Mr. and Mrs. David Alan Phillips
One year ago, on April 5, 2014, Tara Lynn Braithwaite and David Alan Phillips exchanged wedding vows at the Halliehurst Mansion on the campus of Davis and Elkins College, Elkins. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Lois Kessler.
The bride is the daughter of Tom and Jean Braithwaite of Elk Garden.
The bride-groom is the son of Charlie and Marcie Phillips of Mabie and the grandson of Virginia Zirkle.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless, floor-length gown that featured a sweetheart neckline. The raised bodice was adorned with silver metallic floral and lace appliques in starburst patterns that cascaded down the sides of the gown. The lace appliques continued from the bodice to the gown’s back split skirt and onto the chapel train.
The bride wore white flowers in her hair and carried a bouquet of fresh flowers consisting of brilliant blue and green orchids, calla lilies, pink primrose, white tea roses and leather leaf, tied with a royal blue ribbon.
Serving as maid of honor was Deirdre Robertson, best friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Wiseman, friend of the bride, and Emma Pancake, niece of the bride. They wore gowns of aubergine, each in a different style, and carried a ribbon-tied bouquet of fresh flowers of calla lilies, deep purple hydrangea and baby’s breath.
Leah Pancake, niece of the bride, served as flower girl and wore a white chiffon dress, accented with an aborigine self-tied sash to match the enhanced floral headband.
Serving as best man was Bill Phillips, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Andy Pastine, cousin of the groom, and Logan Phillips, nephew of the groom.
The ring bearer was Mason Phillips, nephew of the groom. The men wore black tuxedos, with aubergine vests and ties, while the groom wore a tuxedo with a royal blue vest and tie.
Ushers were Jamie Smith, friend of the groom, and Chad Clemons, nephew of the bride. Clemons also offered the reading “Union From the Beginning to End,” by Robert Fulghum, during the ceremony.
Registering the guests were Barbara Timbrook, sister of the bride, and Lucy Pancake, niece of the bride.
Ron Gooden/WVCool Tunes provided music for the ceremony and throughout the reception. Prior to the wedding party procession, “Someone is Getting Married,” from “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” was offered, followed by “Somebody to Love” by Queen, and the bride entered with “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.
The reception was hosted in the grand hallway and library of Halliehurst and was catered by the staff of Graceland Mansion.
The couple’s first dance was to “If I Should Fall Behind,” by Bruce Springsteen. The bride and her father danced to “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain, and the groom and his mother danced to “The Man You’ve Become” by Molly Pasutti.
Photography was by Richie Kirk of Elk Garden, and Donna Smith of Elkins designed the creation of a vegan wedding cake topped with fresh flowers.
JoJo’s Floral and Bridal of Elkins provided floral arrangements for the wedding and reception.
Deirdre Robertson gave a bridal shower with an Afternoon Tea theme at her Keyser home.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents, took place at the Steer Steak House in Elkins.
The newlyweds honeymooned at Gettysburg, Pa., and Williamsburg, Va.
The bride is a graduate of Keyser High School, Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia University. She was formerly employed as supervisor of the blood bank at Davis Medical Center in Elkins. She is presently a student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.
The bride-groom is a graduate of Elkins High School and Fairmont State College and is employed by the state of West Virginia as an internal auditor with the West Virginia Division of Corrections.