2014-12-18 / Personalities

Sarah Elizabeth Echols marries Richard Trey Berry November 15

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trey Berry Mr. and Mrs. Richard Trey Berry Sarah Elizabeth Echols of Washington and Richard Trey Berry of Rayle exchanged wedding vows in an impressive double-ring ceremony Saturday, November 15, at 6 o’clock in the evening at The Sanctuary Church in Washington. Pastor Alec George of Lincolnton officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Randy and Lisa Echols of Washington.

The bridegroom is the son of Lamar and Kay Berry of Rayle.

Centering the altar background was a lighted wooden cross. Lighted trees added to the setting and fall leaves were clustered amid white candles in hurricane globes. Ferns were also used in the altar setting. Bows adorned the pews.

The memory table in the foyer held framed pictures of deceased family members the couple wished to remember on their special day.

Alexis Land of Washington tended the guest register.

Matthew Vanhart of Washington presented the wedding music.

Mr. Berry was his son’s best man. Groomsmen were Chuck Berry, uncle of the bridegroom; Brandon Berry, cousin of the bridegroom; John Echols, cousin of the bride; and Andrew Echols, brother of the bride, all of Washington. Nephew of the bridegroom, Bryson Porter of Washington, was junior groomsmen.

Ushers were Jaxson Edwards, cousin of the bride, and Corey Bedsole, cousin of the bridegroom, both of Washington.

The bride’s sisters, Sable Vanhart and Emily Echols, both of Washington, served as matron of honor and maid of honor respectively. They wore short navy strapless lace dresses and carried autumn flowers in orange and white with wheat adorned with twine and burlap ribbon and gems, made by Mrs. Vanhart who made all the bouquets for the attendants and the bride.

Bridesmaids were Brooke Porter, sister of the bridegroom; Erin Berry, cousin of the bridegroom; and Allison Echols, cousin of the bride, all of Washington. They wore navy lace strapless short dresses and carried bouquets matching those of the honor attendants.

Junior bridesmaids, Kaitlyn Porter, niece of the bridegroom, and Katelynn Vanhart, niece of the bride, both of Washington, wore dresses matching those of the bridesmaids and carried matching bouquets.

Niece of the bridegroom, Kaidyn Porter of Washington, served as flower girl. She wore a navy short sleeve dress and belt and carried a burlap basket filled with autumn leaves.

Luke Vanhart of Washington, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer. He was dressed in khaki pants with a button navy shirt and tie and carried the burlap ring bearer’s pillow.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was radiant in her white satin and tulle ball gown embellished with lace and pearl appliqu├ęs and long chapel train. The fitted halter bodice complemented the sweetheart neckline. Her double fingertip veil fell from a headpiece of pearls and diamonds.

Her bouquet held white, navy, orange, and autumn flowers with leaves and wheat accents. A gold flower centered the bouquet also embellished with gems, pearls, and burlap ribbon.

Of special sentiment to the bride was her sapphire and diamond ring given to her by her mother on her wedding day.

For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Echols wore a navy chevron dress and navy jacket, a sapphire and diamond ring that matched the bride’s ring, and a matching Pandora bracelet given to her by her children.

Mrs. Berry, the bridegroom’s mother, chose a navy chevron dress with pearl earrings and necklace and a silver bracelet.

Maternal grandmother of the bride, Allene Moon of Washington, wore black slacks with a blue and tan shirt. The bride’s paternal grandmother, Brenda Echols of Rayle, chose black slacks and black jacket with a green button-down blouse.

The bridegroom’s grandmother, Bonnie Boatwright of Rayle, chose a navy dress and his great-grandmother, Ruby Arnold of Rayle, wore a grey pantsuit with a pink blouse.


Darrell and Dianne Standard of Tignall hosted a reception at The Court Street Livery in Washington following the ceremony.

Alexis Land of Washington tended the guest register.

The bride’s table was set on the stage and decorated with chevron burlap bows, lanterns, candles, and a sign with the bride’s favorite quote, the monogram “B” sign, and pumpkins. On the side of the stage was the bridal portrait in an old rustic window on a wrought iron easel. The portrait was framed and made by Susan and Billy Echols and Jenny and Jason Standard of Washington.

The parents’ tables were placed on each side of the wedding couple’s table and decorated with fall leaves, lanterns, and burlap.

The wedding cake, made by the bride’s aunt, Jackie Echols of Crawfordville, was a three-tiered vanilla cake with burlap ribbon wrapped around the bases with burlap bows. The cake topper was a double silver heart with a “B.” It was served by Connie Gamble of Augusta.

The bridgroom’s cake, made by his aunt, Julie Berry of Washington, was a two-tiered hunting theme cake in camo. A deer and antlers on top of a log topped the cake.

Family members of the bride assisted in serving.

Music for the couple’s first dance and reception background music was played by Bridgette Wells of Grovetown, cousin of the bridegroom.

For a wedding trip to Blairsville, the bride wore black and tan pants with a tan long sleeve lace top embellished in a floral pattern.

Mr. and Mrs. Berry are making their home in Rayle.

Rehearsal dinner

The family of the couple entertained at a rehearsal party at The Court Street Livery on Friday evening.

Fall centerpieces with candles, Mason jars, leaves, and burlap ribbon were used in decorating.

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