Ashley Rebecca Gardner and Kenneth Wayne Richardson, Jr., were joined in marriage on June 8, 2013 in Camden, South Carolina. The traditional double ring ceremony took place at 7:00 in the evening at the First Baptist Church of Camden and was officiated by Reverend William Bates Howard, III.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graham Gardner of Camden. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. William Joseph Lollis of Camden. She is also the granddaughter of the late Mr. William Joseph Lollis of Camden and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Leroy Gardner of Kershaw. The bride is a 2007 graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education. She is a first grade teacher at Lugoff Elementary School.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wayne Richardson, Senior, of Elgin. He is the grandson of Mr. Thornwell Cecil Truesdale of Cassatt. He is also the grandson of the late Ms. Carolyn Watts Truesdale of Cassatt and Mr. and Mrs. Rufus T. Richardson of Lugoff. The groom is a 2006 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his MBA from Ashford University. He is a teacher with South Carolina Virtual Charter School.
Program attendants were Miss Sara Giffin and Miss Katherine Vincent.
Mrs. Janis Rivers was the pianist and organist for the ceremony. Cellist was Miss Elizabeth Gergel. Vocalist and guitarist was Mr. Jeff Graves accompanied by Miss Sara Giffin.
The grandmother and mothers were seated to "The Swan from Carnival of the Animals" by Camille Saint-Saens performed on the cello and piano. The processional was "Cello Suite Number One in G Major" by Johann Sebastian Bach. The bride entered the sanctuary to "All Creatures of Our God and King" by Geistliche Kirchengesang performed on the organ.
Mr. Graves and Miss Giffin sang "A Page is Turned" by Bebo Norman. The organ recessional was "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by George Frideric Handel.
The sanctuary was decorated with a combination of greenery and white and cream flowers. White and cream rose petals were scattered down the aisles. Family pews were marked with baby’s breath wreaths.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a formal gown in ivory Italian satin. The strapless gown was accented with ruching around the fitted waistline. The bride complemented the waistline with a belt embellished with crystals. The trumpet flare skirt was designed by the bride, using the lace from her mother’s wedding gown. Covered buttons and a semi-cathedral train adorned the back of the gown. Lace from her mother’s gown also covered the train. The bride wore a cathedral veil embellished with crystals and pearls. The bride carried a bouquet of white peonies, white hydrangeas, green mini hydrangeas, cream stock, white freesia and white lisianthus. Lace ribbon from her mother’s wedding gown decorated the bottom of the bouquet.
The maid of honor was Miss Elizabeth Harding Ingram. The matron of honor was Mrs. Lindsey Hammond Strand. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Christa Campbell Boss, Mrs. Elizabeth Richardson Brown, Mrs. Kathryn Reeder Cooper, Mrs. Jennifer Moore Gardner, Miss Mary Joanna Haynes and Mrs. Haley Hiers Richardson. The bridesmaids wore full-length gowns in ivy duipioni designed by Alfred Sung. The dresses featured an elegant high neck, accented with a bow that tied to the side and a full skirt with pockets. They carried bouquets of white garden roses, white stock, white alstromaria and lilies. Each attendant also carried a white linen handkerchief embroidered with her initials that was a gift from the bride.
The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Timothy Bradford Brown, Mr. Wesley Richard Byrd, Mr. William Graham Gardner, Mr. Larry Ray Patton, Junior, Mr. Christopher James Payne, Mr. Jeremy Wayne Ray and Mr. Michael Todd Richardson.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at TenEleven Galleria. Wedding guests entered the reception through an arch of birch and willow branches with small white lights throughout. Guest tables were topped with burlap table cloths and white lace runners. Vases of sliced limes and assorted white flowers along with votives dressed some of the tables. Other guest tables held glass cylinders filled with limes and smaller glass vases with assorted flowers of whites and greens and votives. Tall cylinders of limes and wreathes made of baby’s breath decorated the windows. The wedding cake was topped by the miniature bride and groom that adorned the bride’s maternal grandparent’s wedding cake and her parent’s wedding cake.
Guests selected pompoms in their favorite team color, either orange and white or garnet and black, and cheered as the couple left for their honeymoon.
Since returning from their honeymoon, the bride and groom have made their home in Lugoff.