2018-09-13 / Personalities

Synita Dill and David Jermaine Heard united in marriage on Saturday, August 11, in Rayle

Mr. and Mrs. David Jermaine Heard Mr. and Mrs. David Jermaine Heard Synita Dill of Washington and David Jermaine Heard of Elberton were united in marriage in a beautiful double-ring ceremony Saturday, August 11, at four o’clock in the afternoon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Rayle. The bride’s cousin, Reverend Doctor Ben Kenneth Willis of Athens, officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Geraldine Willis Dill and Sim Dill Jr. of Washington.

The bridegroom is the son of Jacqueline Curry of Athens and Chuck Heard of Elberton.

The church was decorated for a classical fairy tale wedding theme “Every Love Story is Beautiful, But Ours is My Favorite Synita and David.” The church door entrance was draped with white sheer and covered with fresh garden ivory roses. Heartshaped wreaths decorated with live garden ivory roses adorned the doors. An arch covered with ivory garden roses, gypsophila, tulle, and silver glitz linen was over the door entrance. Church pews were decorated with tulle, fresh ivory garden roses, ivy, and candelabras with lighted candles. Each side of the pulpit was decorated with candelabras of lighted candles, fresh garden ivory roses, ivy, and gypsophila. The altar was centered with a cross covered in fresh garden roses to represent our Lord and Savior. White feathery-winged angels suspended from the ceiling to represent divine love and light shining down from above. Candles were lighted by Bryan Willis and Jamie Willis of Elberton.

Guests were welcomed to the ceremony by soft romantic music by pianist Charles Jackson of Lincolnton. Vocalists were Mr. Jackson, Tico Hall of Athens, and Tiwana Turner of Atlanta.

Mr. Heard served as his son’s best man. Usher-groomsmen were Marcus Dill of Washington, brother of the bride, and the bridegroom’s brothers, Shamil Brown of Elberton and Rodney Jones of Lilburn. All wore Calvin Klein black shawl lapel tuxedo jackets and black tuxedo pants both trimmed in black satin, Bellagio steel blue vests with unique geo print work with matching Euro bow ties, Joseph Abbound black patent dress shoes, shining silver detailed cuff links, and silver satin lapel flowers.

Sister-in-law of the bride Kendra Dill of Washington was matron of honor. She wore a steel blue floorlength beautifully romantic dress by David’s Bridal. The long Chantilly lace A-line gown was topped with an illusion halter neckline with a small ruffle and slim ties. She carried a nosegay bouquet of Escimo roses, while lisianthus and statice, light blue delphinium, blue thistle, variegated pittosporum, and tree fern.

Bridesmaids were Sabrina Thompson of Athens, Keaudria Brown of Athens, Kimberly Denson and Kasia Allen of Macon. Their gowns and flowers matched those of the honor attendant.

Flower girls were the bridegroom’s niece, Brailynn Denson of Macon, and cousin of the bride, Braylee Bolton of Athens. They wore ivory floor-length tulle ballgowns with ballerina ribbon-tie Cinderella slippers and rhinestone and crystal floral wreath headpieces. They carried wicker baskets with tulle pleating around the edges with white tea roses, thistle, and Italian ruscus placed throughout the pleating. Side bows matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.

The bridegroom’s nephew, Kyree Jones of Atlanta, and the bride’s nephew, Keaton Jackson of Washington, were ring bearers.

Given in marriage by her parents, the radiant bride was escorted by her father to the strains of “I Get to Love You” by Ruelle. Her breathtaking ballgown designed by Couture Allure Bridals and customized by Dressing Dreams for the fairytale wedding, balanced a silhouette with romantic lace and was detailed with beaded embroidery for added texture and elegance. Chantilly lace, opals, crystals, and pearls covered the gown. The sweetheart neckline was accented with an off-the-shoulder silhouette with a V-back and flattering full skirt. The gown was exquisitely finished with a sweeping chapel-length train of layers of royal organza, luxe tulle, and buttons of crystal beading all the way to the edge that created a stunning view from every angle.

The bride’s veil was augmented by a two and a half foot fingertip scalloped edge of delicate embroidery embellished with pearls and crystal trim. Her regal tiara featured brilliant marquise crystals surrounded by smaller clusters of crystals.

The bride carried a lovely handmade cascade tear-drop bouquet of Tibet and Escimo roses with crystal and rhinestone embellishments in each rose. With the bouquet she carried a special handkerchief embroidered in pink, a significant gift from her mother.

Completing her ensemble were long marquise crystal earrings with matching necklace and bracelet and customized and comfortably-made Chantilly lace bridal ballet slippers lavishly embellished with silver handmade flowers with rhinestones, pearls, and beads, of fine satin and covered with elegant bridal lace, lined in satin and padded faux leather suede sole embroidered and personalized with the couple’s names and wedding date.

