Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Mathis of Ringgold, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Sabine of Chatsworth and Mrs. Marcy Griffin of Baxley proudly announce the marriage of their children, Rachel and Nathan on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at General Woods Inn of Rising Fawn.
The double-ring ceremony was performed by officiate Thomas R. Mathis, step-father of the bride. She was given away by her father, Richard Sabine. Prior to the wedding young children met the bride with white roses and assisted her in making her wedding bouquet. The wedding venue was located at an antebellum style inn in a beautiful valley surrounded by Fox, Sand and Lookout Mountains.
The outdoor ceremony was attended by high school friend, Breejanté Williams of Chattanooga, TN, maid of honor; college roommate, Janessa Dunn of Birmingham, AL; and high school friend, Tamara Hue of Chattanooga, TN. The bridesmaids wore strapless dresses of cornflower blue satin with pailette details and carried a white rose. Lucy Sabine, sister of the bride, served as flower girl. Lucy wore an ankle length white embroider eyelet dress trimmed in cornflower blue ribbon and bows.
The bride wore a beautiful satin gown with a sweet heart neckline and with side drapes of beaded lace. She chose a chapel length veil encrusted in pailette details. She carried an old handkerchief Rachel borrowed from her mother that was her great grandmother’s. It had blue on it, as did the new garter.
Serving as groomsmen were Corey Bradley of Cartersville, best man; Phillip Ulrich of Atlanta; and Niklynn Dunn of Baxley, brother of the groom. Each groomsmen wore a black tux with cornflower blue vest and cumber-bun.
The bride’s book was kept by friends of the bride, Whitney Turner of Ringgold, Jamie Trollinger of Chattanooga, TN, Mackenna Hood of Chattanooga, TN and Mason Rudolph of Chattanooga, TN.
Mrs. Ginger Mathis, mother of the bride, dressed in a beautiful blue gown of satin was escorted by her son, Richard Sabine, Jr. She carried a vase of blue sand. Mrs. Marcy Griffin, mother of the groom, dressed in a lovely beige gown with lace jacket, was escorted by her son, Niklynn Dunn. She carried a vase of white sand. The vases of sand represented the separate lives of Rachel and Nathan. After exchanging marriage vows, Rachel and Nathan together poured the vases of sand into one vase symbolizing their lives had become one.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a sumptuous dinner hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mathis. The staff of General Woods Inn catered the dinner. The bride’s cake and groom’s cake, which were created by the groom’s grandmother, Gail Eason, were served for dessert. The bride’s cake was a five-tiered chocolate cake covered with white butter cream frosting. It was draped in cornflower blue swags. Double wedding bells trimmed in silver and an array of blue daisies adorned the cake. It was topped with a heart containing a picture of the bride and groom and was nestled in a bed of orchids and white roses.
The theme of the groom’s cake was math. A three-tiered butter cake frosted with chocolate butter cream was framed in gay-lax leaves. Various math functions and red candy hearts adorned the cake. The top tier featured the bride and groom in the form of stick figures holding a red heart.
Family and friends of the bride and groom enjoyed this celebration of love with laughter, music, food and dance.
Following a wedding trip to Pensacola Beach, FL, the couple will reside in Statesboro, where Nathan will pursue a Masters of Applied Mathematics and Rachel a B.A. in Early Childhood Education.