December 23, 2010
Remembering lost loved ones
Hank Wheeler of Newnan, Ga., is the Christmas guest of Mary Clay and Gene Brooks and children, Caitlyn and Grady. While here, he also will visit with youngest daughter, Laura Wheeler, and Kay Wheeler.
Mary Clay Brooks and Kay and Laura Wheeler spent Thursday afternoon visiting with Shelby and Clay Jones and children, Fort and Mason, in Humboldt, Tenn.
A yearly tradition for most families is to ride around and look at the Christmas lights. Suffite to say, most neighborhoods were dark this year, with the exception of a few.
Chulahoma Avenue never seems to disappoint, with homes lit from top to bottom in elegance. Riding through on Slayden Road in Holly Springs, we stumbled upon a home that screamed “Merry Christmas!” There were lawn ornaments, some moving, some stationery, covering the front yard.
Lois and Ira Shipp have a door decorated in magnolia leaves and colored lights - bringing back the old fashioned feel of Christmas. It is always a delight to see their door during the holidays!
As you sit down with your own family and friends for Christmas dinner, remember those less fortunate. Thank those around you for being in your life and making it worth while. Friends and family are to be treasured every day!
Let us not forget that Jesus is the reason for the season! Those of us who have lost loved ones during the holiday season must always remember - what a birthday party they all get to celebrate up in Heaven while we celebrate here on earth!
Monday morning, the annual Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony was held at Marshall Academy. Three trees were lit in memory of Tommie Sue Pritchett, John Kloha and Eddie Morris. Amy Poteet’s third grade class and Bridgett Dailey’s second grade class sang “Jingle Bells” prior to the lighting. Bulbs were purchased in memory or honor of loved ones and family by people in the community. `The three trees are on the front lawn of Marshall Academy.
Pictured are Tommie Sue’s family, Eddie Morris’ family and John Kloha’s family.
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Hollingsworth-Thomas vows said in June ceremony
Tiffany Brooke Thomas of Holly Springs and Boyce McCrary Hollingsworth of Byhalia were married on June 12, 2010 at the picturesque First Baptist Church in Holly Springs.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Hank Thomas II of Cherokee, Ala., formerly of Holly Springs.
Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Hutchens of Holly Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Hank Thomas of Waterloo, Ala.
She is the great-granddaughter of Bernice Roland and the late Christopher Roland of Holly Springs and Lucille Hutchens of Holly Springs and the late Lemley Hutchens of Winborn.
Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hollingsworth of Byhalia.
Grandparents of the groom are the late Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Hollingsworth of Ashland, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude P. Locke of Byhalia.
Guests were greeted at the entrance to the church with whimsical monograms of the bride and groom’s initials covered in Kermit mums. The altar of the church was dramatic with white columns that held an antiqued iron arch entertwined with Jackson vine and alternating clusters of heirloom blue hydrangeas, white roses, bells of Ireland and curly willow.
The center of the arch had an unusual romantic touch with satin streamers across the length of the arch. They were interspersed with tiny green dendrobium orchids with each streamer ending in a lovely crystal encrusted tea light holder. The glow of the tiny tea lights illuminated the bride and groom as they stood to recite their vows to each other.
Alternating tall antiqued candelabra with Jackson vine held white candles completing the bridal area. Each pew was gracefully marked with lovely blue-hued heirloom hydrangea, white roses and seeded eucalyptus, complimenting the bride’s chosen colors.
At half past six, the candlelight service was preceded with organ selections by Marjorie McKinney of Holly Springs, the church’s organist.
Special seating also included places for the bride’s cousins, Alison Blake Hutchens and Mary Catherine Hutchens of Holly Springs, who were serving as guest book attendants.
The mothers and grandparents were seated to the hymn “In This Very Room” a selection by Maranantha.
The mother of the bride wore a shimmering navy satin gown by Adrianna Pappell of New York. Crisp shutter pleats with sheer mesh formed the skirt of the elegant double V-neck gown.
The groom’s mother chose a stunning chocolate brown dress by Patra. Her gown featured a drape neck with a beaded bodice adorned with an elegant rhinestone broach.
Dr. Michael Thompson of Holly Springs sang “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris.
The wedding attendants entered the church to “Cannon in D” and were directed by Lori Lawson of Burnsville and assisted by Jennifer McMeans of Iuka.
Serving the bride as matron of honor was Rebecca Colhoun Moore of Holly Springs and as maid of honor was Whitney Jean Dalton of Florence, Ala.
Bridesmaids were Lauren Wilson Mills of Fayetteville, Tenn., Holley Banks Collier of Florence, Ala., Korrie Stanton Smith of Potts Camp, Michelle Lee Wells of Oxford, and Claire Marie Mitchell of Birmingham, Ala.
The bridesmaids wore elegant tea-length dresses designed by Mori Lee of New York. The Tiffany blue chiffon gowns had a strapless sweetheart neckline and an empire drop waist. The bridesmaids carried a sweetly hand-tied nosegay of white roses, heirloom blue hydrangeas accented with bear grass.
Attending Hollingsworth as best man was his father, Donald Jeff Hollingsworth of Byhalia.
Serving as groomsmen were Hunter Locke Hollingsworth of Byhalia, brother of the groom; along with William Hank Thomas III and Peyton Taylor Thomas of Cherokee, Ala. brothers of the bride, Robert Hastings Bonds and Scott Paul Sawyer of Byhalia and Andrew Jeremiah Jones of Calera, Ala..
