COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Amanda Leigh Gaines and Kent Council Bowlin were united in marriage during a 6:30 p.m. ceremony Oct. 6, 2007, at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. The Rev. Doug Reisner performed the candlelit ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of G. Kenwood Gaines of Columbia and Tammy R. Chandler of Sikeston, Mo. She is the granddaughter of Marilyn Brown of Columbia, Mr. and Mrs. Moe Gaines of Sikeston, Truman Belt of Poplar Bluff and the late Connie Belt.
The bridegroom is the son of Brenda K. Bowlin of East Prairie, Mo., and the late Kenneth G. Bowlin. He is the grandson of Mrs. Violet Russ of Benton, Ark. and the late George Gaiser and Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Bowlin.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose an Oleg Cassini white satin strapless gown featuring a fitted bodice and embroidered with metallic beadwork. The pick-up style skirt flowed into a draped train. A silver tiara encrusted with pearls and swarovski crystals attached her elbow-length veil trimmed with matching metallic beadwork. She carried a clutch-style bouquet of cymbidium orchids, hydrangeas and white roses tied with white silk ribbon.
Kailey Elizabeth, daughter of the couple, served as flower girl. She wore a floor-length white satin gown with a pick-up style skirt accented with a red satin sash. Her tiara containing pearls and swarovski crystals was designed to match the bride's. She wore a "kissing ball" wristlet and carried a basket of red and pink rose petals.
The center aisle was lined with Lucite and glass containers holding floating candles. The altar was centered with a floral arrangement of pink and red anthuriums, protea, gerbera daisies, stargazer lilies and ginger flanked by Lucite and glass containers filled with floating candles.
After the ceremony, a cocktail hour was held with hors d'ouevres and drinks. Background music was provided by the jazz band, Shableek.
Following the cocktail hour, a formal dinner was held at the Westin. The candlelit family table featured center pieces of crystal columns filled with submerged cymbidium orchid sprays. Additional sprays of cymbidium orchids and hydrangeas lined the table, interspersed with white rose, freesia and alstromeria lily arrangements.
Guests were seated at square tables with white satin cloths, set with white china and crystal goblets. In the center of each table was a three-foot crystal column vase topped with a tropical styled center piece containing cymbidium orchid sprays, hydrangeas and palm frauns. Surrounding the base of the columns were casablanca lilies, freesia, dendrobium orchids and white roses.
A candlelit center table draped in a silver satin cloth held the four-tiered wedding cake created by Hansel and Gretal's of Charlotte. The square layers were iced with white butter cream frosting with vertical stripes of blue fondant topped with a silver script "B."
Dinner/dance music was provided by C. Scott Moody of Atlanta. The band's stage was set beside a white dance floor lined with white floral arrangements of stargazer lilies, hydrangeas and dahlias.
The bride's father hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Palm Restaurant in Charlotte. The four-course dinner was prepared by executive chef, Colin Johnson. Special dessert was the bridegroom's cake, which was a marble cake in the shape of a St. Louis Cardinals jersey.
Ivy Robinson Weddings was the wedding planner. Jonathan Kazmierczak of F8 Photo Studios was the the photographer and flower arrangements were by the Blue Thistle, all which are of Charlotte.
Following a honeymoon cruise to the eastern Caribbean Islands and a stay at the Grande Melia Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the new Mr. and Mrs. Bowlin are making their home in Columbia.