Miss Rigdon and Mr. Scott exchange vows


Miss Railey Fayeth Rigdon and Kenton Bishop Scott exchanged vows in ceremony marked with rustic elegance at The Copper Barn near Portal at 4 p.m. February 11. Pastors Larry Jennings and Phil Wilson, both of Swainsboro, performed the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Benji Rigdon of Metter. The groom’s parents are Mr. & Mrs. Ken Scott of Portal.

Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Rigdon of Metter, Ms. Jency Bishop and Ms. Judy Scott of Twin City, and Mr. & Mrs. Bo Bishop of Metter were present for the celebration of love uniting their grandchildren.

Swags of dried palm, dried sago, pampas, and hydrangea flanked each side entrance of the barn’s drive. Down the drive guests were greeted with a hay bale initialed “S” in white hydrangeas. As guests entered through the side entrance of the barn, they were greeted by a signing table with a cowhide overlay and table arrangement of pampas which held a longhorn skull for guests to sign. There were also gifts of candles, cookies, and koozies for guests to take.

Whiskey barrels, marking each side of the isle, held massive arrangements of white hydrangeas, silver dollar eucalyptus, gypsophila, and pampas. Every other row of vintage oak church pews were marked by oak stumps holding jugs of pea pebbles and pampas alongside the cowhide isle.

A hay ring from Mr. Scott’s farm was the perfect backdrop and arbor for this wedding which symbolized their unity in marriage and farm life together. Atop of the arbor was a longhorn that Mr. Scott received as a boy. Adorning each side of the arbor were massive arrangements of pampas, dried palm, white hydrangea, and mixed greenery made by the bride herself.

Instrumental fiddle music by Phillip Bowen, “Something in the Orange” played as grandparents, parents, and the bridal party entered. Escorted by her father, the bride entered to the fiddle and acoustic guitar selection, “Lady May” also by Phillip Bowen.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a stunning backless boho A-line bridal gown with a hyperextended scalloped train and long poet bell sleeves. The gown had a plunging illusion v-neckline with lace motifs over sparkling tulle. The look was complete with a nine-foot-long cathedral tulle veil and accented with pearl earrings, a gift from the bride’s mother.

The bride carried a bouquet of pampas, dried palmetto, dried sago, gypsophila, white hydrangeas, and moab roses. The exquisite bouquet, made by the groom’s grandmother, Jency Bishop, was bound together by burlap ribbon and was adorned with two photo charms of her late grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Ray Brown.

Ms. Mally Bird of Metter, cousin of the bride, served as Maid of Honor. Mrs. Madison Donaldson of Metter, also cousin of the bride, served as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Mercedes Maxey of Guyton, Alaina Scott of Portal, the groom’s sister, and Alex Trujillo of Metter.

They wore elegant dune colored empire maxi silhouette gowns with a flirty chiffon sleeve. The bride gifted each of them with mink stoles and gold and pearl earrings for the event. They carried bouquets of pampas, dried palm, and moab roses tied with jute twine.

Ken Scott served as his son’s best man. Groomsmen were cousin of the groom, Abb Johnson, of Twin City, cousin Reecie Scott of Statesboro, Chandler Moore and Logan Fuller of Twin City, and cousin Payton Johnson, of Portal.

The groomsmen wore western chestnut-colored suitcoats with back drop arrow yokes, wheat colored poplin dress shirts with feather bowties, and stonewashed jeans and boots. They wore boutonnieres of black shotgun shells containing dried white pampas and pheasant feathers, made by the bride.

For their unity ceremony, the couple branded a framed cowhide with “Scott”. Caio Ferraz’s instrumental violin version of “You’re Still the One” was played. Assisting in the unity ceremony was Ben Rigdon, brother of the bride, and Ken Scott, best man and father of the groom. After the unity, exchanging of vows, and pronouncement of husband and wife, the bridal party exited to Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be an Everlasting Love”.

