Sabrina Dawn Sikes became the bride of John Russell Thornton IV of Los Angeles, California, during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony on April, 30, 2011, at the historic St. Simons Lighthouse on St. Simons Island, Ga. The Honorable Debra Howes of Brunswick, Ga., officiated.
Before and during the ceremony, classical and current musical pieces were performed by Rose Francis and her String Quartet from Jacksonville, Fla.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Cynthia Sikes of Statesboro and is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. Lamar Floyd of Brunswick, Ga., and the late Mr. and Mrs. John D. Sikes of Metter, Ga.
The groom is the son of Mr. John Russell Thornton III and Mrs. Cynthia Wickenheiser of Baltimore, Maryland, and is the grandson of Mr. Allen Brice Woods and Carol Koppelman of Maryland and Mrs. Margaret Thornton Martin of Summerfield, Florida, and the late Mr. John Russell Thornton Jr. of Baltimore, Md.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an ivory gown of layered Point of Espirit. The slim gown featured an exaggerated sweetheart neckline, softly hand-draped bodice, fluid sweep train and was accented by a hand-made silk organza floral corsage at the natural waistline. Her chapel-length veil and silk organza floral hair adornments were also ivory. Her jewelry was pearl earrings, pearl bracelet and a diamond pendant necklace that was a gift from her mother that had belonged to her maternal great-grandmother. The bridal bouquet was an European hand tie of garden collected purple hydrangeas, purple lisianthus, open orange unique garden roses and curly willow. The stems were accented with French wired ribbon.
Simone Sikes Lane of Statesboro was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Jacquelyn Thornton of Baltimore, Maryland, sister of the groom; Erin Pennington of Macon, Ga., Lindsay Urban Stratton of Tallahassee, Fla., and Stephanie Palumbo Hill of Cleveland, Ohio.
They each wore a strapless purple silk chiffon cocktail dress with beautifully wrapped panels draping the bodice, a gently flared A-line skirt and a slim silver belt at the natural waistline. Their jewelry was gray pearl earrings and necklace, gifts from the bride. They carried garden clusters of orange unique roses, purple hydrangeas and purple lisianthus with French wired ribbon.
Flower girls were Brittany Lane of Statesboro, niece of the bride; and Madison Thornton of Baltimore, Md., sister of the groom. They wore ivory satin dresses with bubble skirts and sheer flowers on their ivory headbands and ribbon belts. Each carried miniature lighthouses illuminated by candles.
Mr. John Russell Thornton III, father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Brad Anderson of Baltimore, Md., cousin of the groom; Shaun Sikes of Statesboro, brother of the bride; Tarrell Graham of West End, North Carolina, Clif Murphey of Los Angeles, Calif., and Shane Haag of Atlanta. Ushers were Steven Gossin of Wilmington, N.C., and Jake Still of Baltimore, Md. John Daniel Lane of Statesboro, nephew of the bride, was ring bearer.
Following the wedding ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the courtyard and back patio of the St. Simons Lighthouse grounds and toured the lighthouse museum and observation deck. The dinner reception and dancing followed in the A. W. Jones Heritage Center. The three-tiered bride's cake featured ivory fondant icing with Swiss dots and purple bands at the bottom of each layer. The cake was decorated with flowers similar to the bridal bouquet. The groom's cake was in the shape of an electric guitar and had caramel icing.
Guests said goodbye to the couple by showering them with purple and orange flower petals as they left the reception in the St. Simons Island Trolley.
After a trip to Costa Rica, the couple now resides in Los Angeles, California.
The groom's parents hosted the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding at Bennie's Red Barn on St. Simons Island. The couple chose this opportunity to present their attendants gifts.
The morning of the wedding a bridesmaid's luncheon was held at Mullet Bay Restaurant, hosted by Dianne Wood, Betty Sikes and Agnes Floyd.