Loflin, Smith unite

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 30, 2015

Emily Suzanne Loflin and John Parker Smith were united in holy matrimony on Sat., April 11, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Andalusia. Dr. Fred Karthaus officiated the six o’clock ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dozier Loflin of Andalusia. She is the granddaughter of the late William Fox Hughes and Mrs. Erin Jeffcoat Williams of Goshen and the late Mr. and Mrs. George Dozier Loflin of Henderson.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Gayle Smith of Andalusia. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marion Earnest Parker of Opelika and the late Mr. and Mrs. Bascom Smith of Andalusia.

Mrs. Susanna Pitts Hall, lifelong friend of the bride, and Mrs. Elizabeth Clark Loflin, sister-in-law of the bride, assisted as matrons of honor.

Friends of the bride, Jessica Jones Cummins of Mobile, Megan Harries Garcia of Nashville, Tenn., Kari Rodgers Howard of Cleveland, Ga., Jennifer Leigh Sowell of Fairhope, Kendall Gay Williford of Florala, and Janelle Nicole Wilson of Robertsdale served as bridesmaids.

Flower girls were Kelby Michelle Cox, second cousin of the bride, and Cannella Elizabeth Kellenberger, niece of the groom. Ringbearers were Connor Jacob Cox, second cousin of the bride, and Davis William Cummins, friend of the bride.

Mr. John Gayle Smith, father of the groom served his son as best man.

Groomsmen were Bricken Gray Cope of Auburn, Christopher Alan Cotton of Andalusia, Elliott O’Neal Dansby of Birmingham, Timothy Price Jones of Greenville, Brian Scott Kellenberger of Freeport, Fla., James Hugh Kyzar IV of Northport, John Andrew Loflin of Colorado Springs, Colo., Steven Blake Odom of Andalusia, and Jeremy Blair Weant of Auburn.

The ceremony featured special music by vocalist Ms. Charlotte Rogers; pianist, Mrs. Sonia Sewell Crigger; and organist, Mr. John Austin Beasley. Bible verses were read by the groom’s sisters, Karen Smith Jones and Cinnamon Smith Kellenberger.

Mrs. JoEllen Gohagan Sellers directed the wedding and reception.

Several special heirlooms were incorporated into the wedding ceremony and reception. For the bride’s “something old,” she carried a love letter written by her maternal grandfather to her maternal grandmother while he was serving in the Army during the Korean War. As “something borrowed,” the bride’s wedding bouquet was wrapped in her mother’s lace handkerchief that was used on her wedding day in April 1977. As “something blue,” the bride carried her father’s blue, hand crocheted baby booties.

The flower girls wore two of the bride’s childhood heirloom dresses and the ring bearer outfit belonged to the bride’s brother.

The ring bearers carried the bride and groom’s baby Bibles that were gifted to them by First Baptist Church, Andalusia when they were each dedicated in 1987.

The purse featured in the bridal portrait belonged to the bride’s paternal grandmother. Unity candles used during the ceremony were also used during the bride’s parents wedding in 1977.

The groom carried a pocket knife that belonged to his paternal grandfather.

The couple used the 1951 Ford F1 that the groom and his father restored as the get-away truck.

Following the wedding ceremony was a reception held at Springdale Estate, which featured a biscuit bar and live music by the Cozy Corley Band of Gulfport, Miss.

After a honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Andalusia.