Miss McDaniel, Mr. Mason united in sacred ceremony
by Emanuel County Live | August 30, 2006 12:00 am
Miss Ashley Brooke McDaniel of Kite and Mr. Robert Mason Jr. of Kite were united in holy matrimony July 8, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. The Williams Chapel in Kite provided the sacred setting for the ceremony. The Reverend Lamar Kersey of Kite performed the double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McDaniel and Ms. Sonya McKinzie. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason of Brunswick and Mrs. Melissa Caraway of Swainsboro.
Special guests attending the wedding were the bride’s grandmothers, Betty Joyce Coleman of Swainsboro and LaVerne McDaniel of Kite and the groom’s grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ellie Stapleton of Kite and Mr. Grable and Joanne Mason of Kite.
The outside of the church was decorated with white heart-shaped wreaths on the doors, tulle bows accented the railings, and white wrought iron candle holders decorated with satin bows and hydrangeas were placed at the entryway. The church sanctuary was beautifully decorated with an exquisite mass center arrangement of yellow, pink and white carnations on a white column. Two large ferns on white columns were placed on each side of the altar. Family pews were marked with white satin bows.
Cousin of the bride, Jarrett Kersey of Swainsboro provided a glorious music CD. Attendants entered to “Canon and Gigue” the bride and her father entered the church and walked down the aisle to the traditional “Bridal March.”
The radiant bride was escorted down the aisle by her father, Kevin Mc- Daniel and given in marriage by her family. She wore a stunning white strapless creation. The fitted A-line satin gown featured tiny beads scattered over the entire gown including the chapel length train. She wore a fingertip veil with a satin edge. She carried a clutch bouquet of pink, yellow and white roses accented with white satin ribbon.
In keeping with tradition, her bridal gown was something new; her blue garter was something blue; her veil was borrowed from her cousin, Mrs. Luci McNeely and something old was a handkerchief of her late grandmother, Annie Mae Kersey. The handkerchief was also carried by her sister, Stephanie McCullough on her wedding day.
The bride chose her sister, Kristen McDaniel of Kite as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were sister of the bride, Jordanna Hayes of Kite and best friend of the bride, Melissa Gulledge of Swainsboro. The maid of honor wore a two-piece turquoise floorlength satin skirt with a white satin top embroidered with turquoise flowers. Bridesmaids wore the same skirts but they wore strapless satin solid turquoise tops.
Miss Emily Johnson of Swainsboro, cousin of the bride, served as flower girl. She wore a white satin miniature bridal gown with matching tiara. She carried a white basket accented with a turquoise bow and filled with pink rose petals.
The groom chose his best friend, Rodney Sellers of Swainsboro as his best man. Unfortunately due to an accident after the rehearsal dinner, Mr. Sellers was injured an unable to serve as best man. Therefore, Shannon McCullough of Nunez, brotherin law of the bride served as best man and groomsman. Math McCullough of Nunez, nephew of the bride, served as ring bearer.
The step-mother of the bride was attired in an elegant ivory two-piece sleeveless ensemble. The tea-length creation was adorned with sequined flowers on the shoulders. The mother of the bride was stunning in a taupe two-piece dress. The tealength ensemble of satin and chiffon featured scattered seed pearls and sequins.
The groom’s mother wore a spaghetti strapped turquoise tea-length satin gown with matching wrap.
Reception Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception in the Williams Chapel social hall. Mrs. Stephanie Mc- Cullough, sister of the bride greeted guests. Attending the bride’s registry was Alexis McKinzie, sister of the bride. A large lattice wall was decorated with pictures from various stages of the bride and groom’s lives. Tables were decorated with translucent white tablecloths with turquoise overlays and centered with large globes containing white candles surrounded with clear and turquoise marbles. Food tables were covered with white tablecloths with turquoise table runners and accented in ivy. Large ferns placed on decorative columns centered the food tables.
The bride’s three tier confection cake was covered with white icing and embellished with purple and pink flowers. The cake was cut and served by Melissa Claxton. Adorning the table was life-sized Barbie bride belonging to the bride’s sister, Stephanie McCullough and was used at her wedding as well.
The groom’s red velvet cake was decorated with toy race cars. The cake was made by the bride’s grandmother, Joyce Coleman and served by Monica Herman.
Assisting in serving at the reception were Mr. and Mrs. Bob McNeely of Statesboro and Jessica Martin of Swainsboro.
The bride departed in a white pheasant skirt and a turquoise spaghetti strapped top. She wore white sequined flip-flops to complete her attire. After a wedding trip to Daytona Beach, Fla. the couple will make their home in Swainsboro.
On Friday, July 7, 2006 the grandparents of the groom, Mr. Grable and Mrs. Joanne Mason of Kite hosted a rehearsal dinner outside the Williams Chapel under a covered picnic area.
Tiki torches surrounded the area. Tables were covered with bright yellow and blue tablecloths with matching tableware. Each table was centered with a citronella candle and a fresh-cut arrangement of flowers from the bride’s step-mother’s garden.
Guests enjoyed a delicious meal consisting of grilled chicken, baked beans, green beans, potato salad, broccoli salad, rolls and a variety of delicious desserts. The chicken was prepared by the bride’s uncle, Randall Kersey. The groom chose this time to present gifts of appreciation to his groomsmen.
A bridesmaids’ brunch was hosted in honor of Miss Ashley McDaniel and her attendants at the lovely country home of the bride’s aunt, Sheila Metz on Saturday, July 1. Assisting Mrs. Metz in hosting the brunch were Vicki Kersey and Luci Mc- Neely.
For her attire, Miss Mc- Daniel chose white Capri’s with a teal sequined spaghetti strapped top. White sequined flip flops complimented her outfit.
As guests arrived they were invited to the sitting area where they enjoyed fresh fruit, spinach dip and other appetizers while they socialized. Then they were escorted into the dining area and served a delicious lunch consisting of chicken breasts in wine sauce and a host of pasta salads. Brownie fudge pie was served for dessert. The bride chose this time to present gifts of appreciation to her bridal party.
Special guests were grandmothers of the bride, LaVerne McDaniel and Betty Joyce Coleman, stepmother of the bride, Darlene McDaniel, mother of the bride, Sonya McKinzie, and aunt of the bride, Debra Johnson. Also attending were the bridal party, cousin of the bride, Emily Johnson, sisters of the bride, Kristen Mc- Daniel and Jordanna Hayes and friend of the bride, Melissa Gulledge.