Eubanks, Lakes hold summer wedding in Georgia

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The double ring ceremony uniting Miss Jillian Nicole Eubanks and Mr. Thomas Wayne Lakes in holy matrimony was performed at seven o'clock in the evening on May 21 2005. The candlelight ceremony took place in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Manchester, Georgia.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Benjamin Eubanks of Shiloh, Georgia. Her maternal grandparents are Mrs. Dorothy Pike of Manchester, and the late Mr. James Pike and her paternal grandparents are Mrs. Inez Eubanks of Shiloh and the late Mr. Walter Eubanks.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lakes of Greenville, Alabama. His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Grant Vickery of Greenville, Alabama, and his paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Jake Lakes.

Miss Eubanks chose Lanie Huff Riner of Athens, Georgia, as her matron of honor and Miss Sara Megan Cain of Jasper, Alabama, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Courtney Henderson of Auburn, Alabama, Linda Leigh Berger of Athens, Georgia, and Morgan Mahaffey, cousin of the bride of Zebulon, Georgia. Junior bridesmaids were Caylie Mahaffey, cousin of the bride, of Zebulon, Georgia, and Lindsey and Abbey Thompson of Griffin, Georgia, both cousins of the bride.

Jacob Pierce of Montgomery, Alabama, and lifelong friend of the groom served as the best man. Groomsmen were Reginald Thomas of Auburn, Alabama, Chris Hughes of Montgomery, Alabama, and Justin Mahaffey, cousin of the bride, of Zebulon, Georgia. The ring bearer for the ceremony was Master Wesley Smith, cousin of the bride, of Shiloh, Georgia.

Ushers were Mr. Chris Bobzien of Auburn, Alabama, Mr. Robert Norton of Auburn, Alabama, and Mr. Hunter Fenton of Destin, Florida.


Master Tripp Taylor and Master John Taylor, cousins of the bride, both of Shiloh, Georgia, served as greeters and program attendants. Diane Hughes of Montgomery, Alabama, was the bride's book attendant.

Ms. Christi Fox, cousin of the bride, of Columbus, Georgia, served as the wedding director.

The wedding guests enjoyed a prelude of classical music performed by Mrs. Catherine Williamson, organist/pianist, Miss Hayley Proctor, flutist, Mr. Tom Gavin, violist and Master Clint Thompson, violinist.

A flute solo of &#8220In This Very Room” was performed by Miss Hayley Proctor during the seating of the grandmothers and the mother of the bride. Mr. Jeff Smith, cousin of the bride, of Manchester, performed a solo as he sang &#8220Love Grows Here” prior to processional and the &#8220Wedding Song” during the lighting of the unity candle.

Miss Eubanks was escorted to the alter by her father during the &#8220Bridal Chorus”. The bride was radiant in a formal gown of white satin overlaid with organza. The strapless scalloped neckline and fitted bodice were embroidered with silver thread and adorned with seed pearls, sequins and crystals which cascaded down the princess cut a-line gown and around the scalloped hemline, and the miniature satin covered buttons stopped above the scalloped silver embroidered insets along the cathedral length train. She wore a crystal tiara that held the flowing satin hemmed veil and blusher. Her double strand teardrop crystal pendant and pearl necklace with matching crystal teardrop earrings were a gift from her parents. The bride carried a bouquet of yellow and white tulips with satin wrapped stems and a handkerchief belonging to her maternal grandmother.

Her attendants wore sapphire blue princess cut a-line strapless satin gowns and wore necklaces and earrings matching the bride's jewelry and given as gifts to the attendants by the bride. They carried bouquets of yellow liluims and alstroemerias.

The officiate of the ceremony was Reverend Craig Willamson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Manchester.

The church was decorated in ferns and ivy, which also adorned the two pedestals which held pillar candles placed in memory of the bride's grandfathers and the groom's paternal grandparents. The bridal setting was flanked by ivy covered tapered candelabras, and the antique silver candelabra given to the bride by her maternal grandmother served as the unity candle.

Mr. Thomas Lakes escorted his bride down the church steps amid bubbles blown by the wedding guests as they entered the antique 1937 silver Sedan chauffeured by owner Mr. Arthur Denson, who drove the couple to the reception site.

A reception was given for the couple at the home of the bride's parents.

Their guests enjoyed twilight dining under white tents surrounded by a garden setting and danced long into the night by music provided by Prestige DJs. At the stroke of midnight the couple left for their honeymoon in Italy. They will be residing in Johnson City, Tennessee.

On Friday, May 20, 2005, following the wedding rehearsal, the couple hosted a catered dinner for their guests at Huntington Cottage in Warm Springs, Georgia.

A bridesmaid tea honoring Jillian and her attendants was held on April 23, at A Time Remembered Tea Room in Thomaston, Georgia. Hostess for the event was Mrs. Robert Ray of Fort Valley, Georgia.

A couple's shower was held in Auburn, Alabama, on April 30 for both &#8220War Eagle” and &#8220Roll Tide” fans and alumni. Host and Hostesses for this occasion were Sara Megan Cain, Courtney Henderson, Jacob Pierce and Reginald Thomas.

A lingerie and linen shower was held at the home of Mrs. Tim Huff in Woodbury, Georgia, on April 16. Hostess for this event was Mrs. Lanie Riner.

A miscellaneous shower was held in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church of Manchester on April 10.

Hostesses were Jean Buffington, Laura Swetman, Eleanor Castile, Patty Proctor, Linda Johnston, Jan Maxwell, Whitney Glisson, Sandra Hudson, Carole Denney and Fran Buffington.

On November 13, 2004, Mr. and Mrs. K. W. Arnold hosted an engagement party for the couple at Huntington Cottage on the grounds of the Roosevelt Institute in Warm Springs, Georgia.

The rooms at Huntington Cottage were transformed into counties that the couple plans to visit. Friends and family enjoyed food and drinks from the United States, Italy, France and Mexico.