The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Marlin Dwayne Collier of Rome. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Gray Cunningham of Johnson City, Tenn., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Leban Harris Collier of Martin, Tenn.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Hamilton Beasley of Lavonia. He is the grandson of Mrs. William Mason Payne of Carnesville and the late Mr. Payne and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter George Beasley of Lavonia.
The Reverend William Montana Stallins of Rome performed the double-ring ceremony before an altar decorated with wrought iron candelabras holding pillar candles. These flanked an antique urn featuring an arrangement of white roses, hydrangea, bells of Ireland, eucalyptus, and larkspur. The family pews were marked with ivory satin ribbons.
A program of wedding music was provided by pianist Janis Maxwell and trumpeter Brandon Craswell, both of Athens. Selections included “Sheep May Safely Graze”, “Shepherd Like a Savior Lead Us”, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, “Canon in D”, “Be Thou My Vision”, “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” and “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”.
Laura Collier Darnell of Macon, sister of the bride was the matron of honor. Maids of honor were Laura Elise Bennett of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Erin Elizabeth Euler of Somerville, Mass. The attendants wore knee-length gold and gray patterned sleeveless silk dresses. They each carried a bouquet of miniature plum-colored calla lillies and yellow caspedia hand tied with ivory satin ribbon and pearl accents.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a formal sheath gown of ivory Venetian re-embroidered lace over an ivory underlay. The gown featured cap sleeves and a V-neck bodice. The back of the gown was enhanced by a keyhole cut-out and self-covered ivory satin buttons. The gown flowed into a trumpet flared chapel length train with a scalloped lace edge. The bride wore a two-tiered elbow-length ivory veil belonging to her sister-in-law, Mrs. Stephen Collier. Lace matching the bridal gown was added to hold the veil in place. Her accessories were a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings, a gift from the groom. The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, bells of Ireland, miniature plum colored Calla lillies, yellow fresia, green hypericum berries, hydrangea and Dusty Miller hand-tied with antique ivory French ribbon and pearl accents.
Best men were John Benton Beasley of Atlanta and Evan Hamilton Beasley of Lavonia, brothers of the groom. Groomsmen were Stephen Gray Collier of Atlanta, brother of the bride, George Perry Cunningham IV of Knoxville, Tenn., Matthew Brian Moseley of Dunwoody, Brandon Clarke Pue of Charlotte, N.C., and Jonathan Robert Weathers of Charlotte, N.C.
Program attendants were Kyli Vail Avery of Cumming and Schuyler Elizabeth Boyer of Canton, cousins of the bride.
The mother of the bride wore a knee-length eggplant jersey knit dress that featured long sleeves and asymmetrical ruching across the bodice. The mother of the groom wore a full length royal blue jersey knit flowing skirt with a black jersey knit three-quarter sleeve top featuring a Mandarin collar. The mothers were presented with hand tied tussie mussie bouquets of miniature plum- colored calla lillies, yellow fresia and Dusty Miller. The groom’s grandmother was presented a corsage made with white roses, yellow fresia and Dusty Miller.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Conservatory, State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Refreshments included a two-tiered round wedding cake surrounded by red velvet, carrot cake and chocolate cupcakes. The bride and groom toasted one another with a dual-cup toasting goblet used by the bride’s parents at their wedding.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for family and out of town guests at Farm 255.
Other pre-nuptial parties included a family brunch and miscellaneous shower hosted by Mrs. Stephen Collier and Mrs. Gary Darnell at the Collier home in Atlanta; a luncheon and kitchen shower hosted by Mrs. Hugh Bennett, Laura Bennett, Mrs. Jack Harris, Baldwin Harris, Mrs. Tony Martino and Erin Euler at the Bennett home in Rome; a La La’s Luncheon held at the Coosa Country Club in Rome hosted by Mrs. Bill Conner, Mrs. Dan Goldfaden, Mrs. Raul Gonzalez, Mrs. Doug Lawrence, Mrs. Mike Rogers, Mrs. Tony Triplitt and Mrs. Tony Warren; an engagement party hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Don Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. John McGarity, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Strickland, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wilson held at the Williams’ home in Royston; an afternoon tea hosted by Mrs. William Hill, Mrs. George Beasley and Mrs. Jeff Beasley, aunts of the groom and Mrs. Gatlin Correia, Miss Kelsy Beasley and Mrs. George Duncan Beasley, cousins of the groom, at the Hill home in Lavonia; a bachelor skiing weekend in West Virginia hosted by friends of the groom; an engagement celebration hosted by Matt Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Cooper, Lauren Deal, Ruth Huggins and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Ludlam at the Cooper home in Atlanta; a miscellaneous shower hosted by co-workers of the bride at Ison Springs Elementary School in Atlanta; a couples’ dinner and around the house shower hosted by Lee Dougherty, Lauren Dupre, Margaret Golden, Maggie King, Abby Moreland, Sissy Springfield and Andrea Ashe Tutt held at The Ivy Buckhead in Atlanta and a miscellaneous shower hosted by the groom’s co-workers at Lockton Companies, Atlanta. The day before the wedding the bride was honored with a morning at the spa for the bride and her attendants hosted by Mrs. Lake Boyer, Jr., cousin of the bride, held in Athens and a bridesmaids’ luncheon hosted by Mrs. Alan Bowen and Mrs. David Bowen held at The Last Resort in Athens. A morning after brunch was hosted by the bride’s parents at the Georgia Gameday Center Clubroom in Athens.
After a wedding trip to Ireland, the couple will reside in Atlanta.