2008-10-08 / Living & Style

McDonald, Marshall speak wedding vows

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Patrick McDonald Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Patrick McDonald Kate Elaine Marshall and Daniel Patrick McDonald were united in marriage on Saturday, September l3, 2008, at half past six in the evening in the Day Chapel at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Marshall Jr. of Albany. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie I. Womble, Sr. of Colquitt, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Marshall Sr. of Lizella.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William L. McDonald Jr. of Chamblee. He is the grandson of Mr. William L. McDonald Sr. and the late Mrs. McDonald of Chittenango, N. Y., and the late Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Hoyt of Syracuse, N. Y.

The ceremony was performed by the bride's former youth minister at Albany First United Methodist Church, Rev. Roy McVeigh, now of Augusta.

Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a soft white floor length sleeveless sheath gown with a boat neckline which dipped into a V in the back, and was accented with satin covered buttons above the natural waistline. An intricate design of flowers and vines were woven into the delicate lace which overlaid the satin gown's bodice and skirt. The scalloped lace hemline flowed into a chapel length train. Lace from the bride's late paternal grandmother's wedding gown was attached inside the skirt of her gown, and the bride wore a fingertip veil of soft illusion tulle with tiny pearls spaced overall. She wore a strand of cultured pearls, a gift from her maternal grandparents, brought from Japan by her grandfather in l946. The groom's gift to his bride was silver and pearl tear-drop earrings. She wore a pearl bracelet belonging to her childhood friend, Caren L. Dilts, and in her shoe, she placed a sixpence saved from a church choir trip to Europe several years ago. She wore an unusual "something blue," a gift from Rebecca C. Long.

Wrapped tuxedo style with satin ribbon and pearl head pins, the bride's hand tied nosegay bouquet contained calla lilies, cymbidium orchids, roses, hypericum berries, millet, fern, and herbs from her father's garden. A linen and lace handkerchief, given to the bride's mother by her late paternal grandparents, was pinned to the ribbon.

The bridesmaids wore chocolate colored dresses with uneven hemlines which draped softly in the back. They each carried different hand tied bouquets designed around a particular flower from the bride's bouquet. The flower girls carried ivory tulle and ribbon covered baskets filled with silk petals. Their soft ivory dresses featured an off the shoulder bodice with a chocolate colored ribbon at the front waistline.

Ms. Long of North Augusta, S.C. was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were the bride's sister-in-law, Christy A. Marshall, of Valdosta, and Sharmily G. Roy, of Lilburn. The bride's niece, Margaret Reese Marshall, of Valdosta, and Sydney G. Staley, of Athens, were flower girls.

Brother of the groom, Christopher M. McDonald, of Dunwoody, was best man. Groomsmen were R. Christian Croft of New York City, Lucien F. Lamoureu of Decatur, Michael B. Lowry of Atlanta, and the bride's brothers, Darrell H. Marshall of Albany, and Wesley T. Marshall, of Valdosta. Ushers were Dallas L. Peavy of Atlanta, and Owen D. Staley of Athens.

Readings were scripture by Ms. Dilts and a poem by Julie Ann W. Sims, of Athens; both friends also were the program attendants, and Ms. Dilts served as wedding director.

Performed by Maggie Hunter, Tommy Jordan, and Susan Staley, all of Athens, music for the ceremony included selections "Give Yourself to Love" and "The Bramble and the Rose", and featured the banjo, guitar, and dulcimer. The front of the beautiful sanctuary was simply decorated with pillar candles on wrought iron stands, ferns, and a wooden cross placed in the center of the altar area. Tied with tulle and ribbons, the pew arrangements were woven cornucopias filled with greenery and dried and silk flowers.

Guests registered their attendance by signing the guest book and the mat of a framed water color painting of the Day Chapel which was placed on an easel in the vestibule. Also on the guest book table was a lovely floral arrangement in memory of the couple's late grandparents.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the reception hall and on the garden terrace of the Day Chapel.

The bride's floor length skirted cake table was overlaid with a square floral and vine patterned silk cloth, hand made by the bride's mother. The three tiered cake stand, created by the bride's parents, held an assortment of fruit filled cupcakes. Using an engraved knife set, the couple cut a frosted carrot cake placed on the top tier. Silver engraved goblets were used by the couple for their toast.

The groom's cake was a seven layer vanilla rectangle cake with dark chocolate icing, and clusters of sugared grapes and white chocolate dipped strawberries arranged around the base. This cake was made at the couple's request by the bride's Grandmother Womble, and her aunts, Calista Phillips and Louvenia Widner, of Colquitt. Also placed on this table was an antique typewriter and camera representing the groom's journalism career. The couple borrowed an engraved knife set from her maternal grandparents which they had used to cut their 60th wedding anniversary cake in 2004.

The couple departed for a week long wedding trip to the mountains and other sites of interest in Tennessee.

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