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Miss Thompson, Kissell united in marriage

Miss Thompson, Kissell united in marriage

Posted: Thursday, December 4, 2008 12:19 pm

Brittany Renay Thompson of Union City and Brian Eric Kissell of Troy were recently united in marriage at Troy First Baptist Church. The bride is the daughter of Buddy and Tena Thompson of Union City. She is the granddaughter of Bobby and Peggy James and Wesley and Joyce Thompson, all of Union City. The groom is the son of the Rev. Vann and Norma Kissell of Troy. His grandparents are Karl Warren of Martin, the late Joyce Warren and Virginia Kissell of Bartlett and the late E. B. Kissell. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the groom’s father. The entry doors to the foyer were graced with wreaths of olive satin ribbon highlighting ivory roses, eggplant Fuji mums and leather leaf fern. Guests were greeted by program attendants Amy Stone and Hollie Holman, cousins of the bride, both of Union City. Inside the sanctuary, family pews were marked with ivory roses, pittosporum and asparagus fern tied with olive satin ribbon. At the front of the church, four white Corinthian columns were draped with white linen. Two smaller columns were placed on each side. Arrangements featuring ivory Fuji mums, long-stemmed calla lilies, ivory roses and jade hydrangeas were arranged at the top of each column. A unity candle sat in the center on a black wrought-iron stand with white tapered candles on each side. Ivory roses and jade hydrangeas enhanced the unity candle. Adorning the rails on each side of the choir were white pillar candles accented with asparagus fern. Prelude music consisted of the pianist and vocalist, Pam Kangelos of Union City; vocalists, Sissy Haskins of Troy, Rachel Bearden of Martin and Jenny Killebrew of Dresden; and violinist, Sigrid Lillegard of Martin. Before the service began, the mothers of the couple lighted the white tapers of the unity candle as Ms. Haskins sang, “Parents’ Prayer.” Grandmothers were seated to “Air on the G String.” The maternal grandmother of the bride wore a lilac linen dress and jacket, trimmed with iridescent sequins. The paternal grandmother of the bride wore a mint, two-piece dress. The paternal grandmother of the groom wore an olive, two-piece suit. All wore corsages of ivory roses. The mothers of the bridal couple were seated as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” was played. The bride’s mother wore a gold A-line gown of lamore satin, featuring a v-neck covering of alencon lace. The groom’s mother wore a copper floor-length gown detailed with sequins and a matching jacket with three quarter-length sleeves. Each carried a nosegay of jade and ivory roses hand-tied with ivory ribbon. Serving as attendants for the bride were maid of honor Meredith Thompson of Union City, sister of the bride; bridesmaids Ms. Killebrew, Ashleigh Wilds of Troy, Rebecca Hinds of Martin, Lacee North of Dyersburg and Whitney Buchanan of Troy. Olivia James of Union City, cousin of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid. Each attendant wore a Forever Yours full-length olive strapless gown accented with a kiwi sash. Completing their attire were Lia Sophia pearl earrings that were gifts from the bride. They carried bouquets of ivory and jade roses, accented with bear-grass loops hand-tied with ivory satin ribbon. The bridal party entered the sanctuary to “Canon in D.” The flower girl was Julia Gossett of Union City. She wore a white Strasburg tea-length dress, embellished with ivory smocking and pearls. The bubble girls, who distributed bubbles to guests before the bridal couple left the wedding ceremony, were Mollie Johnson, Hannah Fulbright and Ali Adcock, all of Troy. The brothers of the groom, David Kissell and Mark Kissell, both of Troy, served as best men. Groomsmen were Wes Moore of Lexington, Ky., Jordan Cain of Dunlap, James Pritchard of Duluth, Ga., and Matt Sparkman of Union City. Ushers were Garreth Cunningham of Northport, Ala., Cory Workman of Union City, Zach Kleinfelder of Cincinnati and Billy Krause of Crossville. The groom wore a single-breasted black classic notch tuxedo with matching black pleated trousers. His solid ivory satin vest was accented with an ivory satin tie. His boutonniere was an ivory rose accented with baby’s breath and bear grass. The groomsmen and ushers wore single-breasted classic notch tuxedos. Their vests and ties were of black satin. They wore boutonnieres of jade roses. Before the entrance of the bride, an ivory aisle runner monogrammed with an olive “K” was placed down the aisle by Workman. