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Duncan, Harvey say vows Feb. 23
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Amber Hertwig Photography The bride receives a loving hug from attendants, from left, Martha Harvey, Gracie Harvey, Liza Harvey, Bailey Griffith, Allison Whitaker, Sarah Keasler, Rebecca Finley and Rayah Kirby.

The wedding day of Erin Elizabeth Duncan and Patrick Louis Harvey started with rain-filled clouds, only to lead to a sunny afternoon. The couple’s traditional and elegant wedding was a reflection of their commitment to each other, of their personalities and their strong family ties. 

They married Feb. 23 in Central Church of Christ’s sanctuary, the same place her mother and father wed in 1983. The 3 p.m. ceremony was officiated by Dr. Terry Connor.  

The bride is the daughter of Cynthia and Danny Duncan. Her grandparents are Kenneth and Barbara Woods, and the late Levoy and Opal Duncan. 

Mr. Harvey is the son of Steve and Lisa Harvey, and the grandson of Jo and the late Joe Harvey, Bertha Gibbs and Leonard Cantrell. 

Recorded musical selections were played for the ceremony, with the bride choosing a non-traditional song for her entrance. Because of the rain and flooding conditions in the area, she chose an instrumental version of “Here Comes the Sun,” for her walk down the aisle. 

Outside doors leading to the church foyer held a moss covered initial “H” suspended with merlot ribbon.

Velvet bows were attached to the wrought iron railing, and an antique credenza in the foyer was covered with an heirloom family lace tablecloth. 

A registry station held a journal Bible, a gift from the bride’s mother, for guests to sign with their favorite Bible verse. Emily Boren was the guest registry attendant. 

The sanctuary alter area held two Grecian columns, topped with fresh floral arrangements of assorted roses in red, pink and burgundy and white hydrangeas.  

The bride, escorted by her father, chose a floor-length romantic gown featuring Spanish lace in a mermaid design featuring a full skirt with a central split and sweeping train. The timeless gown blended the semi-sweetheart neckline with illusion effect long sleeves, and was crafted in crystal tulle with lace, thread embroidery and gemstone appliques. 

Her fingertip veil was edged in Spanish lace, and was attached to a decorative rose gold comb. The bridal bouquet was of assorted roses, white hydrangea and berries. An antique handkerchief was tucked in her bouquet, borrowed from her grandmother Woods, who had carried it at her daughter’s wedding. A sapphire ring was loaned to her from the groom’s grandmother Gibbs, and graced her right hand. 

Allison Whitaker, childhood friend of the bride, was her matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Sarah Keasler, Rebecca Finley, Bailey Griffith, Rayah Kirby, Gracie Harvey, Liza Harvey and Martha Harvey.  

They chose their individual style of chiffon gown in a soft merlot color. They carried bouquets similar to the brides. 

Mr. Harvey chose a cousin Mark Harvey as his best man. Groomsmen included Lake Kirby, Lou Christian, Caleb Underhill, Morgan Adcock, Noah Medley, Josh McKee and Ethan Turner.

In honor of the newlyweds, a reception was held in the church fellowship hall for the 250 guests. Tables were covered in white cloths with merlot runners topped with lit lanterns. Mercury glass votives cast a soft glow beside vases of fresh flowers. 

Assorted finger foods were available for guests’ enjoyment, as well as hot beverages displayed at the coffee bar. 

A traditional white wedding cake was embellished with fresh flowers and topped with a personalized cake topper featuring the couple’s name and wedding date. At the suggestion of the groom, assorted homemade pies were used on the groom’s table.  

Emme Smith, Rachel Grissom, Sarah Grissom, Danielle Foster and Araya Buchanan were reception servers.  

 The new Mrs. Harvey is a 2012 graduate of Warren County High School, and Tennessee Tech, where she earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing degree. She is the manager at Kathy’s of McMinnville.  

The groom is also a graduate of WCHS, and was awarded a computer science degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He is a software developer at Uniguest of Nashville.  

They honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and are residing in Murfreesboro.