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Miss Cross, Chupp united in marriage

Miss Cross, Chupp united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 8:00 pm

Macy Jo Cross and William Nathanial Chupp, both of Union City, were recently married at Martin Church of Christ.
Brian Stephens, University of Tennessee at Martin campus minister of the Church of Christ Student Center, performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Kelley and Melinda Cross of Union City and the groom is the son of William and Lynnette Chupp of Monroe, Ga.
Guests were greeted by honorary bridesmaids Megan Crabtree of Chattanooga and Tabitha Martin of Pinellas Park, Fla., college friends of the bride, and Kallan Parker and Hannah Swift, both of Union City, childhood friends of the bride. Gracing the registry tables were arrangements of Bells of Ireland; hot pink, orange and yellow Gerber daisies; voodoo orange and hot pink roses; green micro mini poms; Bear Grass and Japonica foliage in apothecary jars, placed in memory of the groom’s grandparents, Dorothy Still, Melvin and Ethel Chupp and adopted grandmother, Amanda Reed. Guests were escorted to their seats by ushers Tyler Casey of Brentwood and Sean Tuten of Snellville, Ga., childhood friends of the groom, and Austin Barber of Memphis, cousin of the bride.
The focal point was a 12-foot wrought iron trestle, adorned with iron and glass vases filled with an assortment of the wedding flowers and lighted garden branches. It was highlighted with votive tea lights and flanked by topiaries, sprengeri and Boston ferns. The main aisle was lined with cylinder glass vases filled with glowing clear white aqua lights.
Prelude music included “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele, “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” by Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood’s “Look at Me” sung by Ms. Martin. “God Gave Me You” by Dave Barnes was played during the seating of great-grandparents, Edmond Still of Conyers, Ga., and Irene Johnson of Union City; great-aunt, Janie Gill of Spring Hill; and grandparents, Wayne and Betty Barber and Gordon and Barbara Cross, all of Union City.
The mothers of the couple were seated to “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood, followed by the seating of the honorary bridesmaids and ushers to “Makin’ Plans” by Miranda Lambert.
The instrumental version of “Extreme Ways” from the Bourne Trilogy played as the groom, groomsmen and minister entered. The groom wore a black tuxedo, white shirt, black vest and tie and a boutonniere of a hot pink rose with orange spray rose, hypericum berries and baby’s breath. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with vests and ties of either orange or hot pink and coordinating boutonnieres.
Best men were the groom’s father and his brother-in-law, Riaan Van Wyk of Jackson. Groomsmen were Adam Cross, brother of the bride, and Jim Barr, brother-in-law of the groom, both of Henderson; Hunter Cash of Union City, Randall Hendrix of Henderson and Ozzy McClendon of Hendersonville, friends of the groom, and Jason Ams of Lexington, Ky., Jarron Ams and Jarred Clayton, both of Union City, and Jonathan Pettus of Germantown, cousins of the bride.
As “Where You Lead” by Lauren Alaina played, the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids entered wearing dresses of hot pink or orange crepe back satin, which featured jewel necklines and ruched waistlines. They carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet.
The maid of honor was Jenilee Pate of Rutherford, best friend of the bride, and the matron of honor was Bonnie Hendrix of Henderson, college roommate of the bride. Bridesmaids were sisters of the groom, Regina Barr of Henderson, Beth VanWyk of Jackson and Christy Chupp of Montgomery, Ala.; sister-in-law of the bride, Allison Cross of Henderson; cousins of the bride, Beth Anne Clayton of Union City and Betsi Pettus of Germantown; and friends of the bride, Kristen Gilliam of Alcoa, Emily Medling of Greenfield and Nikki Thomas of Columbus, Ohio. Junior bridesmaids were cousins of the bride, Grace and Marian Barber, both of Memphis, and friend of the bride, Jessie Andrews of Union City.
The Bible and ring bearers were Xander Pettus of Germantown, cousin of the bride; and Landon France of Columbus, son of the bride’s friend Nikki Thomas. They wore black pants, white shirts and ties and boutonnieres. The Bibles belonged to grandparents of the bridal couple.
Flower girls Addison Mae Cross of Henderson, niece of the bride; Anna Jewell Clayton of Union City, cousin of the bride; and Amelia Barr of Henderson and Anniston VanWyk of Jackson, nieces of the groom, wore dresses of ivory chiffon with rosette-accented necklines. They dropped hot pink and orange rose petals from ivory wicker baskets. The ring bearers and flower girls entered to “Marry Me” by Train.
As “On a Night Like This” by Dave Barnes played, the doors were opened to reveal the bride and her father. The bride wore in an A-line gown of ivory organza, with a strapless semi-sweetheart bodice beaded with pearls and Swarovski crystals. It was highlighted at the waist with a satin ribbon and a design of pearls and crystals. The gown featured lace accents and beading along the chapel train and covered buttons down the back. She wore a fingertip veil, highlighted by pearls hand-sewn by her mother, and anchored by a crystal hair comb.
