Southern bridal courtesy held for Miss Rankin
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012 8:00 pm
The Messenger 07.30.12
Jina Rankin, bride-elect of Mario Russomanno, both of Atlanta, was recently honored at a family celebration to begin her bridal courtesies.
The event was given to welcome her future New Jersey family to the south and show them a day of fine hospitality, despite the July heat.
The party took place at “The Murphey Farm” in Paris. Jane and Dan Murphey, aunt and uncle of the honoree, greeted guests on the spacious lawn of their lovely country home.
After arriving, a large host of young cousins raced to the pool for swimming and sunning. Later, they rode four-wheelers over the hillsides.
Angus cattle could be seen at a distance cooling themselves in the ponds or hiding from so many children. Meanwhile, adults sipped lemonade and enjoyed hors d’ oeuvres as they watched the bridal couple open gifts.
A family keepsake or treasure was given by each guest. Among the antiques they received were tin photographs, favorite poems, century old family farm maps and recorded land deeds from ancestors.
A special keepsake was an original letter written in 1831, in which a father bestows his blessing on the marriage of his daughter Violet Roddy, who was the bride-elect’s great-great-great-great-grandmother. Another treasured gift was a picture of Miss Rankin as a young child dressed as a bride.
After the gift opening, the bride-to-be and her cousins had fun upstairs modeling old packed away wedding gowns and veils.
At the day’s end, guests enjoyed watching a beautiful sunset as they dined on delicious pizza pasta casserole, Mexican one dish and herbed rolls, followed by a key lime pie and homemade ice cream. Special guests were sisters of the bride-elect, Patrice Stockoff and family of Brentwood and Mary Ellen Rankin of Nashville.
The wedding will be held Oct. 13 at Cheekwood Gardens.