Lydia Brooke Lamar of Washington, Ga., and Bruce Albert Strother, of Thomson, exchanged vows Saturday, June 6, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Union Baptist Church in Thomson. The Rev. C.E. (Butch) Baston of Thomson, officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lamar, of Washington, Ga., and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lester Strother, of Thomson.
Garlands of blue hydrangea draped the railing along the banister of the steps on the porch with white tulle pulled up and tied with periwinkle satin ribbon.
Garlands and tulle extended around all of the porch railings. Two large ferns on wrought iron stands flanked each side of the church entrance. Inside the vestibule area, a white wrought iron table was covered with a white lace cloth from Ireland, a gift to the bridegroom's mother from her brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Painter.
On the table along with the register book was an arrangement of snapdragons, Japanese asters, delphinium, stock and lisianthus. The wedding programs were placed in a white wicker basket, and the registry pen was the one the bride's parents used in 1979. Miss Dana Danner, of Crawfordville, and Miss Amber Lamar of Augusta, both cousins of the bride were greeters and handed out programs for the ceremony.
Inside the sanctuary each pew was decorated with tulle shoe tie bows extending to the floor with clusters of flowers and greenery trailing down.
The altar area was decorated with a large wooden cross holding a massive floral heart. The unity candles, along with a pair of seven branch votive candelabras, were also part of the altar dÃ©cor. Each side of the sanctuary held large arrangements of matching flowers in black urns and were placed on Grecian columns.
The parents lighted the outside candle of the unity candle before they were seated.
Wedding music was provided by pianist Mrs. Randy Danner (Debbie), aunt of the bride.
The grandparents were seated to Ode to Joy by Beethoven. Mothers were seated to Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by Bach. A solo, Surely the Presence, by Wolfe was sang by Miss Marijane Hefner.
The wedding party processional was brought in by O Perfect Love by Gurney. The bridal processional was Bridal Chorus by Wagner. A duet, When God Made You, by Natalie Grant, was sung by Miss Marijane Hefner and Mr. Skipper Widener, friends of the bride and groom, and the recessional was Wedding March by Mendelssohn.
Sound technician was Mr. David Myers of Thomson.
The best man was Mr. Lester Strother, father of the groom. Groomsmen were Mr. Danny Conner, friend of the groom, Warrenton; Mr. Jonathan Cushman, friend of the groom, Thomson; and Mr. Jared Land, friend of the groom, Thomson. They all wore boutonnieres made of blue thistle with hypericum berries, Italian ruscus and trachelium.
Maid of honor was Miss Katie Anderson, cousin of the bride, Statesboro, Ga. She wore a black chiffon dress with beaded empire waist. She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas, lavender lisianthus, moonaqua carnations and green arrow spray roses, tied with silk shantique ribbon.
Her jewelry was made by Andrea Strother of Washington, Ga.
Bridesmaids were Mrs. Mary Kate Land, friend of bride, Thomson; Miss Cassie Whitaker, friend of bride, Harlem, Ga.; and Miss Alli Wood, friend of bride, Warrenton; Their dresses and flowers were all identical to the maid of honor.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, Mr. Ben Lamar, was in a strapless white organza all-over draped pick-up with beaded lace, an empire waist and lace-up back extending into a Chapel train. Her veil was made of white teardrop tulle with scalloped bead edging and blusher veil. She wore a crystal comb and crystal chandelier earrings.
The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies, Italian ruscus and trachelium tied with double face white satin and sheer ribbons. In the center of the bow a portion of lace from the bridegroom's mother's wedding veil was sewn onto the ribbon, along with an heirloom handkerchief belonging to the bridegroom's grandmother, Mrs. Albert (Sadie) Strother. Mrs. Strother carried the handkerchief on her wedding day in 1949.
The bride placed a sixpence in her shoe, a gift from Mrs. Ricky (Wanda) Cox in 2003.
The bride's mother chose a deep blue satin floor-length dress and jacket with bead work throughout.
The bridegroom's mother chose a eggplant chiffon floor-length, beaded accent, dress and jacket with soft flowing skirt detail.
The grandmothers, Mrs. Guy Stephens (Betty), Mrs. Gene Lamar (Sara), and Mrs. Albert Strother (Sadie), all wore corsages of roses, bead sprays and iridescent ribbon.
The couple enjoyed a wedding trip to Mesa Verde, Colo. They are now residing in Thomson. The groom is the vice president of Al Strother Body Shop Inc. in Thomson, and the bride is employed by the McDuffie County School System.
