Linsay Morgan Cheney and Matthew Wesley Rudd were united in marriage on Saturday, November 16, 2013, during an outdoor ceremony at 4 o’clock in the afternoon at Old Freeman Family Farm in Cooperville, Ga. The Rev. Dr. Harry Sherrer officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe and Teresa Cheney of Statesboro, Ga. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James and Jackie Brower of Sylvania, Ga., and the late Mr. and Mrs. John and Evelyn Cheney of Athens, Ga.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie and Christine Rudd of Dudley, Ga. He is the grandson of the late Mr. Jimmy Rudd and Mrs. Irene Walter of Opelika, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Jeanette Bailey of LaGrange, Ga.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless ivory lace gown with a scalloped sweetheart neckline and chapel-length train. It featured a fitted bodice with button closure and matching high-collar scalloped lace bolero to create a Queen Anne neckline and sheer illusion back. She wore a champagne-colored satin sash and ivory birdcage veil featuring Russian netting and hand-crafted flowers, both handmade by her mother, a crystal hair pin and cowgirl boots given to her by the groom.
Linsay carried a bouquet of lush, green, hand-picked draping passion vine and golden rain tree blooms and nandina berries hand-collected by the florist’s grandmother from her very own garden. The rich, garden-inspired color palette of peach, coral, pink, orange and white featured peonies, astilbe, ranunculus, garden roses, O’hara roses, campanella roses, tulips, delphinium, lisianthus and Queen Anne’s lace, and hanging pepper berries and privet berries added splashes of blue and red. A tiny frame holding a photograph of the bride’s maternal grandfather was pinned onto the chocolate brown velvet ribbon that wrapped the bouquet, and a lock tied on with thin sisal rope complemented the key incorporated into the groom’s boutonniere.
Before the ceremony, the mothers of the bride and groom watered a living potted Norfolk Island evergreen pine tree. During the ceremony, Alexandria Bearden, cousin of the bride, read a passage about love and marriage from “Mere Christianity” by C.S. Lewis while the couple also watered the tree, symbolizing the strong roots of their relationship and the continued growth of their love.
Following the ceremony, a reception at the farm included a buffet dinner featuring barbeque cooked by Mickey Brower, uncle of the bride, as well as lawn games and dancing.
The couple spent their honeymoon at a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Cleveland, Ga. They now make their home in Statesboro.