Mr. and Mrs. Colby Newton
Adair-Newton vows said in April 29 ceremony at Montrose
The wedding of Anna Kathryn Adair and Colby Myers Newton was held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Montrose in Holly Springs.
Anna’s aunt Linda Adair hosted a bridesmaids’ brunch on Friday before the wedding. A mimosa bar was set up along with a selection of gourmet foods of Monte Cristo sliders with homemade strawberry jelly, mini chicken and waffles, mac and cheese bites, parmesan cream cheese cups, hash brown bites, sausage and cheese bites, bacon cream cheese bites, and smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites. It was all scrumptious.
Later that day the families and wedding party gathered for the rehearsal at Montrose and later for a dinner at Kirkwood National Golf Club where many of the out-of-town guests were staying. The joy of the evening was hearing the different toasts made to the couple from many of their friends. The bride-elect’s mother, Anna Margaret Adair, presented Anna Kathryn with the bouquet made from the many brooches and jewelry given by close friends and family. Anna had requested a brooch bouquet and as her mother made it, the bouquet design began to take on a different meaning. She received many assorted pieces from friends and relatives. Now, as Anna Kathryn walked down the aisle, she would be holding more than a bouquet. She would be holding and touching something that had belonged to others in her life and they, in essence, would be walking with her.
Saturday began with all the workings that go on behind the scenes of a wedding. From table set-ups to tablecloths to flower arrangements...all was being done with the help of many friends of the bride’s mother. Lisa Childers was in charge of directing.
Also involved in this undertaking were some very special people: Anna Margaret’s sister Jacqueline Meeks, who had arrived from Colorado a week early in order to prepare, Cindy McCoy, did the floral designs, Deborah Sanders who stepped in to do the boutonnieres and give moral support, and Deidre Anderson, who was a dedicated help in everything. The bride-elect’s mother’s high school group of friends who came early to fill in where needed -- from picking up cases of wine to folding programs to laying out tablecloths -- always there when needed were Marolyn, Ann, Brenda, Nan, Linda and Janice. The bride-elect’s cousin, Raegan Meeks Hackett had flown in from Colorado to experience this Southern Holly Springs wedding and went right to work implementing the last few touches.
Family and friends arrived at Montrose and began filling the white chairs placed on the front lawn on either side of the brick walkway facing the front porch. The bride’s attendants were her sister Kristyn Adair and friends: Dane Capley, Mariah Carol, Ellen Dodson, Brittney Greer, Diana Hogan, Sharla Joyner, Kortny Mitchell, Destiny Peterson, Tabitha Matthews, and Lindsay Whittaker.
The best man was Sterling Fields and groomsmen were: Josh Basset, Dre Crumbly, Josh Luby, Chris Matthews, Benjamin Nicholson, James Springer, Evan Simpson, Eric Whitaker, and Alex Willoughby.
Serving as junior bridesmaids were nieces of the bride and groom Emma Adair and Mackenzie Newton. Flower girls were Ellen Adair and Kenley Newton, also nieces of the bride and groom. Serving as ring bearer was John Clayton Whitaker, son of friends of Anna and Colby.
The wedding began with the seating of families to the music of “Reach Out” (I’ll be there with a love that will shelter you...). Next was the attendants’ processional to “Lovely Day” as the attendants walked down the brick walkway with the men in their dapper smoke blue tuxedos and bow ties and the ladies in dresses ranging in color tones of blush, gold and neutrals. There was an assortment of beadings, sequins and tulle reminiscent of a bygone era but of a style all their own.
The bride, Anna Kathryn arrived at Montrose in an antique Mercury Comet. owned and driven by Greg and Jennifer Barkley. Her father Bill Adair met her from the car and escorted her down the brick aisle to the music of “At Last.”
The bride wore a strapless mermaid silhouette gown by Madison James featuring a sparkling tiered asymmetrical cut with sparkle tulle skirt and dramatic train of layers and ruffles. Anna Kathryn also chose a birdcage veil that set off her total look. Long time friend Mandy Newton did a Scripture reading and the ceremony was officiated by Rev. Gary Adams, a long time friend who baptized Anna Kathryn as a young girl and whose son Brent flew in from New York for the occasion.
After the wedding, a reception was held on the grounds at the back of Montrose under the beautiful canopy of trees and a big wonderful tent (in case of rain).
The newly married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Newton danced their first dance to “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. Anna Kathryn and her dad Bill Adair danced to “Wild World” by Cat Stevens and Colby and his mother Wendy Nicholson Douglas danced to “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. And for some of us, the tears began to flow. After these special dances, everyone joined in and partied to the music of the band, Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster.
Melanie McCrainie Mansfield was the official photographer and captured the wedding and Montrose in all of its splendor. Good friend John Elliott (with his beautiful assistant Betsy) was also on hand with his trusty camera and shooting spontaneous shots. Diane Greer and Maia Miller outdid themselves with a luscious offering of assorted foods for every palate and even cut the cakes. The bride had requested an assortment of cakes. She had a two-tier white bride’s cake accented in gold with a sparkling gold topper of Mr. and Mrs. Newton. The bride’s cake sat alongside the groom’s cake on the antique dining table decorated with greenery, roses, pearls and sequined runners. The groom’s cake was a tall-layered strawberry short cake, which was a gift to the groom, made by their friend Kerry Barnett. There was also an array of cakes perched atop various cake stands around the room: chocolate, strawberry, rum cake, and Mrs. Hallam’s white cake -- yes, Mrs. Hallam’s white cake.
So many special friends and family came from near and far to be a part of this special occasion.