Gina is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Tho-mas Bledsoe of Lewisburg and the granddaughter of Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bledsoe and the late Almus Bledsoe of Pulaski and the late Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Woodard of Petersburg.
Matthew is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Ervin of Lewisburg and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Ervin and Mrs. Ruby McDaniel and the late John McDaniel, all of Lewisburg.
The double ring ceremony was performed at two o'clock in the afternoon by Mike Baker, minister of the Church Street Church of Christ. Vows were exchanged before a fifteen branched candelabra intertwined with a periwinkle and white floral festoon, accented on each side by a basket arrangement of blue and purple Dutch Iris, yellow Asiatic lilies, yellow daisies, white glads, white Snap Dragons, solid Astor, and a mixture of greenery.
Ashley Hazelwood, Brittany Perry, and Shelby Perry, all cousins of the bride, kept the guest registry and handed out programs.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a Michaelangelo floor-length A-line gown of white satin. It featured an elegant, beaded criss-cross design descending down the bodice ending in a finely embroidered design with beaded flowers at the waistline. The embroidered design with beaded flowers also adorned the front lower hemline and the train. Her veil was trimmed with scattered white beaded flowers. Her silver tiara was decorated with rhinestone studded flowers. She wore a pearl and rhinestone necklace, a gift of the groom. She carried a hand bouquet of white roses, blue Dutch iris, and caspia, with a small Bible attached to the base of the bouquet with delicate white lace, a gift when she was one year old from her cousin, Joan Pressnell.
Claire Cooper of Lewisburg, friend of the bride, was maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Amanda Whitaker of Lewisburg and Kerri Harrison of Bruns-wick, Maine, also friends of the bride. All three wore matching two-piece, floor-length dresses of periwinkle Lamore Satin, with silver beading around the collar. Their bouquets consisted of yellow Asiatic lilies, blue and purple Dutch iris, and caspia.
Emily Pressnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Pressnell of Huntsville, Alabama and cousin of the bride, served as flower girl. She wore a white satin dress with an organza overlay neatly accented with white organza flowers at the waistline. She carried a white satin basket decorated with periwinkle and white ribbon. The basket was filled with white rose petals.
Adam Lyle of Corbin, Kentucky and formerly of Lewisburg, friend of the groom, served as best man. The groomsmen were Jonathan Chapman of Lewisburg, friend of the groom, and Nathan Bledsoe of Lewisburg, brother of the bride.
Caleb Grooms, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Grooms of Mount Pleasant and nephew of the groom, served as ring bearer. He wore a white tuxedo with a periwinkle vest and tie and carried a white satin pillow accented with periwinkle and white ribbon.
A reception was held in the annex of the church building immediately following the ceremony. Carol Morrison, Miranda Morrison, and Leannya Morrison, all of Lewisburg, decorated the annex for the reception. They decorated the tables with chemistry flasks of periwinkle and deep purple wildflowers with periwinkle and white ribbon tied in bows around the neck. Translucent periwinkle glass marbles surrounded the base of each arrangement. A beautiful three-tiered cake, decorated with blue roses and green leaves, was topped with a miniature bride and groom beneath a floral, heart-shaped archway. Cake squares, nuts, and blue and white rose mints were served by Valerie Hazelwood and Amy Perry, both of Thompson Station and cousins of the bride. Punch was served by Charlene Thorne and Tara Thorne, both of Harrison, Arkansas and friends of the bride.
After a honeymoon in Panama City Beach, Florida, the couple is residing in East Tennessee.
On May 19, 2006, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner in the Family Life Center at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
A bridal tea was given in the Family Life Center at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church by Matthew's family on March 18, 2006.
A wedding shower was given by Louise Massey at her home on March 19, 2006. Other hostesses were Kristi Massey, Melissa Mas-sey, and her daughter Bethany Massey.
A bridal luncheon was given in the Fellowship Hall at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church by Martha McDaniel, Angie Rollins, and Beth McDaniel on April 29, 2006.
A bridal tea was given at Church Street Church of Christ by ladies of the church on April 30, 2006.