2017-11-30 / Personalities

Madeline Reeves, Greg Callaway exchange wedding vows Oct. 21

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gregory Callaway Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gregory Callaway Madeline Lee Reeves and Robert Gregory Callaway of Washington exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, October 21, at five o’clock in the afternoon at Buckhead Baptist Church in Millen. Rev. Donnie Berry of Rayle officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Liz Spooner of Washington and Lee Reeves and Donna Fennell of Millen.

The bridegroom is the son of Tonya and Brian Callaway of Washington.

The windowsills of the sanctuary were lined with greenery and accented with candles. Some windows contained pictures of loved ones placed in their memory. Black wrought iron candelabras decorated the altar also adorned with a large arrangement of gladioli, lavender and blush roses, white anemones, blue thistle, wax flower, peach dahlias, assorted zinnias, burgundy spray roses, and myrtle. A crocheted runner accented the table holding the unity candle.

The bride’s brother, Wes Spooner of Rayle, tended the guest register.

A program of music was presented by Jake Fennell of Bella Vista, Arkansas, playing the viola, and Riley Reeves of Millen, brother of the bride, on the xylophone. A Mennonite choir sang The Lord’s Prayer and “10,000 Reasons.”

Mr. Callaway served as his son’s best man. Usher-groomsmen were Erich Meyer of Lexington, John Bounds and Chris Charping of Washington, Chandler Bugg of Colbert, and the bride’s brothers, Andrew Spooner and Wes Spooner of Rayle. The groomsmen and other male attendants wore boutonnieres of blue thistle, lavender Fuji mums, and seeded eucalyptus while the bridegroom’s boutonniere was of white anemone, blue thistle, and seeded eucalyptus.

Hayes Thrasher of Crawford served as maid of honor. Her navy knee-length dress was fashioned with long sheer sleeves. Bridesmaids were sisters of the bride, Mary Kate Dauler of Woodville, Margaret Armour and McKenzie Spooner of Rayle; Grace McEachern of Ball Ground, and Ashlin Meyer of Lexington. Each wore a navy dress in her design of choice and carried a hand-tied bouquet of flowers matching those in the bride’s bouquet.

Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her mother, father, and stepmother, the bride was elegant in her ivory Stella York fit and flare gown of lace and tulle fashioned with a lace illusion neckline, fitted lace bodice, and flowery tulle skirt. Crystal buttons trailed down the back of the gown.

Her tulle veil was borrowed from her sister, Mary Kate, and the pearl hair pins belonged to her grandmother, the late Esther Reeves. Her sister, Mary Kate, also made her garter from her late grandmother’s dresses.

The bride also carried her mother’s handkerchief with her traditional style cascade bouquet of white anemones, Akito blue roses, lavender roses, pale peach dahlias and astilbe, blue thistle, lavender Fuji chrysanthemums, burgundy hypericum berries, pink wax flower, seeded eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and sword fern.

Sparkling silver Keds completed her ensemble.

The bride’s mother wore a navy and white patterned dress complemented with pearls and navy shoes.

Her stepmother chose a navy dress designed with bell sleeves and finished with pearls.

The bridegroom’s mother wore a shimmering steel gray knee-length dress complemented with a long necklace.

Each was presented a burgundy cymbidium orchid corsage


Following the ceremony the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Burke Perk in Waynesboro.

Hand-crocheted doilies were used as runners and accents on the tables where wooden rounds formed the bases for bubble vase arrangements of blush and lavender roses, white anemones, blue thistle, wax flower, peach dahlias, assorted zinnias, burgundy spray roses, and myrtle. Glass votives held ivory candles and the newlywed’s chairs were marked with “Mr. and Mrs.” signs.

The bride’s cake was a white confection topped with flowers while the bridegroom’s cake featured a Falcons team logo.

Assisting in serving were Jewell Brown of Sylva, N.C., and Mary Colquitt of Oglethorpe County.

For traveling the bride wore an emerald knee-length floral dress with sparkling Keds.

The couple exited through a flurry of sparklers to their “get-away” car, a rat rod built by Joey Smith.

Following a wedding trip to Clearwater Beach, Florida, Mr. and Mrs. Callaway are residing in Washington.

Rehearsal Dinner

Tonya and Brian Callaway entertained at a rehearsal dinner honoring Madeline Reeves and Greg Callaway at Reeves Clubhouse in Jenkins County.

For the occasion the bride-elect wore a floral dress with a green sweater and had a “bow-quet” made from bows from gifts received at her showers.

A nautical theme was used in decorating with blue linens, fish netting, lanterns, and seashells.

A low country boil was served with the prospective bridegroom’s favorite desserts of apple turnovers and blueberry crunch.

Sand dollar tree ornaments were presented to guests as mementos of the occasion.

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