Reena Marie Reavis – Jeremy Lee Menees are united in marriage
Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2008 3:01 pm The historic chapel of First Baptist Church in Union City was the setting for the recent evening wedding uniting Reena Marie Reavis and Jeremy Lee Menees, both of Union City. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Reavis of Hornbeak. She is the granddaughter of Clen Reavis and the late Dorothy Reavis of Hornbeak, Martha Lou Smith of Westland, Mich., and Aubrey D. Smith of the Clayton community near Union City. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Menees of Martin. He is the grandson of Jean Menees, the late William Edgar Menees, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hane and the late Robert Ball Perry, all of Martin. The Rev. Andy Blackwell, pastor of Crosswind Church in Union City, officiated the double-ring ceremony. Step railings leading to the church entry were draped with bridal tulle, sprengeri fern and large tulle bows. Graceful white urns, filled with cascading Kimberly fern, accented the front entrance. The doors of the church held large grapevine wreaths and were adorned with white tulle and white chiffon bows, green and white hydrangeas, purple iris, lavender statice and magnolia leaves. Upon entering, guests were greeted at the register table by Zoe Ramage, friend of the bride, of Troy. The entry table was accented with a gilded lamp and a mixed arrangement of red glads, red roses, daisies, fern and statice. A white satin wicker basket held white linen programs accented with sheer red ribbons and were presented by Nicole Pope of Union City. Family pews were marked with white tulle bows entwined with sprengeri fern and ivy. Elegant white pillar candles on tall silver candlesticks, trimmed with draping fern and ivy, graced each of the beautiful stained-glass windows. The balcony railing was draped with graceful cascades of tulle, fern and magnolia leaves. The altar area of the chapel held a massive arrangement of red gladiolas in a silver urn. The glow of soft candlelight from spiral, arched and tree candelabra and urns of asparagus ferns flanked either side of the altar. Ushers lighting the candles to the music of “In This Very Room” were Chris Poole of Dresden and Chad Robey of Martin. Nuptial music was provided by Suzanne Harrington of Dyersburg. Orator was Selena Sedberry, cousin of the bride, of Union City. Prelude selections included “Only God Could Love You More,” “O Perfect Love,” “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” “Come to Jesus,” “Holy Ground” and “The Prayer.” “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us” and “Clair de Lune/Jesus Loves Me” were played during the seating of the grandmothers and mothers. The mother of the bride wore a floor-length, two-piece satin maroon dress that crisscrossed at the top and had half-length sleeves. The groom’s mother wore a two-piece, full-length, soft mint green dress. It had buttons on the front top and a V-neck with a soft collar. Ruffles decorated the half-sleeves and the bottom of the dress top. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was played as the bridesmaids began their processional and the minister, groom and groomsmen took their places at the altar. Mallory Sumara, friend of the bride, of Tiptonville, served as matron of honor. Ms. Sedberry served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Stephanie (Sedberry) Elam, cousin of the bride, of Nashville; Hollie Parker, Luanna Staggs, Abby Roney and D’Anna Smith, all of Obion County; and Amy Horner of Union City. Each attendant wore a rich candy-apple red satin strapless gown featuring a fitted waistline and pleated A-line skirt. Their gowns were complemented with hand-tied bouquets of red roses and gold daisies. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were his grandfather; his brothers, Jason Menees of Martin and Justin Menees of Trenton, Ga.; and Robert Ferrell of North Augusta, S.C.; Joey Guest of Martin; Cory Robertson of Troy; and Robert Reavis of Hornbeak. Flower girls Karlie Taylor and Cora Ogg, both of Martin, wore white satin bodice gowns with red sash bows around the waist and pouf tulle skirting, which had red rose petals floating in the hemlines. Each wore a halo of red roses and caspia and carried white baskets with trailing red ribbons filled with red rose petals. Cash Grayson Jimenez of Martin served as ring bearer. As “Canon in D” resounded from the chapel, the bride, escorted by her father, entered through the sanctuary doors. The bride wore a floor-length, satin strapless, heart-shaped bodice gown from the Jacquelin Private Collection. It was adorned with white crystals and pearls around the top and bottom and also along the back of the train. It had a pick-up gathering in back as well as in the train. She wore a rhinestone tiara and an elbow-length veil with embellished rhinestones along the edges. After the couple exchanged vows and rings, candles were dedicated in memory of the bridal couple’s grandparents. As “Surely the Presence” played in the background, the couple moved to light the unity candle symbolizing the beginning of their new life together. The bridal couple was formally presented by Blackwell. “Water Music Suite” by Wolfe played as the bride, groom and their attendants exited the sanctuary. The couple descended the chapel steps together through a profusion of red rose petals and well-wishers. RECEPTION The Moffatt Centre in Troy was the setting for the wedding reception. As the couple was introduced, “Beat It” by Fallout Boy was played. The couple began the evening with their first dance to “She’s Everything.” The bride was then joined by her father for their dance together to “My Little Girl.” The groom and his mother danced to “Jesus and Mama.” Guests were treated to a sumptuous buffet of skewered chicken and bacon-wrapped water chestnut hors d’oeuvres, assorted fresh vegetables, cheeses and hot dips. An elaborate fresh fruit table, smoked turkey and baked ham with rolls, beef tenderloin tips with pearl onions and mushrooms in burgundy sauce and fresh shrimp were also offered. An arrangement of candy apple red gladiolas, caspia and red roses in a silver urn centered the table and white chiffon hung from the ceiling on either side of the table. The bride’s table featured a five-tiered cake with alternating layers of strawberry and white cake with butter cream frosting. Roses and caspia cascaded down one side of the cake. The groom’s cake was lemon-flavored with chocolate icing and featured a duck-hunting theme. Guests dined from white-draped tables, each featuring a tall glass vase of red glads and flanked by votives of red candles on mirrored silver trays. The music of the Commodores “Brickhouse” was the background music for the garter toss and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper was the music for the lively tossing of the bridal bouquet. As the evening came to a close, the couple departed for their honeymoon to the Bahamas. The couple will reside in Union City. REHEARSAL On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Café on Main in Union City. Guests were seated at tables covered with white linen cloths. Candles in glass vases on mirrors served as centerpieces. The menu consisted of rib eye steaks and Hawaiian chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls and baked apples. Chocolate cake was served for dessert. The couple chose this time to present gifts to members of the wedding party.