Mills - Johnson wed in outdoor ceremony
Carolyn Delores Johnson and Herbert Cecil Mills were married on July 22, at the home of Mike and Melissa Martin in Lewisburg.
Carolyn is the daughter of Carol and Delores Johnson of Lewisburg. She is the granddaughter of Lora Johnson, the late Carlos Johnson, and the late Noah and Adell Demumbreum.
Cecil is the son of Mike and Connie Mills of Lewisburg and Melody Taylor of Pulaski. He is the grandson of Jean Mills, Gilmore Mills, Grady Taylor and the late Ruby Taylor.
The ceremony was performed by Terry Mills at seven o'clock in the afternoon. It was held in front of a massive white archway which was decorated with greenery and daisies. These flowers as well as the other used in the wedding were provided by 4-Ever Flowers.
Stephanie Calahan, Mary Scoggins and Dana Kakoczki kept the guest registry and handed out programs. Kathi Calahan served as the wedding coordinator.
The bride rode up to the site in a beautiful antique carriage driven by Bill Derryberry. The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an Allure diamond white gown of French taffeta. It had a dropped waist with a pick up skirt and chapel length train. Intricate beading adorned the bodice and skirt. Her gown was worn with a tiara of the same design and a veil which had silver lining around the edge. she wore a rhinestone necklace and earrings to complement the dress. She carried a hand bouquet of fresh daisies, which were the six colors used in the wedding.
Melissa Martin, sister of the bride, was matron of honor, and Kassi Miller, friend of the bride, was maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Shanita Mayes and Jesse Darnell, both friends of the bride. Talley Johnson and Megan Martin, nieces of the bride, were junior bridesmaids. They all wore chiffon dresses which laced up in the back. Even though they had the same style dress, all of the girls wore a different color, The color pattern was rose, buttercup, sunset, lime green, turquoise, and lavender; these colors created a rainbow look. Each attendant wore a necklace and earrings of translucent rhinestones; these were a gift from the bride. They carried hand bouquets of white daisies which were wrapped around the stem with multi colored ribbon.
Emily Martin, niece of the bride, served as the flower girl She wore a white, sleeveless dress with a necklace to compliment the design. She also wore a halo with colored daisies like the ones in the bride's bouquet. She carried a white wicker basket with multi colored ribbons wrapped around the handle and a white daisy attached to each side. The basket was filled with rose petals of assorted colors.
Ryan Derryberry, fried of the groom, was best man, The groomsmen were Steven Reed, Brad Taylor, and Cody Taylor, all cousins of the groom. Ushers were Paul Johnson, brother of the bride, and Mike Martin, brother-in-law of the bride. All of guys wore black cutaway tuxedos with a five button vest in dove gay and a striped ascot.
Caden Mills, son of the bride and groom, served as ringbearer. He wore a tuxedo which matched the men's. Since he was still unstable in walking by himself, he pushed his push toy; it was covered with white satin and accented with a white satin pillow that had the bride and groom's name monogrammed on it.
A dinner reception was also held there immediately following the ceremony. The tables for the guests were decorated with rainbow sheet material. Adding to the table were vases with colored daisies and crystal bowels with floating candles and glass marbles. Crystal ice was spread throughout the tables. Other decorations included two collages of the bride and groom growing up and a collage of the together. A beautiful four layer cake decorated with swirls and colored daisies was topped with a figurine of a bride and groom. The groom's cake, which was actually a brownie, was decorated with a UT theme. Both cakes wee made by Benita Villines. The delicious dinner was prepared by Wendy Reed, Vicki Reed, Sam Mills and Kathi Calahan. In addition to the preparers, Meredith Weaver, Catherine Prosser, Rachel Aldridge and Bonnie Taylor helped serve the food as well as the cake and punch.
After a honeymoon in the Bahamas, the couple is residing in Lewisburg.
On the evening preceding the ceremony, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Martin home. It was catered by The Hickory House in Pulaski.
Prenuptial parties included, a bridesmaid's luncheon hosted by Emily Gordon at her home on July 21; a bridal shower hosted by the groom's mother's family in Pulaski on June 25; a bridal shower hosted by the bride's friends at the home of Melissa Martin on July 9; and a bridal tea hosted by the ladies of Church Street Church of Christ on June 4.