Amy Leigh Danner of Houston and Casey Glenn McKinney of Palestine were married Aug. 20 at Elmwood Gardens of Palestine.
Pastor Danny Rodriquez performed the garden ceremony before a wrought iron gazebo draped with off-white satin and adorned with arrangements of Bells of Ireland, purple lisianthus, hydrangeas, and gladiolas.
Parents of the bride are Nancy and Lee Danner of Houston. Grandparents of the bride are the late Elinor and Glenn Vaughan of Palestine, and the late Goldie and Joe Bailey Danner of Houston.
Parents of the groom are Debra and Carey McKinney of Palestine. Grandparents of the groom are Barbara and Bill McKinney of Palestine and Cynthia and Bill Hagler of Eustace.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory luminescent, crystal organza gown designed by Maggie Sottero called "Destiny." The mermaid-style gown featured a strapless sweetheart neckline with a molded and fitted dropped torso, fashioned with exquisite panels of ruched crystal organza embellished with rows of Swarovski crystals, pearls, sequins and silver bugle beads placed asymmetrically around the body and outlining the neckline. Ruffles of multiple tiered crystal organza formed the skirt and flowed into a chapel train. Crystal organza fashioned into a stunning oversized rosette which graced the right side of the skirt. The gown was secured with a corset-tied closure at the back bodice. To compliment the gown, the bride chose an elbow length veil embellished with Swarovski crystals.
The bride carried a bouquet of white gardenias, deep purple lisianthus, purple vanda orchids and callas, off-white hydrangeas accented with white feathers and all tied together with an ivory, satin ribbon wrap accented with pearls and beaded jewels.
Attending the bride was matron of honor Nicole Danner, sister-in-law of the bride, of Houston. Bridesmaids were Amanda McKinney, sister of the groom, Brittany Brooks, cousin of the bride and Julie Totah, friend of the groom and bride, all of Palestine.
Attendants wore Bill Levkoff black strapless, cocktail-style dresses in luminescent chiffon with vertical ruching. They carried bouquets of deep purple lisianthus, vanda orchids and callas.
House party member Taylor Vaughan of Mansfield, cousin of the bride, greeted the guests as they arrived.
Flower girls were Brianna Brooks, cousin of the bride and Emma Hollingsworth, niece of the groom, both of Palestine. Ring bearers were Tate and Coye McKinney, sons of the groom.
Best man was Johnathan Bice of Palestine, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Ricky Fulcher of Giddings, James Shanks of Athens, friends of the groom, and Jake McKinney, brother of the groom, of Palestine.
Ushers were Kevin Hollingsworth, brother-in-law of the groom, Luke and Rylin Hollingsworth, nephews of the groom, all of Palestine.
A reception was held at the Elmwood reception hall with dinner and dancing following the ceremony. On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal barbecue dinner was held at Bishop's Brisket House in Palestine.
The bride is a 2004 graduate of Cy-Creek High School, attended Lone Star College and graduated from Houston Dental Assistant School of Houston.
The groom is a 2000 graduate of Westwood High School and attended Trinity Valley Community College in Athens and is currently employed as a fishing tool supervisor for Baker Oil Tools. The couple will reside in Palestine.
Special thanks to Davi Ingram of Perfect Plans, Alex M Photography, Elmwood Gardens, LaTeeDa Flowers, JMHpro Videography, Red Hat Rentals, Traditions Catering and P3 Professional Sound & Lighting.