Darcy Emerson Powell of Augusta became the bride of George Grady Hayes II of Dearing in a double-ring ceremony held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2007, in Augusta. The wedding took place in the courtyard of the Marbury Center with Rev. Reginald Blakewood officiating.
Given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude C. Powell of Thomson, the bride was lovely in an A-line gown of ivory Italian satin with a chapel-length train. The gown was overlaid with ivory tulle and appliqued with lace enhanced with platinum embroidery, and hand-embroidered stephanotis blooms with pearl centers. Rows of Swarovski crystals lined the strapless sweetheart neckline and formed vines on the skirt. Her fingertip veil of ivory illusion was held in place by a sterling silver headband ornamented with pearls and rhinestones. She carried red roses and stephanotis blooms with pearls in their centers. Her bouquet was pinned with a heart-shaped locket containing pictures of her paternal grandparents and a heart-shaped ruby and diamond pendant belonging to her maternal grandmother.
The bride chose Amy Page Woodfield of Augusta as her maid of honor and her sister-in-law Catherine Edmunds Powell of Thomson as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Cynthia Susan Spence of West Point, Ga., and Agnes Lee Hayes of Dearing, sister of the groom. Flower girl was the bride's niece, Emerson Margaret Powell of Thomson.
Mr. Hayes chose his father, George Walter Hayes, as his best man. Groomsmen were Richard Joseph "Dickie" Ertz and Jason Russell Goff, both of Augusta, and the bride's brother, Charlie Cullen "Tripp" Powell, of Thomson.
A string trio provided a musical prelude to the ceremony as well as processional music. The bride entered the courtyard on the arm of her father to the accompaniment of Wagner's "Bridal Chorus." After the vows and the exchange of rings, the ceremony concluded with the unity sand ceremony, during which the bride's brother Tripp Powell sang an original song, "Til There Was You," composed for the occasion.
Following the wedding ceremony, the bride's parents entertained with a reception and dancing at the Marbury Center. The groom's father toasted the couple, expressing his love and pride, and the honor attendants wished them every happiness. The bride and groom left the reception in a cloud of bubbles blown by their friends and family. Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple are making their home in Augusta.
On Friday evening, June 22, 2007, the wedding party enjoyed a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George W. Hayes, at the Partridge Inn's Magnolia Room. Dinner was a traditional Southern feast served buffet style, with fried chicken, cheese grits, green beans, and fried green tomatoes among other dishes. The groom, an avid photographer, commissioned the groom's cake, which was an exact replica of his favorite camera. The bride's brother entertained with humorous stories of the mishaps of their childhood, and the bride's father toasted and admonished the couple always to be sweethearts, and to be ready and willing to forgive each other.