2010-06-17 / Personalities

Emilee Lauren Johnson, Michael Dennis Seymour exchange marriage vows on Saturday, May 22

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dennis Seymour Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dennis Seymour Emilee Lauren Johnson and Michael Dennis Seymour, both of Washington, were united in marriage in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, May 22, at five o’clock in the afternoon at the Washington Presbyterian Church. Rev. Glen Kohlhagen of Milledgeville officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Howard of Washington and the late Gerald Johnson of Crawfordville.

The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Adele Singleton Seymour of Washington.

Church doors held silk wreaths of white roses, Bells of Ireland, greenery, satin and tulle ribbon. The altar featured Grecian columns with a five-branched candelabrum accented by white roses, Bells of Ireland, greenery and complemented by banking ferns. Nearby another column held the unity candle. Family pews were marked with white satin ribbon and white tulle.

The vestibule was adorned with a brass planter that held an arrangement of white and red roses, white lilies and greenery. The arrangement was placed in loving memory of Gerald Johnson, father of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt Johnson, paternal grandparents of the bride; Mrs. Melba Duckworth Thornton, maternal grandmother of the bride; Mr. and Mrs. John Singleton and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Seymour, grandparents of the bridegroom.

Programs were presented by Mrs. Chad Brown and Holly Coleman of Thomson.

A program of wedding music was presented by Mrs. Stephen Blackmon of Washington, organist.

Marcus Denard of Columbia, S.C., was best man. Groomsmen were Brandon Howard and Matthew Howard of Washington, nephews of the bridegroom, and Keith Wolfe of Tignall. Usher was Dillon Howard of Madison, nephew of the bride.

The bridegroom, best man, groomsmen and usher wore black tuxedoes with apple red vests and ties. Their boutonnieres were red roses mixed with greenery. The bridegroom carried in a pocket a handkerchief belonging to his maternal grandfather.

Wendi Harper Wolfe of Tignall was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jillian Rogers of Washington and Leanne Mathews of Rayle, cousins of the bride, and Meghan Arnold of Washington. They were elegant in floor-length apple red satin one-shoulder design gowns highlighted with Swarovski crystal and pearl earrings, gifts from the bride. Their bouquets featured white roses tied with white satin ribbon.

Flower girls, Megan and Morgan Strange of Oak Park, nieces of the bride, wore tea-length white organza dresses and pearl earrings. Their hair was accented with halos of white and red sweetheart roses that completed their ensembles. They carried white satin baskets accented in apple red satin of rose petals that were scattered for the bride’s entrance.

Ring bearer-usher, Evan Harper of Tignall, wore a black tuxedo with an apple red vest and tie. His boutonniere was a red rose. He carried a white satin pillow accented in apple red and topped with the couple’s wedding bands.

The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, was stunning in her full-length white satin gown. The halter neckline was embellished with crystal and pearl lace. The empire waist sash in apple red flowed the length of the train and was embellished with crystal and pearl lace. White satin ribbon laced the back of the gown.

Her elbow-length veil, enhanced with crystal and pearl edging, was held in place with a Swarovski crystal tiara.

Her clutch bouquet of red roses was tied with red satin ribbon.

She wore two lace-trimmed white satin garters accented in apple red.

Mrs. Howard, the bride’s mother, wore a three-piece organza black pants ensemble accented with crystals. Diamond earrings and black flats with rhinestone brooches on top completed her ensemble.

The bridegroom’s mother, Mrs. Seymour, wore a black street-length dress with a black and white floralpatterned bolero jacket. She carried a vintage black satin evening bag belonging to her mother.

The mothers wore white rose corsages accented with greenery and tiny pearls.

Mrs. Jasper Thornton of Lincolnton, the bride’s grandmother, chose a two-piece periwinkle ankle-length dress and jacket. She was presented a white rose corsage accented with greenery and tiny pearls. T. Jasper Thornton, grandfather of the bride, wore a red rose boutonniere on his lapel.

Mrs. Jack Leard Jr. of Washington, aunt of the bridegroom, directed the wedding and created all the floral arrangements as her wedding gift to the couple.


The bride’s parents entertained at a reception at the Washington- Wilkes Country Club immediately following the ceremony.

Antique iron lanterns accented with raffia lined both sides of the front steps.

The entrance table, covered with a white linen cloth, held the guest book, a wicker and glass vase with an arrangement of yellow and red sunflowers, three crystal vases with raffia bows filled with farewell sparklers, and favors of matches with the couple’s name and wedding date. Galvanized buckets holding bottled water with labels with the couple’s name and wedding date were placed at the base of the table. Nearby a black easel accented with raffia held an engagement picture of the couple that was surrounded with a white matte for guests to sign as they entered the reception.

The main buffet table was covered in white cloths with burlap runners and held a rustic metal basket with a massive display of yellow and red sunflowers, red roses, poppies and greenery. The buffet dinner was served from this table.

Another food table held a rustic metal and glass cathedral-shaped house and was surrounded by appetizers while a four-tiered chocolate fountain was featured on a table surrounded by ferns.

In the main room guest tables were covered with white cloths accented with burlap. Tables were centered with wicker and glass containers holding greenery, red and yellow sunflowers. The bar area tables were covered with white cloths centered with wicker and glass containers holding candles.

The bride’s cake table, covered with a white satin cloth, held a three-tiered round lemon, butter cream and chocolate cake covered with a white butter cream frosting. The cake was accented with red roses and strawberries. Crystal toasting flutes also accented the table. Elizabeth Kitchens of Washington, cousin of the bridegroom, served the cake. The bridal portrait was placed nearby on a black iron easel.

The bridegroom’s Georgia Bulldog theme cake table held a Red Velvet sheet cake topped with a round Red Velvet cake covered in butter cream frosting. This cake was covered with a large red and black “G.” This table was accented with a Georgia bulldog candleholder and a Georgia bulldog figurine. \Tiffany Standard of Washington served the cake.

A table covered with a white cloth was placed between the bride and bridegroom’s cake tables. The table was centered with a white card box wrapped in red tulle and topped with red roses. Gifts for the couple were placed on one side of the table. The other side was accented with pictures of the couple from early years to their engagement. The bride’s first long dress was displayed on a black wire stand.

Richard Heard of Rayle provided music throughout the evening.

Following a honeymoon cruise to Key West and Nassau, the couple is residing in Taliaferro County.

Rehearsal Dinner

Mrs. Adele Seymour, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Johnson and Mrs. Miriam Kitchens hosted a rehearsal dinner on the eve of the Johnson-Seymour wedding in the fellowship hall of the Washington Presbyterian Church.

The fellowship hall was transformed into a Caribbean beach party. Guest tables were covered with theme cloths and decorated with sand buckets, seashells, starfish, sunglasses and accent candles.

Following a blessing by Rev. Glen Kohlhagen, guests were treated to a Caribbean cookout prepared by the hosts.

The prospective bridegroom presented gifts to his groomsmen during the evening.

Thirty-six guests attended and included the wedding party and family.

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