After the ceremony, guests were invited to cocktail hour out behind the barn while the barn was being transformed into the reception hall. The back porch of the barn had bar tables with white cloths that were tied with burlap. Each table held a mercury glass votives. There was extra seating with old oak church pews. There was also a vintage Victorian couch placed in front of a pallet wall that held a longhorn. Each side of the seating area was flanked with massive urn arrangements of pampas anchored with collars of hydrangeas. Beyond the porch area was a tent that greeted guests with a bar and light snacks before dinner. Tables of white cloths, chocolate cheesecloth runners, and gold chargers were centered with cylinders of pampas, silver dollar eucalyptus, and white hydrangea.

Once the reception hall was ready, guests were invited to a dinner of heavy hors d'oeuvres including a six-foot charcuterie table, envisioned and co-created by the bride. The serving area was anchored with three massive containers of pampas.

The head table for the bride and groom was a black iron table with a cowhide overlay with an arrangement of pampas, dried palm, dried sago, silver dollar eucalyptus, white hydrangea, baby’s breath, and Moab roses accenting a cow skull. The bride and groom sat in vintage Victorian chairs. Above the bride and groom was a heavy wooden mantle that held a large cross that was adorned with a cascade arrangement of dried palm, dried sago, silver dollar eucalyptus, white hydrangea, and Moab roses, all to mirror the table arrangement. Each end of the mantle held brown and gold vases of pampas.

Guest tables were accented with chocolate colored cheesecloth runners over ivory cloths, gold chargers, and centered with either a tower arrangement of pampas, silver dollar eucalyptus, white baby’s breath, and white hydrangeas, or bowl arrangements of the same flower arrangement.

The cake table being a work of art itself, held an array of cake art made by the groom’s cousin, Paige Johnson Lee. The bride’s cake was a four-tier confection alternating cow hide print and white lace print and topped with white roses and baby’s breath. Each layer also alternated traditional vanilla and cookie butter flavors.

The groom’s cake was a sinful three tier chocolate on chocolate treat that mimicked a wood grain texture with cow silhouettes scattered around it.

There were also two stacks of cake hay bales, one with chocolate flavor, and one with cookie butter flavor. And for the kids, there were novelty cow head cupcakes.

Floating over the cake table was a massive orb of pampas, dried palm, and dried sago.

For the couple’s first dance, they chose “Steady Heart”, by Kameron Marlow. The bride and her father danced to “Wrinkle” by Diamond Rio. Although not traditional, the bride wanted a dance with her mother. For this special moment, she chose “Mama’s Song” by Carrie Underwood. The groom and his mother danced to “Like Jesus Does”.

In lieu of a bouquet toss, the bride chose to dedicate her bouquet to her grandmother, Vivian Brown. She placed it near her picture in the memory hutch, where the bride and groom had pictures of their late grandparents.

Later in the night, the couple hosted an Anniversary Dance. All married couples joined on the dance floor. Couples were eliminated by the number of years they were married. The couple left on the dance floor, who had been married the longest, wins a bouquet. Mr. & Mrs. Dan Johnson of Twin City, and aunt and uncle of the groom, won the bouquet.

For party attire, the bride wore white jeans with a white jean jacket with “Mrs. Scott” rhinestones on the back. After honeymooning in the Bahamas, the couple will make their home on the groom’s family farm near Portal.

Mr. & Mrs. Ken Scott honored their son, his fiance’, members of the wedding party, along with some friends and family members at a rehearsal dinner at El Bethel Baptist Church.

Boxwood wreaths with white chiffon ribbon adorned the front doors of the social hall. White lanterns led the way. Inside, guests were greeted by a welcome sign. Tables were covered in white cloths and trimmed with tan cheesecloths runners and gold chargers. Miniature pinecones served as place card holders. Menus were tucked under the edge of each charger. Each table was garnished with a diversity of vintage candle sticks and votives, greenery, and deer antlers.

The head table had a tan scarf accessorizing the white cloth, garnished with an asparagus fern, deer antlers, a gold candelabra, and gold chargers.

A welcome, as well as some sentiments, were given by Mrs. Alisa Scott, mother of the groom, as well as Mrs. Dondra Rigdon, mother of the bride. The prayer and blessing were given by the groom’s father, Ken Scott.

After guests were served dinner, they enjoyed entertainment by Will Gay and Dorie Johnson. The couple was then presented with a slide show of the two of them throughout their dating years created by the groom’s sister, Alaina Scott, and presented by Don Davis.