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride was radiant in her ivory gown by Allure Bridal Exclusive. The strapless gown, featuring a sweetheart neckline, was fitted to a side-draped bodice with an organza pick-up skirt. Sequin appliques embellished the waistline as the dress flowed into a chapel-length train. She wore an ivory fingertip veil. Hand-tied with ivory satin ribbon, her bouquet was ivory roses adorned with pearls. For her “something old,” the bride wore her great-great-grandmother’s diamond wedding ring. Pearl earrings from her aunt, Joni James of Union City, were her “something borrowed.” The bride’s dress was her “something new” and her “something blue” was ribbon on her garter. After the exchange of vows and rings, the couple lighted the unity candle as Ms. Kangelos sang “Household of Faith.” A prayer by the minister was followed by the declaration and blessing of the marriage. After the presentation of the bridal couple, they exited to “How Sweet It is To Be Loved By You.” The newlyweds were seen off to the reception in a shower of bubbles. They departed in a 1929 Model-A Ford, driven by Perry Barfield of Troy. RECEPTION Following the ceremony, the celebration continued with an outdoor reception at the home of Dr. Matt and Christine Harris in Windram Hills. The entrance was lined with tiki torches and adorned with eggplant ribbon and asparagus fern. The focal point for the buffet tables was a sizeable white tent, lined with white shirred linen, accented with asparagus fern, tied with eggplant and olive satin ribbon. Lighting was provided by large white lanterns hanging from the eave of the tent. Round tables were draped in white linen featuring floral arrangements of eggplant Fuji mums, ivory roses, sage hydrangeas and greenery surrounding a white pillar candle. Urns filled with Boston ferns were placed throughout the area. At a distance, another white tent lined with white shirred linen displayed the desserts. Large white lanterns hung from the eave to supply lighting. Soft candlelight, flickering from black metal hurricane lanterns, and lighting in crystal votives hanging in trees created a delightful ambiance to the area. As they arrived at the reception, the wedding party and newlyweds were announced by Dr. Harris. Large vases filled with Fuji mums, ivory roses and long-stemmed calla lilies decorated the serving tables. Covered in white linen, the buffet tables held an assortment of crystal compotes and platters. Guests enjoyed sliced pork tenderloin on rolls, chicken salad on croissants, spinach dip, fresh fruit and bacon dip with assorted crackers. Potatoes in martini glasses were served with butter, sour cream, chives, cheese and bacon in crystal components. A beverage table, holding large glass containers of tea and water, was set up under another small white tent. The bride’s four-tier cake, presented on an ornate silver stand, was vanilla and strawberry with buttercream icing. The cake was topped with a white chocolate ribbon. Rose petals and olive monogrammed napkins were on the bride’s table. For the groom’s table, a golf theme was used. On a silver tier, chocolate cupcakes, decorated with green icing and topped with miniature golf tees and golf balls, were served to guests. Sitting on the table was a framed photograph of the bride and groom on the golf course. Several of the groom’s golfing accessories were placed on the table. Guests also enjoyed a chocolate fountain surrounded by marshmallows, brownies, strawberries and pineapple. After throwing the bouquet and garter, the bride and groom left for their honeymoon to St. Lucia in the West Indies. Upon their return, the couple is residing in Troy. REHEARSAL DINNER On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in the fellowship hall of Troy First Baptist Church. The tables were draped with white cloths and decorated with arrangements of Fuji mums, ivory roses, and hydrangeas, surrounding a white pillar candle. The buffet table featured an arrangement of Fugi mums, long-stemmed calla lilies, ivory and jade roses with greenery in a crystal vase. Guests were served beef brisket, smothered chicken, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, green beans and a choice of triple chocolate cake or cheesecake. After viewing a DVD presentation highlighting the lives of the bridal couple, toasts were given by friends and family. The couple presented gifts to their attendants and their parents. Published in The Messenger 12.3.08

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