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Miss Johnson, Grooms united in marriage

Miss Johnson, Grooms united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:01 pm

Jennifer Joy Johnson and Enoch Russell Grooms, both of Southaven, Miss., were recently united in marriage.
The bride is the daughter of Bobby and Gail Johnson of Samburg and Wanda Williams of Southaven. She is the granddaughter of the late Johnnie E. and Elisabeth Johnson of Troy, the late Dorothy Grider of Puryear and Bill and Sue Williams of Crutchfield, Ky.
The groom is the son of the late Dick Grooms and the late Barbara Ivy. His grandparents are the late Enoch Jefferson “Pea Joe” Ivy and the late Johnnie Lucretia Ivy of Sarah, Miss., and the late Robert and Lucille Grooms of Horn Lake, Miss.
The private evening ceremony was held in the backyard gazebo of the beautiful Reelfoot Lake-side home of the bride’s father and step-mother. The Rev. Archie Larry of Hornbeak officiated.
Guests entered along a path of shepherd’s hooks adorned with ivory tulle. An engagement picture of the bride and groom on a garden flag was posted at the entrance.
Hung on the iron garden gate leading to the seating area was an arrangement of pink Gerber daisies, Sweet Unique and Virginia roses and lotus pods in a hanging wicker pocket.
 The entrance of the gazebo held two five-foot tall topiaries covered in moss and draped with an array of pink Gerber daisies, lotus pods and sprengeri.
The inside of the gazebo was adorned with a grapevine wreath which held a fresh arrangement consisting of gladiolas, Sweet Unique and Virginia roses, pink Gerber daisies and lotus pods.
The gazebo was topped with an arrangement consisting of pink gladiolas, Sweet Unique and Virginia roses, pink carnations, an array of pink Gerber daisies, wax flower and green buttons accented with sprengeri, salal leaves and fern. Lotus pods were added to coincide with the Reelfoot Lake setting. The arrangement cascaded down each side on a bed of ivory tulle. 
The elegant landscaping blended in with the outside setting.
Best friends of the bride, Kerri Potts and Lori Barker, both of Union City, provided the music, including several instrumental pieces by Kenny G prior to the ceremony. “From This Moment” by Shania Twain was played as guests were seated.
The groom’s daughters, Jonnie Bell Grooms and Ivy Lauren Grooms, both of Skipperville, Ala., stood with the couple. Jonnie wore a brown sleeveless dress with matching accessories. Ivy wore brown knit capris with a pink floral sheer top with matching accessories. Each of the girls wore a special ring which had belonged to their grandmother, the late Barbara Grooms. They carried long-stemmed Sweet Unique roses tied with bubble gum pink ribbon.
Kenny G’s “Wedding Song” was played as the bride’s mother and step-mother were seated and the attendants entered.
The groom wore khaki linen dress pants with a linen ivory shirt and sandals. His boutonnière consisted of a wax flower backed by   a salal leaf and wrapped with ivory ribbon.
Kenny G’s version of “The Wedding March” was played as the bride entered, escorted by her father, who gave her in marriage.
The bride wore a fitted pewter V-neck dress and a tiara in her hair. Her dress served as her “something new.” Tear drop pearl earrings, which belong to a co-worker, were her “something borrowed”; a pearl necklace, given to her when she served as a bridal attendant, was her “something old”; and a ring, which belonged to the groom’s mother, was her “something blue.”
Her bouquet was an arrangement of 18 Sweet Unique and Virginia roses skirted by salal and tied with pewter ribbon to match her dress. She carried it wrapped in a handkerchief which had been given to her by her grandmother, the late Elisabeth Johnson of Troy.
The bridal couple exchanged vows, including special vows for the groom’s daughters.

RECEPTION
A reception followed at Boyette’s Dining Room at Reelfoot Lake.
The tables were decorated with white tablecloths and pink runners. Each table had a beautiful arrangement of flowers, with clear mirrors to accent them. Guests’ places were marked by name cards on the tables.
A framed picture of the bride and groom was placed on a table along with a birdcage where cards could be placed.
Everyone enjoyed their choice of fish, country ham and the trimmings. Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing were also served. 
The bride and groom chose this time to open gifts.
The couple spent their wedding night at the Lilly Pad Lodge on Reelfoot Lake, compliments of her brother and sister-in-law, Jock and Delise Johnson of Union City.
The couple resides in Southaven.
Published in The Messenger 7.28.10

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