Hosts: Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lamar
In the fellowship hall, a center table flanked with gossamer material and a heart-shaped grapevine wreath extending above the table was covered with a linen cloth, and held a picture of the bride and groom and the original penciled print of the church by Mrs. Ann Mansur, of Washington. A copy of the artwork was featured on the front of the wedding programs.
Upon entering the hall, guests enjoyed a variety of heavy hors d' oeuvres. The food table was centered with a large urn containing Bells of Ireland, light and dark blue delphinium, lavender and pink stock, white gerbera daisies, purple lisianthus, Japanese asters, blue hydrangeas, pussy willow, Shamrock fugii mums and iris with trailing greenery. Decorations coordinated with those inside. A candlelit walkway joined the two with blooming plants and greenery complimenting the grounds.
Included on the menu were chicken salad and crackers, ham and roast beef croissants, meatballs, chicken strips, Vidalia Onion dip and Tostados, cheese ring and strawberry preserves with crackers, spinach dip and Fritos, baked cheese squares, pecan sandies, divinity, peanut butter fudge and Martha Washington candies, fruit and vegetables with dip. Beverages included tea, fruit punch and water.
Each place setting was marked with a box of homemade chocolate truffles made by Ms. Carla Pinnell of Washington, Ga.
The bride's cake was placed on a white linen cloth with an organza overlay trimmed in a ribbon edging. The four-tiered wedding cake was placed on a silver plateau and decorated with hydrangeas, delphinium, Japanese asters, thistle and greenery. The cake was placed in front of a nickel screen with votive candles and was entwined with spengeri fern throughout.
The punch and tea was served by Miss Katie Danner and Nikki Lamar of Augusta, and Miss Gloria Holloway of Thomson, all cousins of the bride. Also helping with the catering were Mr. and Mrs. Newton Gunter, Miss Laverne Kilgore, Miss Janet Thornton, Mrs. Joe E. Griffin. and Mrs. Nicki Dawson, all of Washington, Ga.
Lydia Lamar and Bruce Strother were entertained at a lawn and garden-couple shower Saturday, April 25, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Butch Whiddon in Thomson. Hostesses for the event were Mrs. Judy Whiddon and Mrs. Susan Whiddon.
Guests enjoyed a variety of hors d'oeuvres including chips and salsa, and crackers and cheese.
For the main course, guest enjoyed grilled pork tenderloin, green beans, rice, baked apricots and rolls. For dessert, the guests enjoyed Chess Squares with whipped cream.
Fourteen guests were present, with special family members including the prospective bridegroom's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Strother of Thomson. Other guests included friends of the couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jared Land, Mrs. Vicki Yates and Kristy Thigpen, Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Cushman, Mr. Keith Verner, and Mr. Danny Conner, all of Thomson.
Lydia Lamar was entertained at a miscellaneous bridal shower Sunday, April 19, in the fellowship hall at Union Baptist Church in Thomson. Hostesses for the event were the ladies of the church.
Guests enjoyed a variety of finger foods including chicken salad with croissants, cucumber sandwiches, mini quiche, spinach dip and Fritos, pinwheel sandwiches, chicken bites with sauce, fresh fruit tray with dip, divinity candy, blonde brownies, cheese ball with crackers, and baked cheese squares.
Part of the festivities included writing down advice for the bride-to-be and a contest for the best bridal gown made from tissue.
Twenty-five guests were present, with special family members including the bride-elect's mother, Kathie Lamar, grandmothers Betty Stephens and Sara Lamar; the prospective bridegroom's mother, Joyce Strother of Thomson and grandmother, Sadie Strother.
Other guests included the bride-elect's great-aunts, Sara Todd and Joyce Hinton of Thomson and Grace Lindsey of Martinez, aunt, Debbie Danner of Tignall, cousins, Dana Danner of Crawfordville, Jennifer Lord of Sugar Hill, and Lisa Poole of Madison, Ga.
Lydia Lamar was the guest of honor at a miscellaneous bridal shower on Saturday, April 4, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Tyler of Washington. Mrs. Tyler was the hostess for the occasion.
The Tylers' home and yard was beautifully decorated with seasonal blooming plants. The dining room table was centered with a vase arrangement of tulips, stock, spray roses, green button mums, gerbera daisies, alstromeria lilies and wax flower. Guest enjoyed a variety of finger foods including petit fours, cheese straws, pecan sandies, fresh fruit and dip, roasted pecans, sausage balls and a cheese ball with crackers.
