2010-07-08 / Don't Forget

Sarah Elizabeth McKinney, Peter Herbert Alewine III exchange marriage vows on Saturday June 5 in Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Herbert Alewine III Mr. and Mrs. Peter Herbert Alewine III Sarah Elizabeth McKinney and Peter Herbert Alewine III of Evans exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, June 5, at six o’clock in the evening at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Evans. Rev. Robert Lehn of Evans officiated. The scripture, Ephesians 5:22-33, was recited by Keith Price of Appling, uncle of the bride.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Lamar McKinney of Evans. She is the granddaughter of the late Col. and Mrs. Harry Milford, Mr. and Mrs. James Lamar McKinney of Evans and the late Ann Dunaway McKinney. Mr. McKinney and the late Ann Dunaway McKinney were natives of Wilkes County.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pete Alewine Jr. of Evans and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Moore of Evans and Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Alewine of Martinez.

White tulle tied with white bows entwined the railings that graced the church steps. The bridegroom’s mother designed moss-covered initials of the first name of the bride and bridegroom that adorned the doors of the church.

Guests registered and were presented wedding programs by Brianna Hughes of Hazelhurst.

Giant ferns atop Grecian columns were placed throughout the choir loft. Two spiral candelabra on each side of the altar were accented with Asian lilies and tied with green and brown organza ribbons. Pews reserved for the parents and grandparents were designated with bronze wall planters holding green and white roses, hydrangeas and gypsophila.

Frankie Green of Evans presented the wedding music. A selection by Bach was played for the seating of the mothers and grandmothers. Vocalists, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie McMillan Wilmington, N.C., sang All I Ask of You. Canon in D was the bridal party processional and the Revelation Song was played as the bride entered on the arm of her father. So Are You to Me was sung as the bride and bridegroom lit the unity candle. Trumpet Voluntary was played as the recessional.

Mr. Alewine chose his father to serve as his best man. Groomsmen were Paul Alewine of Evans, brother of the bridegroom; Adam McKinney of Charleston, S. C., brother of the bride; Andrew Lehn of Greenville, S. C., Adam Nelson of Evans, Michael Blair of Canton and Chris Walters of Trassville, Ala.

Anna McKinney of Evans, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Bethany Speer of Woodstock served as matron of honor. They wore floor-length strapless chocolate empire waist gowns of Doubiane silk accented with beading on the waist bands and carried bouquets of green spider, button and santini chrysanthemums, green hydrangeas and hypericum berries tied with organza ribbon.

Bridesmaids were Larrie Reese and Ashley Troxel of Evans, Anna Ruffner of North Augusta, S.C., Ashley Moye of Brooklet and sister of the bridegroom, Elizabeth Alewine, also of Evans. Their gowns and flowers matched those of the honor attendants.

The flower girl, Mary Grason Hargrove of Evans, wore a tea-length white satin dress with an organdy overlay and carried a basket of rose petals given to the bride by the bridegroom during their courtship.

Ringbearer was Drew Pond of Evans.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was radiant in her candlelight strapless sweetheart neckline dress. The satin gown was overlaid with Alencon lace and hand-beaded with pearls and sequins. The trumpet style-cut floor-length dress had an attached chapel-length train.

Her three-tiered candlelight veil was trimmed with pearl beading.

The bride carried a bouquet of green spider chrysanthemums and hydrangeas, white and green roses and lisianthus tied with organza ribbon.

She also wore a pearl necklace and earrings given to her by her mother.

The bride’s mother wore a short sleeve floor-length V-neck dress of iridescent patina coloring with copper beading.

The bridegroom’s mother chose a sleeveless shutter pleat metallic bronze floor-length dress.

Each carried three white roses.

Reception The reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at the home of the bridegroom’s parents.

The guest book was tended by Becky Marshall of Augusta. Guests were given the opportunity to give the bride and bridegroom words of wisdom at the wishing well tree. Wedding pictures of the parents and grandparents of the bride and bridegroom were on display.

The bridal party was introduced by Joe Rich of Evans, DJ for the evening.

The father of the bride welcomed everyone and blessed the food.

Guests dined buffet-style under a majestic white tent accented with white icicle lights. The round tables were decorated with white linen tablecloths and chocolate organza overlays. Centerpieces for each were white calla lilies in crystal vases surrounded by white and green roses and greenery.

The pool area was decorated with large ferns on Grecian columns and twenty-foot tall bamboo stalks wrapped with white lights and topped with decorative lanterns.

The bridal couple danced their first dance by featuring different styles of dancing from the 1960s to the present on a dance floor over the center of the oval pool.

The wedding cake, topped with green hydrangeas, was a threetiered design that featured layers of vanilla, strawberry and chocolate with butter cream icing trimmed with brown ribbon. Both the bride and bridegroom’s first initials were displayed on the side of the cake.

The bridal bouquet was caught by Lindsay Hackman. The garter was fought over and won by the bride’s brother, Adam McKinney.

For favors, guests were treated to a candy table stocked with delicious candies as a thank you from the bridal couple.

The couple left for a honeymoon to St. Lucia. The destination was a surprise gift to the bride from her bridegroom.

The couple will reside in Tempe, Ariz.

Attending the wedding festivities from Tignall were cousins of the bride, Mrs. Richard Gammon and Mrs. Alex Tyler.

Rehearsal Dinner

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Alewine Jr. were hosts at a rehearsal dinner at Champions’ Retreat Clubhouse in Evans.

Both fathers toasted the bridal couple.

Sixty-six guests enjoyed a buffetstyle dinner.

The bridegroom’s Red Velvet cake, prepared by Mrs. Suzanne Moore, aunt of the bridegroom, was a special favorite of his.

A highlight of the evening was a slide show of the prospective couple that featured them from infancy through their courtship.

Bridesmaids Brunch

Mrs. Lamar McKinney, grandmother of the bride, was hostess for the bridesmaids’ brunch at Champions’ Retreat Clubhouse in Evans.

Guests enjoyed a buffet-style mixture of breakfast and lunch foods.

The bride-elect presented each of her attendants with a gift of a brown and green monogrammed makeup bag.

Twenty guests attended and included the bride-elect, her attendants, close friends and relatives.

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