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Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Adam Marsh

    Amber Elizabeth Johnson became the bride of Joshua Adam Marsh in a double-ring ceremony Saturday, April 10, 2010, at 6 p.m. at Beaver Creek Plantation in Twin City. The Rev. Phil Wilson, pastor of El Bethel Baptist Church, performed the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Johnson of Twin City. She is the granddaughter of Ann Farrar and the late Edward R. Sconyers of Swainsboro, Leone Johnson of Twin City and the late Abb Johnson Sr. and Belva Woods Johnson.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Windel Marsh of Statesboro. He is the grandson of Lucy Woodruff and the late Tom Woodruff of Aiken, South Carolina. He is also the grandson of the late  Husmith and Margaret Marsh of Statesboro.
    The stone entryway into Beaver Creek Plantation was decorated with wreaths of grapevines, forsythia and hypericum berries accented with burlap ribbon. Greeting the guests were cousins of the bride and groom, Smith Kaiser, Tanner Kaiser, Brianna Johnson, Madaline Johnson and Laura Ashley Groover. They presented guests with wedding programs. The guests were seated and gathered along the front lawn of the lodge as they enjoyed musical selections by Ann Walden, organist. Large Mason jars filled with sunflowers, hanging amaranthus and hypericum berries marked the family seating.
    The ceremony took place outside the entrance of the lodge overlooking the pond on a dock made by the father of the bride. The arbored dock was made of stripped cypress trees and decorated on either side with weathered tin urns that held bouquets of forsythia, curly willow and hypericum berries. The wooden union cross held jars of sand from the bride and groom and was poured together during the ceremony to symbolize their marriage. A cypress stump held a candle in loving memory of the bride's and groom's deceased grandparents.
    Music was presented by Ann Walden, soloist Dena Walden, cousin of the bride; and Trey Cowart, friend of the bride and groom.
    The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, chose a simple strapless gown featuring a modified sweetheart neckline. The diamond white taffeta gown formed a mermaid silhouette that was complimented by a bubble hem and sweeping train. She carried a bouquet of green hydrangeas, sunflowers, hypericum berries, sunflower pods, curly willow and pheasant feathers tied with burlap.
    Ansley Johnson of Twin City, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Anna Cowart, Ashley Lee and Cara Oglesby, cousins of the bride; Kim Kaiser, cousin of the groom; Amy Leatherwood, Kelly Claxton and Cindy Moore. Bridesmaids wore dresses of chartreuse linen featuring an empire waist and scooped neckline. The dresses were worn above the knee to feature their brown leather cowboy boots. Each one carried a bouquet of sunflowers, red gerber daisies, hypericum berries, curly willow, button chrysanthemums, blue iris and lotus pods wrapped with burlap.
    Serving as flower girl was Ava Grace Johnson, cousin of the bride. She wore a matching diamond white dress accented with a chartreuse ribbon tied at the waist. She carried a wire egg basket with curly willow filled with sunflower petals.
    Donald Marsh of Statesboro served as his son's best man. Groomsmen were Abb Johnson III, brother of the bride; Jeffrey Marsh, brother of the groom; Scott Kaiser, cousin of the groom; Les Claxton, Britt Claxton, Wes Lee and Jeremy Dailey.
    Ben Laircey, friend of the bride and groom, served as ring bearer. He carried rings in a bird nest with curly willow.
    Immediately after the ceremony, a reception was hosted by the bride's parents in honor of the bride and groom. The grand entrance of the lodge was flanked with a bountiful arrangement of forsythia, blue iris, sunflowers, hypericum berries, hanging amaranthus and lilly grass amidst a leather riding saddle and saddle bags. Large ferns accented each side of the entrance and hung from each section of the front porch. The registry table just inside the entrance held a massive arrangement of sunflowers, forsythia, curly willow, blue iris, sunflower pods, swamp lilies and hanging amaranthus in a large western boot. The table was covered with burlap cloth surrounded by sunflower petals and green pears. Guests were greeted by the bride and groom's parents.
    The lodge at Beaver Creek was decorated in a country western theme. The grand selection of food was served on tables covered with brown linen cloth. Accenting the food table was a massive arrangement of fruit beautifully displayed on multi tiers of harrow disk, made by the bride's father, and topped with an arrangement of swamp lilies, lilly grass, hypericum berries, forsythia and hanging amaranthus. Guests' tables were decorated with tall cylinders filled with green pears and forsythia, accented with a monogrammed burlap band made by the bride. Monogrammed burlap table runners and tea light candles also adorned the tables.
    The bride's cake was served by Nikki Ricks of Statesboro, former roommate of the bride. The groom's cake was served by Laura Minick, cousin of the groom.
    Pictures of the bride and groom were displayed among the seating areas as a slideshow of the bride and grooms childhood and dating years was presented on large screen televisions.
    Just outside the back of the lodge, guests enjoyed dancing under a large white tent. The entrance was decorated by massive 10-foot topiaries of green cedar in decorative urns made by Chris Johnson, cousin of the bride. Tables were situated among the pines and tent for the guest to enjoy as they danced to a selection of music played by Sir Lawrence and the First Class of Atlanta, Ga.
    The couple departed the reception as guests showered them with bird seed and left in a cherry red 1937 Oldsmobile driven by Elbert Alberson.
    Following a honeymoon trip to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, the couple will make their home in Statesboro.

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