Gina Oviedo and Brian Batt were married at 4pm on Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the historic Lovely Lane Chapel located on the grounds of Epworth By The Sea on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Lovely Lane Chapel is the oldest standing Church building on St. Simons Island, Georgia. 50 of their closest relatives and friends witnessed the nuptials that included several meaningful family traditions.
The ceremony began with Brian, the groom, escorting his mother, Sheila Batt to her seat and followed close behind by his father, Joseph Batt. Brian then joined his best man and brother, Casey Batt, along with his 6 groomsmen and the wedding officiant to line up along the altar.
The groom and his groomsmen were dressed handsomely in black suits and ties. Gina’s sister, Gabriela Umanzor served as maid of honor along with 3 bridesmaids. They each wore navy blue floor length gowns. After the groom and groomsmen were in place, the bridesmaids proceeded down the aisle, followed by Gina’s 2 year old nephew and ring bearer, Daniel Corporan. The 2 little flower girls came next. They were Halynn Pierson and Dahlia Corporan, Gina’s niece. They were all 3 adorable!
The Bagpiper, Bill Sloan began his march down the aisle as he played the pipes and Gina stood just outside the church doors with her mother waiting for her entrance. They stepped inside the door and began the procession down the aisle. When Brian’s eyes met Gina’s, they both smiled from the heart.
Gina was so beautiful in her floor length strapless, mermaid gown. Her veil hung softly about her shoulders and down her back. She was glowing as she and her mom proceeded down the aisle. Gina was presented in marriage by her mother, Sadia Imanzor. Brian took Gina’s hand as tears of happiness welled in each other’s eyes. After a short message from the officiant, the groom’s aunt, Rosemary Marrotta read encouraging words to Brian and Gina and also played a beautiful rendition of Ava Maria.
Vows were said and the couple knelt at the altar for their mothers to place a white Wedding Lasso Cord in a figure 8 around the couple’s shoulders. The Lasso Cord symbolizes the infinite bond of love that the couple shares. It’s the bond that keeps the relationship strong in the face of adversity, as well as that the bride and groom are no longer two, but one in marriage.
Gina and Brian said their I do’s and exchanged rings before participating in a Coin Exchange Ceremony. The coins symbolize prosperity and good wealth for the couple in their future life together. The 13 coins represent Christ and the 12 apostles. Brian poured the 13 coins into Gina’s hands and pledged them as his dedication to her, the care of their home, and the welfare of their children. Gina accepted them with the same pledge. After a wedding prayer, the groom’s aunt, Constance Busch read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and ended with, “The Greatest of These is Love”.
In closing, the marriage was blessed and a prayer was said. Brian and Gina were pronounced husband and wife, at last! Brian kissed his bride and the guests all cheered with happiness! The Bagpiper blew the pipes, once again and proceeded up the aisle ahead of the couple. After the ceremony, the Trolley was waiting outside to carry everyone to the beautiful reception that was awaiting them at the King and Prince Hotel on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Everyone enjoyed the fabulous food of Straton Hall and wedding cake of Serendipity Bakery. Lots of love and happiness shared between families.
“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” ― Pablo Neruda
Vendors: Wedding Officiant – Carla Pryor, http://www.stsimonselopements.com
Photographer – Debbie Peacock, http://peacockphotovideo.com
Ceremony Venue – Lovely Lane Chapel, http://www.epworthbythesea.org/chapel.html
Reception Venue – King and Prince Hotel, http://www.kingandprince.com
Caterer – Straton Hall, http://www.stratonhall.com
Wedding Cake – Ashlyn Seckinger, Serendipity Bakery, https://www.facebook.com/serendipityssi
Reception Music – Island Sound, http://islandsoundlive.com
Hair and Make Up – Kimberly’s Back Porch, https://www.facebook.com/thebackporchssi
Bagpiper – Bill Sloan, http://www.acartha.com/billsloan/
Transportation – St. Simons Trolley, http://www.stsimonstours.com