Farrar, Vinson united in marriage during spring ceremony

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2006

Shannon Turner Farrar and David Allen Vinson II were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2005 at First Baptist Church in Greenville. Reverend Keith Stephenson of Prattville, Alabama officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Belton Farrar Jr. of Greenville.

She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Turner and Mr. and Mrs. Don Herndon, all of Greenville, and the late Dr. William Belton Farrar, of Montgomery.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Allen Vinson of Prattville, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Oyed McLendon of Louisville,Ala., Stacie Vinson of Montgomery and the late Allen Vinson of Clayton, Ala.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a Jasmine Haute Couture white strapless gown made of Kisaki satin and silk with pearls, crystals, and embroidery on the straight neckline.

Satin-covered buttons lined the back of the cathedral-length train.

The drop waist gave way to a fluted skirt accented with an embroidered and beaded hemline.

The bride's ensemble was completed with a cathedral-length veil and blusher, designed and handmade by Carolyn Kelly of the White Room.

The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of Porcelana spray and Virginia roses, star of Bethlehem, white sweet peas, pale pink rice flowers, white alstroemeria, and green hypericum berries.

Kathryn Turner Bass, aunt of the bride from Greenville, served as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids in attendance were Katherine Blair Bartlett and Lindsay Kristin Luginbuhl, both of Birmingham;

Laura Leigh Leary of Montgomery; Jeannie Arrant Myers of Augusta, Ga; Amy Sprayberry Rambo of New York, New York; Laura Elizabeth Rhodes of Atlanta; Amy Marie Speakman of Starkville, Miss.; and Angela Carol Vinson, sister of the groom, of Prattville. Rebecca Ann Farrar, cousin of the bride, of Troy, served as junior bridesmaid and flower girls were Jennifer Grace Arnold of Greenville; Anna Lassiter Baldree, cousin of the bride, of Chattanooga, Tenn.: and Allie Marie Turner and Natalie Rose Turner, cousins of the bride, of Gulf Breeze, Fla.

The bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid wore two-piece dupioni silk ensembles that were cameo in color.

The Watters and Watters design featured

a criss-cross v-neck top, with an a-line skirt.

The bridesmaids carried English style nosegays of Fancy Amazon and Katharina roses, Xandra alstroemerias, Cerise asters, Kermit button poms, porcelana spray roses, pale pink rice flowers, coral salvia, red hypericum berries, peach stock, and citronella leaves.

The flower girls also donned dupioni silk dresses.

Their handmade white sleeveless dresses were accented with a cameo bustle and coordinating roses on the back of each dress.

They dropped rose petals from white wicker baskets tied with ribbons of organza.

David Allen Vinson, father of the groom, served as best man.

Groomsmen were Kai Christopher Belew of Sarasota, Fla.; Clint Neal Davis of Auburn; Justin Robert Hall, Adam Glenn Stewart, and Joshua Perry Jackson, all of Prattville; Michael Stevens Ryan, of Milton, Fla.; David Anderson Suddath of Marietta, Ga.; Jason Brooks Nixon, uncle of the groom, of Dothan; and William Belton Farrar III, brother of the bride, of Greenville.

Serving as ring bearer, in a white linen ensemble, was Christopher Boyd Farrar, cousin of the bride, of Troy. The groom, best man, and groomsmen wore boutonnieres made of porcelana spray roses and sweet peas.

The ring bearer carried a white silk pillow accented with white organza ribbon.

The exterior church doors were embellished with matching cones made of moss and grapevine holding sprays of various roses and lilies, flat fern, willow eucalyptus, and red hypericum berries.

As guests arrived, they were greeted by cousins of the bride: Thomas Farrar and Daniel Farrar, both of Troy; Mitchell Bass and Mason Bass, both of Greenville, and Bruce Baldree, of Chattanooga.

The gentlemen distributed wedding programs in the foyer, which was decorated with twin stylized arrangements of horsetail, rust Asiatic lilies, and willow eucalyptus arranged in fluted urns.

Along the altar railing was an eleven-foot-long vegetative arrangement of Belles of Ireland, Fancy Amazon roses, coral salvia, yarrow, Queen Anne's Lace, Asiatic lilies, gerbera daisies, Talisman snaps, Xandra alstroemerias, holly fern, and various greeneries.

Four iron lanterns with similar flowers on the altar flanked the family pews.

The steps leading to the altar were flanked by two standing iron candelabras. The windows were adorned with greenery and candles in clear glass hurricanes.

As guests were seated, Rhonda Bentley of Greenville played traditional nuptial arrangements, including a rendition of &#8220Holy, Holy, Holy”, the father of the bride's favorite hymn.

After mothers and grandmothers were seated, Mr. Josh Adams of Auburn sang a favorite of the groom's, &#8220All the Heavens”, accompanied by himself on the guitar.

Adams, along with Amy Rambo, sang a beautiful rendition of &#8220Grace Flows Down” selected by the bride and groom for a special time of prayer. Jean Katz directed the wedding and Sheryl Perdue was the floral designer.

The reception was held at Hillcrest, the home of the bride's parents.

As the guests arrived, they walked through a beautifully decorated iron arbor, graced with white tulle and greenery, arranged by Mrs. Kyle Arnold of Greenville.

Beside the arbor was the bride's book, placed on an antique oak table belonging to the bride's maternal grandparents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Grady E. Thompson of Greenville.

Upon entrance through the main arbor, the guests were directed to a softly lit white tent flanked by a vintage wheelbarrow, out of which spilled an expressive arrangement of various greeneries, including Kiss Me at the Gate, umbrella palm, Viking safari sunset, horsetail, red coffee berries and lilies.

Under the tent, guests were offered lemonade and a large array of fruits, cheeses, and wedding cookies that cascaded from an ornate iron stand.

As guests enjoyed the reception hour, the early evening was filled with the sounds of The Sweet Young'uns Band.

The band, placed in front of the home, was the center of the reception.

As the reception hour ended, the guests were led into the large white buffet tent on the side lawn.

Two massive tiered urns flanked the poles of the entrance, cradling large floral arrangements.

Gracing the entryway of the buffet tent, guests were greeted by a seasonal Greek statue surrounded by a moss table topper and a lively display of coral salvia, sweet pea, Katherina and Fancy Amazon roses, sword fern, and lilies.

Guests dined on spring salad with fresh mandarin oranges, parmesan chicken, wild rice pilaf, haricot verts and dinner rolls, prepared by Academy Events and Catering of Wetumpka.

The guests were seated at white linen-draped tables accented with coral satin fabric, various floral arrangements, and votive candles.

The bride's and groom's cakes completed the meal.

The 4-tiered bride's cake was highlighted under a softly lit white tent.

The cake, created by Linda Holley of Greenville, was accented with coral ribbon, pink osiana roses, and the bride's monogram.

The groom's cake, created by Ms. Belinda Hensley of Montgomery, was a 3-foot replica of Samford Hall, a well-known building located on the campus of Auburn University, the couple's alma mater.

Befittingly, the groom's cake was highlighted under an orange and blue tent.

After a night of dancing, the guests bade farewell to the bride and groom as they made their way to the limousine through a glow of sparklers. The couple enjoyed a wedding trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, where they visited St. John and St. Thomas.

The newlyweds now reside in Pensacola, Florida where Allen is employed with the engineering firm, HDR, Inc. and Shannon is employed with Innisfree, Inc., a hotel management company.