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Stephanie Jones marries John Benton

Stephanie Celeste Jones and John Ronald Benton were united in marriage on Dec. 13, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. Rev. Joseph Patrick Breen officiated the evening ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Lee Jones of Franklin. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Pulliam Sr. of Tullahoma and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Harrison Jones of Tullahoma. She is the great granddaughter of Mrs. Frances Pauline Fleeman of Lawrenceburg.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Steve Benton of Florence, S.C. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Herbert Manship Sr. of Darlington, S.C., and late Mr. and Mrs. John William Benton of Florence, S.C.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore an Allure couture gown made of ivory satin and framed in scalloped sheer illusion accented Swarovski crystals, glass beads and silver embroidery. The halter sweetheart fitted bodice was encrusted with romantic embellishments and was complemented with cafe satin ruching that accented the drop waist. The cathedral length train was lined with a single row of satin-covered buttons and Swarovski crystals.

An ivory illusion two-tiered veil fell from a tiara of Swarovski crystals and frosted glass beads. This included a blusher veil and sweeping cathedral-length veil both framed by an ivory satin braid. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of merlot Roses and ivory Stephanotis. The bride also wore diamond and pearl earrings, a wedding gift from the groom.

Rebecca Rose Drone of Knoxville was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Anna Louise Burnett of Brentwood, Laura Lindsay Thomas of Franklin, Margaret Treanor Granbury of Nashville, Lauren Lee White of Mt. Juliet, and Stephanie Therese Brandenburg of Seymour. The attendants wore ebony charmeuse satin gowns in their personal designs complemented with midnight velvet shawls. They carried bouquets of long stem Calla lilies and Italian Ruscus.

Flower girls Hallie Faith Lee of Florence, S. C., and Sydney Grace Pulliam of Nashville, wore identical ivory satin gowns with an empire waist and matching ballet slippers. They carried black satin baskets of Vendela roses and cascading ivy.
Jonathan David Wilcox of Anchorage, Alaska was the best man. Groomsmen included Joshua Daniel Anderson of Columbia, S.C., Jonathan Michael Perry of Charleston, S.C., Nathan Daniel Owen of Nashville, Michael William Stephenson of Nashville, and Justin Perry Taylor of Florence, S.C.

Nuptial music was provided by Michael Alvey, pianist, Sarah Pentecost, cellist, John Alvey, percussion, and Daniel Pentecost, violin and bagpipes. Soloists were William L. Jones, John Warren, Whitney Garmon, Nathan Meyer, and Ella Glasgow. The Belmont Musical Theatre choir accompanied the recessional song of “Joyful Joyful.” The wedding director was Mrs. Patricia Evans.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents entertained with a reception celebration in the ballroom at Fleming Center. Guests were greeted with tablescapes decorated lavishly with lofty crystal vases of calla lilies and greenery alternated with low arrangements of the same flowers. Votive candlelight and glass gems added sparkling light to the room which featured a colossal amber lit gobo of the newlyweds’ initials surrounded by moving tree silhouettes. Guest feasted on rustic Italian cuisine. The happy couple delighted their guests by singing and dancing their first dance together, “In Whatever Time We Have” from the musical, “Children of Eden.”

The bride is a graduate of St. Cecilia Academy in Nashville and will graduate from Belmont University with a BA in music this spring. The groom is a graduate of South Florence High School in Florence, S.C., and graduated of Belmont University in 2004 with a B.A. in music. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in music at Westminster College in Princeton, N.J. He is employed with the Geek Squad at Best Buy.

After a honeymoon trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple is at home in Nashville.


Posted on: 4/2/2009


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