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Story Archives: Givens-Norwood wedding
In the presence of family and friends, the celebration and blessing of the marriage uniting Sierra Brooke Givens and Leo Norwood Jr. took place at seven o'clock in the evening on July 10, 2009, at Life Church in Winnsboro. Minister Kevin Bates performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mary Beth and Greg Givens of Winnsboro. The groom is the son of Sarah Norwood of Winnsboro and the late Leo Norwood Sr.
The double doors of the church were adorned with grapevine wreaths intertwined with pink and sea foam green satin ribbon and featured pearl encrusted monogram initials of the couple. A cascading arrangement of lilies and pink tulle highlighted the entrance of the sanctuary. Fresh flowers, photos of the bride and groom, and a photo of the groom's late father, decorated the registry table in the foyer of the church where Ashlynn Shirley, cousin of the bride, attended the guest book.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory gown of taffeta overlaid with Alencon lace. Embellished with pearl sequins and lace appliqués, the halter-style bodice flowed into a cathedral-length train. Her pearl encrusted tiara held a chapel-length veil of sheer illusion, which was scattered with seed pearls.
The couple exchanged personal wedding vows beneath a Grecian arch draped with white tulle and white lights. The wedding date was chosen to honor the anniversary of the bride's paternal great grandparents, Myrtle and the late J.O. Shirley of Winnsboro, who celebrated 73 years of marriage, and the birthday of the late Leon Hanson of Archibald, great grandfather of the bride.
Nuptial music for the ceremony included classical selections for the entrance of guests and the wedding party. The bride entered the sanctuary to the "Wedding March" and "At Last" by Etta James was played during the signing of the marriage license.
Attending the bride as her maid of honor was Danyale Rushing of Crowville. Bridesmaids were Tori Yeats of Chase and Melissa Hatton Branton of Baton Rouge. Each attendant wore a tea-length dress of sea foam green satin and chiffon featuring a halter neckline and carried a single calla lily tied with sheer ribbon.
Meredith Thompson of Winnsboro, cousin of the groom, served the wedding party as flower girl. She wore a sea foam green tea-length dress of satin and chiffon embroidered with pink flowers and accented with a pink satin ribbon sash.
Randy Minchew of Baskin served as best man. Groomsmen were Paul Givens of Winnsboro, brother of the bride and Michael Wilson of Clarks, nephew of the groom.
Kale Guillot of Jigger, cousin of the bride served as usher for the ceremony. Ring bearer was Devin Norwood of Baskin, son of the groom.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the fellowship hall of the church. Streamers of white tulle and lights cascading from the ceiling were attached over the bride's table with a wreath of white flowers. The bride's table featured a white and sea foam green three-tiered confection of strawberry and vanilla layers, decorated with pink roses and white calla lilies and topped with a crystal figurine. The table was adorned with calla lily champagne flutes etched with the bride and groom's names and wedding date.
The groom's cake was a chocolate confection depicting a golf course. Matching crystal decanters filled with iced tea and pink lemonade were placed between the bride and groom's tables.
Guests enjoyed a buffet of various refreshments and an extravagant fruit display with chocolate fountain. Serving at the reception were Katrina Chilton of West Monroe, Kay Stephens of Wisner, Amy Johns of Gilbert, Amanda Kimball of Baskin, Wendy Jones of Winnsboro, Barbara Martin of Baskin, Kathy Mitchell of Winnsboro and Rebecca McKay of Mangham.
Tea girls, Meg Stephens of Wisner and Macy Gilmore of Gilbert, cousins of the bride, handed out bubbles and birdseed for the couple's departure for their honeymoon.
After a trip to Hot Springs, Ark., the couple will be at home in West Monroe where they are both employed in the nursing field.