Lewis, Burrell wed in December

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2006

LaWanda Yvonne Lewis and DeMorris Burrell Jr. were united in marriage at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville on December 17, 2005. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Ronald L. Thompson.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Earl Lewis of Greenville. She is the granddaughter of the late Willie James Savage and Mary Gregory and the late John S. Crenshaw Sr. and Mary Lee Crenshaw of Greenville.

The groom is the son of the late DeMorris Burrell Sr. and Catherine Newton and the stepson of Reverend Joseph Newton of Monroe, La. He is the grandson of Shirley Robinson and the late Cleveland Robinson Sr. of Monroe.

At the entrance, the church stairwell was ornamented with beautiful royal blue and white bows intertwined with drapes of white tulle along the sides. Two gorgeous medium-sized wreaths made of scarlet oak and white roses and featuring blue and white accents charmed the guests as they entered the sanctuary.

The decorator, Mrs. Donnie Williams, adorned the sanctuary with royal blue, white and silver floral arrangements. Four ivory columns and garlands of ivy framed the ceremonial archway. Four golden candelabras with ivory pillar candles lit the sanctuary.

The church seating was decorated with ribbons and bouquets of white roses, Easter lilies and blue accents. Three over-sized porcelain vases were also decorated with floral arrangements.

Wedding coordinators, Lillian Gardner and Betty Whittle, promptly began the ceremony at 2 p.m. in the afternoon. Pianist Aaron Coleman presented a remarkable prenuptial prelude.

Latasha Savage captivated the guests, singing &#8220I Believe In You and Me,” as the bridesmaids entered the sanctuary. Elnoria Grayson sang a very powerful &#8220Flesh of My Flesh,” and Deacon Lambert Bennett sang &#8220The Lord's Prayer” in his delightful baritone voice.

The bride wore a gown designed by Monique Luo. The strapless white satin gown had beaded and corded lace on the bodice and chapel train, and featured an asymmetrical drape and lace-up back. The bride complemented her gown with a two-tier, satin-trimmed veil, white satin gloves, and a diamond and pearl tiara.

Her medium-sized bridal bouquet featured a beautiful array of fresh white roses with a hint of blue delphinium flowers, accented with silver-glazed leaves.

The bride was escorted by her father, who wore a black tuxedo designed by Andrew Fezza, and accented with a black vest and bow tie.

The bride's sister, Valanda Damita Lewis, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Angela Williams, Lori Morehead, Jennifer Smith and LaDonna Eanochs. The maid of honor and bridesmaids all wore formal-length, strapless Alfredo Angelo gowns of royal blue satin.

The fitted bodice, accented with crystal beading and an A-line skirt, were complemented with royal blue satin gloves.

The bridesmaids' bouquets featured fresh white roses and silver mesh ribbons.

The groom's tuxedo, designed by Perry Ellis, was a black tuxedo with a silver and black striped ascot and silver vest. The groom was attended by Cleveland Robinson Jr. as best man.

Groomsmen were Jerry Robinson Sr., Montrell Starks, Travis Fanning, and Rodney Palmer.

The best man and groomsmen wore black tuxedoes designed by Andrew Fazza, which were accented with royal blue vests and bow ties.

The flower girls were Brier Debose and Lauren Guillory.

The flower girls wore two-piece white satin, formal-length gowns trimmed in pearls and lace.

The ring bearer, Quindarrius Burrell, wore a replica of the groom's tuxedo, and the broom bearer, Jerry Robinson Jr., wore a replica of the groomsmen's tuxedo. The hostesses, Lendice Williams, DeMeetra Burrell. DeMorsha Burrell, Briana Dubose, and Ashley Patton, all wore silver dresses.

The bride and groom presented their mothers with a bouquet of a dozen red roses before jumping the broom and sealing their vows with a kiss.

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted the private reception at Cambrian Ridge Clubhouse in Greenville.

The couple went to Maui, Hawaii for their wedding trip.

They are now residing in Houston, Texas.