The bridegroom was charming as he wore a Calvin Klein ivory shawl lapel tuxedo jacket and black tuxedo pants both trimmed in black satin, a Tuscany black bow tie in eye-catching paisley print, Joseph Abbound black patent dress shoes, shining silver cuff links, a sleek black pocket square, and black fedora with offwhite linen trims. His boutonniere was a Tibet rose with blue thistle and Italian ruscus.

The bride and her mother were escorted to the church by limousine as they reminisced on many lovely moments they have shared.

For her daughter’s wedding Mrs. Dill, escorted by her son, Marcus Sim Dill of Washington, wore a flattering floor-length heart-capturing fully-beaded and navy-sequined lace with a pattern that popped by Adrianna Papell and customized by Dressing Dreams. The dress featured an illusion neckline and cold shoulder detail. She wore navy blue rhinestone ornamented heels with matching earrings and purse.

The bridegroom’s father wore a Calvin Klein black shawl lapel tuxedo jacket and black tuxedo pants both trimmed in black satin with a charming Bellagio steel blue bow tie with unique Euro geo print work with an eye-catching paisley print, sleek black satin button vest, sleek white pocket square, Joseph Abbound black patent dress shoes, shining silver detailed cuff links, and a boutonniere of a Tibet rose with blue thistle and Italian ruscus.

The bridegroom’s mother, Ms. Curry wore a dashing knee-length dress with navy blue and silver sequinned pumps.

The bride’s aunt and godmother, Brenda Star Willis of Rayle, escorted by her nephew, Marcus Sim Dill, wore a stunning gun-metal floor-length lace gown by Betsy and Adam and customized by David’s Bridal fashioned with sparkles from the scalloped glitter lace bodice to the crystal brooch that adorned the flounced jersey-style skirt. Silver heels and matching purse completed her attire.

The bride’s mother and godmother and the bridegroom’s mother wore crystal-covered wristlet corsages of fresh ivory garden roses, steel blue ribbon, crystal rhinestones, and silver glitz.

The wedding was coordinated by the bride’s mother, Geraldine Willis Dill. It was directed and decorated by Cheryl Bell of Calhoun Falls, S.C.


The bride’s parents entertained at a reception at The Pope Center in Washington following the ceremony.

Hosts and hostesses welcoming guests were Latasha Johnson, Evelyn Owens, Jacquelyn Graves, Chelsea Burse, Sally Tanksley, Tavares Hampton, all of Washington, Eric Hurley of Atlanta, Kimberly Mickens of Augusta, and Shamil Brown of Athens. Mr. Hurley and Ms. Johnson were also conductors for the reception.

The guest book was tended by Kimberly Mickens and Evelyn Owens.

The double doors at the entrance were draped with white sheers, lace, and silver satin, and decorated with heart-shaped wreaths of ivory garden roses. Walls were draped with white linens, soft steel blue fairytale lights with white dance room balls suspended from the ceiling.

The newlyweds arrived by limousine and entered the reception area on the red carpet. They entered the ballroom to the song “Wifey” where the bridegroom serenaded his bride with a dance. They were seated at a heart-shaped table on the stage. This table was draped with metallic silver and crystal with silver centerpieces of kissing balls. Chairs were covered with metallic silver glitz. White columns surrounded the stage. The stage was draped in metallic silver and steel blue satin. The wedding wall behind the couple displayed a personalized monogram signed “SHD.”

Guest tables were draped with Cinderella “stringed table skirting” and decorated with glitz linens, silver and steel blue table runners. Crystal and silver centerpieces were on the tables with floral kissing balls. Chairs were draped in white banquet covers and white satin sashes, curly willow, metallic silver glitz, and steel blue satin.

Guests dined from offerings of ham, baked chicken and dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, macaroni and cheese, dinner rolls, green beans, sweet tea, and lemonade. Guests also had bubbly pink Moscato at each table.

The wedding cake of eight different flavors was served for dessert. It was cut by Rosalyn Bell of Washington and served by the hosts and hostesses.

After dinner guests were entertained by DJ STAXX, Barry Browner of Royston and the dance floor and wet bar were opened. A mirror runner guided guests along the ballroom dance floor.

The newlyweds danced their first dance to “The Power of Love” by Celine Dion. The bride and her father danced to “My Girl” by The Temptations. The bridegroom and his mother serenaded his bride with a special dance “Synita Do You Love Me?”

For traveling the bride wore a steel blue swing dress with silver and white accessories.

Following a honeymoon to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Mr. and Mrs. Heard are residing in Washington.

Around 450 loving family and friends attended the festivities.

Rehearsal Dinner

Jacqueline Curry and Angel and Chuck Heard were hosts at the rehearsal dinner honoring Synita Dill and David Heard at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The hall was beautifully decorated with steel blue and white centerpieces and white linen cloths.

A delicious buffet of barbecue pork, slaw, salads, spaghetti, rolls, garlic bread, sweet tea, and lemonade were served and topped with an assortment of desserts.

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