NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Marcy Marie Swogger and Stephen Thomas Duncan exchanged wedding vows in a 6 p.m. worship service on May 24, 2008, at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens in Nashville. Robert Kompelien, pastor, performed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Janice Swogger of Sikeston, Mo., and the late George Swogger, and her husband is the son of Tom and Janice Duncan of Kenosha, Wis.
Music for the garden ceremony was provided by The Nashville Chamber Players. Selections included Hornpipe from "Water Music," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Trumpet Voluntary," and "Spring". The wedding liturgy was read by Erin Zematis, sister of the bridegroom.
Given in marriage by her mother, the bride wore a champagne, strapless, dupioni silk gown by Paloma Blanca. The silk bodice was covered in Alenon lace. The chapel-length train was accented with covered buttons to the hemline. The bride's silk, single-layer veil was adorned at the edge with Alenon lace. Attached to the bride's slip was the heirloom lace baptismal cap she wore as a baby during her christening. The bride carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas and jade roses. Attached to the bouquet was a bracelet with a locket that held a picture of the bride's father, a wedding gift from the bridegroom.
Trina Waldhalm of Bradenton, Fla., attended her sister as matron of honor. Maid of honor was Jennifer Davis of San Diego, Calif., and the bridesmaid was Amy Weiss of Miama, Fla. Their tea-length dresses were made of espresso brown silk and featured spaghetti straps. They carried bouquets of green hydrangeas tied with ivory ribbons.
Flower girl was Elizabeth Rose Waldhalm of Bradenton, Fla., niece of the bride. Her white, dupioni silk dress featured a bodice that was smocked and hand-embroidered with delicate flowers.
Tom Duncan of Kenosha served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Daniel Grippo and Don Fields, of Nashville, friends of the bridegroom. James Zematis, nephew of the bridegroom, was the ring bearer. Ushers were Don Waldhalm, of Bradenton and Jeffrey Zematis of Kenosha.
Brylie and Kylie Noe of Sikeston, friends of the bride, were guest book and program attendants. Mary Crader and Jane Pfefferkorn of Sikeston were wedding coordinators.
The reception was held at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. Appetizers and wine on the Frist Center terrace were followed by a dinner and dance reception in the Frist Center courtyard. The bricked courtyard was lit with overhead Italian street lights. The round tables were covered with sage green linens and decorated with arrangements that featured green hydrangeas. The Nashville Party Authority provided entertainment for the dance.
In April, Circle 1 of the Presbyterian Church hosted a bridal shower in the church fellowship hall, which was decorated with white, linen tablecloths and sage green candles.
Pre-wedding activities in Nashville during the weekend of the wedding included a bridal shower at the Cabana Restaurant hosted by Jennifer Davis, a men's golf outing at The Hermitage, hosted by the bridegroom's father and a ladies' luncheon at the Richmond Country Club, hosted by the bridegroom's mother. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in the Richmond Country Club ballroom that included the wedding party and all out-of-town wedding guests.
A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and the University of Missouri Medical School, the bride completed her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is a pediatrician with the White House Clinics in Lexington, Ky.
The bridegroom is graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in chemistry and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is currently a resident of orthopedic surgery at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Following a honeymoon to Paradise Island in the Bahamas, the couple are making their home in Lexington.