The May 19 wedding of Lindsey Nicole Clayton and Robert (Robby) Stephen Brown was solemnized in an intimate afternoon ceremony at The Peachtree Center in Cookeville.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Tish Cannon of Murfreesboro, and Kenny Clayton Jr., of Smithville. She is the granddaughter of Morris and Angele Watson, and Kenneth and Ellen Clayton of Smithville. Robby is the son of Mark and Beth Brown. His grandparents are Joyce and Ed Harris of Lenior City, and Bob and Pat Brown.
Guests were greeted by registry attendant Holly Keim of Nashville. They signed their names in the special margins beside their favorite Bible verse. Wedding programs, personally designed by the bride, were distributed from branches and vines woven into a triple-heart basket. Behind the table was a quilted wall hanging, handmade by the groom's mother, of the bridal couple's names, a birdcage and love birds perched on branches. A medley of the couple's favorite music played as guests were seated by ushers Aaron Kiefer, brother-in-law of the bride, Louisville, Ky., and Zachary Cannon of Murfreesboro, brother of the bride.
Honorary chapel pews were marked by forsythia branches intertwined onto antiqued bronze sculptures of branches with birds on the stems. The wooden floor of the altar was decorated with various sized tree trunk logs interspersed with sunflowers, gerbera daisies, Queen Anne's lace and baby’s breath. Tied from twine hanging between the three stained glass windows were light mint green ripped strands of fabric. Bunched burlap draped antique shutters opened on the center focal point stained glass window. The grandparents, parents and wedding party entered while Jimmy Thorpe played guitar, and Katie Gothie played violin.
The bride, escorted by her stepfather, entered the sanctuary through double doors, which had been covered in hand-painted burlap stating “Here Comes the Bride.” They walked down the aisle as the musicians played “Runaway,” which was written by the groom for Lindsey on the one-year anniversary of their first date in 2009. The bride was resplendent in a strapless champagne wedding dress with an A-line silhouette. The beautiful beaded Chantilly lace overlay scallops with elaborate hand-embroidered designs and crystal on the bodice highlighted the fabric of beaded lace over a luxe satin lining. Her bouquet was an assortment of fresh sunflowers, miniature monte casino asters and baby's breath, hand tied with a burlap ribbon embellished with an heirloom brooch, from the bride's late great-grandmother, Leida Stoner. She chose a handmade fingertip length crystal beaded Chantilly lace veil with scalloped edging, and wore an elegant single strand pearl necklace, a gift from her stepfather, and her mother's single pearl earrings.
Serving her sister as matron-of-honor was Crystal Kiefer of Louisville. Bridesmaids were Ashlyn Cooper of Nashville, Sandra Mohr and Leslie Looper of Cookeville, and Susie Brown, sister of the groom. They wore various styles of mint green, knee-length lace and chiffon summer dresses. They each carried a bouquet of yellow freesia, cream stock, yellow snapdragons and baby's breath hand-tied with burlap ribbon. They all wore a triple strand bracelet, which were gifts from the bride.
His best man was Landry Duvall of Waco, Texas. Groomsmen were Coty Keel of Cookeville, Alex Romans, Ken Clayton of Murfreesboro, brother of the bride, and Chris Brown, brother of the groom. Each wore a twine-wrapped boutonniere with a sprig of golden yellow snapdragon behind an ivory freesia flower.
Chris Young officiated the wedding ceremony, which included the bridal couple's personal written vows to each other. The exchanging of rings ceremony included taking off their purity rings and placing them in an antique hand-carved wooden box before exchanging wedding bands. Eddie Ware of Sells, Ariz., read Bible scripture and said a special prayer. The bridal couple took communion and the wedding guests were invited to participate as the musicians played “Come Thou Fount.” The recessional song was “Runaway.”
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the guests made their way outside where a white tent was set up on the lawn. They enjoyed cool lemonade and fruit tea while head server Karen Young prepared the reception. Other servers included Vickie Stoner, great-aunt of the bride, Teah Cannon of Centerville and Cheryl Mingle, aunts of the bride, Tammy Keel, Leala Marlin, Megan Dishman and Madison Smartt.
Two natural grapevine wreaths marked the entrance to the reception hall. Shelves along the walls inside were decorated with photos of the couple marking their many memories together and the foyer was decorated with antique birdcages. An antique wooden crate tipped on its side, held jam and jelly jars tagged with “spread the love” which were made by the bride and her mother.
Guest tables, which were covered in champagne ivory satin tablecloths and burlap runners, held arrangements of fresh sunflowers, yellow buttons, cream stock, wax flowers, yellow snapdragons, Queen Anne's lace in blue Mason jar centerpieces. The focal point inside the hall was the bridal couple's table covered in an antique ivory crocheted tablecloth. A slim piece of tree trunk held the centerpiece of sunflowers and a small round acrylic circle etched with lovebirds and the couple's names.
Three triple-layer wedding cakes with messy ivory icing sat atop stair-stepped tree trunk cake stands with fresh sunflowers and baby's surrounding the center base. The center cake held LOVE in wooden letters as a cake topper. The other cake toppers featured wooden hearts with Mr. & Mrs. miniature pendants, and the third cake featured wooden birds holding miniature pendants with “Brown” held by the twine. Behind the table hanging from twine was a large yellow and tan pendant banner stating, “love is sweet”.
The guests also enjoyed a late summer afternoon buffet of fresh seasonal fruit trays, crisp gourmet vegetable trays, heart-shaped green mints, nuts, sunflower shaped mints, lemonade, fruit tea and lavender punch.
A burlap and sunflower wreath hung behind the groom’s table, which was decorated with old-fashioned picnic baskets. They held apple pies, homemade by his grandmother Harris using her secret recipe and Julia's Bakery home-style fudge pies.
A bridal shower hosted by the matron of honor and bridesmaids was held at Christ Family Church. The couple felt blessed by the outpouring of local, out-of-town family and friends who attended.
A picnic basket themed rehearsal brunch was hosted at the Peachtree Center by the parents of the groom the day before the wedding. Fresh sunflowers, yellow buttons, cream stock, wax flowers, yellow snapdragons, and Queen Anne's lace in blue Mason jar served as centerpieces. The bride-to-be chose to wear her Nana Watson's navy polka-dotted wedding dress from 1956.
The new Mrs. Brown graduates from Tennessee Technology University in December with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and is currently student teaching at Prescott Elementary in Cookeville. Robby also graduates from TTU in December and will be receiving his mechanical engineering degree. The couple enjoyed a honeymoon to the mountains of Asheville, N.C., where they stayed at a private treehouse cabin, went zip lining, hiking and visited the Biltmore. Upon graduation, the couple will be residing in Murfreesboro, where Robby will begin his job with American Geothermal Systems.