Bass, Mellown unite in lovely June Springdale ceremony

Published 12:00am Saturday, October 5, 2013

Clara Marjorie Bass and Matthew Lane Mellown were united in holy matrimony by Dr. Frederick William Karthaus III on Sat., June 1, 2013, at half past 6 o’clock in the evening. The ceremony was held at the Springdale Estate in Andalusia. A lovely tapestry of music was provided by violinist Mrs. Amanda Smith Roberts.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clarence Bass III of Andalusia. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Gene Sellers of Red Level and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clarence Bass Jr. of Andalusia. She is the great-granddaughter of Mr. Madison Heleon Cook of Red Level.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Ewing Mellown III of Andalusia. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Ralph Lane of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. William Ewing Mellown Jr. of Prattville.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was radiant in a simple lace gown of ivory French Alencon. The wedding dress featured a

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lane Mellown née Clara Marjorie Bass
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lane Mellown née Clara Marjorie Bass

sweetheart neckline with an ivory sash gathered at the base of the plunging V back. Silk covered buttons ran along the trumpeted skirt and down the length of the cathedral train. The bride’s ivory bubble veil delicately shaded her face. The bridal bouquet consisted of miniature plum calla lilies, green cymbidium orchids, champagne roses, green and white hydrangeas, green hypericum berries and variegated pittosporum. Interspersed with her grandmother’s jewels and pinned with the Navy Wings of her grandfather, her bouquet had ivory wrapped stems and was designed in loving memory of the bride’s paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Clarence Bass Jr.

The couple exchanged their vows beneath a large, blooming magnolia tree before a simple wooden cross. The cross was built by the bride’s grandfather, Mr. Billy Gene Sellers. Antique church pews were marked with hanging moss-covered cones of asparagus, leather leaf and plumose ferns, variegated pittosporum, ivory wax flowers and ivory roses. The pew where the groom’s family sat was built by the groom’s late great-grandfather, Mr. Clayton Ausbon Lane.

Displayed beside the couple’s guest book was the antique wedding gown of the April 12, 1917, wedding of the bride’s late maternal great-great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Leonard Sellers of Red Level. Also, beside the guestbook sat a Fostoria vase in the pattern of Early American that belonged to the bride’s late paternal great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brunson Sr. of Andalusia. The outdoor reception featured many centerpieces using the groom’s paternal grandmother’s collection of Fostoria and silver. Live music was provided by Perfect Image of Mobile. The ceremony was directed by the bride’s cousin, Mrs. Jonathan Hugh (Jo Ellen Geohagan) Sellers.

The bride’s sister of Northport, Mrs. George Leonard (Courtney Bass) Patterson III attended her as matron of honor. The bride’s little sister, Miss Rosemary Brunson Bass, of Andalusia, was her junior bridesmaid. The bride’s other attendants were cousin, Mrs. John Andrew (Elizabeth Clark) Loflin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Miss Virginia Blanche Alverson of Buford, Ga.; Miss Chaslee Anna Marshall of Tuscaloosa; and Miss Tara Lynn Ward of Andalusia. Bridesmaids wore floor-length, black dupioni silk gowns with peplum waists.

The bride’s cousin, Miss Abigail Sellers Lee, of Andalusia, served as the flower girl. She wore an ivory taffeta dress with rosemary tucked into her hair. She tossed ivory rose petals along the grassy isle. Handsome in black tuxedos, the ring bearers were Master Aiden Beck Neuendorf and Master Gabriel Fisher Neuendorf of Hattiesburg, Miss., both cousins of the bride.

Mr. William Ewing Mellown III, father of the groom, served his son as best man. The groom’s other attendants were his brother, Mr. William Ewing Mellown IV of Birmingham; Mr. Reddock Wheeler Barnes of Panama City, Fla.; Mr. Robert Thomas Brown of Troy; and Mr. Thomas Reid Taylor of Andalusia. The junior groomsman was Mr. Lane Cameron Gilchrist of Birmingham, cousin of the groom.

Ushers for the ceremony were brother-in-law of the bride, Mr. George Leonard Patterson III of Northport; cousins of the bride: Mr. Benjamin Andrew Clark, Mr. Mitchell Alan Clark, and Mr. Hampton Scott Glenn, all of Andalusia; Mr. Stephen Griffin Darby of Andalusia; Mr. Jeffery Holt Parker of Opp; and Mr. Duncan Garrett Thomson of Dothan. Book and program attendants were cousins of the bride: Mr. Charles Steadman Glenn, Mr. Tucker Wilson Glenn, Mr. Brody Hamilton Lee, Mr. William Colby Lee, and Mr. Brunson Lee Wilson, all of Andalusia, and Mr. Sellers Thomas Neuendorf of Hattiesburg, Miss.

The bride is a 2009 graduate of Andalusia High School and a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of The University of Alabama where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Information Sciences. Her honors include Capstone Men & Women, Mortar Board, Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Sorority. She is currently employed with the Andalusia City School System.

The groom is a 2007 graduate of Andalusia High School and a 2011 graduate of The University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Arts and Sciences. He is currently employed with the Andalusia City School System and will graduate with a Master of Science degree in Sport and Fitness Management from Troy University in December.

The couple visited Tybee Island, Ga., for their honeymoon. They now reside in Andalusia.

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