Miss Sedberry, Barker united in marriage

Miss Sedberry, Barker united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 8:03 pm

The candlelit sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Union City was the setting of the recent marriage of Selena Mae Sedberry to Tyler Wayne Barker, both of Union City.
The Rev. Richard Dickerson, childhood music minister of the bride, of Franklin officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Sedberry of Union City. She is the granddaughter of June Sedberry and the late John Morgan “Buddy” Sedberry of Union City, Martha Smith of Westland, Mich., and Aubrey Smith of Clayton.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Barker of Union City. He is the grandson of Royce “Bim” Barker and the late Fay Barker of Union City and Marie Broadstreet and the late Eugene Broadstreet of Jackson.
The entrance was decorated with tulle garland swags of asparagus fern and soft-colored floral details. The couple’s carved monogram hung from curly willow swags on the center doors. Large wreaths with floral elements of pink and peach hydrangeas, chrysanthemums and greenery hung on the lateral church doors.
Greeting the guests were program attendants Rhiannon Owsley of Obion, Amy Sullivan of Troy and Paige Vinson of Union City, friends of the bridal couple.
Guests were ushered into the sanctuary by childhood friends of the groom, Brian Barkley, Barrett Betts, Travis Hill and Jace Porter, all of Union City, and Drew Bacon of Lancaster, N.Y. The ushers were attired in classic peak lapel, single-button, black tuxedos with solid black Windsor ties and matching black vests.
The pews were decorated with beribboned grapevine wreaths with floral pieces in shades of soft pink, peach and greens. A stone urn containing French hydrangeas, Peach Gladiolas, Stargazer lilies, stock, bronze chrysanthemums, larkspur, bells of Ireland and Sweet Akito, Versailles, and Vendella roses adorned the altar.
Bronze spiral candelabra with fresh greenery stood sentry on each side of the cross.  The stained-glass windows and alcoves were highlighted with glass hurricanes with ivory candles nestled in beds of rice and tied with ribbons of lace and pale pink velvet. Asparagus fern surrounded the hurricanes.
A prelude of classical music and favorites of the bride was presented by pianist Suzanne Harrington of Dyersburg, including selections by Cassidy, Cohen, Hine, Crain, Bach and a medley by Bock.
Grandmothers and mothers were seated to “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Herline. After all were seated, Valli Kelly of Martin performed “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” by Livingston/David/Hoffman. The mother of the bride wore a Jessica Howard champagne-latte colored creation. The rouging of the off–shoulder, sleeveless bodice was secured with a brooch of rhinestones and crystals, while the flared skirt had an attached train. The groom’s mother was attired in a honey-colored strapless gown of silk shimmer ombre taffeta, with a pleated bodice meeting at an ornate crystal and lace design. The gown’s bolero jacket was adorned with crystal, lace and aurora borealis beading.
The wedding party entered to “Butterfly Waltz” by Crain. Serving as matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Stephanie (Sedberry) McClanahan, and serving as maid of honor was the bride’s cousin, Reena Reavis, both of Union City. Bridesmaids were Kristy (Robinson) Klinkhammer of Dyersburg, Julie (Daniel) Porter of Jackson, Meredith Sherman of Atlanta and Allison (Greene) Becksfort of Germantown, childhood friends of the bride.
They wore strapless satin pick-up ballgowns in latte with contrasting champagne-colored sashes and custom-designed necklaces of vintage fabric and beads, given as gifts from the bride. They carried bouquets of hand-tied Sweet Akito, peach Versailles and Vendella roses which were combined with Silver queen pittosporum, Dunia, Caspia, Scabiosa and Dusty miller. The bouquets were adorned with ivory satin bows with long streamers.
Flower girls were Natalie Barker of Hornbeak and Olivia Barker of Obion, cousins of the groom. Honorary flower girls were Annie Beth Cruce of Troy and Evie Cruce of Union City, cousins of the bride. They were carried by their mothers, Abby (Reedy) Cruce of Troy and Stephanie (Gray) Cruce of Union City.
The groom wore a Calvin Klein Radnor two-button tuxedo with a white pleated front tuxedo shirt, a solid ivory Windsor tie and matching ivory vest. A boutonniere of Majolica rose buds, Freesia, Silver ball dunia and Silver queen pittosporum was combined with ivory satin ribbon to adorn the groom’s lapel.
The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Parks Barker, brother of the groom, of Memphis; Jonathan Phillips, collegiate friend, of Fall Branch; Chip Walton, fraternity brother, of South Pittsburg, Tenn.; Matt Harris, cousin of the groom, of Union City; and, in absentee, childhood friend, T.J. Rehmert, of Colorado Springs. Serving as ring bearer was Aidan Becksfort, son of Allison Becksfort, of Germantown, while Pierson McClanahan, nephew of the bride, of Union City served as honorary ring bearer and was carried down the aisle by his father, Brock McClanahan.
The groomsmen, ring bearers and father of the bride wore classic notch, single-button, black tuxedos, champagne Windsor ties and matching vests.
The ring bearer’s pillow was created of satin and lace taken from the wedding gown of the bride’s mother. The bride’s garter was made of lace from her mother’s bridal veil and a tiny blue embroidered heart was sewn onto the garter to serve as the bride’s “something blue.” These accessories were sewn by the bride’s grandmother as her “something old” and “something borrowed.”
The bride entered the sanctuary on the arm of her father to “The Bridal March” by Wagner. She wore a “Clamour” gown by designer San Patrick. The off-white gown was of English net over satin with a sweetheart neckline with scallops of Alencon lace and delicate cap sleeves of Alencon lace. The fitted-bodice was also of lace and featured covered buttons down the back. The natural waistline was enhanced with an ivory velvet belt designed by Enzoani and adorned with flowers of silk taffeta and English net. The flowers were hand-beaded with rhinestones, oversized pearls and fabric-covered stones. The fitted skirt was of beaded Alencon lace overlaid with English net. Alencon lace and Pointe D’Espirit encircled the hem of the overlay and flowed into a chapel length train. Her circle cut, fingertip-length veil of illusion was edged with sheer organza ribbon.
The bride carried a cascade-style bouquet of Sweet Akito, Versailles, Vendella and Cream de la Creme roses mixed with Majolica and Mungo rose buds. Caspia, hypericum, bronze cushion mums, peach waxflowers, kangaroo paw, Freesia, larkspur, silver queen pittosporum, scabiosa, dunia and dusty miller accented the bouquet. The bouquet was adorned with satin, lace and velvet ribbon streamers of ivory, pink, peach, bronze and sage.
The Blessing of Marriage was given by Dr. John Archer, childhood minister of the groom, of Jackson.
The bride and groom recessed to “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn. As a complete surprise to those in attendance was the addition of the church choir from Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Union City under the direction of Angie Brown of Union City. They entered the choir loft during the lighting of the unity candle. After the bride and groom had recessed, the choir began their rendition of “Oh Happy Day” by Hawkins. The bridesmaids, groomsmen, grandparents and parents danced their way down the aisle to recess and meet outside the sanctuary, where they sent the happy couple off in style under showers of biodegradable confetti.

