Whitney Erin Shelton and Chantz Levar McClinic were married at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Morris Chapel, Darlington in Rome.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Shelton, Sr. of Cedartown. Whitney is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Strickland and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Shelton.
The groom is the son of Ms. Jeanene McClinic and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Owens of Rome. Chantz is the grandson of Ms. Katie McClinic of Rome and the late Mr. John Lewis McClinic.
Officiant, Rev. Carey Ingram performed a double-ring ceremony in the presence of over 300 guests.
Pianist Mr. Marvin Williams, vocalists Mr. Williams and Ms. Keonna Shaw, as well as a string quartet, Seven Hills Music of Rome, provided a program of wedding music.
Mothers of the groom were escorted by their sons. Mrs. Linda Owens was escorted by Mr. Parrish Owens, Ms. Jeanene McClinic was escorted by Mr. Derricus Ellis and the mother of the bride, Mrs. Lee Shelton, was escorted by her son, Mr. William Shelton, Jr.
Attendants were: maid of honor Shundel Francis of Brampton Ontario, Canada; matron of honor Lori Depew of Rockmart; bridesmaids were Ebonee Moody of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Lindsey Traylor of Adairsville; K’Lia Hayes of Smyrna; Courtnay Williams of Rome and Aleigha Williams of Matteson, Illinois.
Best man was brother of the groom, Corey Kinnebrew of Rome. Groomsmen were Derricus Ellis, borther of the groom, of Highpoint, North Carolina; Antonio Wilson of Winston Salem, North Carolina; Parrish Owens, Jon Chumbler, Hunter Edwards; Corey Roper; Kane Sutphin and Grady Sonam, all of Rome; Drew Davis of Atlanta; Alphonso Smith of Pahokee, Florida; Stanley Arnoux of Sunrise, Florida; Aaron Curry of Charlotte, North Carolina; Kerry Major of Columbia, Maryland and Sanders Wallis of Atlanta.
Flower girls were J’nae Kinnebrew of Rome, niece of the groom and Lacey Faye Shelton of Locust Grove, niece of the bride.
Bridesmaids wore black long flowing one-shoulder draped gowns, while the maids and matrons of honor wore black long flowing off-the-shoulder gowns. They carried bouquets of peach roses, pink spray roses, burgundy ranunculus, fuchsia alstroemeria and miniature green hydrangea with accents of dusty miller and willow eucalyptus.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a formal strapless ivory dupioni fit-to-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline and gold bolero. The gown had a sculpted, elongated bodice with a full-tiered tulle skirt of horsehair flounces and cascading train. She also wore a matching Londyn veil, both by designer Hayley Paige. Whitney’s accessories were something borrowed and blue, a diamond bracelet, vintage pearl earrings and a sapphire diamond ring on her right hand, of her late grandmother Shelton. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory blossoms with hints of blush pink and peach, created with roses, ranunculus and hydrangea with dusty miller, willow eucalyptus and Italian ruscus foliage tied with ivory satin ribbon. At the base of the bouquet, she clinched a personalized ivory handkerchief made with lace from her mother’s wedding dress worn in 1973.
The church was adorned with beautiful flowers that complemented the attendants’ bouquets, with bells of Ireland, gladiola and roses in shades of ivory, blush pink and peach with cascading greenery. The pews had bouquets of ivory hydrangea and foliage with floor-length ivory ribbons and the altar had the perfect touch of candle lighting.
The groomsmen and father wore black tuxedos with pink ranunculus boutonnieres on their lapels. Chantz’s attire consisted of a black tuxedo with an ivory tux jacket and on his lapel, an ivory rose with its stem wrapped with gold shimmery ribbon.
Following the ceremony, a grand reception was held at Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum. After a night of toasting and celebration with family and friends, the couple departed with a lavender throw and red carpet send-off in a white classic Rolls Royce.
The bride and groom hosted an appreciation after-party at the Moon Roof in Rome for their wedding attendants. The groom surprised his bride with a six-day trip to St. Lucia, West Indies. The couple will reside in Silver Creek.
Prenuptial celebrations and showers
An engagement party on Jan. 21 at Moon River, Rome, hosted by The Chumbler, Davis, Edwards, Hought, Owens, Sonam, Stuenkel, Sutphin and Wallis families.
A lingerie shower on March 4 at the home of Ms. Theresa Barnswell in Acworth, hosted by Ms. Theresa Barnswell, Mrs. Michelle Barnswell, Ms. Becky Junkins, Mrs. Deborah Ward and Ms. Katie Raciborski.
A miscellaneous bridal shower on May 6 at Coosa Country Club in Rome, hosted by Mrs. Trudie Sams, Mrs. Deborah Ward, Mrs. Glenda Harris and Ms. Yvette Williams.
A miscellaneous bridal shower on May 13 at the home of Mrs. Lori Depew in Rockmart hosted by Mrs. Depew, Ms. Norma Jean Holland, Mrs. Jill Essingman and Mrs. Tera Collier.
An “I Do” barbecue celebration on May 13 at the home of Ms. Katie McClinic hosted by the McClinic family.
A rehearsal dinner on June 9 at Coosa Country Club in Rome, hosted by the groom’s family.
A bridal brunch on June 10 at Moon River in Rome hosted by Mrs. Edna English, Ms. Gretchen Burrell, Ms. India Burrell and Ms. Eloise Shelton.