Katherine Michele Dame became the bride of Charles Richard Coleman on October 22, 2011. The evening ceremony was held in the garden at the home of the groom’s parents, with Dr. Bob Mark Moon officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Benjamin Dame. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lowndes Coleman, all of Valdosta.
The classical wedding music was provided by the string trio of Ms. Nancy Alvarado, Ms. Larissa Dos Santos, and Mrs. Tugce Bryant. The poem for the ceremony, “I Carry Your Heart With Me” by E.E. Cummings, was read by Miss Elizabeth Gray Carter, cousin of the groom.
The ceremony was held in the garden with two large curly willow and white dendrobium orchid flower arrangements at the end of the aisle overlooking the Mill Pond. The aisle was lined with topiaries accented with white dendrobium orchids, and moss-covered cups held white hydrangeas, ranunculus, green dianthus, and hypericum berries that hung from the smilax-covered railings.
The maid of honor was Miss Victoria Elizabeth Jean Dame, sister of the bride. She wore a short ivory silk dupioni dress with bubble hem skirt and accented with a gray sash. Her bouquet was hand-tied with green hydrangeas, white ranunculus, and white lisianthus.
The best man was Mr. Richard Lowndes Coleman, father of the groom. Assisting the best man as ushers were Mr. Timothy Benjamin Dame and Mr. Joseph Daniel Dame, both brothers of the bride, and Mr. Walton Carter Coleman, brother of the groom. They wore a boutonniere of green dianthus, hypericum berries, and twigs.
The bride was escorted by her father. Her ivory wedding gown was silk taffeta with a sweetheart neckline and pleated bodice, a custom rhinestone belt, and a skirt that softly flared into a chapel-length train. Her cathedral-length veil was of rose pointe lace, made by hand. It was worn by the groom’s grandmother, the late Mrs. Theo Wade Coleman, on her wedding day on November 12, 1938. Mrs. Coleman bought the Brussels lace veil in Brussels while on a tour of Europe after she graduated from college. The veil has been worn by three generations of Coleman brides. The bride’s bouquet was in shades of white and green and included hydrangeas, ranunculus, green cymbidium orchids, and succulents with stems wrapped in ivory ribbon accented with pearls and the brooch of the bride’s maternal great-grandmother, Mrs. David Fleming Hallman. The bride wore a sixpence in her shoe and a lace garter that were gifts from her mother. Both were worn by her mother, Mrs. Timothy Benjamin Dame, on her wedding day on December 17, 1983. The sixpence was originally a gift to the bride’s mother from Mrs. Norman (Nan) Allen who brought it back from England the summer after Mrs. Dame was born.
The reception in honor of the couple was hosted by the bride’s parents at SurEste Cantina. Large arrangements of white and green flowers and curly willow were used throughout the restaurant and outdoor tent, where smilax lined the tent top and a large chandelier hung over the dance floor. The tent was accented with smilax, hanging Mason jars, small bottles filled with assorted blooms, magnolia trees, and white birch trees lit with twinkle lights lined the perimeter of the tent. The tiered bride’s cake was adorned with white hydrangeas, ranunculus, green dianthus, and hypericum berries. Guests enjoyed an evening of dancing to the music of Jukebox Oldies Band of Valdosta.
After a wedding trip to Maroma Beach in Mexico, the newlyweds are at home in Valdosta, where the bride is an accountant for Ambling Management Company and the groom owns and operates SurEste Cantina and The Coleman Catering Company.