The bride is the daughter of Cynthia and Michael Jones and the late Emmitte Bridges, all of Rome. The groom is the son of Steve and Jessie Bennett of Kingston, and Judy Marie Bolt Bennett of Adairsville.
The bride, escorted by David Ackley, walked to the instrumental of “Unchained Melody.” She wore a strapless gown of white with a sweetheart bodice of delicate beading and sequins and a chapel length train. Around her waist she wore a thin black sash with a cluster of diamond accents in the middle. The bride wore a two-tier veil with a black edge, in addition to a princess tiara. She wore a diamond necklace with black accent stones and matching earrings. The bride went barefoot. She carried a hand-made bouquet of burgundy rose buds accented with baby’s breath and greenery. The bouquet was wrapped with burgundy and black ribbon.
Amee Edwards of Rome, was the matron of honor. She wore a black pant suit with a sheer skirt overlay. She carried a hand-made bouquet of lime green rose buds accented with baby’s breath and greenery. The bouquet was wrapped with lime green and black ribbon. Jerri Wiser of Rome, cousin to the bride, was the bridesmaid. She wore a single shoulder black chiffon dress. She carried a hand-made bouquet of light blue rose buds accented with baby’s breath and greenery. The bouquet was wrapped with light blue and black ribbon. Both girls were escorted down the aisle to “Canon in D.”
Hayven Edwards of Rome, goddaughter of the bride and groom, and Shelby Craven, cousin of the bride, served as the flower girls. Hayven wore a white ankle length sleeveless dress with a crisscross pattern adorning the trim and the bodice. Shelby wore a white Cinderella dress with off the shoulder sleeves and spaghetti straps. As the girls walked down the aisle they dropped lime green and light blue petals for the bride to walk on.
Joshua Edwards of Rome served as the best man. Ryan Edwards, godson of the bride and groom, served as groomsman. Josh wore black slacks and a long-sleeved button down dress shirt accented with a lime green boutonniere matching the bouquet carried by Amee. Ryan wore black slacks and a long sleeved button down dress shirt accented with a light blue boutonniere matching the bouquet carried by Jerri.
In addition to the wedding ceremony, a sand ceremony was also performed by the preacher, Douglas Maxwell. The preacher laid a foundation of black sand while the bride and groom alternated with light blue and lime green, and finally combining the two colors of sand.
After being pronounced husband and wife, the bride and groom exited the church to “I Want to Grow Old with You.”
Following the ceremony, a reception was held under the “Wildlife” pavilion in the park. The two-layered cake was iced with butter crème. It featured a black scrolling pattern along the layers. The cake topper was a skeleton couple sitting on a bench adorned in clothes of the 1800s. Sitting next to the bench was a sign that read “Love Never Dies”.
A bridal shower was given by co-workers of the bride.
After a stay at the beach in Isle of Palms, S.C., the couple will reside in Rome.