Dawn Renee Griffin and Steven Robert Pickens of Washington were united in marriage in a beautiful double-ring ceremony in the garden of Wistera Hall in Washington Saturday, August 27, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Albert W. Huyck Jr. of Tignall officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe A. Griffin Jr. of Washington, and the daughter of the late Mr. Jacky Reese of Thomson.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Wheeler of Harlem and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Pickens of Washington.
The garden was elegantly decorated for the summer evening ceremony. The processional entrance was discernible by luminaries holding sprengeri, seeded eucalyptus and jade. Rows of white guest chairs created an aisle that led to the altar of two white fluted columns gracefully draped with burnished gold and ivory organza, centered against a Southern magnolia, and flanked with white wicker plant stands filled with ferns. Sprengeri and gypsophila secured with tulle bows and streamers fashioned by Mrs. Chester Howard of Washington, step-grandmother of the bridegroom, marked family seating.
The organist, Mrs. Ryan Dukes of Washington, provided a beautiful program of music. Selections included "Air" for the seating of the bride's sisters, Mrs. Johnny Newberry and Mrs. Wade Waller of Washington, and the bridegroom's step-grandmother, Mrs. Howard. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" was presented for the seating of the mothers. Tommy Wells of Washington, accompanied by Mrs. Dukes, sang a tenor solo, "You Raise Me Up," to begin the ceremony. "Canon in D" marked the processional for the wedding party and "Bridal Chorus" designated the arrival of the bride escorted by her father. The recessional was the traditional "Wedding March".
Dennis Pickens of Dearing, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Other groomsmen were Rob Pickens of Modesto, Calif., brother of the bridegroom, and Tony Gunn of Dearing. Ushers were Grif Newberry, Wesley Waller, and Jacob Waller of Washington, nephews of the bride. They wore boutonnieres of yellow roses accented with yellow waxflower on their lapels.
Mrs. Sean Brock of Douglas, matron of honor, wore a two-piece gown by Watters and Watters. The fitted ivory organza bodice highlighted with slim shoulder straps crowned the flared organza skirt with a sheer overlay in a soft buttercup hue. Bridesmaids, Mrs. Jon Bennett and Mrs. Rob Jackson of Washington, wore matching attire. Each bridal attendant wore a pearl and crystal necklace with matching earrings, gifts from the bride. Their hand-tied bouquets of yellow, peach and orange roses with mixed greenery were wrapped with ivory satin ribbon and secured with golden pearl pins. Each attendant also carried a linen handkerchief, a memento provided by the matron of honor.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was enchanting in her Bridal Originals candlelight gown of delicately beaded Venetian lace over silk which featured threadlike shoulder straps, a dropped waist and a floorlength A-line skirt that flowed into a chapel train slightly bustled during the wedding reception.
Her veil of double illusion accented with scattered pearls was fastened to a crystal and rhinestone encrusted tiara.
Matching beaded satin sandals, diamond chandelier earrings and an antique scrolled necklace accented with diamonds completed her attire.
The bride's hand-tied bouquet of white Eskimo roses and mini calla lilies surrounded by salal leaves was wrapped with white satin ribbon and secured with pearl pins. She carried two linen handkerchiefs, gifts from Mrs. Jack Strother and her matron of honor.
For "something old" the bride wore an heirloom necklace, a gift from her mother. "Something new" was her wedding dress; "something borrowed" was a diamond bracelet loaned by her matron of honor; and her "something blue" were her two garters, gifts from Mrs. Brian Henderson and Mrs. Jack Bentley. The l941 sixpence for her shoe was a gift from Mrs. Rosemary Hopkins.
For her daughter's wedding Mrs. Griffin chose an exquisite Montage evening ensemble. The floor-length sleeveless gown of tiered lavender lace in a floral vine design over lavender satin with a scooped neckline was complimented by a matching cropped lace jacket.
Mrs. Wheeler, the bridegroom's mother, wore a stunning peacock blue crepe de chine floor-length gown featuring a V-neck fitted bodice under a bolero-styled jacket with a sequined neckline.
The bridegroom's stepmother, Mrs. Pickens, chose a charming two-piece celadon outfit.The loosely-draped bodice topped a floor-length skirt.
The mothers carried tussie mussies of yellow, peach and orange spray roses with wisps of tree fern and other greenery.
Mrs. Howard, step-grandmother of the bridegroom, was attractive in a floor-length silk Navy dress with a beaded and sequined bodice and corsage of roses.
As a gift to the couple, the wedding was directed by Mrs. Jack Strother of Washington.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception and dance at Wisteria Hall.