The bride’s bouquet was a clutch of hot pink and orange gerber daisies, orange voodoo roses, hot pink spray roses, hypericum and Million Star babies breath wrapped with tulle from her mother’s bridal veil, which served as her “something old.” Her “something new” was her bridal attire, including her shoes, ivory crochet Toms. Her “something borrowed” was her maternal great-grandmother’s pearl necklace, which she wore on her wrist and the groom’s mother’s pearl ring. For her “something blue,” she chose her paternal great-grandmother’s pale blue opal ring.
After the exchange of vows and rings, the minister led a prayer and presented the couple. They exited to “Wrapped Up in You” by Garth Brooks.
A wreath of pussy willow held a photo of the couple holding hot pink and orange balloons and adorned the exiting door. Guests were given hot pink and orange balloons to release as the couple made their way to a black 1967 Chevrolet Impala convertible driven by friend, Shannon Armstrong of Rives.
The reception was held in the activities building. The doors were decorated with mesh ribbon bride and groom wreaths fashioned by Ms. Gill. The bride wreath wore the mother of the bride’s wedding hat and veil and held a fresh bouquet. The groom wreath wore a top hat.
The highlight of the hallway was the “legacy of love” bulletin board, which featured an engagement photo of the couple flanked by wedding day photos of the couple’s parents, who have been married over 30 years, and their grandparents, who have been married over 60 years.
Sheer cloth created a canopy ceiling, which draped to the focal point of the reception with a circle of joy lights and greenery hanging over the bride’s cake table, which held a four-tier white cake with a white scroll icing design. Each layer was accented with hot pink or orange ribbons and a small bouquet of roses and Gerber daisies. Topping the cake were the couple’s initials in silver and Gerber daisies and roses.
The groom’s cake table was representative of “The House Divided” sports theme of Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers. Behind the table was a tree of lighted branches, which held the groom’s Georgia Bulldog UGA, a Burlap Tennessee football design and a Georgia banner. The table was decorated with  Georgia and Tennessee items and held the cake and buttermints, which were made by the groom’s mother.
The food table was decorated with curly willow in cylinder vases and clear aqua lights on mirrored tiles, along with votives, greenery and flowers. An assortment of meat, vegetables, fruit, strawberry slush punch and ice water were served. A seven-foot decorative metal cupcake tree held miniature cheesecakes.
The gift table was centered with a tree of lighted white azalea branches atop a white cloth and hot pink fabric accents. Guest tables were centered with hot pink, orange or green toppers and mirrored tiles, which were adorned with silver lanterns or an arrangement of flowers, and accented with tea light votives.
A kid’s section featured tables covered in white paper and decorated with lollipop trees. Boxes of crayons were available for the children to enjoy coloring their tablecloth.
The bridal couple visited with their guests and then cut their cakes. Ms. Pate caught the bridal bouquet and Cash retrieved the “throw-away” garter after the reluctant single men allowed it to fall to the floor. The groom then removed from his bride’s thigh a special Georgia/Tennessee “House Divided” garter and placed it on his upper arm.
The couple resides in Union City.             
The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in the fellowship hall of Martin Church of Christ.
The hall was decorated in brightly-colored paper and string lanterns floating above the head table, which was decorated with orange and hot pink terra cotta pots of fresh pink and white petunias. Secured to the tablecloth were a large hot pink initial “C” and smaller orange initials “M” and “N.” Also on the table were toys from the couple’s childhood.
Guest tables featured three-tiered pots of orange and hot pink filled with ornamental grass and white and pink petunias, which were crafted by the groom’s family. Specially-designed name cards marked the seating.  A prayer of thanksgiving and guidance was offered by the father of the groom. Barbecue pork, chicken and riblets, along with all the trimmings, and a variety of drinks and desserts were served.
After the dinner, the groom’s father offered a toast with sparking grape juice. The fathers of the bridal couple shared stories about their children. Guests offered stories or words of encouragement. They bridal couple took this time to offer gifts to their bridal party.
A bridesmaid breakfast was hosted the morning of the wedding by Debbie Hepler and Jana Ams, both of Union City, Anna Barber of Memphis and Ms. Gill, aunts of the bride. A white floor-length cloth covered the table, which was decorated with an arrangement of the bride’s chosen flowers, and was filled with variety of breakfast foods. Guests were also offered coffee, milk or juice.
Guests were seated at tables marked with their names written on pink or orange place cards held by small silver purse holders.
Mrs. Hepler led in prayer prior to eating. After the meal, guests were given the opportunity to say something special to or about the bride.

Published in The Messenger 7.18.12


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