2016-06-23 / Personalities

Aubrey Elyse Davis marries Leonard Brandon Hyde May 14

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brandon Hyde Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Brandon Hyde Aubrey Elyse Davis and Leonard Brandon Hyde of Cherokee, N.C., were united in marriage in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at the home of Morgan and Tim Lawson in Tignall Saturday, May 14, at four o’clock in the afternoon. Avery Brown of Sylva, N.C. officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Phoebe Davis of Tignall and the late Terry Davis.

The bridegroom is the son of Melissa Southers of Sylva.

A grapevine arbor, made by the bridegroom, provided the entryway to the front yard. Greenery decorated the arbor that was also flanked by ferns. The front porch held an altar table with a centered wooden cross. Arrangements of white calla lilies, white hydrangeas, greenery, and white candles completed the setting.

The bride entered to the music of “Look at Me” by Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson.

The flower girls, Madelyn and Marlee Davis of Tignall, nieces of the bride, wore white lace dresses with tan satin bows and carried burlap baskets each adorned on the front with a burlap and lace bow.

Given in marriage by her brother, Blake Davis of Tignall, the bride was elegant in her Adrianna Papell gown with all-over lace fashioned with sheer detailing on the front and back yoke. The bodice featured a round neckline and cap sleeves and was accented with a tan sash ribbon. A floor-sweeping hem finished the design.

She carried a cluster of blue hydrangea and greenery wrapped in burlap.

Her “something old” was a diamond wedding band given to her by her grandmother, Nonie Yochim of Tignall, and her “something new” was her wedding gown. “Something borrowed” were pearl earrings and bracelet from Morgan Lawson, and her “something blue” was her garter.


Following the ceremony the family entertained at a reception at the Lawson home under the tent placed by the pond.

At the entrance to the tent, a memorial table, centered with a wooden cross, held pictures of deceased loved ones.

Guest tables were covered with white cloths and burlap runners. Arrangements of hydrangeas atop wooden risers centered each table.

Guests dined on barbecue and all the trimmings prepared by and given as a gift from Adam Bohler of Tignall. Tea, water, and lemonade were served in Mason jars marked with the couple’s initials and wedding date.

The cake table featured a variety of the couple’s favorite cakes and included strawberry, chocolate, Red Velvet, lemon cream torte cake, and Butterfinger cake, in addition to banana pudding, all served by Pam and Newton Gunter of Washington.

Mike Fortson of Washington was DJ for the evening. The couple danced their first dance to “More Than Everything” by Rhett Akins.

The bride wore a white shift dress with blue flowers as they left for a wedding trip to Tybee Island Beach.

They are making their home in Cherokee.

Rehearsal Dinner

Melissa Southers was hostess for a rehearsal dinner at the Lawson home.

Casual attire was the dress for the evening.

Grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings were served. Chocolate cake and Strawberries in the Snow were enjoyed for dessert.

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