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Miss Angel, Thornton wed in double-ring ceremony

Miss Angel, Thornton wed in double-ring ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2008 9:16 pm

Evening sunlight filtered through stained-glass windows for the wedding of Whitney Brooke Angel of Union City and Robert Benjamin Thornton of Brownsville. The Rev. Joe Thornton of Brownsville officiated the Christian ceremony at First Baptist Church in Union City. The bride is the daughter of Barbara Angel and Eugene Angel Jr., both of Union City. She is the granddaughter of Wanda Sublett of Union City and the late Kenneth Sublett and Peggy Angel of Hornbeak and the late Eugene Angel. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Macon Thornton of Gallatin and the grandson of Bobbie Simmons and Lorraine Thornton, both of Brownsville, and the late James R. Simmons and the late Dr. John C. Thornton. The steps to the church were lined with Boston ferns. The entry doors to the foyer were graced with wreaths featuring English ivy and fern interspersed with pink and white hydrangeas accented with pink satin ribbon and black ribbon with white polka dots. Guests were greeted by program attendants Taylor Lees and Hannah Lees, both of Gallatin, cousins of the groom. The antique rosewood marble top table held a black wicker basket lined in black with white polka dots in which the wedding programs were placed. A special tribute to the memory of the bridal couple’s late grandfathers was listed in the program. The register book and pen, along with a trio of white pillar candles that sat atop black wrought-iron holders, also was placed on the table. A pair of Meek chairs flanked the table. Inside the sanctuary, family pews were marked by kissing balls covered in hot pink carnations hung by white tulle ribbon. Providing a soft enchanting glow to the choir area were tall white pillar candles held in seven towering black wrought-iron candelabra. Cascading English ivy, sprengeri fern and greenery were interlaced in the center of each candelabrum. At each end of the chancel rail were black wrought-iron tables with round glass tops on which were placed large crystal millennium urns lined with variegated lemon leaves and long-stemmed white calla lilies. Curly willow oak towered upward from the center of each arrangement. The steps were accented by Boston ferns. A unity candle sat in the center of the altar area on a wrought-iron stand with white tapered candles on each side. Prelude piano music consisted of “How Great Thou Art” by Hine, “How Beautiful” by Paris, “Surely the Presence” by Wolfe and “When God Made You” by Carswell & O’Brien. A vocal presentation of “Holy Ground” and “In This Very Room” was provided by Jenny Pritchett of Jackson, friend of the bride. The mothers and grandmothers were seated as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was played. The bride’s mother wore a Forever Yours formal-length A-line champagne strapless gown which featured a lace overlay at the waist with a matching long-sleeved lace bolero jacket with wide sleeves at the wrist and embossed with iridescent sequins. The groom’s mother chose an A-line sage ensemble of silk shantung by Montage detailed at the bodice, neck and hem with beads and a matching jacket with three-quarter length sleeves. Each mother carried a nosegay of white miniature roses and greenery as they were escorted to the altar by their son to light an individual taper representing each family. A handkerchief, monogrammed with the couple’s initials and wedding date, was carried by each mother. The bride’s maternal grandmother wore a floor-length three-piece lavender lace over satin dress accented with silver threads. Her paternal grandmother wore a peach three-piece tea-length dress. The groom’s maternal grandmother wore an ankle-length two-piece pink chiffon dress. They each wore a corsage of white roses. Serving as attendants for the bride were matron of honor Kenthia Revell, friend of the bride, of Union City and bridesmaids Ms. Pritchett and Brittany Yates, cousin of the bride, of Jackson; Kim Newsom, friend of the bride, of Nashville; and Lea Thornton, sister of the groom, of Tullahoma. They wore full- length black European satin strapless gowns with flair panel skirts designed by Bill Levkoff. Attached front bands of white satin encircling the waists and self back sashes provided an elegant contrast. Completing their attire were black Swarovski crystal drop earrings, gifts from the bride. They carried bouquets of pink calla lilies encircled by pink roses and accented with bear grass loops hand-tied with white satin ribbon. The bridal party entered the sanctuary to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel. Flower girls were Casey Thornton, niece of the groom, of Brownsville, and Reagan Angel, cousin of the bride, of Hornbeak. They wore tea-length sleeveless princess dresses of white satin with tulle overlays featuring contrasting black tulle sashes hand-tied with large bows in the back. The girls wore matching pearl necklaces and bracelets, gifts from the bride. Walking the aisle barefoot, they carried kissing balls covered with hot pink miniature roses and accented with black satin ribbon with white polka dots and hot pink tulle ribbon. The father of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were Regen Thornton, brother of the groom, of Brownsville; Ryan Angel, brother of the bride, of Union City; and Holt Pritchett of Jackson and Chris Park of Gift, both friends of the groom. Ushers were Tommy Edmonds of Lyles and Josh Henry of Dickson, both friends of the groom. The groom wore a one-button, single-breasted black classic notch tuxedo by After Six with matching black pleated trousers. His solid white satin vest was from the After Six Aries Collection and was accented with a black Windsor satin tie. His boutonniere was a pink rose accented with baby’s breath and bear grass. The groomsmen wore single-breasted classic notch black tuxedos and matching pleated trousers by After Six. Their vests and Windsor ties were of black satin. They wore boutonnieres of pink roses. Ring bearer Hudson Angel, cousin of the bride, of Hornbeak was dressed identically to the groomsmen and carried a white satin pillow which featured a large black satin ribbon gathered by a single large pearl button in the center. The ushers were also dressed in black classic notch tuxedos and black vests and ties. At the chiming of the hour, the traditional “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner announced the entrance of the bride. