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Whitaker-Howard

    Laura Leigh Whitaker and Andrew James Howard were united in marriage at half past six in the evening on Saturday, May 19, 2007. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Charles Patrick Adams, cousin of the bride, at Statesboro First United Methodist Church.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerrell Kendall Whitaker and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Jerrell O. Whitaker, all of Statesboro.
    The groom is the son of Louise Howard of Newnan, Ga., and Mr. and Mrs. Byron Howard of Gainesville, Ga., and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kennel of Lakenheath, England, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Howard of Gainesville, Ga.
    Music was provided by organist Dr. Adam Con, trumpeter Dr. William Schmid and soloist Patti Kelly. Acolytes were Catherine Candler Ball, Walker Byron Blitch, Jacob Redding Whitaker and Samuel Morgan Whitaker.
    Guests were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Warren Ball, Dr. and Mrs. Trey Denton and Dr. and Mrs. John Martin.
    The church was decorated with altar arrangements of white dendrobium orchids, calla lilies, roses, Fuji mums, hydrangeas and snapdragons, accented with curly willow branches and asparagus fern. The chancel rails were draped with garlands of greenery and white flowers. Family pews were marked with arrangements of snapdragons, gladiolus, greenery and ribbons.
    Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a formal strapless gown of ivory satin with an English net overlay. The gown and cathedral train were covered with beaded lace appliques and featured an antique cameo design. The bodice and A-line skirt were outlined in a scalloped pattern accented with pearls and crystals. She wore a cathedral-length veil of sheer illusion and carried a bouquet of white dendrobium orchids, stephanotis, calla lilies and roses accented with hydrangeas and asparagus fern.
    Elizabeth Benson Toussaint of Charleston, S.C., served as matron of honor and the maid of honor was Eugenia Ann Mathews of Auburn, Ala. Bridesmaids were Carolyn Virginia Alexander of Palm Beach, Fla., Leewood Hannon Brawner of Brooklet, Kami Claudette Brumley of Lexington, Ky., Kristi Marie Coffelt of West Palm Beach, Fla., Anna Karis Counts of Macon, Allison Delia Howard of Atlanta, sister of the groom; Ashley Jean Moorhead of Atlanta, Jennifer McClain Prosser of Statesboro, Allison Bridget Smith of Athens and Tammy Teresa Tomasello of Macon.
    The attendants wore full-length gowns of champagne European satin, tied with a taupe sash that flowed into a short train. They carried bouquets of green hydrangeas and white roses wrapped in a monogrammed linen handkerchief.
    The flower girl was Anna Lane Whitaker. She wore a sleeveless float dress of ivory organza and carried a pomander of sweetheart roses and baby’s breath tied with a satin ribbon.
    Brandon Freeman Reeves of Atlanta served as best man. The groomsmen were Robert Moore Benson III of Savannah, William James Camp of Pensacola, Fla., Benjamin Charles Kumpf of Centerville, Ga., Marvin Bristol Haughton III of Bossier City, La., Joseph Woodrow Maley of Midway, Charlie Bland Mathews Jr. of Auburn, Ala., Abe Glenn Plummer of Atlanta and William Nicholas Toussaint of Charleston, S.C. Ushers were Frederick Ganahl Blitch III, Adam Wesley Groover, Anthony Michael Groover and John Edward Martin Jr., all of Statesboro.
    Immediately following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Forest Heights Country Club. Guests were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Blitch, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Mathews, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mathews and Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Newell.
    The bride’s cake, the groom’s cake and a traditional English wedding cake, baked by the groom’s mother, were served by Catherine Ball, Kim Denton, Kali Groover, Katy Howard, Kate Martin and Maureen Martin. The bride’s book was attended by Brook Mikell.
    The groom’s parents honored the couple by hosting the rehearsal dinner the evening before the wedding at the Historic Statesboro Inn.
    A luncheon honoring the bride and her bridesmaids was held the morning of the wedding at the home of Darby Benson, aunt of the bride; and was hosted by Mrs. Benson, Bess Toussaint and Jennifer Prosser.
    Following a honeymoon, the couple will make their home in Atlanta.

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