Alesia Nicole Owens and Travis Manuel Smith, both of Cleveland, Tenn. were married June 14, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Westwood Baptist Church.
Published 3:24 pm Wednesday, August 20, 2003
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Alesia Owens of Cleveland. She is the granddaughter of Lamar and Faye Owens of Brewton and the Rev. Deen and Louise Sims of Trinity, Ala.
The groom is the son of Manuel Smith of Cleveland and Dale Donaldson of Chattanooga. He is the grandson of T.W. and Katie Smith and the late John and Juanita Henry, all of Athens, Tenn.
The bride was presented by her father and given in marriage by her father and mother. She wore a gown of white satin silk designed by Lady Eleanor. It featured pearl straps, a fitted bodice and a full, ball gown skirt with a French bustle train. The head dress featured a pearl tiara and a double layered lace chapel length veil, embellished with inset pearls, flowers and sequins. She wore satin, lace and pearl slippers and elbow satin gloves. She carried her baby bonnet, made from a lace handkerchief and gave it to her mother at the altar. Her bouquet was of white roses, stephanotis and purple Dutch irises.
Angela Terechenok of Decatur, Tenn. attended the bride as the maid of honor. The matron of honor was Lindsey King of Benton, Tenn. Sandy Eakin and Jenni Humbard, both of Cleveland, were bridesmaids. Amelia Schatz of Orlando, Fla. was the flower girl and Tyler Standridge, of Benton, was the ring bearer.
The groom's brother, Josh Smith of Decatur, served as best man. The groomsmen and ushers were Will Owens, brother of the bride, Nathan Haney and Zack Haney, all of Cleveland.
The bride's grandfather, Rev. Deen Sims, performed the double ring ceremony and Rev. Bob Sims led in prayer. Nuptial music was presented by Jack Clark. Vocalist, Charlmaine Varlack, sang "Have You Ever Been in Love" for the lighting of the Unity candle.
The church aisle was decorated with lighted ivy and purple wisteria arches and covered with a lace patterned aisle cloth. Heart shaped candelabras, decorated with magnolias and ivy, ferns, spring colored flowers and other arches entwined with purple wisteria and ivy decorated the altar.
There were three tables in the hallway, covered with white lace cloths and decorated with spring flowers and candles. One table held programs and treats, and gold baskets of lavender butterfly bubbles for send off of the couple. The gift table table was centered with a large white family Bible, engraved with the couple's names and wedding date, presented to them by Granny Owens. The gift table also held a butterfly money tree and a mailbox for notes of love and encouragement. The bride's book was on a purple and blue lace covered table and was attended by Hannah McClung.
A reception followed in the church fellowship hall. A lavender umbrella, with the couple's names and the wedding date was laced in front of one of the doors leading to the reception area. The round tables for guests were covered with white cloths adorned with pink, blue and purple roses, purple confetti and white wedding bells.
The bride's table was covered with a white lace cloth that held her white three-tiered cake decorated with spring flowers and a lighted fountain filled with white sparkling grape juice. The table held a white lace fan made of French lace and decorated with pearls and a wedding invitation. The couple toasted each other from monogrammed crystal goblets.
The groom's table was covered with a yellow and green cloth and the two flavor chocolate and vanilla cake was decorated to carry out the John Deere theme. Wheelbarrows, buckets and tractors were used to serve a variety of cheeses, small round tubes of bologna, crackers, nuts, cookies and cupcakes.
In the center of the reception hall, T-shaped tables with white lace cloths held assorted cheese rolls, crackers, vegetables, fruits, chocolate dip and sparkling white grape punch. Assisting were Delores Haney, Lynsie Haney, Danette Henry, Amy Minish, Allison Turner and Angie Schatz.
Guests coming from out of town for the event were Lamar and Faye Owens of Brewton; Rev. Deen and Louise Sims and Rev. Bob Sims, all of Trinity; John, Cindy, Andrea and Alison Fay of Cumming, Ga.; Alison Turner of Birmingham; Linda Sherette and Phyllis Patrick, both of Cathy, Texas; James Veal of Tanner, Ala.; Chris, Angie and Amelia Schatz, all of Orlando, Fla.; Vick and Amy Minish of Montgomery and Judy Turner, Robert and Mable Norwood, all of Decatur, Ala.
Following a honeymoon trip to Destin, Fla., the couple are residing in Cleveland. She will receive her b.a. degree in business management next spring from DeVry University. She is employed at Media Resource Group, a division of Life Care, in Cleveland. He is a graduate of Athens Tech and is employed by EMT, as a machinist in Cleveland.
The couple was honored by the groom's parents with a rehearsal of their wedding June 13, at 6 p.m. at Westwood Church, followed by dinner at Porter's Restaurant. The groom presented gifts to his groomsmen at the party.
Janice and Jim Watson of Cleveland gave the couple and their wedding party a dinner at their home May 27.
Delores Haney honored the couple with a wedding shower and dinner around her pool in Cleveland June 3. The theme was a Hawaiian Luau.
The bride's co-workers at MRG held a luncheon and miscellaneous shower at the office on June 4.
The bridesmaid's luncheon was held June 11, at the home of the bride to be at 12:30 p.m. She chose to present gifts to her attendants at this time.