Ellenburg, Woo wed Oct. 5
Heather Nell Ellenburg of Madison and Fletcher Clayton Woo of Madison were married Oct. 5. at 3:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Decatur.
Rev. Kerry Cleghorn officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Ellenburg, Jr. of Hartselle. The groom is the son of Tony Woo of Lexington, Miss. and Bonnie Woo of Sparks, Nevada.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The church was decorated with a fall color scheme of autumn-red and gold. The two circular 10-candle sconces at the front of the church and standing candle sconces lining the aisles were adorned with fresh ivy and antique gold ribbon. Fern planters were placed on the ascending stairs in front of the altar. Arrangements of fresh red and orange gladiolas, lilies, greenery, and twigs were placed on pedestals in front of the circular candle sconces.
The bride wore a gown she and her mother designed. The wide v-neck dress had an empire-waist with a fitted skirt. The imported ivory dupioni silk bodice was hand-sewn with red, green, and gold embroidery and beading in flower and leaf designs. The floor-length, fitted skirt was of ivory demi-matte satin with a mermaid train.
The bride's multi-layered fingertip-length veil was held in place by an Erica Koesler comb trimmed with leaves, blossom ornaments, margaritas, crystals, and freshwater ivory and pink pearls in a antique silver setting. The bride's bouquet was of autumn-red and orange roses accented with yellow alstromeria and twigs. The stems were hand-tied and braided with a dark, sheer ribbon.
The bride's younger sister, Miriam Dunn of Birmingham, was the maid of honor.
Bridesmaids were Salma Kodsi of Baltimore, Md., and Gina McCreless of Decatur.
Attendants wore tea-length, sleeveless dresses of jet-black with antique gold drapes over their shoulders. Each attendant carried a hand-tied bouquet of six dark red roses with sheer gold ribbons.
The groom's younger brother, Phillip Woo of Kingwood, Texas, served as best man. Groomsmen were Adam Swick of Katy, Texas and Jason Ellenburg of Los Angeles, Ca.
Ushers were Jim Varnavas of Madison, Raimey Ellenburg of Moulton and Jerome Chu of Orlando, Fla.
Music was provided by organist Terry Moore and pianist Elizabeth Carter both of Decatur. Vocal solos were sung by Lance Pate of Decatur.
Following the ceremony, the reception was held at The Arbor, Huntsville Botanical Garden. A Spanish guitarist played outside as guests arrived. The Randall Key Combo played big-band and swing music inside the arbor facility as guests mingled during the reception.
The bride's table held a round, three-tiered cake of ivory basket weave icing with live autumn-red roses between each layer and served on a filigreed silver cake stand. The cake was crowned with the antique bride-and-groom cake topper used at the bride's parents' wedding 39 years ago.
The groom's table held a square, two-tiered caramel cake adorned with grape clusters. The table was decorated with scattered fall twigs and leaves.
Combining American and Chinese tradition, the bride had a guest book and a Chinese red silk cloth for guests to sign at the wedding. A pink signing cloth was used at the reception. These items were attended by Beth Mullican of Decatur.
The gift table at the church and the reception was attended by Labeth Bryant of Decatur.
The couple honeymooned in Sorrento and Rome, Italy. They will reside in Madison.
The couple was honored with several pre-nuptual events, including: