“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
Although this quote came from the movie, When Harry Met Sally, it must have been the same thoughts Nancy Gail Edwards and Roy Arthur Thompson had in 1971.
Gail and Roy dated their senior days at Swainsboro High School in 1970 and one year later on March 21, 1971, they married at the First Baptist Church, Swainsboro at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Now, 50 years later, they celebrated this special day with many of their friends who were in attendance at the wedding - good friends like Toppy Hicks Campbell, Penny Hicks Nelson, Craig Wilson, Ginny Maupin Kasper, Susan Fagler Stephens, Donnie and Sharon Davis Wilson, Susan Thompson Faircloth, Nick Kraus, and Phyllis Thompson Reddish.
The couple chose the rustic Cadle Barn for their 50th anniversary gathering. Upon entering, a round table with a white overlaid linen cloth held the wedding picture of the bride and groom in 1971 and a present day picture of them. Also, on the table was a large flower arrangement of yellow roses, lilies, mums, and white snapdragons in a gold vase designed by Angela Sconyers.
A low country boil was served. A refreshment tables held an assortment of desserts and finger foods, including cupcakes and fruit cups. Atop the three layer cupcake display was the original cake topper of a bride and groom from their wedding day. Also, on the table was a framed picture containing the bride’s bouquet from 1970 and the original wedding invitation.
Guests were served a decadent chocolate layer cake covered in roses. The delicacy was made by Baker’s Pride Bakery of Savannah.
For her special day, Gail was lovely in a gold metallic blouse with off-white pants. Her wrist corsage was made up of yellow roses and baby’s breath. For his special day, Roy was handsome in a blue blazer, light blue shirt and khaki pants, with a yellow rose boutonniere.
Guests were requested not to bring gifts, but one guest did not receive the message and presented them with a Thompson Family photo album dating back to Reubin Thompson, who served in the Revolutionary War.
Hosting the once-in-a-lifetime celebration were Gail and Roy’s two children, Drew and wife, Renee, and granddaughter, Lucy, of Savannah, and Becky Len Thompson, and Tiffany Noell, and grandsons, Ben and Elliot, of Savannah. Also, hosting were Lynn and Margie Scott of Melbourne, Florida.
The couple celebrated their second honeymoon in the North Georgia mountains.