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Jones, Sumter exchange vows
Traci Bridjette Jones and Gregory Keith Sumter, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C., were wed Sept. 20, 2003, at 7 p.m. at Point Mallard Parkway Church of Christ in Decatur.
Bro. George A. Gee officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy James Jones of Hartselle. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Clarence Sumter of Charleston, S.C.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The bride chose a formal designer gown of silk satin. The strapless creation was fashioned at the rise of the bust with an applique of beaded silk Guipure lace. A similar lace embellishment emphasized the deep Basque waistline. The full ball gown skirt fell from large inverted, boxed pleats and swept into a semi-cathedral length train.
Her royal cathedral veil of imported silk organza was scattered with Swarovski crystals and featured a scalloped border accentuated with a platinum hand-rolled thread. It was held by a bridal tiara of pearls and rhinestones.
Her bouquet featured cream roses.
Kenyatta Watkins of Atlanta was maid of honor.
Bridesmaids were Angelia Jones of Decatur, La' Toya Malone of Decatur, April Jones of Birmingham, Nellie Jones of Birmingham, Brooke Stevens of Nashville and Felicia Turney of Huntsville.
The bride's attendants wore silky satin, floor length silver gowns featuring a beaded bodice with straps and scooped necklines. The maid of honor wore a champagne dress of the same design. They each carried bouquets of cream colored roses.
Brianna Jackson and Anshannique Turney were flower girls.
Curtis Gowans of Myrtle Beach was best man.
Groomsmen were Brad Spivey of Myrtle Beach, Kevin Bumgarner of Myrtle Beach, Cameron Watson of Atlanta, Ken Love of Huntsville, Christopher Sumter of Newnan, Ga., and Justin Sumter of Newnan, Ga.
Groomsmen also served as ushers.
Justin Sumter was the bell ringer. Christopher Sumter and Brad Spivey were the candle lighters.
Hunter Orr of Hartselle was ring bearer.
Music was provided by Sound Systems Technicians, Craig Stevens of Huntsville and Brice Tapscott of Hartselle.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Burning Tree Country Club.
The bride's table was adorned by a floor length lace table cloth with hand sewn crystal accent trim and featured a silver and cream wedding cake designed by Charlotte Stevens. Magnolia blossoms, cream colored rose petals and candles in crystal holders completed the display.
The groom's table featured a champagne colored cake decorated with musical notes. The table was completed by strawberries, white and purple grapes, and lit candles.
Etcetera by Ross and Burning Tree Country Club assisted with the reception.
Reception Master of Ceremonies was Alabama A&M University Department of Music Director Dr. Horace R. Carney, featuring Omni-Music Trio plus One jazz band of Birmingham.
Chasity Torain of Decatur and Heather Train of Florence attended the bride's book.
Guests escorted the bride and groom to their limousine exit with a lighted sparkler display.
The couple honeymooned in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. They will reside in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The couple was honored with several pre-nuptial events, including:
Funk, Smith exchange vows
Khrystal Starr Funk of Hartselle and Joey Daniel Smith of Danville were married Aug. 22, 2003, at 7 p.m. at Danville Baptist Church.
The Rev. Bill Cagle, pastor of Flint Baptist Church, officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Ms. Marquita Chapman of Hartselle. The groom is the son of Keith and Debbie Smith of Danville.
The bride was given in marriage by her mother.
The church entrance featured tables draped with white tulle and huge white tulle bows, live sprigs of ivy and white wisteria, and amber colored lights. The altar featured live ferns and palms, cascading white wisteria and amber lights from the archway, and white wisteria and tulle bows adorned the center isle pews.
The bride chose a Alfred Angelo designer gown. The white, strapless princess style satin gown was encrusted with pearls and sequins and featured a detachable cathedral length train with an embroidered and beaded apron. The bodice featured a beaded V front insert.
Her waist length veil was anchored by a silver and crystal tiara.
She carried a bouquet of coral, white and pink roses with lilies and pink and violet button daisies.
Anisa Threadgill of Marion, Ill., sister of the bride, was matron of honor.
Bridesmaids were Martina Rigoni Nelson of Hartselle, April Dukeminier of Hartselle; Kristan Funk, sister of the bride, of Hartselle, Charissa Smith, sister-in-law of the groom, of Danville, and Amy Smith, sister of the groom, of Danville.
The bride's attendants wore Alfred Angelo designer gowns. The full-length, straight crepe gowns were empire style with shoestring straps and trimmed with thin satin. They carried single, long-stem coral roses with satin streamers.
Keith Smith, father of the groom, was best man.
Groomsmen were Josh Smith, brother of the groom, of Danville, Brandon Smith of Decatur, Andy Walden of Decatur, Larry Miller of Auburn, and Eric Threadgill, brother-in-law of the bride, of Marion, Ill.
Sound was provided by Randy Osborne of Danville, sound technician at Danville Baptist Church.
Floral designs were provided by Kristen Shumake of Danville.
Milly Patterson, aunt of the bride, was the wedding director.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church parlor.
The area featured live greenery with twinkling lights draped from the ceilings and under each table.
The bride's table featured a five-tier white cake with raspberry filling adorned by live fresh roses, white lilies, pink button mums and white daisies between each layer, designed by Andrea Boyd of Danville.
The groom's table featured an automotive racing theme chocolate cake with chocolate icing and topped with a cluster of green and purple grapes and fresh whole strawberries, also designed by Boyd.
Sue Chapman, aunt of the bride, was the reception coordinator. Emily Payne of Decatur, Cricket and Jennifer Bullard of Danville, all cousins of the groom, Jenna Petty of Decatur and Jessica Perry of Decatur assisted with the reception.
Tera Dodd of Hartselle distributed bubbles to each guest.
The couple honeymooned in Mexico. They will reside in Danville.
The couple was honored with several pre-nuptial events, including:
Scates, Crowe to wed Dec. 13
Daniel and Patricia Scates of Collierville, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Amanda Scates of Pelham, to Jonathan David Crowe of Pelham, son of David and Doris Crowe of Hartselle.
The bride-elect is a 1996 graduate of Collierville High School and a 2000 graduate of The University of Alabama. She is employed with RTM South of Pelham as an accountant.
She is the granddaughter of Jerri Woodward of Memphis, Tenn., the late Odis Woodward, Sr., and the late Lyman and June Scates.
The groom-elect is a 1994 graduate of Hartselle High School and a 1998 graduate of The University of Alabama. He is employed with Custom Supply of Birmingham as a systems engineer. He is the grandson of Fred Crowe of Decatur, the late Cleo Crowe, Irene Cutchens of Falkville and the late Louis Asherbranner.
The wedding will be held Dec. 13 at Gabrella Manor in Birmingham.