Amy Elaine Willoughby and Ian Maddox Hand were married at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Old Baptist Church, Cave Spring.
Amy is the daughter of Eric and Cheryl Willoughby of Silver Creek. Ian is the son of Tom and Amy Ray of Rome and the late Ellis Hale Hand.
The Rev. Tom Bowen of Rome performed the double-ring ceremony. Wedding decorations included a central arrangement of roses, hydrangea, and larkspur in lavender, blush, and white; lighted ferns; ivory tapers with ivy in each window; and white roses, baby’s breath, greenery and tulle on the family pews.
A program of wedding music included “Be Thou My Vision,” “Canon in D,” “Bridal Chorus,” and “Wedding March.”
Joy Scowden of Rome was matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Michelle Trammell of Silver Creek, Megan Hand of Statesboro, sister of the groom, and Mari Dunn and Marisa Farmer of Fayetteville, cousins of the bride. Callie Scowden of Rome was the flower girl.
Attendants wore formal gowns of lavender chiffon featuring a modified sweetheart neckline with a pleated wrap bodice and elegant pleated draping at the hip. The chiffon straps formed a keyhole coverlet at the back. Each carried a bouquet of lavender, blush and ivory roses. The flower girl wore a formal gown of ivory lace which featured three tiers of lace accented at the waist with a lavender sash and bow at the back waistline. She carried a basket of rose petals.
Amy, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, chose a fitted formal gown of ivory lace over tulle. The strapless gown was cinched at the waist and accented with a brooch. Applique accents flowed down to the bottom of the full mermaid skirt. She also wore a chapel- length veil of ivory illusion which was accented by a silver tiara covered in rhinestones. She wore a special rhinestone pin that had belonged to her maternal grandmother. She carried a bouquet of blush, ivory, and lavender roses with accents of gypsophilia and purple waxflower.
Ben Collier of Washington, D.C. was best man. Groomsmen were Grant Atwell, stationed in Italy, and Bob Hand, Daniel Hand, and Will Ray of Rome, brothers of the groom. The groom and groomsmen wore black suits with lavender ties and lavender rose boutonnieres.
The mother of the bride wore an ankle-length sequined lace sheath in mocha with a collarless jacket featuring a front rhinestone button closure, three-quarter sleeves, and sequined lace throughout. The mother of the groom wore an ensemble featuring black wide-leg chiffon pants and a mocha crinkled metallic mock-twin top with three-quarter sleeves.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Hearn Academy. Refreshments included a three-tier vanilla bride’s cake with buttercream icing with accents of lavender roses. The cake was topped with a miniature bride and groom. The groom’s cake was a chocolate sheet cake with fudge icing topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries.
The evening before the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Cave Spring Community Center.
Other prenuptial parties included a lingerie shower at Bella Roma hosted by Joy Scowden and Jeanine Holt of Rome; a miscellaneous shower hosted by the ladies of Silver Creek United Methodist Church; and a bridal luncheon at Harvest Moon hosted by Judy Griffin of Fayetteville and Carol Fisher of Griffin, aunts of the bride.
Following the reception, the couple left in an M-1026 military Humvee provided courtesy of Leslie Duke and Op-For Weapons in Rome. After a wedding trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee, the couple will reside at Edwards Air Force Base in California.