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Dr. Holland, Mr. Watts wed

Posted: December 3, 2010 4:14 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Dr. Mara Virginia Parker Holland ... Mrs. Jeffery Adam Junior Watts

Dr. Mara Virginia Parker Holland of Lugoff and Jeffery Adam Junior Watts of Elgin were united in marriage on Saturday, November 13, 2010 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden.   The Reverend Sheila D. Rogers officiated at the 6:00 pm double-ring ceremony.

The bride, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Alexander Holland, Jr. of Lugoff, is the granddaughter of Mr. Carl A. Holland, Sr. of Simpsonville, the late Mr. and Mrs. Julius A. Hough of Lugoff, and the late Mrs. Jessie P. Holland of Camden. The Godmother of the bride is Ms. Deborah J. Massalon of Camden. She is a 2001 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and a 2005 graduate of USC Honors College. She graduated from UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She is currently employed at Veterinary Medicine & Surgery, Lugoff, SC as an Associate Veterinarian.

The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Monroe Watts, Jr. of Elgin, is the grandson of Mr. Jason L. Kelly of Elgin, Mrs. Irene H. Zahradnik of Elgin, and Mrs. Betty Sue Watts of West Columbia, and the late Mr. Thomas M. Watts, Sr. He is a 1999 graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and is currently employed as assistant manager of installation at Columbia Shelving & Mirror.  

Julia Cloninger Halford provided organ music for the ceremony. William Michael Clyburn played the trumpet. Vocalist was Robbie Spence Rush who performed In this Very Room by Ron Harris and The Gift of Love by Hal H. Hopson.   Musical selections included  Ave Maria by Bach/Goun (Seating of Mothers); Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell (Processional); Trumpet Voluntary by Jeremiah Clarke (Entrance of Bride); Fanfare (Water Music) by F.J. Handel(Recessional); and Prelude in Classic Style by Gordon Young (Postlude).  

The Church was adorned with 2 five-branch candelabras, altar vases containing arrangements of mango and white calla lilies, orange and white Asiatic lilies, bells of Ireland, orange kangaroo and greenery and aisle markers of mango calla lilies, white hydrangea and greenery.

Bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, wore formal Maggie Sottero A-line gown of Pearl Soft Shimmer Satin featuring a one-shoulder beaded strap and chapel-length train.  The gown was lavishly caught up with embellishments of pearls, rhinestones and Swarovski crystals at various points in the skirt with alternating diagonal pleats accenting the bodice and hip area.  Complementing her gown she wore a chapel-length veil of sparkle ivory accented with a pearl and rhinestone border and secured by a comb of Swarovski crystals.  The drop earrings of cubic zirconia were presented to the bride by her aunt, Cathy Hough.   She carried a cascading bouquet of mango calla lilies, orange Asiatic lilies, white orchids and greenery on the white Bible carried at the wedding of the bride’s parents.

The Matron of honor was Tracey Williams Lynch of Columbia (long-time friend of bride). She wore an A-line floor-length strapless satin gown in Oasis featuring a pleated side-drape accented with a rhinestone brooch.  She carried a bouquet of light green hydrangea encircled by mango calla lilies and greenery.

The Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Hough Lawson of West Columbia (cousin of bride); Mary Brannon Hough of Camden (cousin of bride); Ashley Holland Adkins of Simpsonville (cousin of bride); Melissa Amber Watts of Elgin (sister of groom); Maria Nguyen Pham of Memphis, TN (friend of bride); and Rinday Ola Barrett of Locust Grove, GA (friend of bride). Their gowns and flowers matched the honor attendant’s.

The best man was Thomas Monroe Watts, Jr. of Elgin (father of groom).

The Ushers/groomsmen were Timothy Wayne Watts of North Charleston (brother of groom);

Shandon Keith Benton of Orlando, Florida (brother of bride); Carl Alexander Holland, III of Camden (brother of bride); Christopher Scott Abel of Mount Pleasant (friend of groom); Justin Bradley Owen of Columbia (friend of groom); and Justin Robert Kratzer of Sumter (friend of groom).

The Junior Groomsman was Cameron Taylor Holland of Lugoff (nephew of bride).

The Flower girl was Mary Laurel Lawson of West Columbia, SC (cousin of bride). She wore an Ivory silk dupioni dress with hand-embroidered rosettes on bodice, featuring a sash of Oasis matching the bridesmaids’ gowns.   She carried the same bouquet as bridesmaids.

The Ring bearer was Greyson Stuart Lawson of West Columbia, SC (cousin of bride).

The Mother of bride wore a formal gown of Mink iridescent taffeta with a portrait collar, asymmetrical ruching on the top, and side pleats accented by beading. The Mother of groom wore a formal gown of Cobalt iridescent chiffon featuring embellished beading on the jacquard bodice and jacket.

Immediately following the wedding, a reception was held at the historic Robert Mills Courthouse.  The couple’s first dance was to Everything by Lifehouse.  The bride and her father danced to My Girl by Temptations, and the groom and his mother danced to Heart to Heart by Toby Keith.

The couple honeymooned in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, and will reside in Lugoff, SC.


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