Serving as ushers were Wesley Neal Coleman of Athens, Ala., and Anderson Callahan Sawyer of Byhalia. Serving as an honorary usher was Captain Battle Bell Ewing, currently serving in Afghanistan.
The groom, groomsmen and ushers’ lapels held greenery-wrapped miniature white calla lilies.
Preceding the entrance of the bride was the flower girl, Chole Diane Locke of Little Rock, Ark., cousin of the groom. She was wearing a beautiful ivory gown by Strasburg, embossed with pearl accents and a gorgeous satin sash. To complement her pearl accented princess gown, she wore a precious set of pearls given to her by the bride and groom.
She carried a lovely basket of rose petals which she dropped on the aisle as she entered the sanctuary.
She was escorted by Christopher Jacob Thomas of Ashland, cousin of the bride.
The bride entered the sanctuary on the arm of her father as the organist played “Trumpet Voluntary.”
She wore an Amour Royale Maggie Sottero gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline and a full A-line corset back and couturier styling with fluted tulle cascading gently toward the hem of the skirt.
The bodice was made of Ritz Dupion silk asymmetrically ruched. The gown featured a chapel-length train and the hip area was adorned with a jeweled brooch.
The bride chose as her “something old” her mother’s white satin wedding shoes.
The bride’s bouquet was a beautiful hand-tied creation of white vendela roses, green cymbidium orchids accented by delicate white heirloom hydrangeas with variegated bear grass tucked in to complete the look.
Rev. Gary Adams conducted the ceremony. Scripture reading was from 1 Corinthians 13 and was read by William Thomas III. After exchanging vows, Dr. Mike Thompson sang “Here With Me” by Mercy Me.
After the benediction and presentation of the couple, the couple and wedding party recessed to “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor.
Assisting at the church and at Montrose the afternoon of the wedding was Suzanne Lafever and Sara Power. Awaiting the bride and groom was Mr. and Mrs. Frank Swords’ Percheron driven carriage adorned with white bows and driven by Michael Sexton to carry the couple to antebellum Montrose, site of the reception.
A beautiful portrait of the bride, taken in her wedding dress by her uncle Larry Hutchens, and placed in an antique whitewashed wooden frame given to the bride and groom by long time friend Sarah Faye Sawyer, was elegantly displayed on an easel at the entrance to Montrose.
Truly magnificent flower arrangements, created by Libby Bryant and using the mother of the bride’s collection of McCarty pottery, filled the historical home and gardens.
The five-tiered wedding cake adorned with the couple’s initials and served on a beautiful square silver cake stand was served by Holly Johnson of Holly Springs.
A delicious punch made by Hazel Hill was served in an ornate silver punch bowl by Julie Mitchell of Potts Camp. The morning room served as the groom’s room. The two-tiered chocolate cake was on a table overlaid with silk and burlap to carry out the hunter’s theme. Becky Locke of Dallas, Texas, cousin of the groom, served the groom’s cake.
Several pieces of McCarty pottery were also used to complete the look.
The lavish buffet, served outside under an exquisite silk-draped arbor created by the bride’s father, offered guests the finest of cuisine from Annette Nelson catering.
A three and one-half foot McCarty cylinder vase holding wedding flowers centered the food tables.
Accompanying the buffet was a pasta bar, which included a selection of pastas, sauces and fresh cooked meat and vegetable toppings.
Sally Ann’s Ice Cream truck also served the guests delicious cool treats.
The grounds of Montrose were illuminated with several spotlights in the huge magnolia tree and strategically placed in several crepe myrtles.
Inside the double peaked tent, guests were seated at tables dressed in white and overlaid with black toppers. Centering the tables were square glass containers lined with fresh cut limes and lovely blue and green hued hydrangeas.
Various sized Tiffany blue and white paper lanterns filled the ceiling of the tent and were a great compliment to the huge illuminated bride and groom initial spotlight shining on the ceiling high above the dance floor.
After the announcement and entrance of the wedding party, the Connection Band of Birmingham, Ala., entertained all the guests.
The couple danced their first dance to “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw. Later in the evening the father of the bride shared a special dance with his daughter, “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.
Guests were given personalized huggies and specially designed photo cups of the bride and groom commemorating their special day.
At the culmination of the evening, guests gathered with sparklers to illuminate the bride and groom as they departed in Mr. and Mrs. Pat Woods’ antique convertible Ford Mustang driven by Phil Malone.
On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held on the lawn of Cedar Hill in Byhalia, home of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Hollingsworth.
The wedding party, family members and a host of friends enjoyed a wonderful dinner of the groom’s favorites, prepared by Diane Greer and Maia Miller.
Tables were beautifully decorated with lovely white tablecloths topped with black and white polka dot toppers. Centering the tables, under the elegant peaked tent were beautiful arrangements of white snapdragons, green spider fugi mums and fern, created by Carl Isom of Mt. Pleasant.
After dinner and numerous heartfelt toasts to the bride and groom, a video from their infancy to courtship was displayed sharing some of their favorite memories.
Guests were given Tiffany and Co. boxes filled with wedding cookies to coordinate with the theme of the wedding.
A bridal luncheon was held on Friday, June 10, in honor of the bride and her attendants. The luncheon took place at The Little Sunday School Church and was hosted by Sherry Colhoun, Rebecca Moore, Judy Forester, and Ashley Forester.
Centerpieces for the lovely tables were white vases holding pink heirloom hydrangeas with Tiffany blue tulle adorning the arrangements.
Delicious plates of the bride’s favorites were served including poppyseed chicken and a fresh broccoli salad. For dessert, lovely cream and fruit crowns were served.
After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple is at home in Florence, Ala.
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