Brandi Nicole' Bryant and William Joshua Keown were united in marriage on Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 2:00 in the afternoon at First Baptist Church in Calhoun.
The bride is the daughter of Ed and Linda Bryant of Euharlee. She is the sister of Kenneth and Shawn Bryant.
The groom is the son of Larry and Mary Gail Keown of Calhoun. He is the brother of Lindsey Keown.
Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Billy Holstein of Hilliard, Ohio.
Grandparents of the groom are Mrs. Melba Keown of Lafayette, and Mrs. Mary L. Matherly of Johnson City, Tenn.
Greeters, Sally Poole and Linda Abercrombie, welcomed guests as they entered the church to sign the guest book on a lace covered table decorated with yellow daisies in a Venetian vase. Guest programs were presented from a white wicker basket with black bow accents.
The bride, dressed in a satin side draped a-line gown with beaded metallic embroidered lace, lace-up back, slit back with lace appliqués and chapel train, carried a bouquet of mixed pink roses, calla lilies, and yellow daisies with black ribbon accents, and was escorted by her father, Ed Bryant, and given in marriage by her parents.
Her attendants were dressed in strapless knee length white dresses with black embroidered flowers, black sash waist ribbons, and carried a small bundle of yellow and white daisies.
The maid of honor was Octavia McCombs of San Diego, Calif. Bridesmaids were Dee Litten of Raleigh, North Carolina and Lindsey Keown of Athens.
The groom, dressed in a black tuxedo with white tie, was accompanied bythe best man, ushers and ring bearer dressed in black tuxedos with yellow ties.
Larry Keown, father of the groom, was best man.
Groomsmen were Jeremy May of Calhoun, Andrew Moore of Calhoun, and Erik Olson of Denver, Colorado. The ring bearer was Drew Chandler of Willow Spring, North Carolina. Ushers were Kenneth and Shawn Bryant of Euharlee.
Flower girls were dressed in long white dresses with black satin sash bows, black flower hair ornaments, and carried white buckets trimmed with black bows and filled with silk rose petals.
The mother of the bride wore a cameo pink two piece dress of chiffon crepe. The mother of the groom wore a Dupioni silk side wrap ruched top with A line skirt in Plumeria. Mothers and grandmothers carried long stemmed pink rose bouquets.
Dr. Bert Vaughn conducted the double ring wedding ceremony. Andrew Moore, soloist, sang “You Raise Me Up”, as the mother’s were escorted down the aisle.
Melissa Clemons, soloist, and aunt of the groom, sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Judge David K. Smith, pianist, and Charles Zacharias, organist, played a selection of traditional wedding music.
The church alter was decorated with a floral mixed arrangement of pink roses, yellow and white daisies with green lace fern. White organza bows draped the pews for family seating and at the entrance of the church.
A floral memorial of three white roses was provided a special place of honor at the side alter to remember the bride’s grandmother, Lorna Grace Simmons and the groom’s grandfathers, Murel Ed Matherly and W. J. Keown.
After the ceremony, guests were given bubbles and gathered by the steps of the church outside as the wedding party descended the steps through a parade of bubbles.
Following the service, a reception was held at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun.
Guests were greeted at the entrance outside with large white bows. Inside, greeters, friends of the groom’s mother, Deborah Lee, Alice Roberson, Ellen Hunter, and Marty Swann, directed friends and family to a lace covered table to sign the engagement portrait frame and invited guests to take wrapped white chocolate daisy and chocolate duck candy packages with the bride and groom’s new address as a gift.
Guests were then directed upstairs to the reception areas.
The theatre was decorated by friends and family of the bride and groom under the direction of Martha Moore, wedding director of the event. The round tables were covered with white linen tablecloths, black satin puddle center cloths, with mirror squares.
Glass cylinder vases held yellow lemons and faux diamonds.
A wide black ribbon with the monogram “K” circled the center of the cylinder vase.
Votive candles reflected from the corners of each mirror. Black and white bride and groom
confetti accented the tables.
The head table for the wedding party was on the stage. The rectangle tables with white tablecloths and drapes were decorated with black satin puddles, mirrors and votives. The glass cylinder vases were filled with water and crystals. The center vase held the brides bouquet.
Smaller cylinder vases with black ribbon bows held the bridesmaids bouquets.
Music and entertainment was provided by Trey Pierson of Calhoun, with songs chosen by the bride and groom.
The reception was catered by David Burton.
A wonderful eclectic array of hot and cold hors d‘oeuvres was served on banquet tables
in the anterooms outside the theatre. An array of beverages complimented the buffet.
The bride’s cake was the creation of Christine Wallace of Calhoun, and was a 5 tier white butter cream cake with black polka dots and wide black satin ribbon tiers. A crystal heart with the bride and grooms name topped the cake.
The groom’s cake was a special chocolate cake with an outdoor hunting and fishing theme with forest accents also made by Mrs. Wallace.
On the evening before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at Los Gallos de Mexico Restaurant in Calhoun.
Guests enjoyed Mexican dishes and a wonderful Tres Leche cake. Tables were decorated with a fiesta theme.
On the day before the wedding, a bridesmaid’s luncheon was held at All in Good Taste in Calhoun, and was given by Ellen Hunter, Marty Swann, Deborah Lee, Alice Roberson, Raleigh Hussman, and Barbara Langford, friends of the groom’s mother.
On Saturday, March 6, a miscellaneous bridal brunch was held at First Baptist Church WMU house from 10-12 and was given by Martha Moore, Sally Poole, Linda Abercrombie, Susan Robbins, Cindy Earnest and Lorraine Champion with many friends and family attending.
After a trip to a lovely home in the mountains of Murphy, North Carolina, the Keowns will be residing at 184 Wedgewood Drive, Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Brandi and Josh wish to thank their family and friends with special thanks to Martha Moore, for making their wedding a wonderful and special day for them.