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Atchison-Beasley

    Teri Daniel Atchison, formerly of Washington, and Keith Rodney Beasley of Statesboro were united in marriage on Saturday, June 9, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon at Merrywood Baptist Church in Statesboro. The pastor, Bro. Will Griffith, performed the double ring ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Atchison of Crawfordville and is the paternal great-niece of Edith Stewart of Crawfordville.
    The bride-groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. K. Ray Beasley of Statesboro and is the maternal grandson of Joyce Hendrix of Waynesboro.
    The church altar was decorated with palms and peace lilies highlighted by a single candelabrum centered above an arrangement of glads, greenery and roses in shades of ivory and lavender. The unity candle was set on the left side among the palms and lilies. Pews were marked with greenery and ivory ribbons.
    Guests were invited to sign the bride’s book and memory plate as they entered the church by Jeanette Kellum and Robert Lafond.
    A selection of wedding favorites was played by Susan Porter, pianist. The unity candle was lit by the bride and groom.
    Mr. Beasley was his son’s best man. Usher-groomsmen were Joe Smallwood Jr. of Forsyth, Nicholas Cobb, Jimmy Beasley, brother of the groom; and Allen Ward, all of Statesboro.
    Jill Rogers of Washington was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Marie Smallwood of Forsyth and Kacey Beasley of Statesboro, sister of the groom. The junior bridesmaid was Jordon Beasley of Savannah, niece of the groom. All of the attendants were attired in two-piece outfits of leaf green crepe satin featuring a princess seam bodice over a flowing A-line skirt. The attendants wore crystal necklaces and earrings, which were remade for them from sets belonging to the bride’s mother for over 40 years. They carried hand-tied bouquets of ivory and lavender roses.
    The ring bearer was Seth Cooper Smallwood, son of Joe and Marie Smallwood of Forsyth. He carried the traditional ring pillow holding symbolic rings.
    Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory strapless crinkled satin gown with sequins and pearls accenting the bodice and a cinched up skirt accented on each scallop by the sequined pattern from the top. The full skirt extended into a chapel-length train, which was bustled after the service to allow for freer movement. Her mid-back length veil was also accented with the sequin pattern on the bottom edges. She carried a cascading bouquet of ivory and lavender roses.
    Following tradition she wore a new wedding gown and blue garter, “something old” was a bonnet-handkerchief given to her at birth by a cousin, and her borrowed item was diamond and pearl earrings from her mother. The most special keepsake was the six pence for her shoe that had belonged to her maternal grandfather.
Reception
    Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted by Betsy Davis and family, neighbors of the couple, in  the fellowship hall and the tent outside on the lawn. Other servers included Amry Stanley of Evans, cousin of the bride; Kim Stanley of Evans, aunt of the bride
    The couple left the church, under a shower of bubbles from family and friends, riding on the back of a Mustang convertible driven by the groom’s brother.
    Mr. and Mrs. Beasley are making their home in Statesboro.
Rehearsal Dinner
    Mr. and Mrs. K. Ray Beasley entertained the wedding party after the rehearsal in the fellowship hall of the church. The couple chose this time to present their gifts to the attendants.

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