Miss Sweat, Rawls united in marriage
Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 8:01 pm
Holly Renee Sweat and Jason Wayne Rawls, both of Lexington, were recently united in marriage in an outdoor ceremony held at the home of the groom’s parents.
The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Wanda Sweat of Corinth, Miss. She is the granddaughter of the late Otis and Virgie Allen of Walnut, Miss., and the late Odis and JoAnne Sweat of Middleton.
The groom is the son of Jerry and Karen Rawls of Union City. His grandparents are Lou Stegall of Jackson and the late K.V. Stegall and Leola Rawls of Dresden and the late James Rawls.
A multitude of summer flowers set the stage for the romantic wedding. The gardens and bird sanctuary were in bloom with day lilies, coneflowers, wave petunias, impatience and a plush array of Boston and Kimberly ferns. Arbors covered with clouds of tulle entwined with ivy and accented with summer flowers and satin beaded bows were placed at the entry of the garden and on the deck where the ceremony took place. The deck was draped with tulle, summer flowers and satin bows.
The registry table, which was covered with an ivory embroidered tablecloth, held a photo of the couple and a basket filled with seashells. The guests were asked to write special wishes for the bride and groom within the shells and place them in a crystal apothecary jar to be presented to the couple.
Steve Goodrich of Union City performed the double-ring ceremony.
As the wedding party entered, the hour of the wedding was heralded by the sounding of train whistles.
Kim Caviness of Jackson, Miss., sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. She wore a kelly green cocktail-length dress of sateen. The strapless dress was accented at the waist with ruching. She carried a bouquet of pink Peruvian lilies, carnations and daisies wrapped in pink ribbon.
The bride’s nieces, Sophia and Olivia Caviness of Jackson, Miss., were flower girls. They wore Strasburg sundresses of white cotton. Crocheted lace with satin ribbon trimmed the neck and hemline. They carried summer baskets filled with pink and yellow rose petals.
Clint Rawls of Union City, brother of the groom, served as best man. He and the groom were dressed in khaki-colored linen suits, complemented by mint green ties. The men wore boutonnieres of dark pink roses.
The attendants entered to “At My Most Beautiful” by REM.
“Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole was played as the bride entered on her father’s arm. Her white strapless organza gown featured beadwork at the natural waist. The tea-length A-line skirt was overlaid with chiffon. In her upswept hair were satin flowers accented with Swarovski crystals. For her jewelry, she wore a matching pearl necklace, bracelet and earrings. She carried a bouquet of various shades of pink roses and Peruvian lilies tied with tulle and pink ribbon.
After the exchanging of rings, the couple poured unity sand to Ingrid Michelson’s “The Way I Am.” The bride and groom left the ceremony to “Foxglove” by MbyD.
The event was coordinated and photographed by special friend of the family Faye Buckner of Troy. The music was provided by the groom’s good friend, Ben Walsh, of Martin.
Immediately following the ceremony, a reception with a Hawaiian theme was held in the gardens.
Guest tables were covered with white overlaid tablecloths adorned by hurricane candles trimmed with summer flowers and white beaded satin bows. The guests enjoyed a barbecue dinner with all the trimmings and fresh fruit.
The three-tiered wedding cake was artistically covered with elaborate lace, buttons and bows of almond icing. It was topped with a large confection bow.
Rose petals were scattered around the base of the cake.
The groom’s cake was a giant chocolate cookie decorated in floral colors.
Assisting with the dinner was Aneta McDaniel of Palmersville, aunt of the groom.
Before departing for a honeymoon in Hawaii, the bridal couple presented each guest with a lei.
The couple will make their home in Lexington.
Published in The Messenger 6.30.10