Spring event unites Adams, Skipper in holy matrimony

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Saturday, March 19, 2005, was a beautiful Spring afternoon for the uniting in marriage Miss Lacey Majors Adams and Mr. John Patrick Skipper.

Flowers were blooming, birds were singing,

and over 300 guests arrived at the First United Methodist Church in Greenville, to celebrate the joining of two families from the long courtship of this happy couple.

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Dr. Chris Eckert officiated over the 2 p.m. ceremony and a reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie C. Adams, of Greenville.

She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Allen Majors and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Murphy of Greenville.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy N. Skipper, of Greenville.

He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Benford Kilpatrick, of Greenville and Mr. and Mrs. Lavaughn Skipper of Garland.

The bride wore an exquisite strapless Oleg Cassini white satin gown.

The bodice and skirt with long train featured Alencon lace, sewn pearls and authentic crystals on a tulle scalloped overlay.

Her elbow length veil was of white delicate illusion with authentic crystal drops and a scalloped edge.

Her lovely tiara consisted of lattice beaded pearls and rhinestones.

Her shoes were a combination of white crepe and satin.

She carried a handheld bouquet of mini white callas, white lilac, vendella and Virginia roses, and white spray roses embodied with hints of spring, tied with white chiffon ribbon.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

Maid of honor was Miss Marcey Adams, sister of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Miss Riley Altiere, of Greenville; Miss Rachel Paisley, of Hoover; Miss Lori Beth Salyer, of Brookhaven, Miss.; Miss Laura Skipper, sister of the groom and Miss Emily Wheeler, of Demopolis.

The bridesmaids wore pearl pink satin, strapless side ruched ballgown dresses.

They carried European, handheld bouquets of pink, pale green, lemon yellow and lavender roses as well as lavender lissianthur and pink brevardia, tied with white chiffon ribbon.

Miss Savannah Clemens and Miss Liz Skipper, cousins of the groom, were the flower girls.

They wore white satin, sleeveless bodice over tulle skirt with pearl pink sash and back bow.

They carried white satin baskets of pink and lavender rose petals and each had a halo of spring flowers atop their heads.

The groom's father, Timothy N. Skipper, served as best man.

Groomsmen were Adam Crenshaw, of Greenville; Jared Lowe, of Georgiana; Tommy Ryan, of Greenville; Drew Skipper, cousin of the groom, and Nathan Skipper, brother of groom. Jonathan Sales, cousin of the groom, was the ring bearer.

Groomsmen and ring bearer wore traditional black tuxedos.

The front of the church billowed in white bridal tulle and bows and handsome groomsmen awaited at both entrances to seat the guests.

A large bridal wreath on the front of the church was flowing with bridal tulle and ribbon accented the building for this festive event.

Large ferns filled with babies breath enhanced the foyers as well as two friends of the couple who handed out programs of the upcoming event.

They were Miss Harper Lea Heartsill and Miss Anne Blake Langford.

Prenuptial organ music was provided by Mrs. Rhonda Bentley, as well as flute accompaniment, Mrs. Amanda McFarland and trumpet accompaniment, Mr. Bryan Reeves.

Soloist for several beautiful numbers was Miss Virginia Elliott, a sorority sister of the bride.

The focal point of the altar was an enormous arrangement of spring flowers with pink, lavender, lemon yellow and ivory roses from Ecuador, Acapulco pale pink lilies, lavender liartrus and larkspur, cascading over the pulpit.

On either side of the pulpit were billowing ferns filled with gypsophilia.

Large palms throughout the choir area enhanced the large wrought iron candelabra that held over 100 pillar candles.

Bridal tulle and ribbon accented each of the candelabra including the unity candle which was accented with pink roses and white lilies.

The altar railing was swaged in bridal tulle and ribbon as well as tiny bridal bouquets at each tier.

High above the choir area, cascading from ornamental ledges in the architecture of the church were orchids from Hawaii, roses, lilies, elaeagnus and ivy.

This beautiful accent framed the ceremonial area. Pews on both sides of the aisle were puddled on every pew with cascading ribbon and eloigns.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall where guest seating was provided with table linens of fresh, crisp white on white strip cloths, white chair covers for all guest seating areas tied with pearl pink sashes.

Each of the guest seating areas had bouquets of spring flowers in crystal bubble vases.

Don Strength of Bridal Video Productions, of Roanoke, had prepared a video presentation of the couple's lives which played throughout the reception.

Miss Melody Vistart also played numerous wedding pieces on the piano throughout the reception.

Waiters in black and white attire took care of the guests' ever need including serving delicious homemade lemonade, fresh brewed iced tea and coffee in beautiful stemmed goblets and wedding cakes.

The bride's cake was a five-tiered confection with alternating flavors for each layer of Italian Creme cake and white scratch cake with cream cheese and toasted almond with Grand Mariner influence.

The cake was a masterpiece of cascading handmade gum paste pale pink floral bouquets, tiny beading and fresh pink and white roses in between each layer.

Fresh floral bouquets on either side of the cake in silver candelabras accented this lovely reflection of the bride's femineity.

The table was filled with rose petals that surrounded

the imported silver plateau that held the cake.

Thre 4-foot round tables scalloped into one table for the bride's table made an exceptional station in the fellowship hall.

The groom's tree 4-foot tables were equally as masculine and exciting with beauty and taste.

The groom's cake was a large two-tiered square chocolate on chocolate basket weave with chocolate-dipped strawberries.

A surprise to the groom from the bride was a large chocolate fountain atop a brass plateau flowing with 25 pounds of warm Belgium chocolate.

Guests enjoyed pretzels, sugar cookies, chocolate macaroons, peanut butter Ritz, fresh fruit and strawberries, marshmallows and many other items to dip into the sweet treat.

Homemade ice cream was also served in a pewter swan.

Besides all of the sweet afternoon delights, there were also large pewter trays of colorful vegetable pasta, a lovely variety of meaty tea sandwiches which included homemade chicken, turkey and ham salad, open face tomato and cucumber sandwiches, spinach dip with Frito Scoops, buttermilk fried chicken nuggets with homemade BBQ and honey mustard sauce, a large cheese and fruit display in margarita glasses with gourmet wafers and homemade plain and pecan cheese wafers to please guests for this lovely reception.

The focal point of the serpentine food tables was a large spring floral matching all of the flowers used in the wedding.

Tall silver presidential candelabra were used to accent the food tables as well as homemade wrought iron stands.

Large lighted ficus trees and palms enhanced the entire room.

The bride is a graduate of Auburn University and is employed at Fort Dale Academy as a fifth grade teacher.

The groom is also a graduate of Auburn University and is employed at Montgomery Technology Incorporated in Greenville.

Following a honeymoon in Oahu, Hawaii, Mr. and Mrs. Skipper are at home in Greenville.