Miss Starks, Cummins united in marriage

Miss Starks, Cummins united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 8:00 pm

Nichole McCord Starks and Shawn Taylor Cummins, both of Portland, were recently united in marriage at Calvary Baptist Church in Union City.
The Rev. James Stom of Benton, Ky., cousin of the bride, officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Jackie and Lauree Starks of Troy and Denise Sullivan of Castalian Springs. She is the granddaughter of Sherry Starks and the late Tom Starks of Union City, L.C. Warren and the late Elizabeth Warren of Trimble, William and Jennifer Matheny of Troy, Shelia and Woody Christian of Alexandria and Grover and Melanie McMurray of Gallatin.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cummins of Gallatin. He is the grandson of Allen and Judy Cummins and Tommy and Dottie Williams, all of Gallatin.
The doors of the church were adorned with white bows and the banisters leading to the sanctuary were decorated with white tulle and bows. Family pews were marked with black and white bows.
Fresh flowers of green springeria, white roses, white alstroemeria lilies and white larkspur were intertwined to give the effect of vine with flowers growing through an archway. Beautiful fresh ferns were placed around the church.
Danielle Cummins of Gallatin attended the register. The registry table was covered with a black tablecloth and held a picture of the couple, along with a memory tribute of photographs in black frames of the bride’s late grandparents and her late great-aunt.
Ushers were Zach Cummins and Derek Cummins, both of Gallatin, cousins of the groom, and Trevor Wallace and Tyler Wallace, both of Troy, cousins of the bride.
The family candles of the unity candle, decorated with black and white bows, were lit by the mothers of the couple. A candle was also lit in memory of the bride’s grandfather, Tom Starks, by her grandmother, Sherry Starks. Her children, Jackie Starks and Sandy Wallace, both of Troy, escorted their mother.
Nuptial music was provided by Deanna Armstrong of Troy.
Leslie Halliburton of Hartsville, friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Samantha Wallace of Troy, cousin of the bride; Karla Hammac of Knoxville, friend of the couple; and Salem Sullivan and Ali Sullivan, both of Castalian Springs, twin sisters of the bride. They were attired in black one shoulder dresses, which were adorned with black flower petals, and wore white pearls, which were gifts from the bride. They carried bouquets of fresh white alstroemeria lilies.
The father of the groom served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Chase Starks and Landon Starks, both of Troy, brothers of the bride; and Justin Cummins and Tyler Cummins, both of Gallatin, brothers of the groom. They wore black tuxedos with white shirts, black vests and ties.
The flower girl was Kinsli Grace Cummins, of Portland, daughter of the couple. She wore a white crochet topped dress that flowed into a tutu. Serving as ring bearer was Camdin Marr of Hartsville, friend of the bride. They arrived in a wagon escorted by Billy Dean Heady of Lebanon, friend of the couple. Rebecca Duke of Union City decorated the wagon with a white silk overlay embossed with roses. Tulle flowed from the wagon, making a bow on the back.
Rolling out the aisle runner prior to the ceremony were Trevor Wallace and Tyler Wallace, both of Troy, cousins of the bride.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
She chose a white fit and flare style gown with a side split. The strapless bodice was adorned with pearls and sequins lace detail. The back featured a lace-up corset that flowed into a chapel-length train. Her cathedral length veil was accented with a beautiful beaded edge and a floral swirl design. Another elbow length veil fell from a headpiece fashioned with pearls.
She wore a blue and white crocheted garter accented with pearls. The garter belonged to her grandmother, Sherry Starks, and was crocheted by her late great-grandmother, Berna Starks Gordon. It served as both her “something old” and her “something blue.” A pearl necklace was worn as her “something borrowed” from her stepmother, Lauree Starks. Her father placed a new penny in her shoe to represent good luck and her “something new.”
The bridal bouquet consisted of fresh white alstroemeria lilies and red roses.

RECEPTION
After the ceremony, a reception was held in the fellowship hall of the church. A fall theme was used for the reception.
As guests entered the doorway, they found the reception area to be decorated with hay bales, cornstalks, pumpkins and fresh mums of fall colors. The tables were topped with brown tablecloths and held vases of fall flowers and small pumpkins.
The bride’s table was decorated with white linen cloths. Her white three-tiered cake was beautifully decorated with fall flowers encircling each tier, which were alternating flavors of vanilla and strawberry. Punch, nuts and mints were also served from the bride’s table.
The groom’s table was draped in a matching white linen cloth. His cake featured the blue Titans logo with a camouflage background.
Another table, covered with a brown tablecloth, held a beautiful fall fruit display along with an assortment of food. Attending the food tables were Sandy Wallace of Troy and Angie Warren of Trimble, aunts of the bride; and Melissa Cummins of Gallatin, aunt of the groom.
Following a trip to the mountains, the couple resides in Portland.

REHEARSAL DINNER
Ryan’s in Union City was the setting for the rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents.
Attending were members of the wedding party, family and out-of-town guests.
The bride and groom chose this time to present gifts to their parents and attendants.

HOUSEHOLD SHOWER
A household shower honoring Miss Starks was held in the fellowship hall of Calvary Baptist Church. Family and friends hosted the event.

Published in The Messenger 11.28.12

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