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Miss Westbrooks, Sanner united in morning ceremony

Miss Westbrooks, Sanner united in morning ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 8:01 pm

In a beautiful morning ceremony at First United Methodist Church in Union City, Anne Corum Westbrooks and Matthew Robert Sanner, both of Union City, were united in marriage. Officiating was Dr. David Russell.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Moss Fry Kirkland and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anthony Westbrooks, all of Union City. She is the granddaughter of the Joyce Holt Osborne and the late Charles E. Westbrooks, both of Union City, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Billy E. Corum of Troy.
The groom is the son of Kristin Stott Woodbeck of Tulsa, Okla., and Dr. Robert F. Sanner Jr. of Union City. He is the grandson of Mr. And Mrs. Chester Stott of Topsfield, Mass., and the late Mr. And Mrs. Robert F. Sanner Sr. of Naples, Fla.
The church was simply decorated with French flower buckets containing chamomile and baby’s breath grouped on the entrance steps and wreaths of baby’s breath and oxeye daisies on the church doors. The altar of the sanctuary held a large crystal vase filled with sweetpea, chamomile, oxeye daisies and wild honeysuckle, all favorite flowers of the bride and her late grandmother, Jane Hoffman Corum. Pews were marked with hand-tied bouquets of chamomile.
Sisters of the bride, Elizabeth Corum Westbrooks of Union City was maid of honor and Allison Ivey Westbrooks of Union City was bridesmaid. They were attired in knee-length mustard yellow dresses of dupioni silk in a style of their own choosing. They carried bouquets of chamomile tied with matching ribbon.
Dr. Sanner attended his son as best man and Brian Edward Ferguson of Union City served as groomsman.
The wedding party entered the sanctuary to Edvard Greig’s “Morning Music” played by pianist Leah Jean (Moss) Rollins of Trenton.
As a very simple version of the “Wedding March” was played on the piano, the bride, lovely in a white taffeta gown with a sweetheart neckline and a dropped waist of box pleats that flowed into a chapel-length train, walked down the aisle. She wore an elbow-length veil and carried a bouquet of sweetpea and chamomile to complete her look.

Following a group photograph of the wedding party and guests on the front steps of the church, everyone walked with the bride and groom to the reception held in the fellowship hall, where a buffet of brunch foods was served. The three-tiered sugared coconut wedding cake, beautiful in its simplicity, was displayed on an heirloom crystal cake stand. The cake had raspberry filling, which is a favorite of the groom.
After the brunch reception, everyone was invited to join the bridal couple at Poplar Meadows Country Club for an afternoon of swimming and golf. A wedding celebration was held later that evening in the clubhouse.

The rehearsal dinner was an old-fashioned barbecue picnic held at Poplar Meadows Country Club.
Family, friends and out-of-town guests joined the wedding party for a barbecued Boston butt and ribs, side dishes, fried peach pies and homemade vanilla ice cream.

Prior to the day of the wedding rehearsal, the bride’s family hosted an informal meet and greet in the lobby of the Hampton Inn for the two families to get to know each other. After cups of Lynchburg Lemonade and hors d’oeuvres, the group traveled to the gracious country home of Mr. and Mrs. Newell Graham of Rives for a crawfish boil held in their honor.
The gathering was co-hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Richard Graham and Stanford Graham, all of Union City.

The bridal couple was also honored with a wine and cheese party given by friends and held in the Old Car Museum at Dixie Gun Works in Union City and a backyard cookout hosted by friends at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Gabe Sullivan of Troy.
The newlyweds are residing in Union City after a honeymoon at Lake Arrowhead in Limerick, Maine.
Published in The Messenger 8.19.09


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