A double ring ceremony sealed the celebration and
blessing of the marriage of Megan Ansley Wilson and
Thomas Keith Chandler, Jr., on Saturday, April 28th at
6:00 in the evening at the First Baptist Church, Dawson,
Georgia. Reverend Dr. William D. (Biff) Coker received
the vows. Organist, Mr. Cameron Cody and pianist, Mrs.
Linda H. Mayo presented the nuptial music. Mrs. Leticia
Rice, soloist, sang “Parent’s Prayer”, “To Make You Feel
My Love”, and “Surely the Presence”. Mr. Robert Adam
Speir, cousin of the bride, read scripture.
The sanctuary was marked with the elegance of candlelight
and silver. The couple exchanged vows before an ivy
banked grouping of silver candlesticks encircling the unity
candle. Ivy topiaries rose from pewter urns to decorate the
choir rail while silver candelabra holding arrangements of
ivory stock, oak leaf hydrangea, belles of Ireland and
Monte Casino, graced the choir loft. Antique lace, potted
ivies and silver candlesticks of varying heights filled the
baptistry which served as the memory candles honoring
the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jackson Chandler, Mr.
Mills Daughtry, Mr. Richard Herbert McLendon, Mr.
Boyce Adams Raines, Sr. and Mr. Aubrey Eugene Rhodes.
Arrangements of fresh greenery flowed from the sconces.
The family pews were embellished with lace and enhanced
with silver chalice cups holding ivory calla lilies,
ivory hydrangeas and spengeri fern. Bud vases containing
white sweetheart roses were placed in the vestibule in
honor of Mrs. Geneva Daughtry, Great Grandmother of
the Groom, and Mrs. Virginia J. Little, Great, Great Aunt
of the Bride. Mrs. Teensie Roberts and Mrs. Veronica
Thompson served as wedding directors.
The radiant bride was given in marriage by her parents
and escorted by her father. She wore a timeless and elegant
designer gown by Allure made of ivory lace and cafe
charmeuse. The gown featured a V-neckline and sheath
bodice. The entire lace overlay was adorned with embroidered
appliques in a floral motif embellished with crystals.
The A-line shirt was accentuated at the waist and fell into
a chapel length train. The sleeveless bodice was accented
at the neckline and shoulders with open lace appliques
and the back featured a deep V with covered buttons.
Her finger tip veil of illusion was attached to a comb of
pearls and rhinestones. She carried ivory calla lilies centered
in a mounded bouquet of vendella roses. For sentiment,
she carried in her bouquet a lace handkerchief
loaned by Mrs. Ann Bolton and a blue pearl charm inscribed
with the wedding date, a gift of her parents. In
her shoe was a sixpence given by Mrs. Marianna Laing.
The diamond bracelet she wore was loaned by Mrs. Jackie
Serving as Matron of Honor was Mrs. Ashley Wiley Lee
of Dawson, Georgia. Bridesmaids were: Miss Penelope
Dianne Littlefield of Americus, Miss Courtney Laurel
Spilman of Dawson, Mrs. Kellie Sapp Speir of Athens,
Miss Greta Marie Vanderveer of Camilla, Mrs. Samantha
Barfield Willis of Shellman and Miss Alexa Rae Wilson of
McMurray, Pennsylvania. They wore floor length gowns
of onyx taffeta. The gowns featured a ruffle one-shoulder
and asymmetrical, draped waistline and fell into a fitted
skirt that featured a flounce train. The attendants carried
arm bouquets of ivory calla lilies.
Flower girls were Miss Addie Marie Lee, Miss Caroline
Colleen Lee and Miss Clara Kathleen Lee, all of Dawson.
Their ivory tea length gowns featured a satin sash. They
carried ivory organza flower baskets and wore whispers of
baby’s breath in their hair.
The groom chose his father, Mr. Thomas Keith Chandler,
Sr., to be his best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Blake
Kipling Adams, Mr. Mills Daughtry Adams, both of
Athens, Mr. Thomas Eugene Carroll of Atlanta, Mr. Taylor
Daughtry Chandler, Mr. Jameson Stephen Clark, Mr.
Robert John Dupre, all of Albany, Mr. Reid Collins Garland
of Camilla and Mr. Logan Mark Willis of Shellman.
Ushers were: Mr. Ronald Calvin Lee, Jr. , Mr. Thomas
Neil Lee, Mr. Walter Chandler Lee, all of Dawson and
Mr. Boyce Adams Raines, Jr. of Blakely.
Mrs. Wilson chose for her daughter’s wedding a peacock
silk Dupioni floor length gown by Sarah Danielle. The
gown featured a bolero jacket with three quarter length
sleeves and a layered lapel. The jacket was accented with
an antique pewter brooch. She carried ivory spray roses
and miniature calla lilies in a silver tussie mussie having
belonged to the groom’s late grandmother.
Mrs. Chandler wore a beautiful bronze irridescent silk
taffeta gown by Mon Cheri. It was a one shoulder design
with a swirl pattern billowing to the floor. She also carried
ivory spray roses and miniature calla lilies in a silver
tussie mussie having belonged to the groom’s late grandmother.
Present for their grandchildren’s wedding were Mrs.
Bennie D. Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Fletcher Wilson
and Mrs. Faye D. Raines. Mrs. Rose Marie McLendon,
great aunt of the bride, was seated with the grandparents.
As the wedding guests arrived at Doublegate Country
Club for the reception, they descended the stairs into the
foyer where a massive arrangement in a tall crystal vase of
calla lilies, white hydrangeas, belles of Ireland, white
chocolate roses, Monte Casino, green alstroemeria lilies,
and green mini hydrangeas was displayed. This table held
pictures of the bride and groom and wedding pictures of
the couples’ parents on their special day. The club was
beautifully decorated with tall crystal vases holding
arrangements of calla lillies, belles of Ireland, and white
hydrangeas, alternating with tables holding wrought iron
and crystal chandelier center pieces with arrangements of
mini green hydrangeas, white chocolate roses, green andros,
green alstroemeria lilies and showered with Monte
Casino and Queen Ann’s lace.
The food table held a massive arrangement resting on a
silver plateau mirroring the foyer arrangement and was
surrounded by rose bowls resting on silver stands holding
pillar candles and miniature arrangements.
The bride’s cake table held an exquisite white four-tiered
creation with appliques of sugar – spun lace. An antique
lace bow enhanced the bottom tier that rested on a silver
cake plateau. Two of the tall crystal vase arrangements
flanked the cake and behind the cake table, cubes holding
arrangements of hydrangeas lined the mantle.
The groom’s cake was a realistic replica of UGA, the
University of Georgia’s Bulldog mascot. The table displaying
the cake was garnished with pittosporum. On the
patio tables, gazing ball stands lifted up crystal bowls of
votive candles surrounded by green anthros and green alstroemeria
After a wedding trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple will
reside in Dawson, Georgia.