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Harbeson weds McElhannon in Jekyll ceremony

Rosemary Claire Harbeson and Joel Stewart McElhannon were united in marriage on February 14, 2009, at four in the afternoon, in Faith Chapel at the Jekyll Island Club, on Jekyll Island, Ga.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by Rev. Grover Thomas of Gainesville, Ga., cousin of the groom.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edward Harbeson of Thomson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Alfred Harbeson, Sr., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry Hunt of Thomson.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stewart McElhannon of Conyers, Ga. He is the grandson of Mrs. Zelma Smith currently of Eatonton, Ga., and the late Mr. Denton Smith, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Stewart McElhannon, Jr., of Winder, Ga.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents, was escorted down the aisle by her father. She chose a gown designed by Peter Langner of Rome, Italy, for her wedding. The Italian silk gaufre gown was sprinkled with small Swarovski crystals. The strapless bodice fell gracefully into an A lined skirt and a chapel length train. Her veil of ivory silk illusion cascaded gently down the length of the gown. The veiling was edged with ivory silk satin ribbon and was enhanced by a handcrafted crystal and pearl comb, a gift from the bride's late grandparents. The bride wore a single strand pearl necklace, pearl bracelet and pearl and diamond earrings, all gifts from the groom for their wedding day. She carried a hand tied all white bouquet consisting of Eskimo roses, lisianthus, freesia and viburnum accented with sprigs of rosemary, the herb of remembrance.

Rosemary chose her sister, Jennifer Harbeson Sandifer, and her niece, Abigail Hunt Sandifer, as her attendants. They wore cocoa satin tea length gowns accented with pearl jewelry. The flowers carried by the attendants were hand tied bouquets of white flowers similar to the bride's bouquet.

The groom chose his father, Stewart McElhannon, as his best man and his brother, Russell James McElhannon, as his groomsman.

Miss Julia Lanier Harbeson, niece of the bride, served as flower girl and Mr. Robert Henry Harbeson, nephew of the bride, served as ring bearer. Ushers were Mr. Benjamin Kizer Harbeson and Mr. Lawton Hunt Harbeson, brothers of the bride.

Music for the ceremony was provided by the Stewart Law Trio, a baroque group consisting of a harpsichord, cello and flute. The musicians also entertained the guests during dinner with a varied collection of songs.

Following the ceremony a champagne cocktail hour with light hors d'oeuvres was served in the courtyard of Crane Cottage. Guests were then invited into the Crane Cottage for dinner. The father of the bride asked Rev. Thomas to bless the food before dinner was served. After dinner the groom offered a toast to his new bride and to the occasion. The wedding cake, a three-tier confection of vanilla sponge cake with caramel and vanilla butter cream frosting and chocolate ganache decoration, was then cut and served to the guests for a delicious dessert.

After visiting with their friends and family the couple left for a few days of rest at The Beach Club on Sea Island before leaving to honeymoon in Ireland. The couple will make their home in Atlanta.

After returning from Ireland, the couple entertained family and friends with a barbeque reception at the Sky Club at Sanford Stadium in Athens.

Web posted on Thursday, July 30, 2009

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