The wedding ceremony of Lauren Paige Grandey to Jacob Paul Bratcher was solemnized in an outdoor ceremony at the homeplace of the bride’s great-great-grandfather, William C. Reeder. The ceremony was held April 6, with Coy Hathcock officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Susan Grandey, and Joey and Debra Grandey of Bradyville. Her grandparents are Sandra and the late Thomas B. Carney Jr., the late Ernest E. Grandey, Austin and the late Nina Grandey Golden.
Mr. Bratcher is the son of Delois and the late Jeff Bratcher of Centertown. He is the grandson of the late Paul and Dorothy Bratcher, Betty Lusk and Col. Thomas B. Vaughn, and the late Dee Lusk.
Chelsea Vaughn and Wesley Hillis attended a guest register, with guests signing wine corks and a large photo mat.
The wedding ceremony took place in front of a historic oak tree, draped in white flowing fabric. As guests drove to the site, they were able to view wooden signs with important dates of the couple’s relationship. They proceeded to a lovely arbor decorated with grape vines, magnolia and fresh roses. Lining the aisle were moss-covered baskets with pink roses and snapdragons.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She chose a strapless, slim- fit gown which featured a combination of exquisite lace and satin. The waist was accentuated with a satin band adorned with a Swarovski crystal brooch. The classic gown was finished with satin-covered buttons lining the back of the gown and chapel train. A birdcage veil was the perfect accessory.
Her wedding bouquet was pale pink peonies, and were wrapped in lace from her mother’s wedding dress.
Leah Grandey was her sister’s maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Holly Hodges, Anna Martin, Jackie Pickel, Caitlin Killian, Kim Wilson and Amanda Locke. The attendants all chose different gown styles in soft colors, such as champagne, pearl pink and seaside blue. Their Toms peep-toe wedges added the perfect touch to their look.
They carried bouquets of cream hydrangeas and pale pink roses wrapped in silk ribbon.
Flower girl Sophi Stephens wore a vintage inspired pale pink dress with a crochet accent at the waistline.
Rawley Stephens was adorable carrying a bird nest while wearing a cream and brown dapper outfit.
The groom chose his brother, Joshua Bratcher, as his best man. Groomsmen were Wes Williams, Dylan Stephens, Taylor Mullican, Chase Basham, Josh Paz and Tyler Grandstaff. Adam Wood and Cody Durham served as ushers for the 200 guests.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held under a large white tent at the same location, given by the bride’s parents. Guest tables were covered with white linens and were decorated with large moss-covered squares, white candelabras, old books and assorted fresh flowers. Some tables featured birds nests with fresh flowers.
Hundreds of clear lights were strung from the inside of the tent. The couple honored their loved ones who had passed with a memory table displaying their photographs.
The food table was decorated with fresh flower arrangements and moss-covered garland. A five-tiered wedding cake with white icing was adorned with ivory and pink roses, peonies and greenery cascading down the cake. It was placed atop the bride’s grandfather’s vintage suitcase.
A five-tiered cheesecake, made by the groom’s mother and aunt, was decorated with chocolate-covered strawberries and melted chocolate.
The bride and groom used sunglasses as their favor for guests with the saying, “Don’t be blinded by our love.” Once the sun set, the large oak tree was lit with hundreds of clear lights. They used Japanese sky lanterns as their send off.
The new Mrs. Bratcher is a graduate of Warren County High School, and received a B.S. in elementary education from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a second-grade teacher with Hamilton County Schools.
Her husband is also a WCHS graduate. He earned a B.S.N from Cumberland University, and is a registered nurse at Earlanger Hospital’s emergency room. Following a honeymoon to St. Lucia, they are making their home in Chattanooga.