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Griffin & Romero.

On a beautiful fall day, Jennifer Lane Griffin and Scott Mitchell Romero were united in the covenant of marriage at the bride's family home in Hamilton. The ceremony was performed by cousin of the bride, Bishop Deric Rea, on October 12, 2013, at four o'clock in the afternoon.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Griffin of Hamilton. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Martha Helen Griffin and the late Mr. Martin Griffin of Trenton, Tennessee, and the late Mrs. Jean LaVaughn Ray and the late Mr. Dannel Ray of Hamilton.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Christy Romero and the late Mr. Lance Romero of Big Bear Lake, California. He is the grandson of Mrs. Patricia Dills and the late Mr. Ray Dills of Fawnskin, California and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Romero of Van Nuys, California.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an embroidered gown by Stephen Yearick of ivoiy organza, adorned with a heavily beaded Swiss netting overlay, fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and a sheath silhouette, ending in a scalloped hemline that drifted into a court-length train. A cathedral-length tulle veil complemented her gown. The bride carried a hand-tied garden-style bouquet of seeded eucalyptus, white astilbe, white and pink ranunculus, and vandela roses. She wore Victorian-style rhinestone encrusted jewelry that was a gift from her soon-to-be mother-in-law as her "something new," her grandmother's antique rosette earrings clipped to the back of her dress as her "something old," a friend of the bride's rhinestone bracelet as her "something borrowed," and a handmade, beaded, royal-blue garter as her "something blue."

Attending the bride were maids of honor, Tracy Power and Maty Amanda Haskins, and matron of honor, Megan Davis. Bridesmaids were Courtney Easter, Sara Cline, Stacey Culley, Megan Feth, and Morgan McGonagill. Attendants wore blush crinkle chiffon, shirred floor-length gowns with strapless necklines and dark plum satin ribbon belts, Bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets of baby's breath and soft pink roses. Flower girls were Ava Rea and Ashleigh Jones. They wore matching ivory satin and tulle empire dresses with handmade three-rose flower sashes and angel halos of pink roses and baby's breath in their hair. Honorary bridesmaids included Kristen Catledge, Mollie George, Loren Robinson, and Alana Robertson. They wore knee-length champagne chiffon dresses with sweetheart necklines and carried bouquets of baby's breath hand-tied with burlap sashes.

A memory candle was lit in honor of the groom's late father, Lance Romero, who would have served as his best man. The groom's attendants were Ryan Romero, Kurt Romero, Jeff Romero, Jason Jones, Kevin Reister, Jesse Escuclero, and Victor Belotti. Groomsmen wore two-button grey tuxedos with silver vests and ties. Ring bearers were Collin Corbell and Jonathan Jones. They carried family Bibles with the bride and groom's wedding bands, secured by burlap and ribbon.

As guests arrived, they were seated by ushers Bradley Corbell, David Gage, and Jason Pincheon. Once all guests were seated, the attendants made their way down the aisle to "Hymn? by Vangelis. Upon the chiming of the hour, the bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, made her way onto the lawn to Johann Pachelbers "Cannon in D."

After the couple exchanged vows and rings, vocalists Emily and Deric Rea sang "The Prayer," followed by the announcement of maniage. The newlyweds and the wedding party recessed to "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by George Frederick Handel.

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception, also held at their home, featuring many of the bride and groom's favorite Southern dishes. The four-tiered cake, made by Derenda Lucas, was adorned with roses and baby's breath. In deference to the groom's profession, the couple chose to cut their wedding cake with a fireman's axe, handcrafted by the groom. Guests were entertained by the duo, Keith and Margie. Martina McBride's "Valentine" played as the couple shared a ballroom dance choreographed by Carol Pepper and David Watkins. Special moments of the day were captured by Donovan Mendoza with Southern Yankee Photography and Renee Reedy Photography, as well as by Perry Newton cinematography. The couple departed the reception as family and friends showered them with birdseed and as the sky was lit up by a breathtaking firework show, carried out by the groomsmen. Wedding planner, Amber Parker, designed and orchestrated the entire evening. Most of the evening's decorations were hand crafted by family friend, Kay Hass.

Following a honeymoon to Cap Cana, Dominican Republic, the couple resides in Oxford, where the bride practices general dentistry at Lee Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. The groom is the lead fire inspector at the Columbus Air Force Base Fire Department.

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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Geographic Code:5BERM
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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