Branch, Lamb

Branch, Lamb

TIFTON — In the soft glow of candlelight, Laurel Kathryn Branch and Larry Clayton Lamb exchanged their wedding vows June 18 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Tifton. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Branch of Tifton and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lamb of Omega. Dr. W. Wayne Roe performed the double-ring ceremony at six o’clock in the evening.
The entrance to the church was adorned with majesty palms in Grecian urns. The bride’s book table held a large bronze and copper patina garden urn with an all white European arrangement accented with hanging teardrop crystals. Tamara Maddox, future sister-in-law of the bride, presided. Guests received programs from Abbey Walker and Kaylee Puccio, cousins of the bride, and Alexandria and Gabriella Heard, nieces of the groom.
The chancel was centered with a Doric column holding a formal garden urn filled with a massive arrangement of all white hydrangea, bells of Ireland, White Mountain lilies, and tall curly willow. This arrangement was flanked on either side by matching columns and urns with arrangements of mixed garden foliage and curly willow. Bronze and copper patina candelabra with white cathedral tapers accented with foliage were placed on either side of the center arrangement and the dais. Soft up lighting illuminated the chancel arrangements and candelabra. Family pews were adorned with cylinder vases in copper holding clusters of matching white flowers and ribbon.
As guests were seated, they were called to worship by Dr. Susan Roe, soloist, Mrs. Gina Lawhon, organist and pianist, and the Mannheim Musicians as they presented selections of hymns and classical music. Dr. Roe sang “Surely the Presence of the Lord/There’s a Sweet, Sweet Spirit” after the mothers entered. The bride’s cousins, Suzanne Branch Hopkins and Beth Branch Rakestraw, sang “How Beautiful” as the bride and groom and their parents participated in Holy Communion. The New Testament scripture was read by Rev. Shelley Woodruff, and Rev. Ron Lawhon sang “The Lord’s Prayer” before the couple received the Pronouncement of Marriage.
Miss Branch was attended by Matrons of Honor, Heidi Hawthorne Cartledge, cousin of the bride, and Shelley Hasty Woodruff, childhood friend of the bride. Maid of Honor was Susan Ashley McElheney, her Mercer roommate. Bridesmaids were Stacey Lamb Heard, sister of the groom, and Jennifer Dorminey Herzog, childhood friend of the bride. The bridesmaids wore strapless onyx luminescent taffeta floor-length shirred gowns that featured a crumb catcher bodice with a flower accent at the natural waistline. Black jeweled earrings, a gift from the bride, completed their attire. They carried all white hand-tied bouquets wrapped with black satin ribbon.
The best man was Larry Lamb, father of the groom. The groomsmen were Mack Branch, brother of the bride; Grant Metts, nephew of the groom; William Linder and Matt Senkbell, friends of the groom. Ushers were Render Heard, brother-in-law of the groom and Scott Herzog, friend of the couple.
As the trumpet sounded, the bride entered the church on the arm of her father who escorted her to the altar. She wore a designer gown of natural dupioni silk. The ball gown featured a portrait neckline, draped bodice, and an asymmetric dropped waistline with crystal beadwork throughout. The skirt was swagged in front and the semi-cathedral train was bustled and finished with a bubbled hem. A cathedral length veil accented with crystals completed the ensemble. The bride wore an antique rhinestone broach in her hair and chandelier earrings. A sixpence was placed in one of her ivory rosette heels. She carried a formal biedermier bouquet of white peonies and snowy jewel roses, interspersed with jewel accented stephanotis tied with ivory satin ribbon. For something borrowed, the bride wore the diamond bracelet that her father gave her mother the night before their wedding. The bride’s something blue was a handkerchief given to her by Jennifer Herzog as they graduated from high school. Something old was the Bible belonging to her late maternal grandfather, Eston Walker, and carried down the aisle by her grandmother, Mrs. Bobbie Walker. The groom’s grandmother, Mrs. Sara Frances Cravey, also attended the wedding.
The bride’s parents entertained wedding guests with a dinner dance at the University of Georgia Conference Center. As the bride and groom entered, The Debonairs played “Till There Was You” for their first dance. The father of the bride and his daughter danced, as did the groom and his mother.
The entrance to the ballroom was accented with large garden urns holding mixed plantings of majesty palms, white caladium, philodendron and English Ivy. The focal point of the ballroom was the bride’s portrait and the five-tier wedding cake accented with cascades of white tea roses and dendrobian orchids. The cake was topped with a silver mint julep cup holding a crown of hydrangea and orchids. A groom’s table held a guitar-shaped cake and a massive picture of the bride and groom on his motorcycle with Avery, his Saint Bernard.
Four food stations were covered with white linens and centered with tall silver candelabra holding white cathedral tapers and arrangements of all white. The stations were Southern fare including pork loin, steak, and sausage; seafood with shrimp and grits, Tex Mex, and Italian. The guest tables were grouped with collections of soft ivory, pale gold, and taupe sheer cloths and were centered with tall crystal vases holding white floral arrangements. Soft up lighting created glow and ambiance in the reception garden setting.
After the reception,the couple honeymooned on a week long Caribbean cruise. They now reside in Tifton.