Miss Bransford honored with bridal courtesies
Posted: Friday, October 10, 2008 8:19 pm
Several bridal courtesies were held in honor of Valerie Bransford of Murray, Ky., bride of Jeremy Jake Andrews of Franklin, prior to their recent wedding.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Leon Bransford of Union City. Her grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Warren Mitchell of Union City and Thora Bransford and the late Samuel Leon Bransford of Cayce, Ky.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jamey Lynn Andrews of Union City. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hamblen Jr. and Rebecca Irene Andrews and the late James H. Andrews, all of Union City.
Amanda Bell and Amy Finch, both of Troy, along with Norma Blackley, Charline Castleman, Faye McDaniel and Shirley Woodard, all of Union City, hosted a shower at Shady Grove United Methodist Church near Union City.
The entrance was flanked with shade ferns and the hand rail was draped in sinamay ribbon. A fresh flower arrangement of lime green spider mums, yellow cushion mums, purple and white daisies, lime-green button mums and fuchsia carnations hung on the entrance door in a metal cone.
For the occasion, the bride chose a navy sleeveless dress with aqua, brown, orange and cream polka dots. A matching sash knotted in the front created an empire waist to the knee-length dress. The bride was presented with a white rose corsage tied with blue and aqua ribbon.
The register table was covered in a white cloth and held matching fresh flowers with a framed engagement photo of the couple and a handmade guest book in brown and aqua with the bride’s new last initial. Both were gifts to the bride.
The tables were covered in white cloths with matching floral arrangements in hourglass-shaped glass vases, accented with brown branches. Aqua and brown ribbon hugged the vases, which were centered on brown bamboo placemats and accented with white candles. The bride, her mother and the groom’s mother were seated on a bench in front of the gift tables. A large potted arrangement of green plants highlighted the gift area.
Also in attendance were the bride’s sister, Lori Bransford of Clarksville; and the groom’s sisters, Rebecca Seaton of Savannah and Jessica Andrews of Union City.
The guests enjoyed assorted cheesecakes, pimento cheese tea sandwiches, homemade cookies, fruits with dip, spiced nuts, fresh vegetables with dip, ham pinwheels, spinach dip in a bread bowl, glazed cake, chocolate-covered strawberries and fruit tea.
To honor the bride, the Hamblen family of Union City hosted a women’s luncheon at Sassafraz restaurant.
The gathering was held in one of the private dining rooms of the Union City restaurant.
The ladies enjoyed their choice of lunch and dessert.
The bride selected a turquoise sleeveless sundress with a matching sash trimmed in navy satin. The v-neck design showed a coordinating turquoise and navy print camisole.
Betty Barber, Mandy Bates, Denise Bell, Beth Anne Clayton, Melinda Cross, Sharon Garrett, Kathy Gray, Patty Gray and Debbie Hepler, all of Union City, hosted a coffee in honor of the bride at the home of Ms. Barber.
The bride was presented a corsage of bright yellow flowers tied with white ribbon that complemented the solid black, sleeveless, baby-doll dress she wore. The dress had a button tab detail above a keyhole center front.
As guests arrived, they were greeted by the bride, the couple’s mothers and grandmothers, her sister and Ms. Andrews.
The refreshment table was covered in a white Battenberg lace tablecloth. The menu included assorted breakfast pastries, quiches, ham and biscuits, homemade cakes, nuts, fresh fruit in a carved watermelon bowl, orange juice punch and coffee. The centerpiece was a silver tiered server filled with mini muffins and doubling as a vase for a fresh floral arrangement. Covered serving pedestals, placed throughout the dining room, also held delicious breakfast confections.
The old home’s charm, complete with beautiful antiques, was an elegant background for the gathering.
The bride’s sister, who served as maid of honor, hosted a bachelorette party.
The 10 guests were treated to a limousine ride from Murray, Ky., to Clarksville, during which time the bride was given a lingerie shower.
Upon arriving in Clarksville, they dined at the Black Horse restaurant before attending a live performance of the Broadway musical “All Shook Up.”
Published in The Messenger 10.10.08