Lane-Stevenson vows exchanged

Published 4:09 pm Tuesday, December 9, 2014

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Lane -Stevenson wedding vows exchanged

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Dianne Malone Lane of Decatur, Illinois and Jeremy Ryan Stevenson, also of Decatur, Illinois, were married January 18, 2014, at half-past five o’clock in the evening at the First United Methodist Church in Bainbridge. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Stephen Webb.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lanier Lane of Bainbridge, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Steele Malone Jr. of Bainbridge. She is also the granddaughter of the late Peggy Ponder Malone and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Douglas Lane.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Foster Stevenson of Jasonville, Indiana, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Butts of Sebring, Florida and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Jacob.

The music was provided by organist, Gaye Herndon; string trio, Brianna Rhodes, Elyse Dalakabis and Logan Castro; and soloist Jake Armstrong. The altar candles and the memory candle were lit by acolyte, Catherine Piper Loeffler.

The church was decorated with three large black wrought-iron five-branch candelabras with pillar candles. On each side of the pipe organ were large ficus trees in urns. On both sides of the altar were large arrangements of greenery. The center focal arrangement was also in an urn and contained large white hydrangeas, white snapdragons, white Fuji mums, Belles of Ireland, white poms and curly willow. The reserved pews were marked with bows of burlap, asparagus fern and large white hydrangeas. The front exterior doors of the church were adorned with grapevine wreaths embellished with asparagus ferns, white hydrangeas, and burlap bows.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, was attired in a mermaid style gown of exquisite ivory Venice lace. The gown featured a sheer Sabrina neckline atop a classic sweetheart cut bodice. The gown was completed with a regal satin cummerbund at the waist, a chapel length train, and a beautiful button enclosure down the back of the gown. The finger-tip length veil was ivory and bordered with matching Venice lace. The bride’s bouquet was clutch-style, with the stems wrapped in burlap. The flowers consisted of large white hydrangeas, miniature green hydrangeas, white calla lilies and white French tulips.

Serving as maid of honor was Bethany Kenan Parker of Lyn Haven, Florida. Bridesmaids were Kristen Chesser Floyd of LaMarque, Texas; Caroline Whitfield Goodner of Orlando, Florida; Erica Michelle Humphrey of Naples, Florida; Calista Anne Malone of Charlotte, North Carolina; Kelli Loudelle McWhorter of Lincolnton, Georgia; Ashley Raines Martin of Lilburn, Georgia; Sarah Lord Smith of Dublin, Georgia; and Amber Joyce Taylor of Bainbridge. The attendants wore single-shouldered, floor length gowns of grey mist chiffon and carried clutch style, exposed stem bouquets of large white hydrangeas and white calla lilies.

The father of the groom, John Foster Stevenson, served as the best man. Groomsmen were Tyler Lee Cooprider of Jasonville, Indiana; Nicholas Aaron Floyd of LaMarque, Texas; William Benjamin Jacob of Frankfort, Indiana; Landon Ray Kelly of Thorntown, Indiana; Eric Joel Morse of Sullivan, Indiana; Joshua Kent Netherlain of Jasonville, Indiana; John Stacey Smith Jr. of  Dublin, Georgia and Seath Lee Stevenson of Louisville, Kentucky. The groom and the groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedos with grey and white striped bow ties and matching cummerbunds. The boutonniere of the groom was a white, miniature double calla lily. The groomsmen, father of the bride, and the grandfather of the bride wore a boutonniere consisting of a single white miniature calla lily.

The mother of the bride wore a midnight blue floor length dress of Luxe taffeta with lace netting, The groom’s mother wore a ginger orange floor length dress of satin. Both carried a bouquet that was a smaller version of the bride’s. The grandmother of the bride wore a vibrant blue silk pantsuit complemented with a corsage of white miniature calla lilies.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents entertained with dinner and dancing at the Charles H. Kirbo Center. The previous evening the groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Firehouse Center and Gallery.

After a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple is making their home in Decatur, Ill. Mrs. Stevenson is an Environmental Specialist with the Archer Daniels Midland Company and Mr. Stevenson is an Operation Specialist with the Archer Daniels Midland Company.