Taylor – Barner Wedding
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008 3:18 pm wcp 7-17-08 Brittany Leigh Taylor of Gleason and Dustin Matthew Barner of Martin were recently united in marriage in an evening ceremony held at Broadway Baptist Church in Martin. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Bob Copeland of Beech Springs Baptist Church in Gleason. The bride is the daughter of Tammy and Guy Dodson of Gleason and David and Teresa Taylor of Lexington. She is the granddaughter of the late Marty McGowan of Huntington and Pat Taylor of Camden. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Alma Hammonds of Milan. The groom is the son of Doug and Debbie Barner of Martin. He is the grandson of the late Rodney Wingo of Union City, Patricia Mansfield, Lois Barner and the late James Barner, all of Martin. He is the great-grandson of the late Leon and Callie Myrick of Martin, Mark and Annie Wingo of Woodland Mills, Bertrand and Clydie Mae Barner of Kenton and Earl and Estelle Garner of Palmersville. Upon entering the church foyer, guests were greeted by attendants Ashley Murrey of McKenzie and Kayla Dyer of Gleason, friends of the bride, who presided at the register table, distributed programs printed on fans and encouraged guests to sign the matted photo of the bridal couple displayed on a decorative easel. Pink satin fabric was draped from the entrance wall and a large wreath of fresh greenery, pink lilies, tied with sheer pink and black polka-dotted ribbon encircling the initial “B” adorned the foyer. The entry table was accented with a fresh floral arrangement, which was a gift to the bride from the groom earlier in the day, and a bronze-colored Loving Touch sculpture by Austin. The choir railing was draped with a garland of fresh plumosus and sprengeri fern, tied with pink organza bows. The centerpiece of the altar was a fresh floral arrangement of calla lilies, pink snapdragons and an array of greenery, which sat upon a tall wooden column and was flanked by black wrought iron spiral candelabras. Additionally, the platform held a black wrought iron unity candle decorated with pink roses, greenery and a pink bow. The family pews were marked with white, wooden “B” initials and large pink bows. Serving as ushers were Cody Barner, cousin of the groom, Alex Edwards, Lance Taylor, all of Martin, and Nathaneal Thompson of Ronda, N.C. A prelude of favorite songs of the bride and groom was played as guests were seated. Selections included “Inside Your Heaven,” “Swear It Again,” “Then They Do,” “Lost in This Moment,” “I Will Be There,” “I’ll Stand by You,” “Bless the Broken Road,” and “I Want to Be Your Everything.” The grandmothers and mothers were seated as “The Parents Prayer” played. The mother of the bride wore a black and ivory satin, floor-length gown featuring embellished lace trim and trumpeted skirt detail. She also wore a black satin bolero with cuffs trimmed in matching lace. The groom’s mother wore a soft blue floor-length, mock two-piece gown with a full skirt. The floral embroidered and beaded bodice was belted at the waist and had a matching half-sleeve bolero jacket. Both mothers carried a single long-stem calla lily and lit a single taper on each side of the unity candle. The groom and his brother escorted his mother to her seat while the bride’s stepfather escorted her mother to her seat. “When You Love Someone” was played as the bridesmaids began their processional and the minister, groom and groomsmen took their places at the altar. Jessica Parsley, friend of the bride, of Gleason, served as the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Jenny Lehmkuhl, Jodi Kent and Savannah Fitch-Bratton, all of Gleason, April Trevathan of McKenzie, Crista Glover, cousin of the groom, of Martin and Brittany Gately, niece of the bride, of Lexington. Each attendant wore a strapless A-line, tea-length black Lamore satin gown accentuated by a wide pink chiffon shirred waistband with a tied sash in the back and a double-tier hem. Their gowns were complimented with hand-tied bouquets of pink and white gerbera daises, hot pink sweetheart roses and baby’s breath. The groom’s father, Doug Barner, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Derek Barner, the groom’s brother, Johnny Richwine, both of Martin, Jarrod White of Savannah, Ross Moore of Selmer, Joshua Jones of Columbia and Reece Blair of Lexington. The flower girls were Maggie Glass and Payton Ogniben, both of McKenzie, friends of the bride. Maggie wore a long white, short-sleeve, smocked dress with a lace hem and a pink sash. A halo of white baby’s breath adorned her hair. Payton wore a pink sleeveless, tea-length dress trimmed with pink and white flowers at the waist. She wore a halo of matching pink flowers. Both girls carried white satin baskets filled with pink rose petals. The ring bearer was Carter Cooper, of Gleason, friend of the bride. He carried a white satin ring pillow. The children entered the church together as “Jesus Loves the Little Children” was played. The bride was escorted by her father and entered the sanctuary doors as “Canon in D” resounded throughout the church. She was given in marriage by her parents. The bride was radiant in a white sheath halter gown by Private Collection. The gown was full lace embellished with rhinestones and beading. It featured a drop waist and a chapel-length train. She wore a cascading single tier, fingertip-length, white veil with iridescent beading that matched her dress and bejeweled the hem. The bride’s bouquet was