Ellis - Durham
Jessica Holman Ellis and Jeremy Ryan Durham exchanged wedding vows on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 5 p.m. in the Baskin Chapel at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, with Bro. Joe Hinkle of Springfield officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Allan and Debby Ellis of Springfield. The groom is the son of Harvey and Charlotte Durham of Adamsville, Tenn.
The chapel was decorated with a pillar candelabra, tapered tree candelabras, a unity candle set with cascading peonies, boston ferns, and lanterns with pillar candles at rear aisle entrance. The pews were decorated with cascading clusters of white larkspur, white peony, white roses, mini callas and hanging amaranthus. The altar had massive arrangements of clustered white hydrangea, white peony, Bells of Ireland, white larkspur, white roses, and hanging amaranthus.
The prelude featured classical and hymn medley including some of the bride’s favorite, such as Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, In This Very Room and Surely The Presence.
The prenuptial music was accompanied by pianist, Ms. Lisa Whitworth of Springfield and harpist, Ms. Deanna Loveland of Fairview.
The Seating of the Grandparents, Praeludium #1 (Bach), Seating of the Mothers, Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach), Processional, Canon in D Major (Pachelbel), Bridal Processional, Trumpet Voluntary (Clarke), Lighting of the Unity Candle, The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte) with vocalist, Kathryn Falk, Recessional, Ode to Joy (Beethoven), Musical Postlude, Allegro maestoso, Water Music (Handel).
The bride was given in marriage by Allan Ellis, father of the bride.
The bride wore a strapless gown from the R label Couture collection. The ivory gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a modified trumpet skirt. The entire design was enhanced with a complete overlay of alencon lace covered in pearl and crystal beading. The waistline featured a champagne satin sash which gathered into a double-looped bow on the side, and was accentuated with Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. The V-shaped back of the gown was highlighted by a semi-cathedral train. The ivory tulle veil was cathedral length, edged with pearl and crystal beading, and affixed to a pearl and crystal comb headpiece.
The bridal bouquet had white peony, white roses, white mini callas, white hydrangea, white ranuculus and circa 1940’s antique brooches. The bride attached her maternal great grandmother’s white handkerchief to the bouquet for “Something Old”.
Her accessories included ivory satin heels with pleated cross-over straps, finished with a rhinestone vamp. Matching silver rhinestone and pearl earrings, bracelet and necklace were “Something New” for the bride. She also wore her paternal grandmother’s ring on her right hand as “Something Borrowed”. A blue and white Los Angeles Dodger’s garter was worn by the bride as “Something Blue,” representing the couple’s favorite baseball team.
The matron of honor was Mrs. Emily Ellis-Head of Springfield, sister of the bride and maid of honor, Miss Courtney Robertson of Springfield. Bridesmaids were Miss Ashley Durham of Franklin, sister of groom, Dr. Danielle Jordan of Winston Salem, N.C., friend of bride, Dr. Kathryn Falk of Miami, Fla., friend of bride, and Dr. Amanda Nadolski of The Woodlands, Texas, friend of bride.
The bridesmaids wore matching apple red satin gowns. The floor-length A-line gown featured a sweetheart neckline, wide ruched waistband and side skirt pockets. The ladies wore a silver rhinestone necklace and earring set as a gift from the bride. Their bouquets were a cluster design of wine raunculus, red charlotte roses, green euphorbia, pink raunculus and wine mini calla lillies.
Miss Sophia Huddleston of Nashville, cousin of bride, served as the flower girl. She wore a sleeveless ivory satin gown that was floor-length with a rounded neckline with an ivory sash tied at the waist into a large bow in the back. She carried an ivory satin flower basket with pearl handles, featuring a satin champagne rose decoration, filled with ivory rose petals.
The guest book attendants were Mrs. Bethany Taylor of Springfield, cousin of bride and Dr. Erica Musgrove of Memphis, friend of bride.
The program attendants were Miss Neylee Harden of Springfield, cousin of bride and Miss Alyssa Ganus of Adamsville, cousin of groom.
The groom wore a black tuxedo featuring a two button front with narrow satin notch lapel, besom pocket and no vent. The tuxedo was complemented with an ivory shirt, four button ivory vest and ivory necktie. He wore black cufflinks and black square toe lace up shoes. He wore a boutonniere with a white mini calla lily.
