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Amid twinkling white lights of a gazebo-style arch, long-stemmed calla lilies and multitudes of glowing candles, Anna Hendry and Chris Rhymes celebrated the beginning of their new life together. The marriage took place on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at two o'clock in the afternoon at Sardis Baptist Church. Minister Eddie Wayne Rhymes performed the double-ring ceremony.
Anna is the daughter of Kathy and Jerry Hendry of Winnsboro. Chris is the son of Dianna and Billy Smith of Winnsboro and the late Ronnie Rhymes.
Fresh calla lily arrangements accented with miniature blue rose buds and white bows marked each aisle in the sanctuary. Green ivy and white tulle intertwined the gazebo topped with a cascading arrangement of white calla lilies, miniature blue rose buds, ribbons and butterflies. Boston ferns flanked the open gates of the arch.
The wedding party entered the sanctuary to "Hold on to Me." The bride entered the church on her father's arm to "I Loved Her First," and "Unanswered Prayers" was selected for the lighting of the unity candle.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white strapless A-line gown featuring a trumpet-style skirt and train. She wore a cathedral-length veil attached with a rhinestone tiara. She carried a bouquet of white calla lilies and miniature blue rose buds adorned with streamers of ivy and blue ribbons.
Tiffany Kormeke of Winnsboro attended the bride as her maid of honor. She wore a knee-length dress in pool blue accented with a sash at the waist and silver accessories. She carried a smaller version of the bride's bouquet.
Chealsey Thomas of Winnsboro served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Leya Grover of St. Joseph and Shannon Reeves of Winnsboro. Each attendant wore a dress like that of the maid of honor.
Madison Reynolds, cousin of the bride, and Katie Smith, niece of the groom, both of Winnsboro, served the bridal party as flower girls. Each wore a white dress featuring a pool blue satin sash and halo-style headdresses. Each girl carried a basked filled with blue and white flower petals.
Steven Reeves of Winnsboro, served the groom as his best man. Groomsmen were Zach Smith, brother of the groom, Lee Hendry, brother of the bride and Josh Smith, brother of the groom.
Ushers for the ceremony were Christopher Ulmer, cousin of the bride and Donavan Hitt, both of Winnsboro.
Adam Smith of Winnsboro, nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the fellowship hall of the church. Balloons filled the ceiling of the room of guests' tables and floral arrangements of calla lilies and rose buds were placed on each table.
The bride's cake was a four-tiered confection covered with fondant icing and featured crystal columns between each layer. Champagne-filled glasses decorated the center of the layers and topped with a crystal bride and groom ornament.
The groom's cake was a red velvet confection with a fisherman theme. Fishing lures, handmade by Zach Smith, featuring the bride and groom's name and wedding date, decorated the top of the cake.
Serving cake during the reception was Effie Brown. April Bron served punch and floating hostesses were Donna Dison and Wendy Reeves, all of Winnsboro.
After a honeymoon trip to Fort Worth, Texas, the couple is at home in Winnsboro.