Blair Young Stegall and John Martin Bowden were married at 6 p.m., on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Morris Chapel at Darlington School.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Durham Stegall Sr. of Rome. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennie Jean Bowden of Lakeland, Florida.
Pastor Greg Mark Haswell of Atlanta performed the double-ring ceremony. Bouquets of pink and white roses, white hydrangea, bells of Ireland, pink lilies, white and pink stock and greenery adorned the altar. Family pews were marked with pink peony, white hydrangea, greenery and trailing ivory ribbons.
A program of wedding music was provided by William Fredrick Hutchins III, and Eden Lynn Hutchins of Marietta, Russell Edward Evans of Rome, Donna Hester of Rome and Adam Hayes of Rome. Selections included “In Christ Alone,” “Bless the Lord, O My Soul” and “Jesus Loves Me.” Elizabeth Ann Hill of Birmingham, Alabama, and Margaret Lee Young of Rome read scripture.
Maury Stegall Hitchcock, sister of the bride, of Atlanta, was the matron of honor. Ashley Ware Anglin of Rome, Kelly Bowden Buchwald of Cumming, Emily Young Graney of Atlanta, Eden Lynn Hutchins of Marietta, Lindsay Doss Raynor of Atlanta, Bethany Michelle Rushing of Birmingham, Alabama, Natalie Hatch Stegall of Nashville, Tennessee, Lucy Young Wahlman of Birmingham, Alabama, and Elizabeth Ann Reid Young of Atlanta were the bridesmaids. They wore black cocktail dresses of their own choosing. They carried bouquets of dark and light pink roses, pale pink tea roses, green hypericum berries and green hydrangea.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a white gown of tulle over satin with a beaded bodice and lace cap sleeves. The gown featured a keyhole back, trumpet skirt, and chapel train. The bride wore a fingertip length veil featuring two tiers of sheer tulle with beaded metallic edging, accented with a floral motif. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses, white hydrangea and included white peonies from her mother’s garden.
Dennie Jean Bowden, father of the groom, of Lakeland, Florida was the best man. Todd William Amrein of Ballwin, Missouri, Thomas Andrew Borsic of Norcross, Steven Brent Bowden of Littleton, Colorado, John Ray Gilliland of Nashville, Tennessee, Justin Russell Hitchcock of Atlanta, Joseph Patrick Ryan of Carmichael, California, Joseph Frances Schneider of Perkasie, Pennsylvania and Frank Durham Stegall Jr., brother of the bride, of Nashville, Tennessee, were the groomsmen. Todd Goodding Norton of Columbia, Missouri, Troy David Norton of Columbia, Missouri, and Benjamin Maury Young of Atlanta were the ushers.
Charles Stewart Hitchcock and Frank Durham Stegall, III, were the ring bearers. Helen Echols Hitchcock was the flower girl. Alexandra Laine Buchwald and Blake Bowden Buchwald served as program attendants.
The mother of the bride wore a formal gown of coral silk taffeta. The column dress featured a back slit and spaghetti straps, and was topped by a matching silk taffeta wrap, which was trimmed in a contrasting bright pink taffeta lining. The mother of the groom wore a formal gown of black chiffon, with rhinestone accents along the open sleeve jacket. The mothers were presented with tussy mussy bouquets of dark and light pink roses, green hydrangea, and green hypericum berries.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Coosa Country Club. Refreshments included the bride’s four tier wedding cake filled with traditional vanilla buttercream and adorned with dark and light pink roses and white peony cascading down the side. The groom was presented with a chocolate cake filled with chocolate buttercream with a golf ball theme on the top, and music notes along the sides.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Coosa Country Club. Other pre-nuptial parties included an engagement party at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Larry Formby and hosted by the Formbys and Dr. and Mrs. Bob Hortman, Mrs. Janice Dismuke, Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Chumbler, Angie Stegall, Dr. and Mrs. Paul Brock, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hine, Mr. and Mrs. Roger Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Brooke Temple, Dr. And Mrs. Dan Hanks, Dr. and Mrs. Dan Pate, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lowden, Jackie Mooney, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Stuenkel, Dr. and Mrs. Mike Ware, Mr. and Mrs. David Doss, and Mr. and Mrs. Justin Anglin. On the day before the wedding, a bridesmaids’ luncheon was held at the home of Mrs. Tim Wallis and hosted by Mrs. Wallis and Lesa Young, Linda Young, Jane S. Moseley, and Eugenia Wattles. On the day of the wedding, a luncheon was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Kirkland, and hosted by the Kirklands and Dr. and Mrs. Ken Davis, Mr. and Mrs. King Askew, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Elting, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hendley, Dr. and Mrs. Robert Dicks, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Wyatt Mooring, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ledbetter, and Pam Ware. Refreshments on the day of the wedding for the wedding party were provided by Nancy Norton and Amy Bowden, aunts of the groom.
After their honeymoon in Hawaii, the couple reside in Decatur.