2011-06-02 / Personalities

Brittany Leigh Lacey and Michael William Reese Jr. exchange marriage vows in North Augusta May 7

Mrs. Michael William Reese Jr. Mrs. Michael William Reese Jr. Brittany Leigh Lacey of North Augusta, S.C., became the bride of Michael William Reese Jr. of Martinez Saturday, May 7, at six o’clock in the evening at Fairview Presbyterian Church in North Augusta. Dr. Robert Fuller Jr. and Dr. Daniel McCall officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Bowser and Pete Lacey of North Augusta, SC.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael William Reese of Evans.

The couple exchanged vows before an altar decorated with a large arrangement of colorful spring flowers of orange Gerber daisies, green hypericum berry, hot pink roses, yellow buttons, yellow solidago, purple limonium, and stargazer lilies. Two candle trees with fresh greens filled the platform. Silver julep holders filled with mixed flowers and greenery were tied with ivory ribbons down the church’s center aisle. The altar candle was placed in loving memory of the couple’s grandparents, the late Rodney Wade of Hephzibah, “Oma” Renate Lacey of North Augusta and Charles Walton Reese of Washington. The outside doors to the church were adorned with magnolia wreaths.

Program attendants were Jennie Pearson and McKenzie Wilson, both of North Augusta.

Wedding music was provided by organist, Terry Skidmore; pianist, Page Kight; and guitarist, Rodney Kight; all of North Augusta. After the seating of the grandparents, Mrs. Peggy Kitchens of Hephzibah, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lacey and Dean Carver of North Augusta, Dr. and Mrs. Gene Pollock and Mrs. Charles W. Reese of Washington, and the mothers of the bridal couple, Keely Seider of North Augusta sang Revelation. She also sang Here We Stand after the affirmation of the families. Following the chiming of the hour, the bride entered to Trumpet Voluntary. Kalei Bowser provided a piano solo, “Fur Elise,” and Robin Hyde sang The Lord’s Prayer.

The bridegroom chose his father to serve as his best man. Groomsmen were Scott Brantley, Joseph Reese, Johnstone Reese, and Jason Story, all of Evans. The groomsmen wore formal black tuxedos with cummerbunds, bow ties and boutonnieres of green hypericum berries and mixed greens. The bridegroom wore a formal black tuxedo with cummerbund, bow tie, and boutonniere with a cream calla lily and green hypericum berries.

Erin Cooper of North Augusta served as matron of honor. Patricia Cheatham of Columbia , S.C., served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kalei Bowser, Lauren Daniel and Lindsay Sanders, and Abby Bowser served as junior bridesmaid. All reside in North Augusta. They wore dahlia cocktail-length one-shoulder dupioni dresses. Abby’s dress was floor-length.

The dresses featured inverted pleats at inset midriff and shirred detail at the shoulder with pockets at the skirt side seams. They wore gold shoes and hoop earrings, gifts from the bride. Their bouquets featured orange Gerbers, green hypericum berries, hot pink roses, yellow buttons, yellow solidago, and purple limonium wrapped with green ribbon and secured with pearl beads.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents, was stunning in her Casablanca crystal taffeta gown embellished with rhinestones, Swarovski crystals and crystal sequins. The neckline was one shoulder, with a wrapped sweetheart, and a drop waist flaring to a modified a-line with gathers on one side. The bodice had covered buttons down the back. The train was bustled for the reception.

The bride wore a diamond dusted flower in her hair and floor-length veil that was designed in diamond white tulle and finished with a surged edge of Swarovski crystals.

She wore drop earrings of pearl, crystal and silver and carried a bouquet of cream hydrangeas, cream calla lilies, stargazer lilies, and light pink roses. The stems were handtied and wrapped with ivory ribbon secured by pearl beads.


The reception, given by the bride’s parents, was held at The Lodge on Heath in Augusta.

The outside covered main entrance was marked with bridal portraits and two green moss hanging letters of “R” and with greenery on the walkway.

Guests were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Horn, Jr. of Watkinsville and Elaine Pearson of North Augusta.

The registration table was decorated with a floral arrangement of green hydrangea, green hypericum berries, and light pink roses and a bronze monogrammed guest book engraved with the initials of the couple. As entertainment for the guests, a photo booth was provided with instant photo strips to take home as a memory and the couple was provided a copy by a scrapbook station to write a message to the couple. Each strip featured the couple’s name and wedding date.

The reception hall and food stations were decorated with large fresh floral arrangements of potted mixed spring colored wedding flowers and curly willow in urns wrapped in apple green mesh.

Guest tables were covered with ivory tablecloths with dahlia overlays and held mixed spring colors in vases wrapped in apple green mesh seated on beveled mirrors and encircled by votive candles. The patio wrought iron tables were decorated with Mason jar candles wrapped in dahlia bows.

The bar was adorned with tall clear vases with bells and limes. The upstairs lounge area was decorated with three tall glass cylinders with floating pillar candles.

A “Southern traditional” menu was served.

The bride’s table was overlaid in ivory linens. The confection was elegantly decorated with four-tiers alternating between round (strawberry) and square (lemon pound) with Swiss butter cream icing in a flower design. The top and openings of the cake were accented with fresh hydrangeas and ivory roses. The top was adorned with a silver “R.” The cake was placed on a mirrored silver rectangular plateau. A champagne toast was given to the couple by the bride’s father.

The bridegroom’s cake, baked and decorated by his grandmother, Mrs. Charles Reese, was chocolate pound cake with chocolate icing and chocolate malt balls resembling grapes.

Guests danced into the evening to the music of the Picture Perfect Band of Augusta. Following introductions of the wedding party, the bridal couple danced to Everything. The traditional bride’s dance with her father was also shared with the bridegroom and his mother to What a Wonderful World. The bride danced with her step-father to Be Young, Be Foolish, But Be Happy.

After the traditional toss of the bride’s bouquet and garter, guests lined the Lodge entrance with sparklers and lit the way for the couple’s exit.

Following their honeymoon to Costa Rica , the couple is making their home in Martinez.

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