Stevens-Warren wedding
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Courtney Gale Stevens and Christopher Brett Warren were united in marriage at St. Luke United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. on October 5, 2013.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Golden Stevens, Jr. of Americus, Ga.

She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gale W. Davis of Albany, Ga., and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Golden Stevens Sr. of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. Eddie A. Warren Jr. of Canton.

He is the grandson of Mr. Eddie Warren Sr. of Canton, the late Helen Warren and the late Mrs. and Mrs. W. Jack Wooten of Gainesville, Fla.

Rev. Darian Duckworth officiated the double ring ceremony.

Nuptial music was provided by Becky Foster, pianist, and Patricia Thomas, guitarist and vocalist. Kimberly Wright of Southaven was also a vocalist.

Entering the sanctuary on her father's arm, the bride wore an elegant couture gown originally worn by her mother in 1988 and custom styled for her by Sandra Ashford of The Ashford Collection in Ridgeland.

The white chiffon dress featured a fitted bodice with a flattering neckline encrusted with lace medallions, seed pearls and sequins. Tapering lace straps enhanced the bodice. The fit and flare Cinderella gown featured a full skirt with flowing layers of chiffon ruffles cascading down the cathedral length train. The entire skirt was adorned with large sprays of lace medallions. Lace medallions trimmed the bottom of the skirt and the train.

Completing the bride's ensemble was a cascading fingertip-length veil of white illusion trimmed in Swarovski crystals and lace with a cathedral-length veil of white illusion with Swarovski crystal accents.

The bride carried a cascading bouquet of garden roses in shades of pink accented with lisianthus, calla lilies, ranunculus, bouvardia, veronica, gypsophila, and dusty miller. The bouquet was wrapped with a family heirloom handkerchief from the bride's grandmother Ruth, and a brooch borrowed from her grandmother Cherry that was given to her by the bride's grandfather on her wedding day, her mother's silver diaper pin, and a brooch belonging to the bride's great-grandmother Mary Lynn Scales.

Attending the bride as the maids of honor were Mallory Brooke Allen of Thomaston, Ga. and Rebecca Lindsay Marter of Grenada.

Bridesmaids were Meaghan Gelston Hudson of Niles, Ohio, sorority sister of the bride; Lorrin Elizabeth Marter of Grenada, friend of the bride; and Mallory Elise Sneed of Hernando, sorority sister and little of the bride.

They wore light grey crystal satin ruffle neck halter above the knee length dress with shirred skirt and pockets. They carried handtied bouquets of garden roses in shades of pink accented with lisianthus, bouvardia, and dusty miller.

Justin Kyle Warren, the groom's brother, served as best man. Groomsmen were Stuardt Carl Saxton of Canton, friend of the groom; Andrew Rosser Stevens and John Golden Stevens III, of Americus, Ga., brothers of the bride; and Edward Zachary Warren of Canton, brother of the groom.

William Ethan Eubanks of Clinton, and Terri Dwayne Pendlebury Jr. of Yazoo City served as usher.

The flower girls were Evelyn Katherine Griffin and Camille Evans Griffin, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Griffin of Cleveland; and Natalee Jean Shipp and Janna Frances Shipp, daughters of The Doctors Shipp of Cleveland.

They wore tea-length white illusion dresses with white sashes and wore large white satin bows in their hair, a gift from the bride. They carried pomanders of gypsophila with sheer hot pink ribbon handles.

The ring bearer was Charlie Harlan Gordon, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Sappington of Cleveland. He is the very best friend of the bride and wore a tuxedo to match the groom.

Acolytes were Hayley Jackson Cummins and Kellie Nicole Cummins, of Cleveland; and Damerio Nahum Taylor, of Cleveland.

A solo, "Angel," was sung by the groom as the wedding party entered the sanctuary.

Rev. Jerry Dillon said a special prayer at the closing of the ceremony.

The alter flowers were given in loving memory of the bride's grandparents Mr. and Mrs. John Golden Stevens Sr., and the groom's grandparents Mr. and Mrs. W. Jack Wooten and Mrs. Helen Warren.

The wedding was directed by the bride's grandmother, Mrs. Cherry Davis.

Following the ceremony guests attended the reception hosted by the bride's parents at the Cleveland Country Club.

Upon entering the reception, guests were able to view the bride's portrait in her mother's redesigned dress, as well as her mother's bridal portrait in the original dress.

Guests were entertained by Delta State University DMI All-Stars of the Delta Music Institute.

The bride's five-tiered wedding cake, designed by Alice Chow, was the focal point. The cake was decorated with a large Cinderella castle on the top tier, with crystals and pink satin ribbon on the lower tiers.

The tables were decorated with pink illusion, Cinderella glass slippers, crystals, and candles.

As the evening came to a close the couple departed in a horse-drawn Cinderella carriage, lit with small white lights.

After a honeymoon trip to Disney World, the couple is at home in Cleveland.

The groom is a current student at Delta State University and the bride is a writer for The Bolivar Commercial.