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McKinzie - Phillips Wedding

Ashley Marie Phillips and Joseph Glen McKinzie were married at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at the home of the bride’s parents in Armuchee. The bride is the daughter of Perry and Stephanie Phillips of Armuchee. Her grandparents are Jim Armstrong, Janice Richardson, Shirley Phillips and the late Bill Phillips.

The groom is the son of Lisa Pamela McKinzie. He is the grandson of Ruby Boatwright McClain and the late David Glenn (Mac) McClain.

The Reverend Brad Prater of Rome performed the outdoor double-ring ceremony under a large oak tree on Armuchee Creek. The tree was adorned with arrangements of oakleaf hydrangea, orange roses, sunflowers, goldenrod, fern, and wild flowers, and accented with ferns, hay bales and lanterns around the trunk.  The bride walked down an isle of burlap that was  adorned with shepherds hooks with hanging mason jars filled with sunflowers and wild flowers.

A program of wedding music was provided by violinist  Kristen Skinner. Selections included, “Canon in D,” “The Bridal Chorus” and “The Wedding March.”

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore her mother’s formal length gown of white crystal sheer organza designed with a sweetheart neckline and a Basque-style bodice lavished with Schiffli lace, sequins and seeded pearls. Floral appliqués of lace embellished the bouffant skirt that extended in to a cathedral-length train. Cascading tiers of organza ruffles formed a bow to accent the back of the dress.

She wore a double-tier fingertip-length veil of silk bridal illusion with hand rolled edging. The veil was attached to a Juliet cap of French Alencon lace sequins and seeded pearls. She wore pearl earrings along with a matching pearl neclace belonging to her friends Bayley Ingram and Tammy Fulmer. She also wore a  blue sapphire and diamond ring that belonged to her  great grandmother, the late Geneva Phillips. She carried a bouquet of  sunflowers, orange roses, protea, and green berries wrapped in burlap.

The maid of honor was the sister of the bride, Kara Phillips of Armuchee. Bridesmaids were Holly Davis, Danielle Devlin, Bayley Ingram, all of Rome and Tempa Fuller of Columbus.

They were attired in knee-length, strapless organza gowns in shades of brown with a white sash and wore cowboy boots. Each carried a hand tied bouquet of sunflowers wrapped in burlap.

Bryan Roberson of Rome was the best man. The groomsmen were Donald Ray Fisher III, Kevin Black, Derek Woodring,  all of  Rome  and Jake Coffman of Athens.

The mother of the bride wore a street-length dress of ecru lace with cowboy boots. The mother of the groom wore a black and white street length dress with cowboy boots.

Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted by the bride’s parents at their home. Other refreshments included  the bride’s triple tier vanilla cake with butter crème icing and topped with sunflowers and orange roses, and  the groom’s favorite pecan pie.

Pre-nuptial parties included a rehearsal dinner hosted by the bridegroom’s mother and aunts at the home of the brides parents; a shower given by Beth, Danielle and Destine Devlin; a cookout and couples shower given by Clint, Jill and Kearstin Thacker and a shower given by Kaycie Nix, Kelli Snow and Shirley Phillips.

After a honeymoon trip to Panama City, the couple resides in Rome.