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Miss Fuqua – Ray wedding

Miss Fuqua – Ray wedding

Posted: Friday, September 5, 2008 9:06 am

Miss Fuqua - Ray wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Ray
Emilee Rachel Fuqua of Martin and Joshua Sean Ray of Rives were recently united in marriage at First Baptist Church in Martin. The groom’s grandfather, the Rev. Eddie Ray, officiated the double ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Bill and Landy Fuqua of Martin. She is the granddaughter of Don and JoAnne Gill and Bennie Fuqua and the late Eddie Fuqua Sr., all of Martin. The groom is the son of Brian and Tonya Ray of Rives. He is the grandson of the Rev. Eddie and Janice Ray of Mozambique, Africa, and Betty Groeniger of Erie, Kan., and the great-grandson of Beatrice Jacobs of Rives and Joyce Barnes of Erie, Kan. Guests were greeted at the register by Amber Hicks Craddock, friend of the bride, of Union City. The altar was decorated with white pillar candles accented with bouquets of plum roses, iris, magnolia, zinnias and lilies. The bride’s great aunt, Janie Gill of Spring Hill, arranged floral decorations. A musical prelude of piano music played by special family friend Carol Stephen included “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Jesus Paid it All” and “Sweet, Sweet Spirit.” JoAnne Gill, grandmother of the bride, sang “Surely the Presence” and “Holy Ground.” The bride’s aunt, Lisa Ivey, sang “God Knew That I Needed You.” Grandparents were seated to “In This Very Room,” also sung by the bride’s aunt, Lisa Ivey. The mothers were seated to “The Parent’s Prayer,” sung by Lisha Tuck, affectionately called “Mama Lisha” by the bride and her sisters. The mothers, escorted by the fathers, lit candles from purple pillar candles lit in memory of the bride’s grandfather, Eddie Fuqua Sr., and great grandparents of the bride and groom. The mothers then lit the unity candles. The bridal party entered to “Canon in D” played by organist and special family friend Carol Stephen. Tiffany Flippin, sister of the bride, of Arlington, and Meghan Massey, sister of the bride, of Savannah, served as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Natalie Fuqua, cousin of the bride, of Nashville, and Heather Higgs, high school friend, of Martin. Maelyn Ray, cousin of the groom, served as junior bridesmaid. They wore plum formal-length satin gowns and carried nosegays of calla lilies, roses, lilies and zinnias. Flower girl, Emma Castle, of Knoxville, cousin of the bride, wore a white formal-length dress with plum piping, handmade by JoAnne Gill, grandmother of the bride. The flower girl carried a basket of rose petals that she scattered before the entrance of the bride. Brian Ray, father of the groom, of Rives, and Kyle Reaves, cousin of the groom, of Sharon, served as the best men. Groomsmen were Travis Reaves of Sharon and Seth Ray of Rives, cousins of the groom. Connor Ivey, cousin of the bride, of Aiken, S.C., served as junior groomsman. Cooper Ivey of Aiken, S.C., cousin of the bride, served as bell ringer. Cody Castle, cousin of the bride, of Knoxville, served as ring bearer. Ushers were Kyle Flippin of Arlington and John Massey of Savannah, brothers-in-law of the bride. At the appointed hour, the bride entered upon the arm of her father to the “Bridal Chorus” wearing a satin cathedral-length gown by Sottero and Midgley. The strapless white gown featured a sweetheart neckline and was ruched at the waist and accented by Austrian crystal beading. Her hair was adorned by an Austrian crystal tiara, fingertip-length veil and blusher with Austrian crystal beading. The bride’s bouquet was a nosegay of white calla lilies and plum colored roses. For her “something old” and “something new” the bride wore a custom-made pendant, a gift from her mother. The pendant featured two pearls worn by her mother on her wedding day that were a wedding gift from the bride’s father. The bride wore a bracelet from her aunt, Lisa Ivey, for her “something borrowed” and a garter handmade by her grandmother, JoAnne Gill, for her something blue. During the lighting of the unity candle, Lisha Tuck and David Stephen, special friends of the bride, sang “Two Into One.” Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the fellowship hall. The focal point was a beautiful flower covered four-layered wedding cake made by Emily Cavin of Martin. The groom’s cake was displayed in the groom’s boat and was decorated with a hunting theme. The centerpiece of the serving table was a silver urn overflowing with plum roses, zinnias, iris and assorted lilies, arranged by the bride’s great aunt, Janie Gill. Guests were served bacon dip, fruit and vegetables with dip, sausage balls, Oreo balls, spinach dip and grape punch catered by Allison Maxey of Martin. Reception attendants were Heather Burdette, Leigh Dowdy, Lindsey Hatchel, Kayla High and Jenna Howell Moeller, all friends of the bride. After a honeymoon in Branson, Mo., the couple resides in Rives.wcp 8-28-08

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