Holly Brooke Harris of Rome and Robert Erick Caesar of Cumming were married at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, 2004, at First Baptist Church of Rome.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Patrick Harris of Rome. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Miller Milford of Thomson, Mrs. William Henry Harris of Rome, and the late Mr. Harris.
The groom is the son of Mr. Daniel John Caesar and Ms. Barbara Elkins Caesar, both of Rome. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Elkins and the late Mr. and Mrs. Angelo Caesar.
Dr. P. Joel Snider of Rome and Mr. Rodney Brown of Alpharetta performed the double-ring ceremony before an alter decorated with wrought iron tree candelabras adorned with fresh foliage and tulle. Family and honorary family seating was designated with pressed tin pew markers filled with greenery and spring garden flowers.
A European arrangement in the church narthex featured gerbera daisies, Fuji mums, purple freesia, red snapdragons, and tree fern. It was placed in memory of the paternal grandfather of the bride and the grandparents of the groom.
Clifton Charles Dempsey II, Pierce Johnson Dempsey, Rebecca Joy Matthews, Charles S. Williams III and Kelsey Ann Williams, all of Rome, distributed programs. The guest book was attended by Ellen Ann Graham and Sarah Catherine Storey, both of Rome.
Gwen Stephens of Rome performed a program of wedding music. Selections included Hymne by Vangelis, "Arioso" from Cantata No. 156 by Bach, the Bach-Gounod Ave Maria, "Adagio" from Beethoven's Pathetique Sonata, Fur Elise by Beethoven, Clair de Lune by Debussy, Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat Major, and Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach. The bride's uncle, David Miller Milford, sang his own composition Wedding Waltz. During the wedding couple's prayer, the mother of the bride played Worthy of Worship, arranged by Hayes.
Christie Canova Carey of Lawrenceville served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Sarah Dean Darville of Rome; Rachel Carlisle Snider of Silver Spring, Maryland; and April Loren Specht and Stephanie D. Werner, both of Rome.
Entering the sanctuary to Pachelbel's Canon in D, the attendants wore classic black Georgette sheath dresses with spaghetti straps and a band of shiny black satin at the bodice. They each carried a bouquet of multi-colored gerbera daisies wrapped with hand-tied French sheer ribbon.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, entered the sanctuary to Handel's Allegro Maestoso. She wore a beautiful Gloria Vanderbilt gown made of white matte satin. The strapless bodice that featured a hand-beaded and sequined cuff was part of an exquisite a-line dress. The cuff on the back extended down into two layers forming a chapel length train. She wore a jeweled headband and carried a hand-tied bouquet of gerbera daisies. Around her neck hung an heirloom diamond and pearl cross pendant that was worn by her mother, her paternal grandmother, and her paternal great-grandmother at their weddings.
James Daniel Caesar of Atlanta, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen included Patrick Brian Harris of Marietta, brother of the bride; Ryan F. Clevenger of Roswell; David Freeman of Alpharetta; and James Michael Simmons of Kennesaw.
The mothers of the bride and groom entered the sanctuary to an arrangement of Greensleeves, a favorite of the bride's father. The mother of the bride wore a formal- length, two-piece dress of apple colored iridescent taffeta. The sleeveless scoop-neck top had an envelope style back and was enhanced with silver embroidery. She carried a matching purse on which a hand-tued bouquet yellow Fuji mums was attached.
The mother of the groom wore a formal-length basil colored crepe dress with a fit and flare skirt and silver bugle bead detail at the neckline. The matching jacket had sheer sleeves and heavy soutache trim along the front. She carried a matching purse on which a hand-tied bouquet of yellow Fuji mums was attached.
The grandmothers of the bride were presented with corsages of white daisies and freesia.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Riverwalk Ballroom at the Forum in Rome. Refreshments included the bride's three-tier square cake adorned with a swirled pattern separated by columns and decorated with daisies. The groom's chocolate cake was decorated to resemble a computer, including screen, mouse, and keyboard.
The evening before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and out of town guests was hosted by the groom's parents at Coosa Country Club of Rome.
Other pre-nuptial events included an engagement party hosted by the bride's parents and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Patton at the home of the bride's parents; a "Tying the Knot" party hosted by Susan Bradshaw at her home; a "Set the Table" shower hosted by Melanie Dempsey, Cherry Snider and Liz Williams at the William's home; an Around the Clock couples shower hosted by Michael and Michelle Simmons at their home; a miscellaneous shower hosted by Tara Davenport, Cindy Newman and Lynn Whatley; a room by room bridal shower hosted by Barbarba Beninato at her home; a lingerie shower hosted by Marilyn Canova and Christie Carey at the Canova home; a bridesmaids brunch hosted by Violet Kirby and Suzanne Scott at High Acres, Shorter College; and a light wedding lunch hosted by Gayla and Sarah Darville at First Baptist Church.
Following a wedding trip to Cancun, the couple will reside in Cumming, Ga.