Johanna Marlene Smith and Christopher Harrison Eppley were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, 2011, at Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Marshall.
The bride is the daughter of Owen and Teena Smith of Marshall and the granddaughter of Mary Jo Schnorbus of Marshall, and Col. Harvey and Marlene Gillette of Bella Vista, Ark. She graduated from Marshall High School and Stephen F. Austin University. She is currently employed as Choir Director at Price T. Young Middle School.
The groom is the son of Don and Nora Eppley of Webster, Tx. He graduated from Clearbrook High School in Friendswood, Tx., and from Stehpen F. Austin University. He is a social studies teacher.
The church was decorated with burlap banners trimmed in watermelon satin. Wreaths with the signature “E” trimmed in lemon satin decorated the pews. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. William “Rusty” Rustenhaven III. Music was provided by pianist Mrs. Elsie Pugh.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory satin cap sleeved A-line gown with a sweetheart bodice covered in beaded lace. The gown also featured side-draped satin with pick-up detail in the skirt and a chapel train. The bride carried a lovely bouquet of pink peonies and cabbage roses with yellow and hot pink ranunculus and yellow craspedia surrounded by salal leaves. The bouquet was tied with satin ivory ribbon and adorned with the bride’s great grandmother Josephine Smith’s crystal brooch. Her veil was an elegant one-tier fingertip length with metallic pencil edge and delicate beaded lace and embroidered flowers.
The matron of honor was the bride’s best friend, Danielle Warren of Longview, Tx. Bridesmaids were sister-in-law Amanda Smith of Aubrey, Tx., cousins Sara Grobowsky of Coppell, Tx., Jeni Rihn and Jessica Hanes, both of San Antonio, Tx. The bridesmaids wore watermelon colored dresses in different styles and fabrics, and carried bouqets of ranunculus and craspedia.
The best man was Jordan Smith of Aubrey, Tx., brother of the bride. Groomsmen were Marion Pegues of San Marcos, Tx., Carlos Marquina of Clearlake Tx., Seth Warren of Longview, Tx., and Brad Rhin of San Antonio, Tx. Dean Hanes of San Antonio, Tx., and Rod Grobowsky of Coppell, Tx., uncles of the bride, served as ushers. Serving as the readers were Shannon Jones of New York, N.Y., Monica Lancaster of New York, N.Y., and Lindsey Welch of College Station, Tx.
The reception was held at the Belgium House in Longview. Tables were decorated with cream tablecloths with burlap runners. Tablescapes consisted of old books, mason jars, milk glasses, lemons and flowers to create a Vintage look. An arrangement of raw cotton, cabbage roses, pink peonies, billy balls and yellow and pink ranunculus served as the centerpiece. The bride’s cake was a lovely lemon and vanilla four-tiered cake with metallic ribbon bands and a jeweled brooch. The groom’s chocolate cake was topped with a Shiner bock beer tap. A table featuring the bride’s mother’s wedding dress on dress form, and wedding pictures of their parents and grandparents were displayed by the main table.
The rehearsal dinner was held at Riverbend Restaurant overlooking Caddo Lake, hosted by the groom’s parents. The bridesmaid’s luncheon was held at Central Perks, hosted by the bride’s grandmother, Mary Jo Schnorbus and the bride’s aunts, Paula Grobowsky and Connie Hanes.
Following a road trip and adventure through the hill country, the newlyweds will make their home in Marshall.