Fresh flowers filled a welcoming basket on the front gate and a grapevine wreath on the front door. The balcony was festooned with a garland of sprengeri and leather leaf secured by white tulle bows. Throughout Wisteria Hall were arrangements of yellow, orange and peach roses and lilies, snapdragons, gerbera daisies, Alstroemeria, Bells of Ireland, and solidago complemented by assorted greenery. The mantels were banked with mixed greenery and accented by votives of varying heights.
Mrs. Cread Brown of Thomson and Mrs. Dodd Worley of Lafayette tended the bride's register and greeted guests who walked or were shuttled by Josh Saggus and Brad Sandifer of Washington up the drive where they passed lanterns adorned with tulle bows and sprengeri. The registry table, covered with a white linen cloth and a white antique embroidered linen topper, held a tall floral arrangement with white Chinese folding fans scattered beneath for guests.
The wedding cake, served by Emily Wilson of Grovetown and Courtney Haughey of Washington, was a cream cheese pound cake with vanilla, buttercream and pearlized fondant icing. Sugar and gum paste orchids adorned the confection.
The Red Velvet bridegroom's cake sported a New York Yankees baseball emblem and was served by Erin Pollock and Crystal Purdy of Washington.
Abby McAvoy, Katie Haughey and Caylor Sandifer of Washington assisted with tea and water in the sunroom.
An elegant buffet of heavy and light hors d'oeuvres was served from stations throughout the great hall and parlors.
Guests dined and danced under a large white tent to the sounds of the Atlanta-based band, "Shimmer".
Guest tables under the tent and scattered throughout the garden were covered with white damask linen cloths and decorated with large silver cups filled with yellow and orange lilies, yellow snapdragons, peach, orange and yellow gerbera daisies, and assorted greenery reflected by table top mirrors and illuminated by votives.
The newlyweds shuttled from the reception to their car in a "stretch" golf car.
After a honeymoon at Wild Dunes and Charleston, S.C., they are making their home in Washington.
Approximately 400 guests attended.
Mrs. Joe Bennett of Washington coordinated the reception as a gift to the couple.
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Pickens entertained the wedding party, family and friends at a rehearsal dinner at the Washington Woman's Club honoring Steven Pickens and Dawn Griffin on the eve of their wedding.
For the occasion, the bride-elect looked elegant in a white silk eyelet two-piece outfit.
Lighted iron torches lining the sidewalk to the clubhouse welcomed the wedding party and other guests. The railings and entrance were accented with white tulle bows, tiny white lights and sprengeri fern. Hanging on the front door was a white metal basket filled with gerbera daisies, sprengeri, gypsophila and greenery.
The bride's book rested on a silver damask-draped podium decorated with a silver teapot lamp on a mirrored pedestal and a small silver budvase filled with white gerbera daisies to the side. The ballroom mantels were adorned with sprengeri fern, gypsophila and white pillar candles with hurricane globes. White tulle bows with long streamers hung from each end of the mantels. Boston ferns were also displayed.
Guests' tables were covered in silver damask linens. Centered on each table and resting on octagonal mirrors scattered with decorative green, pink and clear glass rocks were round fluted vases filled with white gerbera daisies, greenery and matching green, pink and clear rocks in the bottom. The couple's table was layered in white linen and silver damask with a large arrangement of colorful gerbera daisies, Bells of Ireland and greenery on a round pedestal mirror. The bride's chair was marked by a white tulle bow while other guests found their places at tables marked by pale yellow placecards each adorned with a corner satin bow.
Upon arrival guests were served tea, lemonade and mixed nuts.
Mr. Pickens welcomed guests and Mrs. Jack Strother offered the blessing.
The buffet was decorated in white linen and draped in silver damask with a tall cylinder vase of colorful gerbera daisies in the center on a pedestal mirror. Guests enjoyed a dinner of prime rib with delicious accompaniments and banana pudding for dessert.
The highlight of the evening was a surprise for the couple during the dessert hour. The prospective bridegroom's father and brother, Dennis Pickens, played a song written especially for the couple by his father with the musical arrangement written by his brother and titled "We Found Each Other." The couple and guests were emotionally touched by this act of love.
During the champagne toast, the couple received many good wishes from the guests including the prospective bridegroom's father, best man and brother, matron of honor, the prospective bridegroom's mother and the bride-elect's mother.
At the close of the evening the prospective bridegroom gave his groomsmen and ushers engraved silver koozies and the couple gave tokens of appreciation to their parents and friends who helped make their wedding special.