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An afternoon ceremony at the Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Winnsboro was the setting for the marriage of Marla Shaylene Couch to Johnathan Todd West on August 23, 2008. Rev. M. R. Couch, father of the bride, and the Rev. Billy Uzzle officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Rev. M. R. and Barbara Kay Couch of Winnsboro. The groom is the son of Claude and Renda West of Hickman, Ky.
The foyer of the church was decorated with a stone column topped with Grecian urn containing a floral design of gladiolas in various colors, accented with bamboo and feathers. A standing easel next to the arrangement held a portrait of the bride.
Musical selections for the ceremony were performed by soloists Keisha Chambless, Alana Burnett, Dewayne Uzzle, Stephen Couch and organist Lisa Bakerand, and included "Your Love Amazes Me," "From This Moment On," and "Every Heartbeat."
The sanctuary was an indoor garden scene created with four fountains among various tropical trees, plants and fresh flowers. An ornately designed gate and trellis served as the backdrop. The couple exchanged vows beneath a Grecian arch with lighted columns.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose a simple, A-Line two-piece ensemble of Duchess satin with a classic sweep train. A matching jacket with belle sleeves made of soft English net and adorned with cotton Venice lace completed her ensemble. Her veil of sheer illusion was trimmed to match the gown. She carried a bouquet of Casa Blanca lilies, mini calla lilies and stargazers accented with veronica filler.
Madeline Couch of Winnsboro, served the bride as her maid of honor. She wore a satin two-piece sage-colored dress and carried a bouquet of Casa Blanca lilies and Agapanthus with veronica filler.
Kandace Couch of Winnsboro served the bride as her matron of honor. She wore a dress like that of the maid of honor and carried a matching bouquet.
Bridesmaids were, Christy Hopkins of Forest, Miss.; Becky Huey of Dyersburg, Tenn.; Juadon Mixon of Winnsboro; and Amy Durbin of Joplin, Miss. Each wore a sage colored two-piece satin dress and carried a bouquet of Casa Blanca lilies and Agapanthus with veronica filler.
Jaslynn Hopkins of Forest, Miss. and Kara Sampson of Dyersburg, Tenn., served as flower girls. They wore a white dresses adorned with sage-green sashes and carried Flower Wands with an assortment of flowers.
Jarett West and Claude West of Hickman, Ky., served the groom as best men. Groomsmen were, John West of Mooresville, S.C.; Michael West of Hickman; Stephen Couch of Winnsboro; and Shawn Couch of Guthrie, Okla.
Mallory Couch of Winnsboro and Zachary Hopkins of Forest, were the miniature bride and groom.
Ushers for the ceremony included Brandon Uzzle of Hickman and Brian McCormack of Dyersburg. Trevor Huey of Dyersburg served as bell ringer and Zane Hopkins of Forest served as Bible carrier. Merriel Couch of Winnsboro served as carriage rider and Brayton Sampson of Dyersburg as carriage escort.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the fellowship hall of the church where the garden theme continued. The area was decorated with lighted columns, fountains tropical plants and flowers.
The bride and groom's table were combined with one seven-layered creation of half white and half chocolate icing and decorated with more than 1000 sugar roses. Rhonda Mixon and Regina Mixon of Monroe served cake to guests. Alana Burnette of Jayess, Miss. served punch. Floating hostesses were, Jessica Mixon, Rachel Hatton, Victoria Wagusepack, Casey Touchet, Lindsey Rockhold, Meghan Vallery and Susie Hall of Winnsboro.
Natalie Rockhold of Winnsboro attended the guestsí book and Kayla Huey of Dyersburg handed out programs.
Mandy Mixon of Winnsboro, Vi Rockhold of Winnsboro, Carol Hawthorne, Debbie Carroll, Cathy Delacarda, Elaine Willey and Nelda Hitt, all of Winnsboro, assisted with decorations, food preparations and ceremony program.
After a wedding trip to Branson, Mo., and a Hawaiian Cruise, the couple will be hat home in Hickman, Ky.