The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

October 26, 2013

Banks-Chalmer wedding


Palestine Herald-Press

— Rhonda Faith Banks and Stewart Kenneth Chalmers, both of Orlando, Florida, were united in marriage at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 6  in the historic Dickson Azalea Park in downtown Orlando which was created in 1924. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Gary Templeton of Delray Beach, Florida.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride was attended by her sister Laura Renee Templeton of Rockledge, Florida, as matron of honor.  Peyton Ewin of Apopka, Florida, daughter of a friend of the bride, served as flower girl.

Best man was Jonathan Ryan Templeton of Rockledge, Fla., brother-in-law of the bride.

The bride wore a white gown by Casablanca Bridal. The silky satin and tulle gown featured a strapless soft sweetheart neckline with a bodice covered in beadwork and embroidery. The dramatic full tulle ball gown skirt was tea length.

Her elbow-length veil complemented the bridal gown. She carried a bouquet of red roses.



The matron of honor wore a tiffany blue sleeveless cocktail length peu de sole dress.  

The dress featured a large flat bow detail at low back and pleated slim skirt. She also carried a bouquet of red roses.

The groom wore a gray three-piece suit with a tiffany blue tie and pink socks.

The flower girl wore a white tulle dress with full skirt and a tiffany blue headband.

The wedding locale featured beautiful tropical greenery with the bride and groom standing in front of a trellis with a flower curtain made of fresh white carnations.  Planters of white roses and dianthus were placed at the edges of the stone stage. Harpist Christine MacPhail performed for guests prior to and during the ceremony. The mothers of the bride and groom advanced to “O Mio Babino Caro.”  The bridal party advanced to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”  The bride progressed to “Canon in D.” The harpist played “The Wedding March” for the recessional.

A reception followed at Winter Park Farmer’s Market with dinner and dancing. Guest tables were adorned with vases of various sizes filled with a variety of red flowers.  The bride’s cake was accented with tiffany blue and red and featured the vintage bride and groom wedding topper from her parent’s wedding cake. The groom’s cake was shaped like a wild boar to celebrate his love of hunting.

For the bride and groom’s first dance, the DJ, Joseph Marolis of Elegant Entertainment, played “The Way You Look Tonight” by Harry Connick Jr. while they danced the Foxtrot.

The bride, daughter of Robbie and Rondell Banks of Forney, is a graduate of Forney High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and a Master of Science in Physical Education degree from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.  She is currently employed as a physical education teacher in Altamonte Springs, Florida.



The bride is the granddaughter of Helen Lightfoot and the late J.D. Lightfoot of Palestine, Texas and the late Josephine Banks and the late Quinton Banks of Campton, Ky.



The groom, son of Stewart and Jean Chalmers of Orlando, Florida is a graduate of Winter Haven High School in Winter Haven, Fla. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Sport Management degree from Webber International University, Babson Park, Fla. and is currently employed as a Purchasing Assistant with Bluworld of Water in Orlando, Fla.

The groom is the grandson of Minnie Dickerson and the late Owen Dickerson of Seminole, Fla. and the late Minnie Chalmers and the late Colonel Alan “Jim” Chalmers, USAF of Orlando, Fla.

The couple will reside in Orlando, Fla. A wedding trip is planned to Ireland in December.