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Mr. and Mrs. John Dalton Rushing

    Virginia Lee Floyd Hendley and John Dalton Rushing were united in marriage at 5:00 in the evening on December 15, 2012. The family wedding and reception were held at the home of the bride's parents. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Carl Ledbetter, a longtime family friend of the Rushings.
    The bride is the daughter of John Ray and Laura Tillman Hendley of Statesboro. The groom is the son of Jackie Rushing of Register and Belinda Spikes Waters of Reidsville.
    A historic feeling filled the air. Copper torches led guests down a meandering stone path to small seating areas near the pond in the backyard. Ginny's paternal great-grandmother, Edna Dekle Tillman's, wicker furniture was down near the pond. Antique church benches were reserved for immediate family members. The ceremony took place beneath a white arbor decorated by Todd Branyon of The Florist. Michael Braz provided the traditional wedding music, many times played by Ginny's great-grandmother, Lavinia Floyd, as organist of the First United Methodist Church.
    The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a vintage style ivory silky taffeta strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and dusty pink vintage lace medallions. Each scattered medallion was accented with pintuck gathers, and each lifted tuck had scattered lace appliques with miniature pearls and glass seed/bugle beads. The fitted bodice had horizontal pintuck pleats and Victorian-style gathers of silky fabric. The gown flowed down at the back to a Tiiffany-style length train with more scattered dusty pink accents. An old-fashioned bustle completed the back of the gown. Ginny wore the same necklace that her grandmother, Virginia Lee Floyd, wore at her wedding.
    Dalton's best man was his father, Jackie Rushing.
    Meg Collins Skinner, a longtime family friend, welcomed guests into the dining room, which was embellished with historic flare, honoring the bride's maternal grandmother, Virginia Lee, and her great-grandmother, Lavinia.
    Virginia Lee's cut lace linen tablecloth adorned her granddaughter's dining room table. Antique china and linens gave a feeling of yesterday. A portion of the china was hand-painted by Ginny's paternal great-grandmother, Edna. Bird nests, which Ginny had collected through the years, hung from her grandmother, Virginia Lee's, brass chandelier. For a brief moment, time stood still.
    During the reception, Dr. Braz's music picked up a beat.
    The wedding cake, designed by Linda Sammons, was a replica of the cake enjoyed by Dalton's parents, Jackie and Belinda, at their wedding 25 years ago. Accessories to the cake were six-inch wedding party dolls used on August 31, 1926, when Lavinia Hilliard and Dr. Waldo E. Floyd were married.
    After the reception, bird seed was scattered over the couple from family antique baskets of all shapes and sizes. The wedding couple then escaped to the north side of the adjoining pond, where the ceremony took place. Here, they found a waiting canoe. Once in the canoe, still in their wedding attire, Ginny and Dalton waved goodbye to their family. Dalton paddled the canoe directly across the pond to the south side, where they arrived at 218 Oak Leaf Drive. It is here that they will make their home.

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