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Miss Ervin, McCulloch united in marriage

Miss Ervin, McCulloch united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 8:01 pm

Natalie Taylor-Albright Ervin of Obion and Thomas Ashe McCulloch of Dyersburg were recently united in marriage at Zion United Methodist Church in the Zion community.
The Rev. Richard Carruth of Newbern officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Greg and Donna Ervin of Obion. She is the granddaughter of Anna Laura Ervin, the late James L. Ervin, Ralph Kizer and the late Betty Kizer, all of Obion.
The groom is the son of Mike and Laura McCulloch of Dyersburg. He is the grandson of Moorman and Jane McAnulty of Boliver, Dr. Mavis Johnson and the late Robert Johnson of Jackson and Monroe McCulloch and the late Glynda McCulloch of Dyersburg.
Arrangements of silk flowers in the shape of the initials “N” and “T” were placed on the exterior of the church doors. Two large ivory mesh wreaths were placed on the interior doors.
An engagement photograph of the bridal couple and photographs of family members’ weddings were placed at the entrance. The table which held the photographs was also adorned with cream-colored tulle and small flower arrangements. A memorial table held photographs of deceased family members and friends. It was decorated with a glass vase filled with multiple-colored water beads and a tea light, along with a flower arrangement consisting of dark pink roses, orange Gerber daisies, yellow carnations, green Fuji mums, white daisies and bells of Ireland.
Guests were greeted at the registry table by Emily Jones of Newbern, cousin of the groom, and Olivia Ferguson of Obion, friend of the bride. They wore carnation and daisy corsages. The table was adorned with a multi-colored floral arrangement and a wooden box inscribed with the McCulloch name, which held the wedding programs.  
As a variety of music was played, guests were seated by ushers Wade Norsworthy of Troy and Steven Smith of Obion, brothers-in-law of the bride; and Daniel Armstrong of Clayton, cousin of the bride. They wore black tuxedos trimmed with satin, guava-colored vests and ties and dark pink boutonnieres.
The sanctuary was decorated with multiple wrought iron lanterns with glass votives and candles. Several flower arrangements of dark pink roses, orange Gerber daisies, yellow carnations, green Fuji mums, white daisies and bells of Ireland, along with green plants, adorned the sanctuary. The window seals held burnt orange lanterns with tea lights and ivory bows. A large “M” was placed over the piano and was flanked by glass vases filled with multiple-colored water beads and tea lights.
A table for the sand ceremony was placed at the altar, with spiral candle stands located on each end. Single wrought iron candle stands, accented with ivory-colored bows and holding ivory candles, were placed behind the communion rail.
The grandparents were seated to “Unforgettable.” The grandfathers wore dark pink boutonnieres and the grandmothers were pinned with dark pink rose corsages.
The mothers were seated to “Mama’s Song.” During this time, the bridal couple’s mothers and fathers poured sand into a container symbolizing their family. The bride’s mother chose a silver square neckline sleeveless, knee-length dress, with a small cropped sleeve jacket with fabric designs along the neck. The bride’s father wore a black tuxedo trimmed in satin accented with a gray vest and tie. The groom’s mother chose a sleeveless silver scalloped tiered knee-length dress with a jeweled neckline. The groom’s father chose a black suit with a silver tie. The mothers were pinned with dark pink rose corsages and the fathers wore dark pink boutonnieres.
The groom, groomsmen and preacher entered the sanctuary to “Anchors Away.”
Serving as best man was Johnathan Duncan of Dyersburg, best friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Brandon McCulloch of Manhattan, Kan., and Wesley McCulloch of Dyersburg, brothers of the groom; Nick Moody and Shayne Binkley, both of Dyersburg, friends of the groom; and Alan Baker of Dyersburg, brother-in-law of the groom. They all wore black tuxedos with satin trim accented with black vest and ties and dark pink boutonnieres.
The groom was wearing his Naval Dress Blues with two medals, on ribbon, and ranking device on his left shoulder. Upon leaving the church, he wore his Dixie Cup hat.
The bridal party entered to “Marry Me.” Serving as maid of honor was Anna Lyon of Troy, best friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Samantha Norsworthy of Troy and Jackie Smith of Obion, sisters of the bride; Meaghan Baker and Lauren Brooke McCulloch, both of Dyersburg, sisters of the groom; and Autumn Yates of Knoxville, friend of the bride. They wore guava-colored strapless dresses with form-fitting bodices and pick up skirts above the knees. They carried dark pink roses, orange Gerber daisies, yellow carnations, green Fuji mums and white daisies wrapped in guava- and clover-colored ribbons.
