Phillips- Bynum married on Aug. 7

Phillips- Bynum married on Aug. 7

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2010 2:28 pm

Phillips- Bynum married on Aug. 7 | Julie Savannah Phillips,Alexander Jennings Bynum

Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Bynum
Julie Savannah Phillips and Alexander Jennings Bynum were united in marriage on Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the home of the father of the bride near Rives.
The bride is the daughter of Dwight Phillips and the late Marsha Phillips of Rives. Julie is the granddaughter of Melba and the late Gene Butler of Humboldt, Joyce and the late Jimmie Phillips of South Fulton, the late Clerence and Mary Ruth Johnson of Union City and the late Howard Arnold Jr. of California. She is a 2006 graduate of Obion County Central High School in Troy and a 2009 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin. She is employed at First State Bank in Martin.
The groom is the son of Hal and Melanie Bynum and Lisa Alexander, all of Dresden. He is the grandson of Wendell and Shirley Alexander and the late Jane Alexander, all of Dresden, and the late J.W. and Mary Tyson Bynum of Palmersville. He is a 2006 graduate of Gleason High School and a 2009 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin. He is an affiliate broker at Wendell Alexander Realty in Dresden.
Brother Will Norrid of Alamo officiated the ceremony.
Guest of the ceremony were transported from Central Union United Methodist Church by Parks Luxury Limousine. The setting for the ceremony was the front lawn of an antique Victorian farmhouse built in 1907 by the great-great-grandfather of the bride, the late James Alexander Phillips. The front of the house served as the backdrop of the double ring ceremony.
Once the guests arrived, they were greeted by Paige Dilday of Dresden, a college friend of the bride. Miss Dilday was seated at a white café table flanked by two chairs covered in turquoise taffeta material that matched the dresses of the bridesmaids. The focal point of the register table was an arrangement of natural turquoise lilies interspersed with pink gardenias and white jasmine flowers in a clear glass vase tied with turquoise ribbon. The table also held the guest book and pen. The wedding programs, which opened into five panel fans, were also displayed at the table in a large wicker basket.
Seating for the guests was provided with white chairs set-up in a semi-circular pattern in two sections with a wide aisle in the middle. A white tulle border edged the walkway and continued down the aisle. The tulle hung intermittently on black shepard’s hooks that also held turquoise blue flower balls or one of twelve custom painted signs with sayings of love and marriage. Custom labeled water bottles were also provided for the guests. Large silver galvanized buckets held the iced down water bottles. Flanking the buckets were large potted ferns.
A large white garden archway served as the alter for the ceremony. The archway was elegantly decorated with flowing white tulle, large pink roses, greenery and trailing ivy. At the base of the arch were four large ferns tiered in placement.
As guests arrived, soft music was provided by Todd Maxey. Songs that played were “I’d Find You” by Chris Cagle, “Your Song” by Elton John, “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontange, “All We Ever Find” by Tim McGraw and “Crazy Love” by Michael Buble. The wedding processional began at dusk. Seating of the grandparents, parents and honorary bridesmaids was to “It Feels Like Home To Me” by Chantel Kreviazuk. The bridal party entered to “Songbird” by Eva Cassidy.
Serving as matron of honor was Jeana Beth Andrews of Hendersonville, sister of the bride, while maid of honor was Brittany Hill of Union City, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Meredith McCoy of Laynette, Ala., a childhood friend of the bride; Jennifer Davis of Troy and Whitney Thompson of Elkton, both friends of the bride; Tori Ferrell of Alamo, Lacey Hiller of Nashville, Sarah Beth Norrid of Alamo, Sheena Pitcher and Lauren Taylor, both of Martin, all college friends of the bride. Each bridesmaid wore a knee length dress of turquoise blue taffeta in the style of their choosing. They carried bouquets of natural turquoise lilies, pink gardenias, white jasmine and wax flowers with stems wrapped in turquoise satin ribbon. Serving as honorary bridesmaids were Rachel Paschall, Rebecca Paschall and Allison Paschall, all of Dresden and step-sisters of the groom. Each wore a black knee length dress of their choosing. They each wore a corsage fashioned of two pink roses and a hint of ivy.
 Mallorie McCoy, daughter of Skip and Kathy McCoy of Lanette, Ala., and Libby Carman, daughter of Allan and Rebekah Carman of Union City, both friends of the bride, served as flower girls. They both wore white tea length dresses and carried white satin baskets accented with turquoise satin ribbon and bows that held white and pink rose petals.
Jimmy Hiller of Nashville, fraternity brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Sam Freeman of Martin and Andrew Wilhite of Dresden, both friends of the groom; Kyle Brooks of Martin, Jacob Crowe of Martin, Cory Davis of Martin, Thomas Elam of Union City, Roe Hughes of Dresden, Matt Pickle of Selmer and Matt Thomas of Dresden, all fraternity brothers of the groom. Ushers were Blake Alexander of Martin, cousin of the groom, Kirk Rogers of Gleason and John Pickle of Selmer, both fraternity brothers of the groom.
Phillip and Pryce Andrews, sons of Jeana Beth and Stephen Andrews of Hendersonville, nephews of the bride, served as ring bearers.  
“Bridal Chorus” by Wagner was played upon the entrance of the bride, who was given in marriage and escorted by her father, Dwight Phillips. Mr. Phillips was also attired in the gray tuxedo by Calvin Klein.
 The bride was elegant in a Mon Cheri design of shimmering soft white satin. The strapless gown featured a modified sweetheart neckline. The fitted bodice was accented with liquid crystal beading, bugle beads, sequins and seed pearls all fashioned scallops and flowers. The skirt gently flowed down and formed a long satin train. The back of the dress was finished with covered white buttons that trailed all the way to the end of the train. Her single-tier fingertip veil of tulle was accented by a single row of liquid crystal beading at the edge. The bride also wore Coloriffics satin turquoise blue heels with a square silver rhinestone accent on the toe. She carried a bouquet of natural turquoise blue lilies, pink gardenias, white jasmine and wax flower with stems wrapped in turquoise satin ribbon. With her bouquet was a picture and wedding ring of the bride’s mother, the late Marsha Phillips.
 The ceremony opened with a prayer by the minister. The couple then exchanged vows, their rings, and received marriage blessings. After the presentation of the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Bynum exited to the song “Evething” by Michael Buble.

