Miss Mason, Ferguson united in marriage
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 8:01 pm
First Christian Church in Dyersburg was the setting for the recent wedding of Sara Jo Mason of Dyersburg and Benjamin Craig Ferguson of Union City.
The bride is the daughter of Scott Mason of Macon, Mo., Al and Penny Guthrie of Dyersburg and Kevin Howard of Franklin. She is the granddaughter of Jack and Shirley DeWitt, Jim and Pat Howard and Howard and Ida Guthrie, all of Dyersburg, Geraldine Howard of Newbern and the late Willa Mae Mason of Macon. The groom is the son of Scott and Annette Ferguson of Union City. He is the grandson of Wanda Sublett of Union City and the late Kenneth Sublett and Ron and Sue Ferguson of Louisville, Ky.
The Rev. Kenny Chessor of Finley officiated the double-ring ceremony.
Upon entering the double doors to the church, guests were greeted by Erin Guthrie and Mackenzie Guthrie, both of Milan, sisters of the bride; and Brittany Hawkins of Dyersburg and Samantha Stahlman of Newbern, friends of the bride. Crystal vases containing Olivia pink roses interspersed with pink wax flowers and greenery were the focal point of the registry tables. The wedding programs were distributed by the attendants.
Family pews were marked with pink stock tied with white tulle bows. The altar area was accented with Boston ferns. The couple’s white pearl unity candle with tapers on each side was placed on an elegant mahogany stand on the left side of the altar. A DVD presentation highlighting the lives of the bridal couple from childhood through their engagement was presented as guests were seated.
The grandparents were seated to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong. Mrs. DeWitt wore a lime green two-piece floor-length gown. Mrs. Howard chose a pink two-piece tea-length dress. Mrs. Guthrie selected an ankle-length black skirt and red jacket. Mrs. Sublett wore a floor-length three-piece lavender lace over satin dress accented with silver threads. Mrs. Ferguson was attired in a black two-piece ankle-length ensemble. They wore corsages of white roses.
Seating of the mothers was to “You and Me Against the World” by Helen Reddy. The bride’s mother wore a pink crepe two-piece formal-length gown, which featured tiny ruffles around the neckline. The groom’s mother chose a floor-length creation of nutmeg satin featuring a pencil skirt and a lace-over-satin princess bodice. They wore corsages of white roses, stephanotis, baby’s breath and greenery. They were escorted to the altar by their spouses to light individual tapers representing each family.
Serving as maid of honor was Kaley Goostree of Dyersburg, friend of the bride, while matron of honor was Laura Beth Pritchett of Newbern, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kailey Mason of Macon, sister of the bride; and Mallory Akin, Lindsey Jett, Keri Clanton and Emma McAlister, all of Newbern, Whitney Funderburk of Mem-phis, Courtney Beasley of Finley and Victoria Kelley of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., friends of the bride. They wore strapless, silver metallic crepe cocktail-length dresses with empire waistlines. The dresses were embellished at the back waist — five girls wearing pearl pink bows and the other five wearing peridot bows. They carried pink hydrangeas with stems wrapped in white satin ribbon.
Katie Hawkins, daughter of Brian and Brittany Hawkins of Dyersburg, friends of the bride, served as flower girl. She wore an ivory ankle-length dress with a satin bodice decorated in the back with tiny covered buttons and a skirt with multiple layers of tulle. A pearl pink sash was tied at the back waistline.
Ryan Angel of Martin, cousin of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Zach Buckland of Union City and Ben Powers of Martin, childhood and high school friends of the groom; and Kevin Strobel of Clarksville, Michael Keatts of Dover and Woody Ellis and Sam Lawrence, both of Jackson, college friends of the groom. Ushers were brothers of the bride, Kody Howard of Dyersburg and Grant Mason and Gabriel Mason, both of Macon. They wore one-button single-breasted classic notch lapel black tuxedos and matching pleated trousers by Joseph & Feiss with ivory shirts. Their vests and Euro ties were a peridot geometric pattern. They wore boutonnieres of pink roses.
Ring bearer Tucker Sims, son of Eddie and Amy Sims of Dyersburg, friends of the bride, was dressed identical to the groomsmen and carried an ivory satin pillow.
The groom was attired in a two-button, single-breasted black classic notch tuxedo by Calvin Klein with matching black pleated trousers. He wore an ivory vest and Euro tie featuring a geometric pattern. His ivory shirt was accented with gold and white cuff links. His boutonniere was stephanotis and greenery.
The bridal party entered to “Suite From Forrest Gump (Feather theme)” by the O’Neill Brothers. The flower girl and ring bearer entered to “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella.”
“The Prayer” by Celine Dion was played upon the entrance of the bride, who was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father and her childhood stepfather, Kevin Howard.
