Miss Hawley, Carter united in marriage
Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 8:01 pm
Tara E. Hawley and James Franklin Carter III, both of Nashville, were united in marriage recently at The Chapel at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns.
Ralph Griggs of Nashville officiated the double-ring Christian ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Janet Boyd of Union City and the late Lawrence Hawley. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Newsom of Union City and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Hawley of Memphis.
The groom is the son of James and Jane Carter of Valdosta, Ga. His grandparents are James F. Carter Sr. and the late Jannie Carter of Valdosta and Bruce Daugharty and the late Jean Daugharty of Lake Park, Ga.
The walkway of the stone chapel was lined with lighted birdcage lanterns accented with ivory tulle bows.
The family pews were marked with olive and chocolate brown pew bows and the altar was adorned with a tall glass vase filled with acorns and accented with an arrangement of mums in fall colors. On each side of the vase stood crystal candlesticks tied at the base with bows made from chocolate brown tulle. Pillar candlesticks of various heights also flanked the altar.
The stained-glass windows of the chapel were beautiful in the evening glow. A picture of the bride and her father, along with a poem and a lighted candle, was placed near the entrance of the chapel in loving memory of her father.
Guests were greeted at the registry table by Tori McClain of Union City, cousin of bride, who distributed wedding programs. The registry table was accented with olive and chocolate brown bows and held a photo mat with a picture of the wedding couple so guests could sign well wishes.
Brian Shelton of Knoxville and Nick Eddlemon, cousin of the groom, of Memphis served as ushers. The father of the groom served as best man. The groomsmen were James Davis of Valdosta, cousin of the groom; and Lukas Hawley of Nashville, brother of the bride.
As the candles were lighted and the groomsmen entered, “Georgia” was played.
The mothers and grandmothers were seated to “Ava Maria.” The mother of the bride wore a two-piece ensemble made of brown shantung. The bolero jacket was accented with a rhinestone closure. The mother of the groom wore a two-piece tea-length teal ensemble. The mothers and grandmothers held nosegays fashioned with the bride’s selection of flowers and tied with ivory ribbons.
Rebecca Gooch of Troy served her childhood friend as maid of honor. The bridesmaids included Mandy Hawley of Nashville, sister of the bride; and Andrea Turbeville Shelton of Knoxville, childhood friend of the bride. They wore olive green flat taffeta dresses, which featured v-necklines in the front and back and ruched empire waists with tie backs at the waists. They carried bouquets of burnt orange roses tied with chocolate brown ribbons. The procession of the bridesmaids was to “Canon in D.”
The bride, escorted by her brother and given in marriage by her mother and family, made her entrance to the traditional “Bridal Chorus.” She wore a beaded ivory lace trumpet gown with an empire waist, cap sleeves and a chapel train. She complemented it with a floor-length Matilda lace veil. Her bouquet was of calla lilies and roses in deep yellows and oranges, tied with chocolate brown and olive green ribbon.
The bride wore a string of pearls given to her by her mother and, as her “something borrowed,” wore her mother’s diamond earrings, a gift from her father.
The reception was held at the War Memorial building in Dickson.
The railings leading to the building were tied with ivory tulle bows and the large white columns of the historic building were tied with chocolate brown tulle bows. Guests entered through the beautiful French doors. Displayed in the hall was a table which held a small fountain, a gift to the couple from the groom’s parents. Surrounding the fountain were photographs of the bride and groom from their childhood.
Guest tables were accented with olive green runners over white tablecloths. Terra cotta pots containing fall floral arrangements accented the tables. Small pine cones and greenery encompassed the arrangements.
Guests were served barbecue with potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans and buns.
The three-layer wedding cake included top and bottom layers of white cake and the middle layer of chocolate cake, all with raspberry filling. It was adorned with a miniature bride and groom — the same one the bride’s parents use on their wedding cake.
The couple danced their first dance as husband and wife to “From Such Great Heights” by Iron and Wine. Music provided by a DJ was enjoyed by all.
Well wishers lined the stairs of the building and tossed birdseed as the couple descended. The couple honeymooned in Waikiki, Hawaii.
The couple resides in Nashville.
Published in The Messenger 12.29.10