Miss Hatchel, Benjamin united in marriage
Posted: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 8:00 pm
The bride is the daughter of Mike and Linda Hatchel of Martin.
The groom is the son of Chuck and Debbie Benjamin of Trimble.
Hope Weathers, Bailey Weathers and Carrie Hatchel greeted guests on the front steps of Dresden First United Methodist Church.
Six champagne-colored, heart-shaped wreaths with initials and flowers adorned the church doors.
Christy Hatchel registered many family members and friends in the foyer as they entered the church.
The table showcased the couple’s engagement-photo register book, flanked with shimmering lanterns.
Ushers for the wedding were Bradley Hatchel, Gatlin Hatchel, Jacob Hatchel, Jeremy Bragg, Stuart Shaw and Tyrone Smith.
The traditional sanctuary was aglow with hurricane lantern candles, votives and sprigs of springier fern in each of the eight Christ-inspired stained glass windows.
An impressive array of spring flowers were beautifully arranged in a blackwashed urn placed as the focal point under golden chimes.
Countless ivory pillar candles were under glass atop two black wrought iron candelabras cascading with greenery.
The pews were marked with square, gold-tone frames holding a variety of engagement photographs of the young couple. Champagne bows, wrought-iron lanterns and spring flowers completed the setting.
Reba Wade, organist and pianist, played a prelude, “Seasons,” during the seating of the grandmothers and mothers.
The bride’s grandparents are Roy and Fusae Harper of Dresden and Billy and Carrie Hatchel of Martin.
The groom’s grandparents are Wilton and Joyce Poole of Yorkville, Lula Hudson of Trimble, and Ted Benjamin of Port Charolette, Fla.
Soloist Shelby Hatchel, niece of the bride, sang “A Thousand Years,” by Christina Perri.
Roger Weathers, cousin of the bride, sang “I Will be Here,” by Steven Curtis Chapman. Beverly Ratliff, aunt of the groom, sang “Unchained Melody.”
The unity candle was adorned with cascading greenery and rubrum lilies and lit by the couple’s parents, followed by Larry Weathers, uncle of the bride offering a parental blessing and scripture.
Sherry Hatchel, aunt of the bride, thanked guests for attending and offered a prayer and scripture.
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” by Bach, was played for the procession of the wedding party.
Chelsea Bates Whitman served as matron of honor and Loren Mallari was maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Katie Bottorff, Shelby Hatchel and Tara Squitieri. They were elegantly dressed in identical black, floor-length gowns with a ruched bodice, featuring stunning pearls and jeweled necklace halters. Springtime bouquets featured pink roses, off-white peonies and petite purple wax flowers, nestled with a hint of amber stones, were carried by the ladies.
Jeremy McCann served as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Bledsoe, Jeremy Bragg, Joshua Steele, and Kevin Webb. They wore classic, black tuxedos with a black-embossed vest and tie. Their lapels were enhanced with a boutonniere of an ivory rose with amber colored stones.
Ava Alvis and Emmery Harper, flowers girls, wore ivory ballerina-length, taffeta pick-up style dresses with champagne sashes. They scattered ivory-colored rose petals from their feathered petal baskets, decorated by the bride.
Sam Gallimore and Peyton Steele were the handsome Bible and ring bearers. They each wore a black tuxedo with an ivory boutonniere to match the groom and groomsman.
Miss Hatchel was a vision of elegance wearing an original champagne gown designed by Tony Bowls and redesigned by Fannie Sheddrick.
The fitted sweetheart bodice was lined with exquisite amber crystals and rhinestones overlaid with vintage lace. The gown featured a dropped waistline with a pleated satin band enhanced by hand-beaded rhinestones and a three-dimensional flower with the amber crystals and rhinestones intricately tucked within the flower.
The bride chose a shoulder-length veil with a coordinating flower for her hair that shimmered in the candlelight.
The fragrant bridal bouquet was filled with off-white and light pink peonies, pink roses, Queen Anne’s lace, amber crystals and rhinestones beautifully wrapped in champagne ribbon.
The groom was classically dressed in a traditional black tuxedo with a black-embossed vest, white shirt, black tie and an ivory pocket puff. His boutonniere was specially designed with ivory roses, amber crystals and a touch of greenery.
Bro. Earheart presented a personalized wedding message, which encouraged the couple to always look for the best in one another.
After the exchange of vows and rings, the bride and groom lit the unity candle. Shortly after the lighting of the candle, they were then introduced as Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Benjamin.
Following the ceremony, the guests were invited to a reception at The Lindell in Martin.
The newlywed couple was then chauffeured by the father of the bride in a black vintage 1949 Ford Coupe to the reception.
The bridal couple enjoyed a honeymoon stay in Nashville, Ft. Lauderdale and a cruise to the Bahamas on the Norwegian Cruise Line.
They reside in Martin.
Published in The WCP 6.26.12