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W Akins-Huggins
Mrs. William Carl Huggins
    Patti Annette Akins, daughter of Tom and Patsy Sye, became the bride of William Carl Huggins, son of Elise Huggins and the late William Carl Huggins Jr., on April 4, 2009, at the Middle Ground Primitive Baptist Church in Statesboro. Elder Howard Rushing and Elder Steve Taylor performed the double ring ceremony.
    The guests were greeted by Wallace and Betty Newton and Carol Howard. Lisa Shaw Vickers, cousin of the bride, kept the bride’s book. Benjamin Anderson and Garrett Anderson seated the guests with the help of the groomsmen. Music was provided by Melisa Hendrix; with Tom Sye, Susan Purser Hudson and Carolyn Summerford as vocalist.
    The sanctuary was decorated in delicate shades of pink. Palms and ferns filled the pulpit creating a lush backdrop for the pillar candelabras, which where adorned with airy fern. Glass tussies filled with ferns and cabbage roses marked the family pews. A memory candle was lit in honor of the groom’s father.
    The bride, given in marriage by her family and escorted by her uncle, Loyd Hollingsworth Jr., wore a corseted ball gown. The Victorian-inspired bodice featured a fitted, dropped waistline, romantically embellished with an embroidered, beaded motif comprised of Swarovski crystals, bugle beads, seed beads, glass beads and sequins. The full skirt of the gown featured royal embellishments detailing the caught up accents, which cascaded into a bubble hem chapel-length train. The bride wore a cathedral veil, which featured an elbow-length blusher, finished with a bugle bead trim. The veil was accented by a tiara with a romantic wild flower motif of Swarovski crystals, seed beads and pearls. She carried a bouquet of delicate pink cabbage roses, wild flowers and airy fern.
    Blair Cannon Daves, lifelong friend of the bride, served as the matron of honor. Bessie Samantha Sye, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor, with Rachel Martin Sprouse as bridesmaid.
    The attendants wore tea-length dresses of sweet pea pink chiffon. The dresses featured a soft square neckline and a rouched bodice, finished with a satin band at the natural waist and flowing into a soft flared skirt. They carried bouquets that complemented that of the bride’s.
    Claude Arthur Howard, uncle of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Stuart Boykin and Glenn Boykin.
    Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception in the church fellowship hall.
    The couple is honeymooning in Key West and will reside in Screven County.
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