Evans and Martin say vows on December 17 in Nashville ceremony

Claire Wilkinson Evans and Brian Lee Martin were wed December 17 at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. S.R. Evans Jr. of Greenwood. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Lampton Wilkinson of Jackson. The bridegroom is the son of the Rev. Thomas Russell Martin and the Rev. Theresa Kay Martin of Chattanooga.

The Very Rev. Timothy E. Kimbrough performed the double ring ceremony. Music was performed by organist Canon Dr. Michael Velting; a string quartet featuring David Davidson and David Angell on violin, Monisa Angell on viola and Sari Riest on cello; and soprano Claire Boling.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a bespoke designer Alencon lace fit and flare gown with a satin waistband detail, and a satin ribbon embellished silk tulle designer veil.  The bride’s bouquet was an arrangement of Tibet, White Ice and Vendela roses, loosely arranged with white stock and white spray roses and gathered with baby eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus and Italian ruscus.

Matron of honor was Caroline Evans de Gantes of Nashville, sister of the bride. Junior bridesmaid was Mary Ella Evans of Morganton, N.C., niece of the bride. They wore onyx, sateen twill designer gowns. Honorary bridesmaids were Amy Hemstreet Evans of Morganton, N.C., sister-in-law of the bride; Amy Kellum Cooper of Fairbanks, Alaska; Shea Smith Crowder of Greenwood; Kerri Hinman Culver of Savannah; Katherine Miles Penton of Atlanta; and Robin Robertson Smith of Madison.

The flower girl was Ripley Marie Martin of Chattanooga, niece of the bridegroom. The ringbearer was Robert Leslie de Gantes of Nashville, nephew of the bride. Scripture readers were Amy Hemstreet Evans and Donald Levi Friederichsen.

Matthew Michael Martin of Chattanooga, brother of the bridegroom, was best man. Groomsmen were Stephen Thomas Russell Martin of Manitowoc, Wis., brother of the bridegroom, and S.R. Evans III of Morganton, brother of the bride. Ushers were Florent Robert Vincent de Gantes of Nashville, brother-in-law of the bride; Harvey Ross Benschoter of Philadelphia, Pa.; Donald Levi Friederichsen of Milburn, N.J.; and Andrew Lee Richey of Chattanooga.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents honored family and friends with a cocktail hour and reception at Union Station Hotel in Nashville. Musical entertainment was provided by 12 South Band.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Thistle Stop Cafe. On the morning of the wedding a bridesmaid’s brunch was hosted by Caroline de Gantes, Amy Hemstreet Evans, and Patricia Wilkinson DiMuzio and Leslie Wilkinson Sherrill, aunts of the bride, and held at the home of Mrs. de Gantes.

Following a wedding trip to the Big Island of Hawaii, the couple is at home in Nashville.


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