Brooks Allison Bentley and Barney Lewis Johnson III were married at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 11, 2005 at The Crescent, a historic home in Valdosta, Ga. The Rev. John Chick officiated.
Brooks is the daughter of Mr. Alton Bentley of Albany, Ga., and Mrs. Donna Collins of Dalton, Ga. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Trudelle P. Bentley, the late Mr. C. G. Bentley, Jr., Mrs. Sylvia H. McCurry and the late Mr. Don McCurry all of Lincolnton. Also in attendance was the Bride's only living great-grandmother, Mrs. Viola H. Herring, of Lincolnton.
She is a graduate of Valdosta State University where she received a bachelor of science degree in sports medicine/athletic training. She is employed by Lowndes County School System in Valdosta.
B.L. is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Barney L. Johnson, Jr. of Thomson. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Barney L. Johnson, Sr. of Thomson, Mrs. Rachel J. Meadows, and the late Mr. Ray Meadows of Augusta.
He is a graduate of Valdosta State University where he received a bachelor of business administration degree in marketing. He is currently employed as a manager at a locally owned restaurant in Valdosta.
Given in marriage by her father, Brooks chose her sister, Miss Katye Crook of Dalton, Ga., to serve as her maid of honor. Miss Natalie Fidler and Miss Beth Williams, friends of the bride, participated in the ceremony with prayer and scripture readings.
B.L. chose his brother, Mr. Aaron Johnson and his father, Mr. Barney L. Johnson, both of Thomson, to serve as his best men. Ushers were Mr. Curry Bentley, brother of the bride, Mr. Josh Morrison and Mr. John Hampton, friends of the groom.
Brooks chose a beautiful traditional white gown for the occasion. Fashioned of silk, the strapless gown with organza overlay, and cummerbund waist boasted a full train. B.L. chose a dark charcoal suit, white dress shirt, and striped tie of black, white, and red. The maid of honor wore a tea length dress cut in the same fashion as the bride in black. The best man and groomsmen wore white dress shirts with their initials monogrammed on the pocket, a gift from the groom, and black dress pants and tie. The Bride's bouquet was a cascade of red roses, hydrangeas, and ivy. The attendants carried white and red rose nosegays. The mother's and grandmother's flowers were delicate orchids with deep rose throats.
Throughout the historic home were large urns filled with white hydrangea, Queen Anne's Lace, English ivy, and red and white roses. The veranda which surrounded the home was accented with white columns in various heights, each were topped with Boston ferns. White benches and ferns were also used on either side of the massive double door entry way which was adorned with grapevine wreaths accented with tulle and white berries. The flowers for the occasion were loving arranged by the brides step-grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Bob Miller.
The ceremony itself took place at the base of the homes elegant staircase which was decorated with large magnolia sprays and white ribbon. On the high landing of the stairs the couple participated in the traditional lighting of the unity candle. Guests were seated in the foyer, parlor and library to witness the exchange of vows. Mrs. Selena M. Bentley, step-mother of the bride, directed the ceremony and reception activities.
Following the double ring ceremony the couple was serenaded by Mr. Josh Morrison, friend of the groom, with an original song as the couple enjoyed their first dance. Afterwards the bride danced with her father and the groom with his mother as close friend, Mr. Heath Deloach, sang "Your Song" by Elton John.
Guests were then invited to a reception hosted by the newly married couple in the homes exquisite dining room. A gourmet buffet was beautifully accented by large arrangements, continuing the floral theme chosen by the bride.
After the traditional tossing of the bouquet and garter the couple left the ceremony among the sounds of ringing bells, which were given to each guest as a reminder of the day. Mr. Charlie Rogers, family friend of the groom, chauffeured the couple in his restored 1955 Chevrolet to a local bed and breakfast where they spent their first night as husband and wife.
After the honeymoon the couple will reside in Valdosta, Ga.