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride was radiant in a San Patrick design classic A-line silhouette gown, with a flowing chapel train. The sheer ivory chiffon over satin gown featured a V-neckline and ruched shirred bodice with an empire waist. Her fingertip veil was embossed with seed pearls, iridescent sequins and crystals. The bride wore diamond earrings, which were a gift from the groom, and a second pair of drop earrings with a trio of pearls borrowed from her mother. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of stargazer lilies. For the ceremony, Thornton focused on Thessalonians 3:12. After the exchange of vows and rings, the couple lit the unity candle. Prayer by the minister and the reciting of “The Lord’s Prayer” in unison by the congregation was followed by the declaration and blessing of the marriage. After the presentation of the bridal couple, they exited to the music of the “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn. As they left the church, the newlyweds were seen off to the reception with the guests lining the steps and sidewalk and waving pink and white ribbons on black wedding wands. They departed in a 1967 Silver Shadow Rolls Royce. RECEPTION Following the ceremony, the celebration continued with a reception hosted by the bride’s mother at the National Guard armory in Union City. The sidewalk was lined with black shepherd’s hooks holding kissing balls covered with hot pink carnations with white tulle ribbon. The front entrance doors were flanked by brass torches and two large urns containing pink geraniums and white diamond frost. The foyer area was decorated with majestic palms and Boston ferns. A full-length bridal portrait was displayed on a metal easel. The gift table was covered in white linen and a large arrangement of English ivy cascaded to one side. Arriving guests signed a large platter monogrammed with the couple’s initials and wedding date. The table was flanked by two large black ceramic vases filled with bear grass. The table also held a trio of large white candles with black polka dots. White lattice screens stood behind each table accented by black hurricane lanterns holding tall white pillar candles. The reception area was transformed by a large white tent lined with white shirred linen. Three large brass candelabra lit the area. Round tables were draped in white linen and accented with black satin runners. Floral arrangements of hot pink snapdragons in large glass cylinder vases, a single stargazer lily with bear grass floating in water in a hurricane vase sitting on a black wrought-iron stand or a large glass vase wrapped with a hot pink tulle ribbon layered with white sand and black rock with a large pillar candle elegantly decorated the various tables. Majestic palms and Boston ferns on black metal stands were placed throughout the area. Soft candlelight flickering from black metal hurricane lanterns created a delightful ambiance to the area. The bride’s round table was covered with a black linen cloth overlaid by white lace. The four-tier cake, presented on an ornate silver stand, was covered with white dots and featured a black satin ribbon around the second and fourth layers. The cake was topped with a floral arrangement of pink calla lilies, pink roses and deep pink spray roses in a round base covered with black ribbon with white polka dots. Four pink hibiscus trees with ivy intertwined at the bases and their trunks accented with white tulle encircled the bride’s table. Brown burlap cloth with a camouflage runner covered the groom’s table. The groom’s cake was a double-layer chocolate creation with a duck decoy on top accented by cattails and leaves along the edges. A large creel wicker basket was filled with an array of willow, wheat and yankapins. Sitting on the table was a framed outdoor picture of the bride in her wedding attire. A Ralph McDonald wildlife print, a gift to the couple from the bride’s brother, sat on an easel behind the table. As they arrived at the reception, the wedding party and newlyweds were announced by the disc jockey. The bridal couple danced their first dance on the black and white checkered dance floor as “Angel Eyes” by the Jeff Healy band played. The bride and her father danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra. Urns filled with white calla lilies and curly willow oak centered the serving tables. Covered in white linen and draped in black satin, the buffet tables held an assortment of crystal compotes and platters. Guests enjoyed sliced pork tenderloin on rolls, chicken salad on croissants, spinach dip, various vegetables with dip, assorted cheeses, cheese balls, seafood dip with pita wedges, fresh fruits with dip and three cheese cake. A beverage table held large glass serving containers of tea, fruit tea and ice water. Black satin runners accented the table, with the center runner featuring a large white embroidered “T.” A candy table held various sizes of glass apothecary jars filled with multiple varieties of pink and white candy. Clear scoops with black tulle bows enabled guests to fill take-out containers, embossed with the bride and groom’s initials, as their wedding favors. After the throwing of the bouquet and garter, the couple left the reception. Upon returning from their honeymoon in Mexico, the couple resides in Brownsville. REHEARSAL DINNER On the eve of the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Macon Thornton hosted a rehearsal dinner at The White House Restaurant in Troy. Guests enjoyed a selection of hors d’oeuvres with strawberry punch and viewed a DVD presentation highlighting the lives of the bridal couple. The tables were decorated with black and white placemats over white cloths and were centered with topiaries made of pink roses and alstro lilies. Chairs were covered with white cloths and tied with black satin bows. The bridal couple was seated at the head table, along with their parents. A miniature bride and groom and tea lights also accented the head table. The father of the groom welcomed and thanked everyone for attending. The Rev. Lea Thornton of Tullahoma, sister of the groom, offered a blessing, after which a choice of Pecan Encrusted Chicken or New York Strip with salads, sides and dessert were served. Favors of assorted pink M&Ms with the wedding date and “Whitney & Ben” were presented to guests in clear boxes tied with gray tulle. Following the dinner, the couple presented gifts to their attendants and their parents. Published in The Messenger 7.2.08


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