The flower girls were MaryAnna Smith of Obion, niece of the bride, and Bella Ruth Hallum of Bartlett, great cousin of the bride. They wore ivory Shantung tank dresses with full tulle skirts accented with guava-colored ribbons. They carried kissing balls of ivory and pink roses tied with clover-colored ribbon.
The bride entered on the arm of her father to the traditional “Wedding March.” She wore an ivory radiant taffeta dress with a ruched sweetheart neckline. The bodice was criss-crossed taffeta featuring a corset back, elongated waistline enhanced with a floral design of crystals, rhinestones, pearls, bugle beads and sequins. The skirt featured tiers of ruffled radiant taffeta and had a chapel train.
Keeping with tradition, for her “something new,” the bride wore a tiara of pearls and rhinestones with a single tier illusion veil accented with crystals, bugle beads and pearls. She carried a bouquet of flowers consisting of dark pink roses, orange Gerber daisies, yellow carnations, green Fuji mums and white daisies wrapped in her “something old” — a white and blue lace handkerchief given to her by her grandmother, Mrs. Ervin. Placed in the center of the handkerchief was her “something borrowed” — an angel pin, which belonged to her late grandmother, Mrs. Kizer. She also placed a Six Pence, given to her by the groom’s mother, in her shoe for good luck. The bride’s “something blue” was her garter, which was blue camouflage with the Navy symbol in the center.
The double-ring Christian ceremony was concluded with the bride and groom pouring their individual sand into the larger vase, which held sand previously poured by their parents, as “I Will Stand By You” was played. Upon presentation of the bridal couple as Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCulloch, they exited the sanctuary to the song “Stuck on You” by Sugarland.
As the guests were leaving the sanctuary, they were given cow bells by attendant Courtney Johnson of Union City, friend of the bride. She wore a carnation and daisy corsage.
The couple exited the church to the ringing of cow bells and headed to the Depot Center in Newbern, where they received their guests for a reception.
RECEPTION
A reception was held in honor of the couple at the Newbern Depot Center.
The Depot Center was decorated with round tables, which were draped with white tablecloths and held centerpieces consisting of mirrored bases with martini glasses and margarita glasses filled with water beads and tea lights and brown-black lanterns with pillar candles, accented with orange, green and yellow flowers and greenery. Hershey Kisses™ were placed on the tables with a sticker celebrating the couple.
Outside, the tables were decorated with white tablecloths and held tall lanterns tied with white satin bows. A large wagon was decorated with mums and held an aluminum bucket with iced bottled water for the guests. Light posts were decorated with white tulle bows.
The bride’s cake was a three-tiered round cake with buttercream icing and black scrolling on the surface. It was also decorated with clover- and guava-colored ribbons and “N M T” scrolled in black and was topped with a handmade figurine of a bride and a sailor inscribed with the couple’s name. Attending the bride’s cake was Katie Craddock of Trimble, friend of bride. She wore a carnation and daisy corsage.
The groom’s cake was a chocolate sheet cake, with white icing with the imprint of a Navy Dress Blue jumper.
The menu consisted of pork loin, pigs in a blanket, shrimp, meatballs, wieners, chicken salad, pimento and cheese, along with a mixture of fruit, raw vegetables, a mold of beef and cheese, cubed cheese and spinach dip with bread. A chocolate fountain with an assortment of items to dip, along with chocolate-covered strawberries, were also made available to the guests. Sweet tea, punch and lemonade were the drink choices. Attending the drink table and groom’s table were Jessie Robinson of Union City, Elizabeth Cook of Ridgely and Kirsten Monreal of Troy, friends of the bride. They wore carnation and daisy corsages.
The couple danced their first dance to “Lucky.” The bride and her father danced to “My Little Angel” and the groom and his mother danced to “On This Day.”  
The couple departed for Bluffton, S.C., where the groom is stationed as a Navy corpsman on Parris Island.

Published in The Messenger 9.28.11

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