Natalie Amanda Martin and James Richard Davis, III of Camden were united in holy matrimony July 9, 2011 at First Baptist Church in Camden. The three o’clock double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Bruce Hancock. A reception immediately followed in the Church Fellowship Center.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Amanda Mathis Sanders and the late Randy B. Sanders of Camden and Mr. Philip G. Martin of Murrells Inlet. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jo Ann R. Mathis of Camden and the late Mr. Harold E. Mathis, Sr., Mrs. Lucy M. Martin of Lexington (formerly of Camden) and the late Mr. Vurden D. Martin. Natalie is a 2004 graduate of Camden High School and attended Central Carolina Technical College. She is employed by First Baptist Church Kindergarten and Child Care.
The groom, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Richard Davis, Jr. of Camden, is the grandson of Ms. Billie Jean Brown of Bethune, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Morrow of Camden, and Mrs. Douglas Small and the late Mr. Douglas (Buck) Small of Camden. Ricky is a graduate of Camden High School and is employed by CBG, Inc. of Gaston.
Mrs. Mickey Litchfield was the organist and pianist for the ceremony. “Prelude in C” by Bach was played during the seating of the grandmothers and “Ave Maria” by Schubert was played during the lighting of the unity candle by the mothers of the bride and groom and the seating of the groom’s mother. The bridal party entered to “Trumpet Voluntary” by Bach. The bride entered to the “Bridal Chorus” by Wagner. Reverend Bruce Hancock sang “In This Very Room” before the giving of the bride and vocalist Mr. Jeff Graves sang “The Wedding Song” by Stookey accompanied by his guitar during the lighting of the unity candle by the bride and groom. Mr. Graves also sang “The Lord’s Prayer” by Malotte accompanied by Mrs. Litchfield. Other musical selections were the “Wedding March” by Mendelssohn and “With Trumpets and Horns” by Handel for the recessional.
The bride, escorted by her mother and given in marriage by her family, wore a romantic formal gown of ivory alencon lace. The sweetheart strapless gown was accented with ruching along the waistline that fell into an a-lign skirt. A corsett back and a cathedral train embellished the back of the gown. She wore a tiera with a one tier shoulder length veil outlined with matching lace from her gown. The bride wore delicate platinum bar earrings embedded with diamonds, with a classic dangling pearl drop which were a gift from the groom. Natalie carried a bouquet of light pink roses, white freesia, pink calla lilies, hot pink Gerber daisies, wrapped with the same lace from her gown. In loving memory, her bouquet was adorned with Randy’s Furman University ring and his South Carolina Highway Patrol badge.
The matron of honor was Mrs. Diana Fenters Taylor of Camden. She wore a short teal strapless chiffon dress with satin beading with a bubble hem. She carried a bouquet with watermelon colored gerber daisies and cream stock tied with satin ribbon.
The bridesmaids were Megan Morrow, Johnellen Thompson and Tiffany Veillette, all of Camden. The attendants wore dresses like the matron of honor but in a watermelon color. They carried bouquets similar to the bride. All the attendants wore silver drop earrings to match the beading on their dresses. The earrings were a gift from the bride.
Flowergirls were Miss Madison Morrow and Miss Lacey Taylor of Camden. Program attendants were Miss Berkley Stone and Master Tanner Laine Stone of Camden.
The best man was James Davis, Jr., father of the groom. He wore a tie and vest matching that of the matron of honor’s teal dress. The groom wore a bowtie and vest in an ivory color matching the bride’s dress.
The groomsmen were Travis Clark, Jody Morrow, and J. T. Munn all of Camden. Ushers were Patrick Deese of Camden and Nathan Martin, brother of the bride, of Camden. These men wore black tuxedos with ties and vests matching the watermelon color of the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Pictures and favorite floral arrangements were placed in loving memory of Natalie’s grandfathers, Mr. Vurden Martin and Mr. Harold Mathis, Sr. in the foyer of the church. A vase of zinnias along with his picture was placed on the same table in loving memory of Mr. Randy Sanders (“Mr. Clemson.”)
The guests were greeted as they entered the reception by Mr. & Mrs. Bud Lorrick, Mr. & Mrs. John Thompson, and Mrs. Jennifer Stone, all from Camden. The wedding cake was a four-tiered square shaped vanilla cake topped with white buttercream icing. Each tier was wrapped in one inch fondant of the colors of teal and watermelon to match the colors of the wedding party. Cascading the cake were fresh hot pink Gerber daisies. The groom’s cake was a 16” square chocolate cake decorated with the Ducks Unlimited logo. On the groom’s cake table were engagement pictures of the bride and groom.
The bride and groom were surprised with a carriage ride following the reception.
A rehearsal dinner was given July 8 by the groom’s parents and their friends and family at the Charlotte Thompson Community Center. Following a honeymoon trip, the couple will reside in Cassatt.
A couple’s shower was hosted by Ms. Cindy Davis and her son Patrick Deese at the home of the groom on June 11.
A bridal shower was hosted by Mary Ann Blaskowitz, Mary Anne Byrd, Judy Ford, Juliana Lorick, Rosemary Russell, and Dianne Thompson at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Center on June 25.
A bridal shower was hosted by co-workers of Natalie at First Baptist Church on June 28.
The bachelorette party hosted by Diana Taylor and Megan Morrow started at Circee Nail Spa with manicures and pedicures and ended with dinner at The Olive Garden on July 7. The mother of the bride and groom were included in this party.
The bridesmaids luncheon was held at Laura’s Tea Room in Ridgeway on July 8 for high tea at noon. Hostesses were Betty Johnson and her daughter Renee Johnson Thompson along with her daughters, Cammy, Jonellen, and Charleston Thompson and Laurel Thompson Simmons.