2017-12-07 / Personalities

Jennifer Leigh Gillespie marries Brian Faustino Rodrigues Nov. 11

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Faustino Rodriguez Mr. and Mrs. Brian Faustino Rodriguez Jennifer Leigh Gillespie of Bogart and Brian Faustino Rodriguez of Winder were married in an impressive double-ring ceremony Saturday, November 11, at three-thirty in the afternoon at the First Baptist Church in Washington. Rev. Kevin Madden of Washington officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Cindy and Larry Gillespie of Washington.

The bridegroom is the son of Margaret and Manuel Rodriguez of Hoschton.

A sign, hand-painted by the bridegroom’s niece, Hannah Rodriguez of Dahlonega, welcomed guests outside the church. Four white sparkling wreaths hung on the beautiful wooden entrance doors of the church.

Inside the sanctuary the altar was backed by a large wooden cross beautifully adorned with an arrangement consisting of hydrangeas, roses, and other assorted flowers in shades of pink and white with a lovely combination of greenery complementing the design. Signs printed with Bible verses hung from the ends of the pews with pale pink ribbons.

Aunt and uncle of the bride, Linda and Harold Gillespie of Martin, pianist and trumpeter respectively, provided music for the occasion. Along with playing during the seating of the guests and family, they played a duet of “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” during the ceremony.

Elisa Bradberry of Winder, sister of the bridegroom, read an excerpt from A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh before the couple exchanged their wedding vows. After the vows were spoken, the couple observed communion as Linda Gillespie played “Let Us Break Bread Together.”

Chris Orr of Ball Ground served as best man.

Julie Hughey Norman of Grand Junction, Colorado, was maid of honor. She wore a navy knee-length dress fashioned with a pleated v-neckline and a waistline accented with sparkling pyramid beads.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride was stunning in her strapless A-line ivory gown. The gown was beautifully detailed with a fitted bodice with a flowing chiffon skirt. The empire waist was accented with hand-beaded lace and ruching details. The back of the gown was designed with hand-beaded lace detail from the waist to the hem.

Her veil was trimmed in ivory ribbon.

Pearl and diamond earrings, inherited from her great-aunt, and a pearl bracelet with a sapphire clasp borrowed from her mother, completed the bride’s attire.

She carried a lovely bouquet of peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus roses, and eucalyptus with stems hand-tied with a white ribbon and secured with pearl pins.

The bride’s father placed a sixpence in her shoe for luck before their walk down the aisle.

For her daughter’s wedding, Mrs. Gillespie chose a plum-colored kneelength dress with a shorter jacket in the same color. The sleeveless dress had a jeweled neckline and the jacket overlay was secured at the waist with a matching jeweled clasp. A wrist corsage with roses and ribbon complementing the dress completed her ensemble.

Mrs. Rodriguez, the bridegroom’s mother, chose a navy knee-length dress adorned with asymmetrical layers in the same fabric as the dress. A wrist corsage of roses and ribbon accented with a pearl bracelet completed her attire.

The couple left the church in a beautifully-restored ’57 Chevy owned and driven by family friend, Chan Drake of Washington.


Following the ceremony the bride’s parents entertained at a reception at Court Street Livery.

Myra Blackmon of Washington greeted guests as they arrived and invited them to register at a table covered in a navy cloth and decorated with ferns and tiny twinkling lights. The table held a photo book, created by the bride, for guests to sign giving their well wishes and advice to the newlyweds.

The bride’s cake table held the beautifully decorated two-tiered wedding cake, a gift from a family friend, that was presented on a silver cake pedestal. Topping the cake were silver glitter letters “Best Day Ever.” Also decorating the cake were Pink Perfection camellias cut from a bush gifted by the bride’s grandmother, Effie Purvis of Washington.

A rustic wooden table, topped with a navy cloth, featured lovely silver and glass cake pedestals that held five flavors of cakes identified with the flavor names in silver frames beside each cake.

Guests were served an assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres from beautifully appointed tables that held an arrangement of blue, white, and pink hydrangeas, and curly willow.

The punch table, also covered in navy, held a silver punch bowl and tray having belonged to the bride’s grandmother. Magnolia leaves and tiny twinkle lights surrounded the bowl in lovely fashion.

A tailgate tent was set up outside Court Street Livery with a UGA Game Day theme. The chocolate bridegroom’s cake, decorated with a Georgia “G,” was served along with assorted party foods and beverages.

Guest tables were covered in white floor-length cloths with navy overlays. Each was centered with a lovely arrangement of pink and white hydrangeas, roses, and eucalyptus in a vase resting on a silver charger.

Guests lined the street for a sparkler send-off for the newlyweds as they left the reception.

Mr. and Mrs. Rodriguez are making their home in Winder with plans for a belated wedding trip to Spain during the summer of 2018.

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