Miss Alcorn, Reese united in marriage
Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 8:00 pm
The Messenger 02.15.12
Melissa Kay Alcorn, originally of Shelbyville, and William “Will” Andrew Reese, originally of Union City, were united in marriage recently in an evening ceremony at Wightman Chapel at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.
Russ Countess of Shelbyville officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Will Alcorn and Debbie Morris Alcorn, both of Shelbyville. She is the granddaughter of Sam and Nellie Sue Morris, both of Winchester, the late Joe and Cornelia Alcorn of Shelbyville and the late Mary Bess Morris of Tullahoma.
The groom is the son of Dr. Ed and Rosemary Reese of Union City. He is the grandson of Barbara Reid and William and Shirley Reese, all of Union City, and Judy Powell and the late Robert E. “Bob” Powell of Hickman, Ky.
Guests entered the chapel and were greeted by Kristen Lynch of Nashville, friend of the bride, who presided at the guest register. Katie Ashley of Knoxville and Brianna Sherfy of Dallas, both friends of the bride, handed out programs to guests.
The spectacular 84-year-old chapel was beautifully decorated with white flowers. There was a large vase filled with white roses and hydrangeas placed on the altar, surrounded by 30 candles. White roses and white hydrangeas also marked the pews of the church. A unity candle was also placed on the altar to honor the memory of the bride and groom’s late grandparents.
Delana Easley of Union City, cousin of the groom, was the pianist.
“Air on G String” by Bach was played as the grandparents of the bride and groom were escorted down the aisle and seated. “Bella’s Lullaby” by Carter Burwell was played as the mothers of the bride and groom lit the memory candles and were seated. “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach signaled the entrance of the wedding party.
Serving as maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Mary Catherine Alcorn of Shelbyville. Serving as matron of honor was Courtney Clardy of Shelbyville, a friend of the bride. Bridesmaids included friends of the bride Emily Bird of Knoxville, Becca Blevins of South Pittsburg, Katherine Caskey of Nashville, Kally Darnell of Shelbyville and Connie Sullivan of Lexington; and the groom’s sister, Sarah Reese of Union City.
They wore black dresses which were white at the top with a black lace overlay. They also wore black chandelier earrings, gifts from the bride, and carried bouquets of red roses.
The flower girl, Gracie Worrell of Union City, niece of the groom, scattered red rose petals as she and the ringbearer, Harrison Moody, cousin of the groom, of Augusta, Ga., walked down the aisle together.
The groom chose a classic black tuxedo with a white tie and a matching vest with a white rose boutonniere.
Ben Reese, the groom’s brother, served as best man. Groomsmen were the bride’s brothers, Lee Alcorn and Weston Alcorn, both of Shelbyville; friends of the groom John Graham, Cody Glover and Kyle Hitt, all of Union City, and Jonathan Zook of Maryville; and the groom’s brother-in-law, Andrew Worrell of Union City. They wore black tuxedos with black ties and vests with red rose boutonnieres.
“Canon in D Major” by Bach’s version of Pachelbel announced the entrance of the stunning bride as she was escorted down the 90-foot center aisle by her father and given in marriage by her father.
The bride was stunning in a strapless satin dropped-waist white gown which had a belt embellished with crystals and silver beads. The dress had pick-ups throughout and had a cathedral-length train. The bride wore an exquisite rhinestone headband and a cathedral length veil adorned with silver beads and rhinestones. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses and white hydrangeas. The bride’s bouquet was adorned with the wedding rings which belonged to her late grandmothers.
After the prayer and blessing by the Alcorn and Reese families, Alexx Steeves of Memphis and Maggie Tauber of Atlanta, friends of the bride, read verses of scripture. After the exchanging of the wedding vows, Sarah Pulliam of Rossville, friend of the bride, and Katie Worrell of Union City, sister of the groom, read Beethoven’s “Love Letter to My Immortal Beloved.”
After the exchanging of the rings and lighting of the unity candle, the presentation of the couple as husband and wife was announced.
“Prelude in Classic Style” by Young was played as the bridal party exited the church.
Immediately following the ceremony, a reception was held at the elegant Noah Liff Opera Center.
Round tables draped in black and silver tablecloths were decorated with alternating white rose arrangements and red rose arrangements, with crystals hanging from the flowers. Each centerpiece was surrounded by 10 candles. There was also a tall vase filled with branches of crystals placed on the food table.
Family and friends enjoyed bread, caeser salad, chopped salad, lasagna, chicken acuto and tortellini.
A stunning five-tiered black and white wedding cake was decorated with alternating black designs with black sequin bands around each layer. A black monogrammed “MRW” topper was placed on the top of the alternating layers of delicious strawberry, white, butter and lemon cake.
The groom’s chocolate cake was made by Mrs. Worrell. She designed a scaled replica of the University of Tennessee football field, alongside a realistic freeform University of Tennessee baseball cap made of cake.
The couple was first announced as husband and wife at the reception while “Rocky Top” played. After this, the couple went straight into their first dance, “Nothing Fancy” by Dave Barnes. The father-daughter dance followed wth “My Girl” by the Temptations. Then the mother-son dance followed with “I Hope You Dance” by Martina McBride.
There was a photo booth placed in the corner and there were props in a basket outside to add to the fun.
For the traditional bouquet and garter toss, bridesmaid Kally Darnell caught the bouquet. Aiden Powell, cousin of the groom, of Indianapolis caught the garter.
Family and friends celebrated with the newlyweds at midnight with New Year’s Eve props that were handed out. The bride and groom made a champagne toast right after midnight and thanked family and friends for coming to ring in the new year with them.
The couple departed from the reception with a wave of goodbyes from guests holding red and white glow sticks.
The couple left the next morning for the Bahamas for their honeymoon. They are now making their home in Nashville.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at the Mad Platter in Nashville.
Guests were served a four-course meal. The couple also enjoyed a slide show prepared by their sisters. The bride’s father gave a thank-you to the groom’s parents and also gave his blessings to the couple.
After enjoying a delicious meal, the bride and groom chose this opportunity to present gifts of appreciation to their bridal party.
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