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Story Archives: Bland-Carlson wedding
On a crisp Saturday afternoon at Crowville Assembly of God, Jana Ruth Bland and Scott Allen Carlson exchanged marriage vows in the presence of family and friends. Pastor Ricky Bonnett officiated the double-ring ceremony at three o'clock, November 21, 2009.
The bride is the daughter of Jan and Sammy Bland of Crowville. The groom is the son of Maria Carlson of Tallahassee, Fla., and Dale Carlson of Charleston, S.C.
Escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white strapless gown featuring a sweetheart neckline. The fitted bodice was embellished with sequined appliqués and shirred pleats extending into a drop-waist A-line skirt. Her veil of silk illusion was edged with sequins to match her gown. She carried a classical nosegay of fresh red roses.
Attending the bride as her maid of honor was Kiley Poland of Mangham. She wore a street-length dress in gold and carried a bouquet of red roses and red hydrangeas. Bridesmaids were Cassie Raley of Monroe, Nancy Raley of Crowville and Christin Raley of Monroe. Each attendant wore a gold dress and carried a bouquet like that of the maid of honor.
Luren Theis served the wedding party as flower girl. She wore a red dress with complementing gold shoes and carried red rose petals.
Garrett Owns of Gainesville Florida served the groom as best man. Groomsmen were William Bland and Matthew Raley both of Crowville and Thomas Curlings of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. Usher for the ceremony were, Jeremy Raley, Benjamin Raley, Joshua Raley and Daniel Raley, all of Crowville.
The sanctuary of the church was decorated in a fall fusion of color with red and gold flowers accented by fresh greenery. The couple exchanged vows beneath a gold arch flanked with decorative urns and candelabras. Cathy Wing provided nuptial music for the ceremony and soloist Zach Wilson performed "I Cross My Heart" during the lighting of the unity candle.
A reception was held for the couple at the Mangham Community Center following the ceremony. The bride's table held a four-layered confection topped with fresh red roses. The groom's cake was a two-layer chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Guests tables were covered with white linens and gold overlay table-runners accented with tea light candles. Mary Kate Guimbellot of Winnsboro served the bride's cake. Sarah Owens of Gainsville, Fla., served the groom's cake.
Following a wedding trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple is at home in Ruston.