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Gaines, Bowlin

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Miss Amanda Leigh Gaines and Mr. Kent Council Bowlin exchanged wedding vows at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 2007, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The Reverend Doug Reisner performed the candlelit ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. G. Kenwood Gaines of Columbia, S.C., and Mrs. Tammy R. Chandler of Sikeston. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Marilyn Brown of Columbia, S.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Moe Gaines of Sikeston; and Mr. Truman Belt and the late Mrs. Connie Belt of Poplar Bluff.

The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. Brenda K. Bowlin of East Prairie and the late Mr. Kenneth G. Bowlin. He is the grandson of Mrs. Violet Russ and the late Mr. George Gaiser of Benton, Ark., and the late Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Bowlin of South Fulton, Tenn.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose an Oleg Cassini white satin strapless gown featuring a fitted bodice and embroidered with metallic beadwork. The gown's pick-up style skirt flowed into a beautifully draped train. A silver tiara encrusted with pearls and swarovski crystals attached her elbow length veil delicately trimmed with matching metallic beadwork. She carried a clutch style bouquet of cymbidium orchids, hydrangeas, and white roses tied with white silk ribbon.

The daughter of the bride and bridegroom, Kaily Elizabeth, served as flower girl. She wore a floor length white satin gown with a pick-up style skirt accented with a red satin sash. Her tiara containing pearls and swarovski crystals was designed to match the bride's. She wore a "kissing ball" wristlet and carried a basket of red and pink rose petals.

The center aisle of the wedding was lined with lucite and glass containers holding floating candles which cast a soft glow over the room. The ceremony was performed before an altar centered with a massive floral arrangement of pink and red anthuriums, protea, gerbera daisies, stargazer lilies, and ginger flanked by huge lucite and glass containers filled with floating candles.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cocktail hour where hors d'oeuvres and drinks were served. The jazz band Shableek provided background music. During the cocktail hour, two unique guestbooks were created as a special memory for the bride and bridegroom. A picture was taken of each guest who was then asked to write a message to the bride and bridegroom in one of two beautifully designed guestbooks. Each guest's picture was then placed beside his/her message making a permanent keepsake for the couple.

Following the cocktail hour, guests moved into the formal dinner, also held at the Westin. The elegant, candlelit family table featured centerpieces of crystal columns filled with submerged cymbidium orchid sprays. Lining the table were additional sprays of cymbidium orchids and hydrangeas interspersed with arrangements of white roses, freesia, and alstromeria lilies.

Guests were seated at square tables of eight draped with white satin cloths and set with white china and crystal goblets. Centering each candlelit table was a three-foot crystal column vase topped with a tropical-styled centerpiece containing cymbidium orchid sprays, hydrangeas, and palm frauns. Surrounding the base of the crystal columns were floral arrangements of casablanca lilies, freesia, dendrobium orchids, and white roses.

A candlelit center table draped in silver satin cloth held the four-tiered wedding cake created by Hansel and Gertal's of Charlotte, N.C. The beautifully decorated square layers were iced with white butter cream frosting with vertical stripes of blue fondant and topped with a silver script "B".

C. Scott Moody of Atlanta, Ga., provided music for the dinner-dance. The band's stage was set beside a white dance floor lined with white floral arrangements of stargazer lilies, hydrangeas, and dahlias.

On Friday evening, friends and family celebrated at a rehearsal dinner hosted by the bride's father at the Palm restaurant in Charlotte. Almost 50 guests were served a delicious four-course dinner prepared by executive chef Colin Johnson. As a special dessert, the bridegroom's cake, a marble cake in the shape of a St. Louis Cardinal jersey, was served.

The wedding planner was Mrs. Ivy Robinson with Ivy Robinson Weddings of Charlotte, N.C. The photographer was Jonathan Kazmierczak of F8 Photo Studios in Charlotte, N.C., and floral arrangements were by The Blue Thistle of Charlotte, N.C.

Following a honeymoon cruise to the eastern Caribbean Islands and a stay at the Grande Melia Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, Mr. and Mrs. Bowlin returned to their home in Columbia, S.C.

This wedding did not meet The Daily Statesman's 30-day requirement for free publication of wedding announcements therefore is being printer for a fee.

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