Miss Claxton, Mr. Smith united in double ring ceremony
by Emanuel County Live | March 28, 2007 12:00 am
Miss Kristal Blue Claxton and Mr. Wayne Smith, Jr. were united in a double ring ceremony Dec. 22, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Swainsboro. The Rev. Andrew Perryman of Wrightsville, cousin of the bride, performed and officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Claxton of Swainsboro. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Smith, Sr. of Juliette.
Guests were greeted at the entrance of the church by Mrs. Gladys Page of Swainsboro. The church was adorned with four large wrought iron candelabras, which held ivory pillar candles. One large central arrangement consisting of Nicole roses, Heather, monte casino, white snapdragons and mixed Christmas greenery. The back wall of the church held two large Christmas wreaths with burgundy velvet bows. The church stain glass window ledges were decorated with hurricane globes, candles and burgundy ribbon cascading down the front. The family pews were decorated with beautiful greenery and velvet bows. The bride and groom used a traditional ivory unity candle on a wrought iron stand.
A memory candle in remembrance of Mrs. Jewel Claxton, grandmother of the bride was lit before the ceremony by Austin Scarboro and Willis Claxton, Sr. In an etched hurricane globe, the candle stood on a column draped in burgundy cloth with a framed photograph.
The music for the ceremony was provided by Mrs. Amanda Bell, pianist and Josh Claxton, brother of the bride, played the acoustic guitar. Mrs. Bell sang “God Bless the Broken Road,” by Rascal Flatts. Mr. Claxton sang “I Will Be Here,” by Steven Curtis Chapman and “Shine On Us,” by Phillips, Craig and Dean.
The beautiful bride was escorted by her father, Mr. Keith Claxton and given in marriage by her parents, Keith and Kathy Claxton. The bride wore a white sleeveless princess style gown with a scoop neckline and empire bodice, beautifully accented with seed pearls and sequins. The same motif of pearls and sequins also created a wide boarder near the hem of the skirt. A long row of covered buttons adorned the back of the elegant creation. The bride’s finger tip veil of soft white tulle hemmed in white was attached to a crystal tiara. Elbow length gloves and a white stylish bolero jacket were her accessories for the evening. The bride carried a clutch style bouquet of white Eskimo roses with monte casino, pink heather and mixed greenery, such as cedar, frizzier fir and springier.
Following traditions the bride wore a garter trimmed in blue and a beautiful antique crystal key pendant given to her by her parents for her “something old.” “Something new,” was her wedding dress and “something borrowed,” was a silver necklace and earring set of her mothers.
Ms. Jill Lee of Dexter served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ms. Charlotte Lawrence of Millegeville and Ms. Kim Ross of Juliette. Each bridesmaid wore a black floor length gown of their own unique design. They carried an arm held bouquet of three Nicole roses with monte casino, heather and mixed greenery.
Miss Lindsey Smith, seven year old daughter of the groom, served as Jr. bridesmaid. She wore a lovely floor length black square neck formal accented with a rhinestone buckle on one shoulder.
The flower girl was Miss Larkin McMichael, niece of the groom. She wore a sleeveless, floor length white dress, with a bodice style top, decorated with the same seed pearl and sequin design as the bride. She carried a basket of fresh rose petals, which she dropped as she made her way down the aisle.
Mr. Greg Walmasly of Monroe, N.C. served as best man. Groomsmen were Mathew Claxton of St. Marys, brother of the bride and Jason Kimball of Juliette. Jr. groomsman was Austin Scarboro of Twin City, nephew of the bride. The groom and all his attendants wore black tuxedos with wine colored vests and ties. The groom, fathers and groomsmen wore Eskimo roses with heather, monte casino and Christmas greenery boutonnieres.
Cody Wommack, friend of the bride form Eatonton served as ring bearer. He wore a black suit, gray vest and black tie. He carried a white satin ring pillow.
The mother of the bride was attired in a black chiffon, floor length skirt complimented by a white crepe top with matching jacket accented by silver and black design and mandarin collar.
The mother of the groom wore a stunning tea length dress with matching jacket. Its knit bodice was accented with black and silver threading and the skirt was silver lame’. The jacket was adorned with rhinestone buttons.
Mother and grandmothers wore cymbidium orchid corsages with monte casino, Christmas greenery and sheer white ribbon.
Special guests for the evening were Mr. and Mrs. James E. Canady, maternal grandparents of the bride and Mr. Willis Claxton, Sr., paternal grandfather of the bride all of Swainsboro.
After the ceremony a reception hosted by the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Claxton followed at the Swainsboro Country Club. Mrs. Vicki Sherrod welcomed guests to a blissful affair created by Mrs. Sara Claxton, sister-in-law of the bride.
A selection of homemade hor deurves were enjoyed including, assorted chocolates, crab quiches and creamy pumpkin dip were served with punch from a cascading punch fountain. Guests were also served a dinner of succulent beef and pork tenderloin, a delicious apricot glaze, fresh green beans, creamy garlic potatoes, caramelized carrots and fresh yeast rolls. The bride and groom’s cake was served after dinner. Ms. Christie Beckam and Judy Sirmans both of Milledgeville, served the wedding cake and groom’s cake.
The bride’s cake was a beautiful white traditional, three-tier wedding cake placed on a wide silver tray that was decorated with Nicole roses, Christmas greenery and a white porcelain bride and groom. It stood on a round table with a floor length drape, topped with a stylish army/navy cloth. The delicious cake was a wedding gift from Mrs. Claire Donaldson of Metter.
The groom’s cake was a chocolate delight decorated with a hunting theme. A pond with ducks and a trophy deer were on the top of the cake. It was surrounded by Christmas greenery.
The dinner tables were adorned with white tablecloths and glimmering sheer overlays. Floating candles lit up the tables casting shadows of light over the silver place settings. Bordeaux colored napkins were tied with keepsake wedding bells. Miniature clear lights lit the room by shining through sheer white fabric draped from the ceilings. The windows were decorated with greenery and white wedding bows. However, the focus of the room was a 9 foot Christmas tree trimmed in Bordeaux velvet ribbon, silver ornaments and sheer white decorative hearts.
Guests were given a live Christmas seedling to be planted in remembrance of this special day. A wedding poem, dated and engraved, tied in a bow decorated the container of the Meyer Spruce.
Following a trip to Gatlinberg, Tenn. the Smith’s will make their home in Juliette.
A rehearsal dinner on Dec. 21 was hosted by the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Smith, Sr. of Juliette at Temptations Restaurant in Swainsboro at 7 p.m.
Temptations Restaurant graciously served the wedding party and out of town guests. A favorite meal of the groom’s was served. It included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, green beans and toss salad. A delicious dessert of raspberry fried cheesecake topped off the meal.
Beautiful Christmas decorations adorned the private party room.
The bride and groom welcomed and introduced their family and friends. Gifts were presented to the wedding party.