Kyle, Meredith exchange vows

Published 12:12 am Saturday, January 31, 2015

Emily Kate Kyle and Capt. Matthew Hayden Meredith were united in marriage on Sat., Dec. 20, 2014, at First Baptist Church in Andalusia, with Lt. Myong Chong of Seattle officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alton Kyle of Andalusia. She is the granddaughter of Dr. Conrad Elbert Adair of Birmingham, and the late Mrs. Adair, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alton Kyle, Sr. of Opp.

Capt. Meredith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Michael Meredith of Dallas, and the grandson of Col. John Davis Meredith, retired, of Dallas, and the late Mrs. Meredith, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Maier of Dallas, and the late Lyla Lucille Foster of Dallas.

A large arrangement of white hydrangeas, long-stemmed white roses, and seeded Eucalyptus surrounded by candles centered a glass table in the foyer. The sanctuary was adorned with candlelight and greenery of the season, and fresh fir wreaths marked the family pews.

A prelude of music was played by Mrs. Douglas Adair of Birmingham, Dr. Steve Hubbard, and Mr. John David Thompson. Miss Grace Elizabeth Adair of Birmingham, vocalist, sang several selections.

Amy Kyle Stapler of Huntsville, served as her sister’s matron of honor. Emily was also attended by her sister-in-law, Dr. Maggee Oliver Kyle of Louisville, Ky.; Abby Blanchard Fetzko of Dothan, Hannah Grimes Martin of Birmingham, Leslie Cooper Moore of Auburn, Whitney Adams Mastin of Guntersville, Ashley Roberts Smith of Seattle, Epiphany Bray Moore of Nashville, Tenn., and the groom’s sister, Lyla Lucille Meredith of Dallas.

The bridal attendants wore strapless floor-length gowns of slate gray. They carried ribbon-wrapped bouquets of white hydrangeas, white roses, and seeded eucalyptus.

Capt. Meredith was flanked by best men, Martel Walker Wells of Palo Alto, Calif., and Capt. Reed Timme of Harker Hills, Texas. Groomsmen were Capt. Baker Flagg of Columbus, Ga., Capt. Zachary Abrams of DuPont, Wash., Capt. Andrew Orr, of Fort Benning, Ga., Capt. Rick Storm of Kent, Wash., Capt. Timothy Jeffcoach of St. Robert, Mo., Dr. David Alton Kyle, Louisville, Ky., and Scott Jeffery Stapler of Huntsville.

Lt. Mark Cross of DuPont, Wash., and PFC Seth Reid Brown of Tacoma, Wash., served as ushers.

Miss Caroline Adair Stapler, niece of the bride, of Huntsville, served as flower girl. She wore a dress of ivory Swiss batiste and white Swiss and French laces fashioned by her maternal grandmother and a halo of roses and seed pearls. Her silk covered basket filled with rose petals was embellished with seed pearls and love-knotted ribbons.

Master Campbell Scott Stapler, nephew of the bride, also of Huntsville, was the ring bearer. He wore an Eton suit of ivory silk and carried an ivory pillow edged with seeded pearls.

Master Elijah Kyle Stapler, nephew of the bride, also of Huntsville, rang a silver bell chiming the bride’s entrance.

The bride was escorted by her father as an arrangement of “In Christ Alone with The Solid Rock” filled the sanctuary. Her couture gown of point d’alencon featured a sweetheart neckline and modified trumpet design with a cathedral train. The fingertip illusion veil was also edged in point d’alencon. She carried a ribbon wrapped bouquet of white hydrangeas and white roses surrounded by seeded eucalyptus.

For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Kyle chose a couture gown of navy lace over latte malay satin. The bateau neckline was complemented by three quarter length sleeves. She carried a nosegay of red and white roses.

The groom’s mother chose a sleeveless gown of navy velvet and satin with a full skirt featuring a floral pattern. She also carried a nosegay of red and white roses.

The guests gathered for the traditional military arch of the sabers as the bride and groom exited the church. The couple was halted by the final swords, requiring a kiss for passage.

Capt. and Mrs. Matthew Hayden Meredith

Capt. and Mrs. Matthew Hayden Meredith

Following the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Kyle entertained with a reception at Springdale Estate. The house was en suite with seasonal greenery, white roses, and candlelight. As guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and a buffet dinner, Emily and Hayden cut their wedding cakes using the military sabre. Afterwards, everyone was invited to enjoy the hot chocolate bar in the carriage house and the Cozy Corley band in the tent on the lawn.

Through a path of sparklers and candlelight, the couple left Springdale in a white Model A and later departed for their honeymoon in St. John.

The couple is now at home in Columbus, Ga. where the bride will be employed as a physician assistant with the Hughston Clinic, orthopedic trauma, and Capt. Meredith will be instructing the new lieutenants at Fort Benning.