The parents of the bride hosted a reception at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4862 near Union City in honor of the newlyweds on their own 35th wedding anniversary.
Guests entered under an arbor of floral-covered lattice work into a white fairy tale like setting of tables covered in champagne damask linens. Centerpieces of pink, peach and ivory roses, bronze cushion mums, peach stock, peach waxflower, pittosporum, caspia, kangaroo paw, lotus pods and salal were placed on the tables. Candlelight flickered from the lace-covered votive candles and favors of seedlings were packaged in recycled “green” gift boxes tied with twine and placed on the table.
The chandeliers were covered in floral and beadwork creations while the walls and ceiling were draped in white cloth and surrounded by Bradford pear trees in lattice work containers.
A lit waterfall surrounded by ferns and white mums added to the magical décor.
Centered on the buffet table was a stone urn etched with cherubs and filled with Versailles and Sweet Akito roses, hydrangeas, stargazer lilies, stock, waxflower, bronze Fugi mums and bells of Ireland.
Guests enjoyed pork tenderloin on rolls with an assortment of butters and condiments; roasted vegetable kabobs, consisting of yellow squash, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, purple onions and zucchini squash; sweet potato casserole; herbed chicken breasts; green beans; chocolate fountain with strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows; and a variety of cheeses, crackers and fruit.
The bride and groom danced their first dance to “Always” by Atlantic Starr. The bride and her father danced to “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits.
The groom and his mother danced to “Taking You Home” by Don Henley. Guests continued dancing to live music.
The bride’s four-tiered vanilla cake was covered with white buttercream icing and off white ruffled icing accented the bottom of each tier. Edible off-white pearls were used to form “SBT” on the second tier, while two birds covered in cream floral lace served as the cake topper. The groom’s cake was a chocolate cake in the shape of an open briefcase with varying denominations of bills with a likeness of his face.    
The couple departed as guests lit air-borne lanterns that floated and lit up the night sky. The couple honeymooned at Sandals Grande Resort in St. Lucia.
They reside in Union City.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Hampton Centré in Union City.
Guests were treated to spinach salad with bacon vinaigrette; a choice of chicken breasts with a white wine cream sauce or pork loin infused with apple and cinnamon marinade; sweet potatoes with a praline sauce; green beans; key lime pie, chocolate-covered strawberries and Macadamia nut cookies.
The tables were covered with white linens and the chairs in matching covers with blue sashes. The table arrangements included Crystal Bobeche blue hydrangeas, white garden roses, green fugis and buttons and garden roses, with votive candles.
Guests were entertained by a video presentation prepared by Stephanie McClanahan.

Published in The Messenger 12.7.11


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