2018-05-31 / Personalities

Katelyn Lauren Hunter marries Michael Lee Simmons on April 28

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lee Simmons Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lee Simmons Katelyn Lauren Hunter and Michael Lee Simmons, both of Marietta exchanged wedding vows in a beautiful garden ceremony Saturday, April 28, at 6 o’clock in the evening at The Grande in Kennesaw. Chris Smith of Thomson officiated.

The bride is the daughter of David N. Hunter of Appling and Kathy and Craig Carpenter of Marietta. The bride is the granddaughter of Gail and David Hunter of Washington and Patricia and Roger Harrison of Thomson.

The bridegroom is the son of Debbie Simmons and the late Lee Simmons of Marietta.

The outdoor garden setting featured arches of wisteria, a gazebo with white hanging lanterns and white candles to the front, and large white arrangements of hydrangeas, roses, fern, English ivy, and greenery that were displayed on either side of the table that held the unity sand vases.

Instrumental wedding music was played. The bride entered to the strains of “The Prince of Denmark’s March - The Trumpet Voluntary.”

Derek Welker of Marietta served as best man. Usher-groomsmen were Andrew Cunningham of Marietta; Neal Hunter of Atlanta, brother of the bride; and Brendon Koch of Acworth. Cousin of the bride Harrison McClellan of Waynesboro was a junior groomsman.

Heather Letbetter of Grovetown was maid of honor and Jessica Oliphant Phillips of Thomson was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Haylee Greene of Martinez, cousin of the bride, and Bethany Hunt of Nashville, Tennessee. Each wore a long fluid spa-aqua chiffon dress with a side slit. The dress also featured a lace bodice with an illusion neckline and a ribbon-defined waist. Each also wore crystal dangle earrings and a three-strand pearl bracelet tied with ivory ribbon, gifts from the bride. They all carried hand-tied bouquets of white hydrangeas, coral spray roses, gypsophila, and Israeli ruscus greenery.

Given in marriage by her father and her mother and step-father, the bride was elegant in her Madeline Gardner ivory strapless ballgown in an A-line silhouette design fashioned with embroidered Chantilly lace appliques embellishing the soft tulle. Delicate scalloped lace trimmed the sweetheart neckline and was mirrored on the semi-open back accented with covered buttons. The skirt of the gown and chapel-length train cascaded into a scalloped lace hemline.

Her two-tiered fingertip Chantilly lace-trimmed veil with a blusher was embellished with pearls.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white hydrangeas, coral spray roses and ranunculus, gypsophila, and Israeli ruscus greenery.

The bride also wore her maternal great-great-grandmother, Addie Rhoden Jones’ gold bangle bracelet as her “something old” and a sixpence, given to her by her mother, in her shoe.

The bride’s mother chose a fulllength royal blue gown with cap sleeves with sequins and beaded embellishments in royal blue.

The bridegroom’s mother chose a mocha-colored two-piece duster jacket dress with beaded embellishments at the round neck and three-quarter illusion sleeves.

Both mothers had wrist corsages of coral spray roses, gypsophila, and greenery.


Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter and Mr. Hunter entertained at a reception at The Grande following the ceremony.

The bride’s table was covered in white linens with silver-colored napkins on silver chargers with white china throughout. Glass vases for the bridal party bouquets and votive candles also decorated the table.

Half the guests’ tables featured tall four-branched candelabra with gypsophila and greenery at each base while the other tables held lanterns atop mirrors with candles and greenery.

The wedding cake, a white chocolate with raspberry filling, was a three-tiered buttercream confection with elegant piped scrolls. A coral ribbon surrounded the middle tier with a bow and pearl embellishment. Topping the cake that rested on a silver embossed cake stand surrounded with greenery and gypsophila was a silver script “S.”

The bridegroom’s two-tiered cake featured a Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville theme.

Guests dined from a buffet of Chef’s barbecue-roasted meatloaf topped with Tabasco onions, pan-sauteed chicken with melted provolone and lemon butter sauce, mixed green salad, roasted garlic red bliss potatoes, and sautéed seasonal vegetables.

The couple left the reception in their wedding attire as guests showered them with a flurry of bubbles and lit sparklers.

The couple is planning a belated wedding trip to the Bahamas.

They are residing in Marietta.

Rehearsal Dinner

The bridegroom’s mother entertained at a rehearsal dinner at Trackside Grill and Patio Bar in Kennesaw on Friday evening honoring Katelyn Hunter and Michael Simmons.

For the occasion Miss Hunter chose a white fit and flare streetlength dress embellished with coral and pink roses.

White linens and votive candles decorated the tables.

Guests enjoyed a dinner of various choices of baby spinach salad or classic Caesar salad, buttermilk fried chicken, grilled pork tenderloin, pan-seared Scottish salmon, or braised pot roast with multiple sides. Cheesecake was served for dessert.

The couple chose this time to present gifts to their bridal party.

Guests were entertained throughout the evening by singer/songwriter, Marty Nickel of Roswell.

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