Lillian Lyda Long and John Michael Douglas were united in marriage June 11, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Dalton. The 7:00 p.m. ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Dr. Russell Michael Shealy.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Daryl Long of Dalton. The groom is the son of Mrs. Lisa May Douglas and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Eugene Douglas of Dalton.
The program of nuptial music was provided by Nashville String Trio and Trumpet, Ms. Mary Ellen Gurley, mezzo-soprano, and Mr. Thomas Williams, organist.
The bride was escorted to the altar by her father and given in marriage by her family. She wore a strapless a-line gown of net and French Chantilly lace by Melissa Sweet. The bodice was pleated net with lace trim along the sweetheart neckline and a silk satin belt with a double bow centered at the waistline. The sunburst pleated skirt was created with delicate tiers ending in beautiful scalloped Chantilly lace. The bride carried a romantic bouquet of her favorite flowers, gardenias and white peonies, sprinkled with a profusion of lilies-of-the-valley, all gently tied together with antique satin ribbons.
Mrs. Jo Elizabeth Long Thompson of Dalton, sister of the bride, served as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Emily Adele Anderson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Miss Laura Lynn Boring of Nashville, Tennessee, Mrs. Cayleigh Rogers Cummings of Birmingham, Alabama, Miss Emma MacIntyre Ensley of Dalton, Georgia, Miss Mimi Elizabeth Ensley of Dalton, Georgia, Miss Laura O’Brien Evans of Nashville, Tennessee, Miss Rachel Elizabeth Horn of Nashville, Tennessee, Mrs. Sara Gunn Pennington of Dalton, Georgia, Dr. Kathryn Noojin Petro of Pensacola, Florida, and Miss Sara-Kate Arnall Roberts of San Francisco, California.
The bridal attendants were attired in dove grey silk charmeuse dresses with silk flowers lining the halter neckline by Melissa Sweet. The fitted bodice attached at the natural waistline to the soft flowing knee-length skirt. Hydrangeas, dusty miller, lisianthus, freesia, grape hyacinths and roses from garden to spray varieties combined to create pastel bouquets for the attendants. Ribbons of green satin were used to tie together the fragrant bouquets.
Mr. Michael Eugene Douglas performed the duties of best man for his son. Groomsmen were Mr. Zackary Brian Adamson of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Mr. Sheng Min Chio of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Noel Benjamin Cruse of Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Daniel Hobson Laird III, Dalton, Georgia, Mr. Benjamin Davis Pate of Kennesaw, Georgia, Mr. Sidney Levingston Sellers V, of Dalton, Georgia, and Mr. Chad Edward Thompson of Dalton, Georgia.
Miss Emily Michelle Bramlett of Dalton, Georgia and Miss Christine Marie Vinsant of Carrollton, Georgia kept the bridal registry and Miss Katherine Lee Sanders of Dalton, Georgia and Miss Lauren Tess Turberville of Atlanta, Georgia served as program attendants. Mr. Patrick Lane Raber of New Orleans, Louisiana and Mr. Grant Michael Raber of Dalton, Georgia, cousins of the groom, served as ushers.
Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held in honor of the couple at the home of the bride’s parents. It was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Terry Allen Evans of Dalton, Georgia, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Durant Merritt of Rocky Face, Georgia, and Mr. and Mrs. John Kevin Sanders of Dalton, Georgia.
A rehearsal dinner was held on the eve of the wedding at The Farm. It was hosted by the mother of the groom.
A bridesmaids’ luncheon was held the day of the wedding at Chelsea’s on Thornton. It was hosted by Mrs. Earl Bramlett, Mrs. Douglas Ensley, Mrs. Terry Evans, Mrs. Pete Gunn, Mrs. Ralph Horn, and Mrs. Vann Roberts.
Following a trip to Aruba, the couple will reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee.