Kelsey Lauren Garner and Ryland McLendon of Statesboro were united in marriage in a outdoor ceremony at Camelot in Statesboro on Saturday, May 13, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon. The Rev. Sonny Sellers of Griffin officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Garner of Statesboro. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lucile Todd and the late Roger Todd of Claxton and Mrs. Jane Garner and the late Dr. James W. Garner of Washington.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dana McLendon of Statesboro. He is the grandson of Frank Ray of Savannah and the late Jean Ray of Statesboro and the late Rev. and Mrs. Fred McLendon, also of Statesboro.
Wedding guests were invited to register their attendance by signing small wooden hearts and dropping them in a shadow box frame, which would be later hung in the couple's new home.
Mr. McLendon served as his son's best man. Usher-groomsmen were uncles of the bridegroom, Rod McLendon of Statesboro and Mark Ray of Summerville, South Carolina; and the bridegroom's brother, Corey McLendon of the United States Army, currently stationed in Maryland.
The bride's sister, Jessi Pennington of Statesboro, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kara Weitman of Glennville, cousin of the bride; and Theresa Latham and Brittany Casey, both of Statesboro. All wore coral-colored chiffon gowns fashioned with empire waists and draped backs. They carried nosegays of gypsophila.
Ashton Pennington of Statesboro, niece of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid. She was dressed in a coral-colored chiffon gown with empire waist and spaghetti straps.
Niece of the bride, Avery Pennington of Statesboro, was flower girl and wore a white chiffon ball gown-type design with a lace bodice and gray sash. She carried a sign that read "Boyfriend, here comes Your Bride."
Given in marriage by her father and mother, the bride wore a ball gown fashioned of ivory regency organza in a perfect combination of sophistication and sparkle. The figure-flattering bodice featured a sweetheart neckline and ruched pleating that plunged into a waist-accentuating diamante band. The back zipped under crystal buttons, adding a touch of sparkle.
Her bouquet of white calla lilies was wrapped in a Belgium lace handkerchief given to her by her grandmother, Jane Garner.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents entertained at an outdoor reception, also at Camelot.
The bride's cake, made by a family friend, was a beautiful confection of buttercream frosting and tiers of yellow cake with pineapple filling, strawberry cake with strawberry filling and Italian cream cake with cream cheese filling. The cake was decorated with white swirls and silver beaded ribbon and topped with a monogram.
The bridegroom's cake was chocolate with a tower of chocolate cupcakes.
During the reception, guests were invited to highlight their favorite Bible verse in a family Bible that was a gift from the bride's parents.
Following a wedding cruise to the Bahamas, St. Kitts and St. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. McLendon are making their home in Statesboro.