Mary Jacquelyn Johnson and Benjamin Caleb Jackson were married at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Morris Chapel, Darlington School.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Ross Johnson III of Rome. The groom is the son of The Reverend and Mrs. Scott Alan Jackson of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Reverend William Pardue of Rome performed the double-ring ceremony.
The flowers in the chapel were dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Mr. Frederick R. Johnson Jr. Arrangements of garden roses in antique white, blush, and peach, white lilies, snapdragons, hydrangea and foliage accents adorned classic urns on each side of the altar. Every third pew was decorated with roses in antique white, blush, and peach, hydrangea, hypericum berries and cascading foliage.
A program of wedding music was performed by Kim Tunnell, pianist, Justin Karch, organist, Joe Lester, violin; Samantha Lester, viola. Processional music included “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Bach; and “Te Deum,” Carpenter. The bride entered the chapel to “Trumpet Voluntary,” Clarke.
Anna Claire Black and Lacey Rae Sport, both of Birmingham, Alabama served as scripture readers. They read from the Bible of the bride’s late grandfather, Fred Johnson, Jr.
The matron of honor was Taylor Fagan York of Rome, sister-in-law to the bride. The bridesmaids were Emily Adlich, Huntsville, Alabama; Sydney Carter, Birmingham, Alabama; Lauren Fowler, Birmingham, Alabama, Emily Halliday, Knoxville, Tennessee; Margaret Morin, Charlotte, North Carolina; Connally Sasser, Auburn, Alabama; Lyndsey Webb, Birmingham, Alabama; and Emily Wilhite, Dallas, Texas.
Honorary bridesmaids were Madeline Dillmon, Zoe Dillmon, Charlotte Dillmon, Rome; and Lilly Hayes, Cedartown. The bridesmaids wore off the shoulder formal floor-length taupe crepe dresses that criss-crossed beautifully across the back. They carried bouquets of white majolica tea roses accented with blush pink roses, peach roses, white ranunculus, Dusty Miller, and eucalyptus leaves.
Lainie Landrum served as flower girl. Her bouquet was a smaller version of the bridesmaids. Carter Austin and Harrison York were ring bearers. They carried white bibles, one given to the bride at birth for her wedding by her late great grandmother, Mrs. Freeman (Corrie) Cumming.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a custom Anne Barge gown. It was an ivory silk jacquard gown with a fitted sleeveless bodice. It had a high front neckline and a deep V-back. The full ball gown skirt with a smooth panel at center front and gathers encircling her waist, swept to a chapel length train. Completing her ensemble was a chapel length veil of ivory illusion. She carried a bouquet of ivory David Austin garden roses, phaleonopsis orchids, ivory Mondale roses, blush roses, ranunculus, with Dusty Miller and hypericum berries.
The Rev. Scott Jackson, father of the groom of Knoxville, Tennessee was the best man. The groomsmen were Brian Adams, Knoxville Tennessee; Tyson Betts, Rome; Michael Brown, Starkville, Mississippi; Patrick Collier, Rome; Dawson Halliday, Knoxville, Tennessee; Fred Johnson, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Thomas McCarthy, Portland, Oregon; and Harris York, Rome.
The greeters at the chapel were Chandler Holcombe and Elizabeth Moody.
The mother of the bride wore an abalone blue gown with short sleeve bustier and peplum bodice. The back had a draped bow detail. The skirt flared with a fishtail small train. The mother of the groom wore a navy sleeveless natural silk gown with a ruffled collar and a gathered waist with a tied bow on the side. The mothers carried bouquets of white, blush, and peach garden roses with Dusty Miller and foliage.
Following the ceremony, guests were greeted at Coosa Country Club by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Holcombe.
The bride’s cake was a four tier caramel cake with caramel and buttercream icing. It was adorned with the look of lace and covered buttons and was topped with phaleonopsis orchids. The grooms cake was his favorite. It was four different cakes arranged at different heights made of layers of chocolate and peanut butter cakes, chocolate and peanut butter icings, and drizzles of chocolate ganache with peanut butter cups for garnish.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Harvest Moon. Other pre-nuptial parties included an engagement party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Robinson. Along with Mr. and Mrs. Robinson, the party was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. King Askew, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Betts, Dr. and Mrs. Barry Brass, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cash, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Rob Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Russ Gates, Dr. and Mrs. Bob Hortman, Mr. and Mrs. Clint Hubbard, Mr. and Mrs. Rocky Huffman, Mr. and Mrs. Larry Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Sparks, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Stegall, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Williams, Mrs. DeeDee Womble, and Mr. and Mrs. Dee Yancey.
A brunch and shower was given at the home of Mrs. Angie Stegall. Along with Mrs. Stegall, hosts were Ms. Beth Baker, Mrs. Carl Davidson, Mrs. Robert Holcombe, Mrs. Jay Riley, Mrs. Mark Shamblin, and Mrs. Jamey Vick.
A bridesmaid luncheon was given at Mrs. Kevin Dillmon’s home the day before the wedding. It was hosted by Dr. Dillmon, Mrs. Barry Carr, Mrs. Lynn Collier, Mrs. Steve Harrison, Mrs. Peter Hjort, Mrs. Jim Hobgood, and Mrs. Steve Landrum.
Lunch was provided on the day of the wedding for the bridesmaids by Mrs. Jeff Chadwick, Mrs. Rob Davis, Mrs. Jeff Groux, Mrs. Aaron Hayes, Mrs. Rob Monroe, Mrs. Dathan Sorrow, and Mrs. Jonathan Whitley.
After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Birmingham, Alabama.