an elegant hand-tied mixture of mini pink gerbera daisies, petite white calla lilies, alstromeria lilies, accented with rhinestone sprays and a string of pearls given to her by her grandmother. A message from the minister, followed by a reading from 1 Corinthians 13, was followed by the exchanging of vows and rings. The couples’ favorite song, “Feels Like Home” played as the couple lit the unity candle. Following the pronouncement of marriage, the couple was formally presented to the congregation. The wedding party exited the sanctuary to “How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You.” A slide show portraying the couple from infancy until their marriage was shown following the ceremony. RECEPTION: A reception was held in the church fellowship hall. Upon entering, the guests were greeted by a receiving line of the wedding party. The bride’s table sat upon a black rug. It was covered with a white tablecloth and draped in pink satin. A pearl garland was scattered over the tabletop. The table was situated under a canopy of pink, white and black tulle adorned with fresh greenery and pink bows. The center of the table held a beautiful three-tiered square white cake with black dots and pink ribbon around each tier. The center tier featured the couples’ initial “B” in black. The cake rested upon a silver plateau and was topped with a pink organza bow. The couple enjoyed a toast of pink lemonade in antique silver goblets tied with pink ribbon which were heirlooms belonging to the groom’s family. The groom’s table was decorated in yellow and green, featuring a one-layer chocolate cake with white icing. It was trimmed in yellow and displayed the crest of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity of which the groom was a member. A lighted replica of the original AGR house, several photos and fraternity memorabilia were displayed. Guests enjoyed icy pink lemonade served from large beverage jars, nuts and mints. Servers were Ashley Murrey of McKenzie, Kayla Dyer of Gleason, Chelsea Craig of Columbia and Savannah Norris of Martin. Favors included bags of strawberry Whoppers tied with ribbon, white chocolate suckers made by the bride’s stepmother and bags of Hershey Hugs and Hershey Kisses tied with labels that read “Hugs and kisses from the Mr. & Mrs.” After tossing the wedding bouquet and garter, the couple departed from the church by walking through a pathway lit by guests holding sparklers. The couple now resides in Poplar Bluff, Mo. REHEARAL DINNER On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in the church fellowship hall. The room was decorated with pink and black tulle draped from the ceiling. Guests were seated at tables with white tablecloths and decorated with large brandy snifters that sat upon mirrors and held floating pink gerbera daisies. Votive candles and clear polished stones were scattered along the center of the tables. The head table featured a black decorative “Happily Ever After” sign given to the couple by the groom’s parents. Chair covers displaying the labels “Bride” and “Groom” were placed at the head table for the couple. They enjoyed their meal on place settings of black, white and pink dinnerware. The dinner was catered by Phyllis Pritchett of Martin. The meal began with a spinach salad topped with mandarin oranges and bacon-wrapped bread sticks. The main course included pork tenderloin, poppy seed chicken, pyramid potatoes, green beans, corn pudding, homemade rolls and iced tea. Phyllis’ famous chocolate cobbler was served warm and topped with ice cream for dessert. Following the meal, the couple presented gifts to members of the wedding party. SHOWERS AND BRIDAL COFFEE: A Christmas shower was given at the home of the groom’s aunt and uncle, Ray and Nancy Barner. Friends and family enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Nancy. The couple received Christmas decorations including a pre-lit Christmas tree, matching Christmas dishes and glasses, and many other decorative Christmas items. A miscellaneous shower was hosted by the groom’s aunt, Teresa Barner and the groom’s cousin, Heather Barner. Guests were welcomed by a room filled with pink, white and black helium-filled balloons tied with ribbons and floating from the ceiling. They enjoyed playing bridal shower games. The hostesses served a pink, white and black polka-dotted cake topped with a bow, fruit and dip, as well as various finger foods. The couple was given many gifts needed for their future home. A linen shower was given for the couple by the kindergarten teachers of Martin Primary School at the home of Jenna Scott. The couple received sheets, towels and several gift cards. His and Her towel-shaped cakes and a variety of finger foods were served to the faculty and staff attending the shower. The bride’s father and stepmother, David and Teresa Taylor, gave the couple a miscellaneous shower in Lexington. Numerous family members attended and presented the couple with many gifts. Everyone enjoyed cake, punch, nuts, mints and fellowship. A bridal coffee was given in the parlor of First Baptist Church of Martin by several friends of the groom’s mother. The ladies served fresh fruits and dip, cheese and crackers, mini muffins and cakes of various kinds. Mocha-flavored punch was served from a crystal punch bowl and fresh-brewed coffee from silver pots on a silver serving tray. A basket of pink and white flowers was placed in the center of the lace-covered table. The couple was overwhelmed by the many gifts given to them by friends and family.