Mrs. Alex Tortoso

Caitlin Freeman and Alex Tortoso were married at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 at Forrest Place. The bride is the daughter of Al and Adriana Freeman of Ramer, Alabama. The groom is the son of David & Melissa Prater of Rome.

Al Freeman of Ramer, Alabama performed the double-ring ceremony. Urns of curly willow, white hydrangea with accents of mini green hydrangea and belles of Ireland adorned the altar area.

A program of wedding music was provided by The TC Show. Selections included “Canon in D,” “It is Well” and “How Sweet It Is.”

Brittney Watts of Birmingham, Alabama was the maid of honor. Chelsea Arnold of Dallas, Ellie Nasworthy of Rome, and Tifanie Noblin of Springville were the bridesmaids.  They wore black floor-length dresses. They carried bouquets of Anna roses and Black Magic roses, tied in black satin ribbon.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a formal strapless gown of ivory lace-appliqued tulle. The sweetheart neckline was embellished with lace details near the neckline. The cathedral train flowed from the inverted French bustle at the back of the gown. A cathedral length sheer veil completed the look. She carried a bouquet of ivory Virginia roses, ivory garden roses, and accents of blush Anna roses.

Tony Tortoso of Rome was the best man. Dustin Arnold of Dallas, Blake Maynor of Kingston, and Allan Cole of Rome were the groomsmen.  

The mother of the bride wore a mulberry A-line floor-length dress, with black lace detail around the waist. The mother of the groom wore a silver floor-length dress, with a detailed bodice and jacket. The mothers were presented with clutch bouquets of ivory roses.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Forrest Place. Refreshments included the bride’s four-tier round caramel cake filled with caramel buttercream. The top and third tier were decorated with swirls of icing, and the second tier featured a “T” monogram. The groom was presented with a cake shaped like a grill with a University of Georgia emblem, with ‘burgers’ created to look like mascots of rival teams.

The evening before the wedding, the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Red Room. Other pre-nuptial parties included a couples wedding shower and bridal shower.

After their Charleston, South Carolina honeymoon, the couple will reside in Fort Oglethorpe.

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