union City. Her grandparents are Patricia Christian of Milan, formerly of Union City, the late James L. Christian and Louise Kirkland of Union City and the late Turner Kirkland. The groom is the son of Susan Ward of Union City and Mark Ward of Maryville, formerly of Martin. His grandparents are Cliff and Bobbie Pollis of Dresden and Aaron and Joyce Ward of Martin. The ceremony was held in front of an iron arch, which was beautifully decorated with greenery from the farm and colorful hydrangeas and gerber daisies and positioned overlooking a large pond. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Judge Sam Nailling of Union City and witnessed by family and close personal friends. Bill Prather of Union City, friend of the family, offered the wedding prayer during the service. Christian Kirkland Smith, sister of the bride, of Chattanooga, formerly of Union City, served as matron of honor. Caitlin Kirkland, sister of the bride, of Atlanta, formerly of Union City, served as maid of honor. Kristen Freeman of Greenfield, Tara High of Martin and Elizabeth Mooney of Knoxville, formerly of Union City, all friends of the bride, and Katie Holland, sorority sister of Pi Beta Phi at the University of Memphis, of Memphis served as bridesmaids. Autumn Carroll, cousin of the groom, of Dresden served as the flower girl. The bridesmaids wore yellow silk dresses of various styles, pearls that were gifts from the bride and carried bouquets of hydrangeas in a combination of colors. The bridesmaids entered the wedding area to “By My Side” by Ben Harper. Donnie Roofner, friend of the groom, of South Fulton served as best man. The groom’s father, Jeremy Workman of Martin and Daniel Choate of Fulton, both friends of the groom, and Caleb Carroll, cousin of the groom, of Dresden served as groomsmen. The groom and the groomsmen were dressed chic in black pants, white shirts, black skinny ties, and black and white converse Chuck Taylor’s. The bride entered the area on the arm of her father to “Happily Ever After In Your Eyes” by Ben Harper. She wore a beautiful ivory, strapless, silk, A-line gown with a pleated knot front empire bust. The dress featured a bubble hem and sweep train. She wore an ivory fingertip veil which was adorned with beads. Her bouquet was a combination of colorful peonies, hydrangeas and gerber daisies. For her accessories, she wore her mother’s pearl necklace and pearl earrings which belonged to her sister, Christian Smith. The wedding party exited the area to “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” by McFadden and Whitehead. RECEPTION A reception was held immediately following the ceremony on the farm. A triple, white tent was filled with tables and chairs for the guests to enjoy a Cajun Fest buffet. The tables were covered with black and white checked clothes and decorated with steel buckets filled with colorful gerber daisies. Large, colorful Japanese lanterns hung above the tables and string lights highlighted the perimeter of the tent. Guest were served shrimp and crawfish from a large Cajun boat which was built for the couple along with various other Cajun style food. After dinner, music and dancing was enjoyed. The bride chose cupcakes rather than a traditional wedding cake. The cupcakes were beautifully decorated and stacked on a tiered rack which had the appearance of a tiered wedding cake. For the groom’s cake, a unique cake was made to appear as a drum as the groom is a drummer. It was embellished with a set of drumsticks. The couple spent the night on Biscayne Bay in Miami before taking a cruise to Mexico. They will reside in Martin. Published in The Messenger 6.18.08

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