Wall & Downey.
The afternoon of April 14, 2007, marked the union of Randi Elizabeth Wall and Paul Northington Downey at Highland Baptist Church. The hectic morning included tornado sirens and severe weather alerts throughout the city; however, by 2 p.m. all fear of inclement weather had cleared, paving the way for a beautiful ceremony and outdoor reception in historic Laurel.
The pre-ceremony music included "The Waltz of the Flowers" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, the program the couple attended the evening they became engaged; and "The Old Rugged Cross," the bride's father's favorite hymn. Schubert's "Ave Maria," in its Latin translation, was sung during the seating of the mothers. An original arrangement of "The Lord's Prayer" was presented after the vows, which the couple wrote themselves. The couple exited to the final movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, popularly recognized as "Ode to Joy." Rev. Jerry Chaddick of Lake Charles, Louisiana, performed the ceremony. The wedding was directed by Tammy Saul.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randolph Maurice Wall Jr, of Laurel. She wore an elegant diamond-white gown of draped organza, complemented by her late grandmother's pearl necklace. Her fingertip veil was accented by a Swarovski-encrusted tiara. Within her delicate all-white bouquet of gardenia and stephanotis, she tucked a handkerchief given to her on the eve of the wedding by Mr. Sonny Ruff, her most honored attendant.
Bridesmaids were Tiffany Saul Bridges, Amanda Gaston, Brittney Hamilton, and Danielle Payne Rayburn. The bridesmaids wore tea-length dresses of green organza with an illusion jewel neckline and a double tier skirt. They carried hand-tied bouquets of hydrangeas. Serving as junior attendant was Kendall Downey.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. William Lee Downey of Nashville, Tennessee. Groomsmen were Frank Downey, John Downey, Ken Downey, and Jon Gaston. The groom's father served as best man. The groomsmen's classic black day suits were accented by white calla lily boutonnieres.
Ushers were Will Downey, Stephen Emfinger, Patrick King, and Vlad Yanovsky.
Flower girls were Addyson Blankenship, Kate Downey, Emma Downey, and Martha Downey.
On the eve of the wedding the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Laurel Country Club. The reception was held at the Rogers-Green House. Joseph Waiters entertained at the piano while guests enjoyed the bride's traditional three-tiered cake of Italian cream and the groom's more contemporary selection of chocolate cake topped with strawberries and dark chocolate ganache.
Beneath a shower of lavender, the couple departed and were whisked away by private jet to New York City, spending their first blissful night together at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Following an extended honeymoon throughout Turkey, the newlyweds are at home in Nashville.