Barlow, McDonald exchange April vows

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 28, 2006

Jennifer Lynn Barlow and Grant Loren McDonald were united in marriage Saturday, April 29, at Luverne Church of Christ.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Barlow of Highland Home.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John McDonald of Montgomery.

Minister John Dickinson, uncle of the bride, officiated the ceremony.

The sidewalk marking the path to the church was lined with staffs erected to hold white wicker baskets filled with trailing variegated ivy tied with white satin ribbons, and flowing white tulle, and variegated ivy entwined the railing at the front steps.

The altar area was banked with many large ferns standing upon tall white columns.

Numerous candelabra stood and were entwined with trailing ivy.

The Baptistry window held a tall flowing starburst arrangement of red roses, white snapdragons, white glads, white enchantment lilies and yellow daisies.

Ms. Susan Carver presented two selections of nuptial music, a prelude solo, &#8220The Rose” and &#8220Grow Old With Me,” following the lighting of the unity candle.

Additionally, nuptial music selections included a prelude song &#8220Yours, Mine and Ours” and &#8220Your Love,” following the giving of the bride in marriage.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white satin A-line gown for her special day.

The fitted bodice featured beaded metallic embroidery accented with a lace-up back.

The full ballgown floor length skirt fell to a chapel length train that was sprinkled with matching beaded embroidery.

Her headpiece was tiara style adorned with bridal pearls and rhinestone flowers.

The two-tiered fingertip veil was lined with a silver edge and embellished with scattered rhinestones.

She carried a bouquet of red roses, fire and ice roses, and white sweetheart roses accented with a white organza bow and a string of pearls, which belonged to the bride's grandmother.

Matron of Honor was Kim Royal, friend of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Teena Shepherd, cousin of the bride, Joely Barlow, sister-in-law of the bride, and Kim McDonald, sister-in-law of the groom.

Each wore an apple red satin strapless embroidered gown with shirred side detail and carried a bouquet of red roses, yellow and white daisies and a white lily.

Junior Bridesmaid was Cortnee Shepherd, cousin of the bride.

She wore an apple red satin spaghetti strap gown with shirred side detail and carried a bouquet of red roses, a yellow and white daisy and a white lily.

Flower girls were Josie Barlow and Carlie Barlow, nieces of the bride.

Each wore a white dress featuring a satin bodice with an organza skirt accented with apple red satin flowers and a matching sash at the waist.

Their headpieces were white satin embroidered with apple red roses and organza ribbons.

Best Man was John McDonald, father of the groom.

Groomsmen were Lindsey McDonald, brother of the groom, Kevin McDonald, brother of the groom and Mike Barlow, brother of the bride.

Ring Bearer was Robert King, nephew of the groom.

The groom wore a black tuxedo with a white paisley vest and tie, with groomsmen wearing black tuxedos with an apple red paisley vest and tie.

The wedding was directed by Ms. Daisy Dickinson.

Following the wedding, a reception was held in the church Fellowship Hall.

The large banquet hall was the setting for a cluster of round tables.

This clustering of tables was centered with a tall silver urn holding an arrangement filled and flowing with red roses, white lilies, white glads and yellow and white daisies.

Fresh red rose petals were scattered among the food trays all around the table setting.

The punch fountain and punch bowl tables were opposite the food tables.

Between the punch tables was a banquet table centered with a white wicker dove cage.

A table water fountain flowed beside the dove cage, and white wicker baskets were filled with wedding bubbles, birdseed tubes, wedding buttermints and bags of red and white Jordan Almonds.

Serving the punch was Ms. Lindsay Musick.

The bride's cake was a four-tiered white ornate icing decoration with a lighted lattice work gazebo dividing the cake.

Fresh red roses, white lilies, sweetheart red and white roses and daisies adorned each tier of the cake.

Red rose petals were scattered surrounding the cake table base.

Serving the bride's cake was Ms. Toni Marie Ingram.

The groom's cake was a traditional chocolate-tiered cake with basket weave sides.

The cake was embellished with many kinds of fruit and encircled with ivy.

Serving the groom's cake was Ms. Julie King.

The wedding and reception were planned and designed by Ms. Prissy Johnson.

Following a honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean, the couple now resides in Tallassee.

The bride-elect was honored with a number of social functions prior to the wedding.

She was honored with a bridal shower on April 2 at the Best Western Rutledge Inn.

The Magnolia Room was the setting, and cake, punch, cheese straws, nuts and mints were served.

Ms. Daisy Dickinson and Ms. Teena Shepherd hosted a lingerie shower in Highland Home on March 18.

A pantry shower was given in honor of the bride-elect by the ladies of Strata Church of Christ on April 23.

Gracie's Tea Room in Montgomery was the setting for the Bridesmaid Luncheon on April 22.

Following lunch, the honoree chose this occasion to present gifts to her attendants.