Fruit punch was served in an antique crystal punch bowl with azalea blooms encircling the base.
Forty guests were invited, with special family and friends attending. Mrs. Joyce Strother, mother of the groom to be, of Thomson, Mrs. Kathie Lamar, the bride elect's mother, along with grandmothers, Mrs. Betty Stephens and Mrs. Sara Lamar, all of Washington, were present.
Out of town guests included Miss Lamar's aunt, Ms. JoAnn Neville of Hephzibah, also Mrs. Cheryl Hunt of Grovetown, Mrs. Jeana Worley of Elberton and Ms. Dana Danner of Crawfordville.
Lydia Lamar was guest of honor at an around-the-house bridal shower, Sunday, March 29, at the home of Mrs. Jane Painter of Thomson. Hostesses for the occasion were Mrs. Painter, Mrs. Teresa Ashcraft, and Miss Whitney Hillman, all of Thomson.
As guests arrived, they registered at the gift area where spring flowers decorated the room. The refreshment table was centered with an arrangement of mixed spring flowers and held a delicious assortment of party foods that included fresh fruit and spread, chicken salad and crackers, pecan sandies, vegetables and dip, nuts, and a decorated cake with the words, "Congratulations Bruce and Lydia."
After Miss Lamar finished unwrapping gifts the guest enjoyed games and fellowship together. Twenty guests were invited. Special guests included the bride-elect's mother, Mrs. Kathie Lamar, of Washington, bridegroom's mother, Mrs. Joyce Strother of Thomson, grandmothers Mrs. Betty Stephens, and Mrs. Sara Lamar, of Washington. Out of town guests included Mrs. Gail Pitts of Aiken, S.C., and Mrs. Debbie Danner of Washington.
Mrs. Kathie Lamar and daughter Miss Lydia Lamar were hostesses at a Bridesmaid and Appreciation luncheon on May 23, at the Washington Woman's Club.
The Lamars honored guests who particpated in the wedding festivities.
Decorations included floral printed bows on the outside railings with a large heart shape grapevine wreath with matching bow placed on the front door. Just inside a table held the guest register book with an arrangement of hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, Japanese asters, Viking poms, and other mixed flowers. Also on the table a two tiered candy server held homemade bite size fudge squares.
Guest tables held nosegay style bouquets in green clay pots inserted in white wire baskets. The buffet was centered with a metal pitcher holding a mixed arrangement of flowers from the yards of Mrs. Henry Sayer and Mrs. Ann Thornton. Footed votive candle holders were placed on each side of the bouquet. Each mantel held containers of mixed greenery with votives interspersed.
Each guest place setting included a Dresden plate scrapbook style placemat and a handmade felt flower pin cushion.
A meal of garden salad, barbeque beef loin, chicken casserole, green beans, creamed corn, mashed potatoes, pineapple casserole and rolls was served.
In the center of the room a table over layed with a bright paisley cloth held a two-tiered cake with charms tucked inside the icing. The cake's top layer was vanilla with a raspberry cream center and the bottom was chocolate.
Ms. Carla Pinnell of Washington baked the cake.
After the meal was complete each guest was presented a gift as a token of appreciation. Also presenting gifts was Mrs. Pat Painter, aunt of the prospective bridegroom. Mrs. Painter passed out handcrafted pocket Kleenex holders to each lady.
Thirty-three ladies attended the occasion. Guest included the perspective bridegroom's mother Mrs. Joyce Strother of Thomson, his grandmother Mrs. Sadie Strother of Warrenton; bride elects'grandmothers, Mrs. Betty Stephens and Mrs. Sara Lamar.
Other out-of-town guests included Miss Katie Anderson, Miss Alli Wood, Miss Cassie Whitaker, Mrs. Mary Kate Land, Miss Nikki Lamar, Miss Amber Lamar, Miss Katie Danner, Miss Dana Danner, Miss Gloria Holloway, Ms. Jo Ann Neville, Mrs. Elena Lamar, Mrs. Judy Conner, Ms. Marijane Hefner, Mrs. Pat Baston, Mrs. Pat Painter, Mrs. Kathy Wells, Mrs. Jane Painter, Mrs. Bonnie Widener, and Mrs. Elizabeth Richards.
Also attending were Mrs. Ann Mansur, Mrs. Kay Tyler, Mrs. Pam Gunter, Mrs. Debbie White, Ms. Laverne Kilgore, Ms. Carla Pinnell, Mrs. Debbie Danner, and Ms. Janet Thornton, all of Washington.