After the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception at the Celebration Cetnre’ in Union City.
 Two topiary trees tied with white satin ribbon and tulle flanked the entrance. The door of the Celebration Centre’ was decorated with a turquoise blue and chocolate brown satin and tulle bow. Just inside the threshold was a 16” x 20” portrait of the bride in her wedding attire. It was framed in black walnut frame trimmed with an silver interior border and sat upon a standing cherry easel that belonged to the late mother of the bride.
Inside the reception hall was a long rectangular table draped with a white linen table cloth. The focal point of the table was an arrangement of light green hydrangeas, turquoise lilac stems and tall white gladiolas placed in a tall glass vase accented with assorted blue, green and clear marbles. The table was also decorated with engagement photos of the couple in various silver and black frames, two baskets with sparklers and matches, guest book and pen, a satin card box and a large matted photograph of the couple that guests could sign with blessing and well-wishes.
The reception area was furnished with seating tables interspersed with tall pub tables around the perimeter. All tables were dressed in floor length white linen table cloths. Centerpieces for the large seating tables consisted of a variation of tall and medium height arrangements. The taller arrangements held light green hydrangea stems, turquoise lilac stems, and tall willow branches accented with small turquoise seed balls. The smaller vases held stems of light green hydrangeas, turquoise blue gerber daisies and tall white gladiolas. The bottom of each vase held an assortment of blue, green and clear marbles. Two pub tables served as the focal point of the room and were tied in the middle with large accent bows made of turquoise blue tulle. Each pub table was decorated with an illuminated turquoise blown glass votive that sat on a circular mirror.
The couple arrived at the Celebration Centre’ in a white stretch limo. As the couple entered, they preceded to the dance floor which sat in the middle of reception hall. Mr. and Mrs. Bynum shared their first dance together to a Lady Antebellum song, “When You’ve Got a Good Thing” played by the live band 24 Seven.
The bride’s table was hung with a white linen table cloth. The four-tier square cake was a white butter cream icing and split layer strawberry and vanilla creation. It was placed on top of a sterling silver square serving tray. The cake’s exterior was garnished with varied swirls, dots and criss-cross icing detail. The cake topper was a silver B initial with rhinestone detailing. The bridesmaid’s bouquets served as the flower decor on the table, as they generously encircled the cake. The cake knife and server used is a cherished family heirloom that was used by both the bride’s parents and sister at their respective weddings.
The groom selected a double-layer chocolate cake. The cake was decorated with a large A initial symbolizing the University of Alabama. It sat upon a sterling silver serving plate. A row of chocolate covered strawberries completed the cake design. The table was hung with a white linen table cloth and accented with turquoise blue, green and clear marbles.
Guests dined on a selection of heavy Hors D’oeuvres elegentally displayed on three round tables draped with white linen table clothes. Bourbon meatballs, boneless chicken wings, crab dip with cruton chips and pizza dip with baked tortilla chips were set among silver Arthur Court servers. In the center of the food display was a large display of boiled shrimp surrounded by sauces. Another table held a multi-tiered formation containing a large selection of both fruits and vegetables with various dips. A beverage table held large glass serving containers of tea, lemonade and water. Catering was provided by Kountry Korner in Dresden. Music and dancing were enjoyed by all guests into the night. As the couple exited the reception, they were greeted by an illuminated walkway of sparklers held by guests as they made their grand exit into a white stretch limousine.
 After a honeymoon in Negril, Jamaica, the couple is residing in Dresden.


On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Elk’s Lodge in Dresden. Guests were seated at tables decorated with white linen table cloths with alternating turquoise blue or black and white damask linen runners. Centerpieces of live white spider mums set in crystal vases graced each table.
The menu consisted of marinated steak medallions, chicken fettuccine alfredo, twice baked potato casserole, green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese and rolls. Key lime mousse and chocolate delight were served as dessert.
The father of the groom welcomed and thanked guests. An invocation was given by Brother Will Norrid. A video presentation of the bridal couple from infancy throughout their lives on into their courtship was presented. Several toasts were made to the couple from friends and family members. The night ended amid many cheers and excitement for the upcoming day.


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