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Hirsch marries Smith in Augusta ceremony

Mandy Hirsch became the bride of Chris Lane during a 6 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, March 25, 2006, at the First Christian Church in Augusta. The Rev. Wayne Swanson and the Rev. David Little officiated.


The bride is the daughter of Nate and Pat Hirsch of Statesboro. She is the granddaughter of the late Reather Bryant Martin, and the late Benjamin F. Martin, the late Sylvia Hirsch and the late Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Hirsch.

The groom is the son of John and Debbie Lane of Thomson. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Young, Eugenia Lane and the late Thomas Lane.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a strapless ivory gown with cafe colored Alencon lace accents. The fitted bodice featured a sweetheart neckline and was heavily adorned with lace accents. The A-line skirt also featured Alencon lace accents on the front and around the border of the skirt. The train was a detachable royal train designed to match the gown. It had ivory satin covered buttons down the center and featured ivory seed pearls and Alencon lace accents. The headpiece was hand-crafted of Austrian crystals and met a one-layer antique gold veil. It was fingertip-length and edged with crystal accents.

Shannon Townsend of Fayetteville, N.C., and Sandi Kirkland of Statesboro, sisters of the bride, were matrons of honor. Maids of honor were Jennifer Hirsch of Statesboro, sister of the bride; and Whitney Webb of Statesboro. Bridesmaids were Margaret Asselin of Evans, Kim Bunch of Monroe, Chrissie Hetes of Macon, Jaime Riggs of Statesboro and Jessica Lane of Thomson, sister of the groom. Lily Young of Thomson, cousin of the groom, was junior bridesmaid.

The bridesmaids each wore a two-piece satin ensemble featuring a champagne-colored top and black A-line skirt. The tank-style top was accented at the waist with a satin trim and seed pearl and crystal adornments. The A-line skirt was floor-length with a sweep train.

Ana Townsend of Fayetteville, N.C., niece of the bride, was flower girl. She wore a mock two-piece dress created of champagne-colored satin, which featured a halter-style bodice and satin trim at the waist.

Loren Townsend of Fayetteville, N.C., niece of the bride, was miniature bride. She wore an ivory spaghetti strap dress featuring ivory lace accents and a champagne-colored sash at the waist. She also wore ivory satin wrist-length gloves. Her headpiece was created of rhinestones and ivory pearls and met a one-layer ivory veil.

John Lane was his son's best man. Groomsmen were Brian Farr of North Augusta, S.C., Shane Sanders, Wes Harrell and Will Hudson, all of Thomson; Van Langham of Warrenton, Kevin Watkins of Grovetown, Ty Riggs of Statesboro and Miles Townsend of Fayetteville, N.C., and Carroll Kirkland of Statesboro, brothers-in-law of the bride. Levi Young of Thomson, cousin of the groom, was junior groomsman. Allston Davis of Statesboro, cousin of the bride, was ring bearer and Nicholas Neal of Evans was miniature groom.

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a sit-down dinner reception at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites. The band Grapevine provided entertainment.

The couple will honeymoon in St. Lucia and will reside in Statesboro.

Web posted on Thursday, May 11, 2006

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