The best man was Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown, friend of groom. His groomsmen were Mr. Sean McLean of Arlington, Va., friend of groom, Mr. Joshua Thomas of Nashville, friend of groom, Mr. Travis Hawkins of Franklin, friend of groom, Mr. Robert Kuykendall of Brentwood, friend of groom, and Mr. Jerome Cochran of Elizabethtown, friend of groom.
The ring bearers were Mr. Steven Bates Head of Springfield, nephew of bride and Mr. Evan Ganus of Jackson, cousin of groom.
The ushers were Mr. Timothy Head of Springfield, brother-in-law of bride, Mr. David Harden of Springfield, cousin of bride, Mr. Greg Ganus of Jackson, cousin of groom, and Mr. Barry Ganus of Adamsville, uncle of groom.
The groomsmen, ushers, father of the bride and ring bearers wore matching black tuxedos with ivory shirts, black four button vests and black neckties. They all wore a garnet mini calla lily boutonniere.
The mother of the bride wore a platinum taffeta gown. The floor length A-line gown featured a ruched bodice with an off the shoulder pleated wrap, accented with jewel embellishment. Rhinestone earrings, necklace and bracelet completed the ensemble.
The mother of the groom chose a hammered shimmer taupe dress. The floor length dress featured a pleated beaded bodice and matching 3⁄4” sleeve bolero jacket, accented with intricate beaded embroidery at the elbow. Her accessories included beaded gold earrings and necklace with a matching pearl beaded bracelet.
Both the mother of the bride and groom carried a cluster of white roses and mini callas.
The reception, immediately following the ceremony, was held at the Pleasant Hill Mansion at the Governors Club in Brentwood, given by Allan and Debby Ellis, parents of the bride.
The entrance to the mansion at the staircase was decorated with a linear arrangement of Bells of Ireland, pink leptospermum, tuberoses, pink lilies, white peony and silver dollar euculypytus. The guestbook table displayed the couple’s photo book and engagement photo. The gold framed bridal portrait was displayed on an easel in the foyer. Gift tables on either side of the foyer displayed wedding photos of the couple’s parents in matching silver frames.
As the 200 guest arrived, they were served an assortment of hors d’ouvres and beverages in the garden. Dinner was served in stations scattered throughout the mansion, which included a salad, carving, and martini mashed potato station. The garden featured a white canopy tent, decorated with white linen swags draped overhead and twinkle lights. Round dinner tables, covered with white floor-length linens with black square satin overlays and white wooden chairs were scattered around the garden underneath Italian lights. The sweetheart table for the newlyweds was centrally located in the gazebo with Mr. Durham and Mrs. Durham banners attached to the couple’s chairs with a black satin tie.
The table arrangements at the reception were cluster low arrangements of euphorbia, ranuculus and pink spray roses; tall silver compotes with antique green hydrangea, pink lilies, hot pink roses, Bells of Ireland and euphorbia; silver candlesticks with antique cut crystal globes with cluster arrangements of antique hydrangea, hot pink spray roses, classic pink roses and celosia.
At the entrance of the side garden, large white pillars displayed oversized cascading arrangements of curly willow, pink, hot pink and red roses, tuberoses, cockscomb, Bells of Ireland and hydrangea.
After the wedding party and newlyweds were announced into the reception, the couple shared their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s The Way You Look Tonight. This was followed by the bride and her father dancing to, My Girl by the Temptations. Wedding toasts were made by the father of the bride, Allan Ellis and best man, Brian Kelsey, in honor of the couple.
The bride’s ivory buttercream cake was displayed on a silver embossed cake plateau atop a stone well outside the mansion. Each of the four round tiers was decorated with beaded ivory lace ribbon, with one layer featuring the couple’s monogram in ivory buttercream. Flavors included almond and strawberry.
The groom’s cake was a double layered red velvet cake decorated in red, white and blue buttercream icing. It was specially designed to represent the Republican Party elephant and was displayed on the mansion’s Tennessee porch.
Guests danced throughout the evening and took turns at the photo booth. The couple offered each guest a free photo as a memento from their wedding day celebration. An assortment of sweets was also available for guests to enjoy all night at the candy bar.
Following the bouquet and garter toss, the couple made their departure from the front steps of the mansion amidst red and white rose petals tossed by friends and family. A black and silver 1962 Rolls Royce was waiting to whisk them away to their honeymoon. The couple’s wedding trip destination was to Sandals Grande Antigua Resort, Antigua.
The couple now resides in Franklin.