Newtons celebrate June 18 marriage in Greenville

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 29, 2005

The marriage of Miss Jennifer Sue Motsch and Mr. Seth Autrey Newton was solemnized at the home of the groom's parents on Saturday, June 18, 2005. Rev. Timothy Patton, minister of the First Baptist Church of Greenville, performed the ceremony.

Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Sherrill Motsch of Cody, Wy. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Oliver Newton of Greenville.

The front lawn, outlined in profusion of white vinca, petunias, dianthus, and crepe myrtles was the setting for the wedding and the front veranda set the stage for the ceremony. The front door was adorned with a magnificent garland of magnolia leaves, oak leaf hydrangea, white daisies and lilies designed and created by Mrs. Jan Autrey, Mrs. Allison Lewis and Mrs. Elizabeth Mathews. Two stemmed Victorian white wicker planters with massive floral design flanked either side of the doors. Other lovely flower arrangements and garlands, ferns and tulle were placed at various focal points for the ceremony and for the reception. The scene was created by Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Leverette, Mrs. Diane Harrell, Mr. and Mrs. David Hancock, Mrs. Karen Johnson, Mrs. Patti Brown, Mr. Ben Harrell, Mrs. Pat Gibson, Mrs. Kay Scruggs, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Stevens, Dr. Jean Thompson, Mrs. Merle Newton, Mrs. Susan Sorrels, Mrs. Virginia Rainey, Mrs. Renea Mathews, Mrs. Mary Evelyn Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Giardina, Mrs. Molly Utley, and Miss Jana Harrell.

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A champagne fountain flowing with cool lemonade on peridot satin clothed table was the focal point at the entrance of the seating area. Guests were treated to the refreshment in stemmed wine glasses as they were ushered in to the sanctuary through the white lattice arbor draped in tulle and greenery. At each chair, a welcomed fan which also served as the wedding program awaited each guest. A cool summer breeze and a lovely classical nuptial performance by Mrs. Rhoda Bentley, pianist, and Mrs. Claire Weil, violinist, created an old fashioned southern ambiance.

Under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Leverette, the processional, 'Trumpet Voluntary' began. The bridegroom's father was the best man. Groomsmen were brother of the bridegroom, James Oliver Newton, II, of Birmingham, cousins of the bridegroom, George Nick Autrey of Auburn, Rhett Jackson Autrey of Jay, Fla., and William Amos Christopher, Jr., of Athens, the brother of the bride, Michael Daniel Motsch of Cody, Wy., and friends of the bridegroom, Andrew Thomas Coleman of Greenville and Michael Benjamin Sport of Decatur. Russell David Motsch, son of the bride, was the ring bearer and carried the rings on a satin pillow made by the bride's maternal grandmother, Mrs. Darrell Sevier of Glendive, Mon.

The bridesmaids were gowned alike in tea length empire dresses of peridot satin. They each carried a bouquet of lavender and white Irises, Star Gazer Lilies and Baby's Breath designed and created by Mrs. Emily Cooper of Montgomery. Attending the bride was her friend and Maid of Honor, Miss Martha Sue Karavitis of Cody, Wy., the bride's sister, Mrs. Gretchen Motsch Nelson of Laramie, Wy., the bridegroom's sister, Miss Lila Deane Newton of Nashville, Tenn., and Mrs. Patricia Kopf of Cheyenne, Wy. The flower girl was Miss Kylie Renee Kopf of Cheyenne, Wy.

Mr. Motsch gave his daughter in marriage. The bride's formal wedding gown was of white satin. It was an A-line draped front and a face framing Sweetheart neckline. The cathedral length train added elegance to the beaded body and skirt insert. The bride's four-tiered veil and blusher was made by the bridegroom's mother. The bride wore her grandmother Sevier's antique pearls and matching earrings. She carried a bouquet of white Daisies, Snap Dragons, and Star Gazer Lilies.

Special music "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts was vocally performed by the bride's mother, Cheryl Motsch and sister, Gretchen Nelson, and accompanied on the acoustical guitar by her brother-in-law, Jason Nelson. "Lord, I Lift Your Name on High" was sung by the bride's son, Russell Motsch and her mother.

The guests were directed through a series of wrought iron arbors covered with Lady Clair roses to the back lawn where tents shaded satin and matte lassee clothed tables. Guests at the reception were entertained by Mrs. Rhonda Bentley and Mrs. Clair Weil on piano and violin. Sarah Ellen Gardner arranged dainty nosegays of white roses and baby's breath in Haviland Apple Blossom tea cups and saucers that graced the guests tables as lovely centerpieces.

A fruit array presentation with carved melon swans, melon baskets, and melon palm trees was the first of many delightful food experiences. Bouquets of carved fruit flowers were arranged artistically in the melon baskets of the three-tiered fruit array. The magnificent fruit centerpiece was the design and creation of Mrs. Susan Sorrells and assisted by her daughter, Miss Jennifer Sorrells, and Mrs. Kathleen Sims and Mrs. David Brown.

The bride and groom's cakes were made and designed by the groom's mother and assisted by Mrs. Tiffany Brooks. The bride's table was covered with peridot satin underlay intricately made by Mrs. Leshia Hancock and a white Irish cut lace linen topper. The table was dominated by the five-tier wedding cake, featuring scallops of the cake at the base. The two upper tiers were supported by fluted columns and the top was surmounted by a bouquet of white roses and baby's breath. The many tiers were enriched by interesting borders and softened by clusters and twining vines of rosy lavender flowers. The cake was served by Mrs. Susan Karavitis of Cody, Wy.

At the groom's table, a three-tiered chocolate groom's cake drizzled with a dark chocolate ganache was served. The unusual top tier was designed as a set of law books representing the bridegroom's pursuit of law at the University of Alabama. The groom's cake was served by Mrs. Cindy Marchetelli of Laramie, Wy.

The champagne fountain, sitting on a table covered similarly to the other reception tables offered homemade blackberry nectar made by the bridegroom's mother. This recipe has been a coveted summer refreshment from her grandmother Autrey's pantry and passed down to her. Sergeant David Micale of Laramie, Wy., served at the nectar table.

Raspberry purses, tuna fish and grape puff pastries, stuffed mushrooms, wrapped chicken kabobs, colorful calla lily mints, fried Chinese pecans, and various homemade cookies came from the kitchens of Mrs. Jessica Adams, Mrs. Mary Evelyn Edwards, Mrs. Pat Gibson, Mrs. Gerald Benson, Mrs. Molly Utley, Miss Elizabeth Utley, Miss Leah Utley, Miss Linda Parrett, and Mrs. Helen Gewin. Miss Cari Autrey distributed souvenirs of bubble bottles and homemade teacakes to the guests. Mrs. Susan Robertson, of Paul Robertson Studio, photographed the wedding.

After a honeymoon to Maui, Hawaii, the couple will reside in Tuscaloosa where Seth will continue his pursuit of a law degree and Jennifer will begin teaching science at Eastwood Middle School.