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The bridal party.

Weddings do not get any more glamorous than the June 22 nuptials of Katie Prather of Kennesaw and Brendan Douglas of Augusta. Every detail was stunning. The black-tie affair took place at St. James Episcopal Church in Marietta, where the Prather family are longtime members.

A bagpiper clad in traditional Scottish dress played outside the church as ladies and gentlemen in formal dresses arrived. Fourteen handsome groomsmen escorted guests to their seats in the charming sanctuary of the church. At precisely 5 o’clock, the mothers were seated to “Ave Maria” by Franz Shubert. Margaret Douglas looked lovely in a flowing fawn colored gown. Paula Prather was likewise pretty in a deep periwinkle silk gown.

The bridal party processed to “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel. One by one, each beautiful bridesmaid came down the aisle in a blush pink skirt and white off-the-shoulder top with jeweled buttons down the back, and hair swept up in a romantic chignon. Each carried bouquets of white hydrangea and blush roses. A precious flower girl sprinkled petals before the bride’s entrance.

If the bridal party didn’t take your breath away, the bride did. Katie looked like an enchanting princess in a classic white A-line gown fitted at the waist with front and back V-neckline. Her hair was in a regal updo and finished off with a jeweled tiara, to which her cascading veil trimmed with satin was attached. Escorted by her father, Matt Prather, the beaming bride walked down the aisle to “Trumpet Voluntary” by Jeremiah Clarke, where her prince charming awaited.

The Rev. Roger D. Allen and Father Gerald P. Ragan officiated the ceremony. Following the service, the party recessed to “Hornpipe from Water Music” by G.F. Handel. Wedding bells then rang in the 300-year-old traditional English way. Members of the church’s Guild of Change Ringers rang eight bells in the church towers in honor of the couple.

Afterward, guests feted the newlyweds at a reception at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta. Cocktails were taken in the courtyard where delicious small bites were served, including bacon-topped pimento cheese on buttery crackers, stuffed mushrooms and crab canapés.

The party moved to the elegant ballroom where dinner and dancing took place. The bridal party sat at a long table in the center of the room adorned with white tablecloths and topiaries of white hydrangea and roses, with guests at round tables to either side. The evening was full of touching moments like first dances and the sweetest toast by the bride’s father.

Katie, a woman of great fashion sense, changed into a second dress more suitable for dancing the evening away as the fabulous band, Party Nation, played. For the reception, she wore a strapless mermaid-style gown and Brendan changed into a white dinner jacket.

The evening was truly an affair to remember. Katie is the daughter of Walter Mathews and Paula Frances Prather. Brendan is the son of Patrick Joseph and Margaret Smith Douglas. The newlyweds reside in Atlanta.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She has written for the MDJ since October 2000. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at 404-713-7318.

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