Richardson, Herzing united in June wedding

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 14, 2006

A sunset wedding at Alabama Point, Orange Beach, united Ashley Nichole Richardson and Brannon Andrew Herzing on June 24, 2006.

Vows written by the bride and groom were exchanged before officiating minister, Dr. Paul Smith of Romar Baptist Church, Orange Beach.

The bride is the daughter of Shirley B. Richardson of Montgomery and Robert L. Richardson of Wetumpka.

She is the granddaughter of Neacie Brewer of Greenville and the late Jack Brewer, and the late Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Richardson of Wetumpka.

The groom is the son of Kimberly Almond of Tallassee and Joseph Herzing of Auburn.

He is the grandson of Barbara Buxton of Tallassee and Clifton McGinnis of Selma, N.C. and Mr. and Mrs. Herzing of Auburn.

The bride, who descended the walkway to the beach with her mother and father, was wearing a white strapless a-line dress by Demetrio.

The full-length billowing skirt fell into a short train. For her headpiece, she chose a silk rose comb which complimented the fingertip veil of illusion. The bride's only jewelry was drop-clustered pearl earrings. She carried a bouquet of white and pink lilies with tropical accents, and a white Bible given to her as an infant by her mother.

Attending the bride, Brianna Nicole Layton, niece of the bride, of Albany, Ga., wore a white Bella Luna sundress by Strasburg.

The bridesmaid carried a white violet bouquet and a white silk purse carrying her great-grandmother's wedding rings used by the bride in the double-ring ceremony.

Following the exchange of rings, the bride and groom combined white beach sand into a crystal vase as a symbol of their unity.

Family and friends were entertained with a luau reception at Bear Point Civic Club, Orange Beach.

Tiki torches lighted the walkway to the club. Guests were greeted at the door with Hawaiian leis.

A Special Bakery of Orange Beach designed the three-tier wedding cake adorned with white chocolate seashells.

A variety of seafood and chicken dishes, seafood dips and vegetables were served.

The tables themselves were adorned with grass table skirts and flamingo and tropical floral arrangements, further carrying out the seaside theme.

Serving the brides' cake were Stephanie Nix of Mobile and Whitney Latham of Montgomery.

Assisting in the entertaining at the luau were aunts of the bride, Janice Carpenter and Betty Wood of Greenville and Jackie Hewitt of Montgomery.

Also assisting were Teena Jones of Montgomery and Trisha Layton of Albany, Ga., sister-in-law of the bride.

Directing the wedding was sister of the bride, Daphne King of Orange Beach.

After a honeymoon on the Gulf Coast, the newlyweds are making their home in Wetumpka.