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Mr. and Mrs. Michael Anthony Holsonback

    Brittany Rose Cartee became the bride of Michael Anthony Holsonback during an outdoor ceremony under the gazebo at Snella’s Place in Statesboro, Georgia, at six o’clock in the evening on October 15, 2011. The Reverend Richard Lambert, brother-in-law of the groom; and the Reverend Ricky Allen, minister and longtime friend of the bride’s family, officiated in the double-ring ceremony.
    The wedding was directed by Mrs. Susan Allen, minister and close friend of the bride’s family.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen (Deborah) Cartee of Statesboro and the granddaughter of Mrs. Jean S. Cartee and Mr. and Mrs. Huston Costlow of Statesboro.
    The groom is the son of Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. John (Hilde) Holsonback of Charleston, South Carolina, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Ellis of Augusta, Georgia.
    Five magnolias were placed at the front of the gazebo in memory of the bride’s late grandparents, Mrs. Alma C. Costlow and Mr. Joshua Cartee; and the groom’s late grandparents, Mr. William Butler and Mr. and Mrs. Anton Gmeinwieser.
    Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride’s A-line ivory wedding gown featured hand-made flowers across the one-shoulder bodice and corset closure. The floor-length skirt and train were fashioned to fall into asymmetrical lines of shimmering satin. Her fingertip-length veil was made by her Grandmother Cartee, and she wore her grandmother’s pearls. Brittany carried a bouquet of white and deep purple roses tied with ivory satin ribbon, entwined with her late Grandmother Costlow’s handkerchief and the collar of her 16-year-old “kitten,” Katie Willow.
    Olivia C. Coley of Ft. Lee, Virginia, was her sister’s matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Marsha Messer, cousin of the bride; Whitney Greene, Lauren Russell, Ana Hendrix, Amanda Walters and Danielle Rydzewski. Elliot Volkman served as the bride’s attendant. Honorary bridesmaids were Ginger Bragg, Molly Smyth and Sharveace McClary.
    The matron of honor and bridesmaids wore lapis floor-length halter dresses and carried bouquets of purple and ivory hydrangeas. Honorary bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried bouquets of ivory and purple calla lilies and heather.
    Addison Rose Coley, niece of the bride; and Taylor Paige Holsonback, niece of the groom, served as flower girls.
    John Holsonback served as his son’s best man. William Holsonback, brother of the groom; 2nd Lt. Travis Coley, brother-in-law of the bride; and Darryl “Hop” Hopkins, Jahmal Rainey, Patrick Rodifer, Jay Reddick and Andrew Harlin all served as groomsmen. Jackson Coley, nephew of the bride, served as the ring bearer. He carried the same pillow, made by his great-grandmother Cartee, that was used in his Pops and Nana Cartee’s wedding in 1976.
    A reception, directed by Billy Allen, close friend of the bride; and Lela Burns and her fantastic crew, immediately followed the ceremony in Snella’s ballroom.
    The bride’s cake, a classic three-tier yellow and chocolate layer cake with butter cream icing decorated with purple hydrangeas, was made by the bride’s cousin, Cindy S. West. The groom’s cake, a three-tier chocolate cheesecake sporting miniature GSU and Furman football player figurines, was made by the groom’s friend, Michael Price.
    The couple is currently residing in Statesboro.

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