The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Touchstone of Armuchee. She is the granddaughter of Houston and Hazel Touchstone, Virginia Wheeler and the late Paul J. Wheeler. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Hughes of Rome. He is the grandson of Jean White, the late Ralph White, the late Ed “Tex” Hughes and the late Mary Hughes.
Dr. Gary Deems of Winder performed the double ring ceremony under a white colonade arch adorned with sunflowers, green hypericum berries, purple statice, Viking poms, fresh greenery with purple and yellow bows. The arch was placed lakeside in front of a waterfall and surrounded by natural greenery. The aisle was adorned with purple, lavender and white rose petals. The couple participated in a unity sand ceremony to “This I Swear” with both sets of parents.
A program of wedding music included “Bless the Broken Road” by vocalist Joan Eggers of Resaca as well as “Holy Ground,” “How Beautiful”,” “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Bridal March.” The recessional was “Stuck Like Glue.”
Michelle Sanders, cousin of the bride, was the matron of honor. She was attired in a sangria chiffon dress with floral detail and one-shoulder. She carried a bouquet of sunflowers, green berries and purple statice.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents was attired in a taffeta-draped A-line gown with beaded lace appliqués on the bodice and skirt with chapel train. The bride wore a fingertip length two-tiered veil with scallop edge with beaded lace appliqués. The bride’s bouquet consisted of sunflowers, purple statice, green hypericun berries and purple orchids wrapped in white satin accented with burlap ribbon. A heirloom pin from Hazel Touchstone was attached to her bouquet.
The groom wore a tan suit with white shirt, striped tan vest and purple tie. The father of the bride wore a tan suit with white shirt, solid purple vest and purple tie. The best man was Chris Hughes, brother of the groom, of Smyrna. Groomsmen were Marcel Smith of Alpharetta, Jason Sanders of Rome and Michael Plemons of Aragon. They wore tan suits with white shirts and purple striped vests and ties that were all complemented with boutonnieres of Viking poms and green berries wrapped with raffia.
The mother of the bride wore a sweetheart neckline dress in golden champagne. The fitted botice flowed to a tea-length A-line skirt. The groom’s mother chose a knee length A-line dress of berry cotton chiffon that featured a V-neck and back. Both mothers wore corsages of viking poms with green hypericun berries.
The flower girl, Haylee Gayton, wore a white, formal ankle length gown. The full skirt featured frothy layers of white organza. The sleeveless lace bodice was wrapped at the waist with plum satin and accented with a matching flower.
The ring bearer, Braden Plemons, wore a tan suit with white shirt, purple tie and sunflower boutonniere.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted an outdoor reception lakeside at the Havenshire House at Belle Terra. The bride’s cake was a four-tiered chocolate cake filled with butter cream and raspberry butter cream frosted with butter cream decorated with decorative scroll work and fresh flowers. The groom’s cake was a two-tiered strawberry cake filled with butter cream and fresh strawberries frosted with butter cream with a replica of a Georgia Tech helmet on top of the cake in chocolate.
Prenuptial parties include an “Around the House” bridal shower given by the bride’s mother. A miscellaneous shower was hosted by Karen Plemons and Michelle Sanders at the Sanders home. A miscellaneous shower was given by Antioch Baptist Church, Calhoun and a miscellaneous shower given by First Baptist Church of Shannon. A Bachelorette lingerie party was given by Michelle Sanders. A bridesmaid and bridal party luncheon was hosted and given by the bride. A bachelor party was held in Alpharetta.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a dinner lakeside at Belle Terra. The theme was “Georgia Tech.”
The couple exited to lighted sparklers soaring under the evening skies down a rock path. After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple resides in Alpharetta.