The bride was radiant in a Maggie Sottero design of alabaster soft shimmer satin. The modified sweetheart neckline featured a one-shoulder strap encrusted with Swarovski crystals. The fitted bodice and hip area was accented with alternating pleats. The gown had a dropped ruched waistline. The skirt, with a flowing chapel train, was lavishly caught up at various points featuring richly-beaded embellishments of Swarovski crystals, bugle beads, sequins and seed pearls. Her single-tier veil of tulle, designed by Edward Berger of New York, was embellished with metallic thread edging and pearls for a floral motif.
She carried a bouquet of white roses, gardenias, white stephanotis, white freesia, gold-tipped roses and Italian ruscus with a sheer gold ribbon intertwined among them.
The ceremony opened with prayer by the minister. After the exchange of vows and blessing and giving of rings, the couple lit the unity candle as “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban played.
After the presentation of the bridal couple, they exited to “Rock N Roll Medley” by Jerry Lee Lewis. Guests lined the sidewalk as the newlyweds left the church amid a shower of bubbles. They departed in a 1987 560SL light blue Mercedes convertible.
After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Lannom Center in Dyersburg.
A white awning covered the sidewalk leading to the entrance. A wooden plaque inscribed with the couple’s names and wedding date was placed on an easel just inside the front doors. A large wooden arbor, handmade by the bride’s stepfather, Al Guthrie, and given as a gift to the couple, was in the lobby. Along the top and on each side of the arbor were sprays of ice pink roses, forsythia, bridal wreath, stargazer lilies, freesia and sprengeri fern. At the top and in the center was a bronze plaque inscribed with, “House of Ferguson established April 3, 2010.”
Between the seats on each side of the arbor was the bride’s table. It was covered with a white linen cloth, overlaid with a gold shimmer satin cloth. The three-tier cake was white with butter cream icing and was garnished with colorful fondant ribbons, bows, polka dots and flowers.
A white linen cloth with a gold satin runner covered the groom’s table. His cake was a double-layer chocolate creation with a pond scene accented with a boat in which sat a whimsical bride and groom with fishing poles in their hands. Around the layers and the top edges of the groom’s cake were various colored “rocks” and cattails. Near the couple was a sign inscribed “Pure Bliss.”
On an easel at the entrance to the reception area was a collage of photographs of the bride in her reception dress, a gift from the bride to the groom. Mini white lights intertwined with white netting hung from the ceiling and down the four corners of the reception area. From the ceiling hung Chinese lanterns and pink parasols. The gift and guest tables were draped in white cloths with gold shimmer satin runners. Table centerpieces were large glass cylinder vases filled with white calla lilies, pink hydrangeas, curly willow oak, gold twigs and greenery.
As they arrived, the newlyweds were announced by the bride’s stepfather. The bridal couple danced their first dance to “Falling in Love With You,” a Michael Buble song, played by a live band. After they mingled with guests, the bride changed into her reception dress. It was an ivory, soft tulle strapless dress with a crescent neckline adorned with a delicate beadwork design below the “peek-a-boo” netting trim by Casablanca Couture. The bodice was fitted and the natural waistline was accented with silk ribbon bands and Swarovski crystals and rhinestone appliqués. The short skirt featured multi-layered soft, fine tulle in a diamond-shaped silhouette. At this time, the bride and groom tossed the bridal bouquet and garter.
A lavish arrangement of white calla lilies, white hydrangeas, pink stock, white iris, Olivia pink roses, white gladiolas, bells of Ireland, mauve and pink carnations, pink wax flowers, stargazer lilies, leatherleaf fern and Italian ruscus in a three-foot tall crystal vase was the centerpiece for the white linen-covered banquet tables that held an assortment of foods.
Guests enjoyed sliced pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, sausage balls, vegetables with dip, spinach dip and chips, fruit with dip, rolls, cheeses and crackers. At an adjacent table, a fountain flowed with chocolate to dip strawberries, pineapple, cherries, grapes and marshmallows. A beverage table held large glass serving containers of tea and soft drinks. Flower seeds and bottled water, inscribed with “Ben and Sara, Our Journey Begins Today April 3, 2010,” were provided as favors. Music and dancing were enjoyed into the night.
After a honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the couple are residing in Dyersburg.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Abe’s Ribeye Barn in Dyersburg. His father welcomed and thanked guests.
Guests were seated at tables decorated with black linen cloths and burgundy napkins. Asian inspired centerpieces of white hydrangeas, pink wax flowers, white iris, pink roses and greenery graced each table.
Hors d’oeuvres were served. The menu consisted of salad, baked potatoes, steamed vegetables, mini loaves of bread and a choice of ribeye steak, grilled mahi-mahi or grilled pineapple-glazed chicken. Caramel cheesecake and Chocolate-lovers Cake were served for dessert.
Published in The Messenger 6.2.10