Miss Phillips, Bynum united in marriage

Miss Phillips, Bynum united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 8:01 pm

Julie Savannah Phillips of Rives and Alexander Jennings Bynum of Dresden were recently united in marriage during an outdoor ceremony at the home of the father of the bride.
The bride is the daughter of Dwight Phillips of Rives and the late Marsha Phillips of Rives. She is the granddaughter of Melba Butler and the late Gene Butler of Humboldt, Joyce Phillips 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.
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.
Will Norrid of Alamo officiated the double-ring ceremony.
Guests were transported from Central Union United Methodist Church near Rives by limousine. The setting for the ceremony was the front lawn of a Victorian farmhouse built in 1907 by the great-great-grandfather of the bride, the late James Alexander Phillips.
Guests were greeted by Paige Dilday of Dresden, college friend of the bride. She was seated at a white café table flanked by two chairs covered in turquoise taffeta material. The focal point of the register table was an arrangement of natural turquoise lilies interspersed with pink gardenias and white jasmine flowers in a 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 displayed on the table in a large wicker basket.
Guests were seated in white chairs set in a semi-circular pattern in two sections with a wide aisle. A white tulle border edged the walkway and continued down the aisle. The tulle hung intermittently on black shepherd’s hooks, which also held turquoise blue flower balls or one of 12 custom-painted signs with sayings of love and marriage. Silver galvanized buckets held iced custom-labeled water bottles. Flanking the buckets were potted ferns.
A white garden archway served as the altar. It was decorated with white tulle, pink roses, greenery and trailing ivy. At the base of the arch were four ferns.
As guests arrived, “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 were played. At dusk, the wedding processional began. 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.
The bride’s sister, Jeana Beth Andrews of Hendersonville, served as matron of honor, while maid of honor was Brittany Hill of Union City, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Meredith McCoy of Lanett, Ala., childhood friend of the bride; Jennifer Davis of Troy and Whitney Thompson of Elkton, friends of the bride; and Tori Ferrell and Sarah Beth Norrid, both of Alamo, Lacey Hiller of Nashville and Sheena Pitcher and Lauren Taylor, both of Martin, college friends of the bride. The bridesmaids wore knee-length dresses of turquoise blue taffeta. They carried bouquets of natural turquoise lilies, pink gardenias, white jasmine and wax flower with stems wrapped in turquoise satin ribbon.
Serving as honorary bridesmaids were step-sisters of the groom, Rachel Paschall, Rebecca Paschall and Allison Paschall, all of Dresden. They wore black knee-length dresses and corsages of two pink roses and ivy.
Mallorie McCoy, daughter of Skip and Kathy McCoy of Lanett, and Libby Carman, daughter of Allan and Rebekah Carman of Union City, friends of the bride, served as flower girls. They wore white tea-length dresses and carried white satin baskets accented with turquoise satin ribbon and bows which held white and pink rose petals.
The groom was attired in a Calvin Klein gray two-button super 110s satin edge peak lapel tuxedo with a platinum Tuscany paisley print vest and bow tie, white shirt with silver cufflinks and black round toe shoes. His boutonniere was a white rose with ivy and baby’s breath.
Jimmy Hiller of Nashville, fraternity brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Sam Freeman of Martin and Andrew Wilhite of Dresden, friends of the groom; and Kyle Brooks, Jacob Crowe and Cory Davis, all of Martin, Thomas Elam of Union City, Roe Hughes and Matt Thomas, both of Dresden, and Matt Pickle of Selmer, fraternity brothers of the groom.
Ushers were Blake Alexander of Martin, cousin of the groom; and Kirk Rogers of Gleason and John Pickle of Selmer, fraternity brothers of the groom. Their attire matched that of the groom. They wore single pink rose boutonnieres.
Phillip Andrews and Pryce Andrews, sons of Jeana Beth and Stephen Andrews of Hendersonville, nephews of the bride, served as ring bearers. They wore turquoise blue vests and bow ties with white shirts, pants and shoes. They carried pillows made of turquoise blue taffeta accented with white and silver ribbon.
“Bridal Chorus” by Wagner was played as the bride entered. She was escorted and given in marriage by her father, who was attired in the gray tuxedo by Calvin Klein.
The bride wore a Mon Cheri design of white satin. The strapless gown featured a sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice accented with liquid crystal beading, bugle beads, sequins and seed pearls. The skirt flowed down to form a satin train. The back of the dress was finished with covered white buttons which trailed to the end of the train. Her single-tier fingertip veil of tulle was accented by a row of liquid crystal beading at the edge. The bride wore Coloriffics satin turquoise blue heels with square silver rhinestone accents. She carried a bouquet of natural turquoise blue lilies, pink gardenias, white jasmine and wax flower wrapped in turquoise satin ribbon. With her bouquet was a picture of her mother and her mother’s wedding ring.
The minister opened the ceremony with a prayer. The couple exchanged vows and rings and received marriage blessings.
They then exited to “Everything” by Michael Buble.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to a reception at Celebration Centré in Union City.
Two topiary trees tied with white satin ribbon and tulle flanked the entrance. The door was decorated with a turquoise blue and chocolate brown satin and tulle bow. Just inside the threshold was a portrait of the bride framed in black walnut frame trimmed with an silver interior border. It sat upon a standing cherry easel, which had belonged to the bride’s mother.
Inside the reception hall was a rectangular table draped with a white linen tablecloth. It held 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 and was also decorated with engagement photos of the couple in various silver and black frames, two baskets with sparklers and matches, a guest book and pen, a satin card box and a matted photograph of the couple, which guests could sign with blessings 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 tablecloths. Centerpieces for the seating tables consisted of a 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  light green hydrangeas, turquoise blue Gerber daisies and tall white gladiolas. The bottom of each vase held as 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. The pub tables were decorated with illuminated turquoise blown glass votives which sat on circular mirrors.
The couple arrived at the centre’ in a white stretch limo. As the couple entered, they proceeded to the dance floor, which was positioned 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 a live band.
The bride’s table was draped with a white linen tablecloth. The bride’s 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 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, as they encircled the cake. The cake knife and server used was a family heirloom, which was used by the bride’s parents and her sister.
The groom selected a double-layered chocolate cake 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 covered with a white linen tablecloth and accented with turquoise blue, green and clear marbles.
Guests dined on a selection of hors d’oeuvres displayed on round tables draped with white linen tablecloths. Bourbon meatballs, boneless chicken wings, crab dip with crouton chips and pizza dip with baked tortilla chips were set among silver Arthur Court servers. In the center of the food was a display of boiled shrimp surrounded by sauces. Another table held a multi-tiered formation containing a  selection of fruits and vegetables with dips. A beverages table held glass serving containers of tea, lemonade and water.
Music and dancing were enjoyed.
As the couple exited to a white stretch limousine, they were greeted by an illuminated walkway of sparklers held by guests.
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 tablecloths with alternating turquoise blue or black and white damask linen runners. Centerpieces of 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 Norrid.
A video presentation of the bridal couple from infancy throughout their lives and into their courtship was presented. Several toasts were made.

Published in The Messenger 9.29.10


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