Emily Pendergrass marries Ian Morris

Jul. 07, 2014 @ 02:03 PM

Emily Mae Pendergrass and Ian King Morris of Oxford were wed in a ceremony officiated by the Rev. Tony Futrell at 4 p.m. June 7, 2014 at Bullock Baptist Church.

The bride is the daughter of Pam and Robert Pendergrass of Oxford. She is a 2010 graduate of J.F. Webb High School and a 2014 graduate of Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in geology and a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology. She now attends the Southern Utah University geologic field school.

The groom is the son of Lucia and Adam Morris of Oxford. He is the grandson of Ricky and Phyllis Morris of Plano, Texas, and Kathleen Morris of Greenbank, Washington. He is the great-grandson of Olivia Freeman of Roper. He is a 2010 graduate of Granville Central High School and a 2014 graduate of West Point Academy, commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He will be stationed at Fort Wainwright.

The bride was escorted by her father, Robert Pendergrass, and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a strapless lace applique ball wedding gown designed by Ieie’s Dress Boutique, Newark, New Jersey. The shades of ivory taffeta had a dropped waist bodice featuring hand beaded crystals and pearls trimmed with appliqued lace. The back featured covered button closures and a chapel train. Her headpiece was a cascading waterfall cut veil trimmed with a delicate satin ribbon. She carried a handmade bouquet of dried and sola flowers with a yellow eclectic variety including sprigs of cotton wrapped with lace, burlap and pearls.

Crystal Noell of Oxford, a friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Erin Satterwhite of Oxford and Bailey Donovan and Kathryn Nagle of Charlotte, friends of the bride, served as bridesmaids. The maid of honor and bridesmaid’s dresses were knee-length marine blue chiffon. Their bouquets were handmade ivory and blue silk arrangements wrapped with burlap, lace and beads.

Jordan Rank of Berea, a friend of the groom, was the best man. Emmanuel Braswell of Greensboro and Kyle Cardillo of Deming, Washington, also friends of the groom, and Jonathan Williams of Charlottesville, Virginia, high school teacher of the groom, served as groomsmen.

Ava Pendergrass of Raleigh and Kiley and Macie Pendergrass of Bastrop, Texas, nieces of the bride; and Jaydynn Morriss of Oxford, niece of the groom, were flower girls.

Carolyn Futrell served as pianist.

The church decorations featured floral arrangements of blue and white hydrangeas, magnolia leaves, yellow yarrow and an assortment of various greenery designed and provided by Mattie Lou Forbes, great aunt of the bride, of Chase City, Virginia. The bride walked down the aisle to “Butterfly Kisses” and the “Lord’s Prayer” was played during the sand ceremony.

Nancy Manning of Greenville, South Carolina, aunt of the groom, served as wedding director. Robert Frazier of Oxford, friend of the bride, served as register attendant, and Radford Frazier of Oxford, friend of the bride, served as program attendant.

Following the ceremony, the reception was hosted by the parents of the bride at Bullock Baptist Church Family Life Center catered by Rodney Williamson of Bullock.

The couple danced to “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton. The father-daughter dance was “I Love Her First” by Heartland, and the mother-son dance was to “Because You Love Me” by Celine Dion.

Fann Montague assisted with the reception, and Barbara Twisdale typed and printed the wedding programs.

After two wedding trips to the Oxford Bed and Breakfast and Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the couple resides in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Pre-wedding events and showers

The rehearsal dinner was hosted June 6 by the parents of the groom.

A bridal shower was held April 19, hosted by WMU of Bullock Baptist Church.