Updated: Jan 5
Miss Brianna Tapley and Mr. Chapman Wilson met at 5 p.m. at the romantic Rinesdi Banquets & Events in Dublin on Saturday, October 16, to swap vows and become one in holy matrimony.
The new Mrs. Wilson is a 22-year-old native of Swainsboro. She is the daughter of Melissa Tapley of Vidalia, and her grandparents include Janice Kascur of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, the late Randy Kascur, the late Terri Sue Horton, and the late John Tapley.
Mr. Wilson, on the other hand, is 23-years-old who hails from Swainsboro. His parents are Charlie and Kelly Wilson of Adrian, and his grandparents are Virginia Wilson of Adrian, Audrey and Phil Scott of Dublin, the late Charles Larry Wilson, and the late Wayne Chapman Kimberly.
The groom’s father officiated the ceremony.
Included in the wedding party were: maid of honor Ava Goggans, the bride’s sister; best man Gannon Wiley; bridesmaids Kelsey Lamb, Ashton Anthony, and the groom’s sister, Kaylee Wilson; and groomsmen Hunter Faircloth, Josh Bush, Ryder Lamb, and the groom’s cousin, Cole Simmons.
Mrs. Wilson selected a Maggie Sottero original, “Hailey,” for her special day. She describes the garment as an antique, ivory over nude, backless, mermaid-style dress. The layered lace and appliqués made the dress “breathtaking,” in the new wife’s words.
“When shopping for the perfect dress, I had so many things in mind as to what I wanted. My first shopping experience did not go well. I cried—and not because I found my dress. It was a horrible experience, and I was so overwhelmed,” explained Mrs. Wilson. “A week later, I went to J’Adore Bridal in Brooklet with my mom and my best friend. I tried on about seven dresses, and they were all so beautiful. I asked if they had any off-the-shoulder dresses because that was what I wanted, and the attendant went back to the floor and picked out two more dresses for me to try on. When she was taking the last dress off the hanger, I just knew. I tried it on and fell in love. I knew that that was my dress.”
For her “something borrowed,” she wore her best friend’s veil from her wedding. This special part of her attire was white in color and lined with small beads.
When asked about how the process of planning her wedding went, Mrs. Wilson admits was it stressful because she did a majority of the planning herself without a proper wedding planner, although a few people pitched in and helped her.
During the planning phase, the bride-to-be chose shades of mauve, navy, ivory, and dark purples that would pair well with the fall occasion to be held outdoors in a rustic barn-type setting.
Her bridal party was dressed to match that theme, of course, donning mauve, pleated, V-neckline, flutter sleeve, chiffon dresses from David’s Bridal. The groom’s chosen few wore coordinating navy tuxedos with ivory button-up shirts underneath, suspenders, mauve bow ties, and cognac dress shoes from The Sir Shop. Mr. Wilson’s bow tie featured a special floral pattern with various shades of mauve.
Numerous other decorations were used at the venue on the big day. The soon-to-be Wilsons rented white petal tablecloths to make everything pop. They also rented gold taper candleholders and glass vases to use for centerpieces.
“Glenda Wilkerson worked her magic on our wedding day,” Mrs. Wilson added. “I gave her everything I had for centerpieces, and she put together such beautiful pieces.”
Some of those included big glass vases with water and floating candles, flowers, pumpkins, and gold taper vases.
Wilkerson also did all of the floral arrangements, using mixes of eucalyptus, ivory roses, purple aralia spray, lambs’ ear, cat tails and ivory and purple peonies. The bride’s bouquet and arbor piece had a mix of different types of greeneries with ivory and purple peonies for accents while the bridesmaids toted bouquets of greenery and ivory roses. The boutonnieres were two ivory roses and, again, some greenery. The pin-on corsages for the mothers and grandmothers were fashioned out of ivory peonies and greenery as well.
Two special tributes of different sorts took place during the ceremony. In memory of the bride’s grandfather, the late John Tapley, Mrs. Wilson walked down the aisle carrying the flag that was folded at his funeral. Similarly, the groom carried with him a picture of his late cousin and best friend, Dustin Wilson, and placed it at the arbor.
Once the newlyweds finished swapping vows, sealing them with a kiss, deejay Drake Oglesby introduced them to the assembled prior to an evening of dinner and dancing.
Guests were treated to a filling meal of barbecue, macaroni and cheese, green beans, potato salad, and bread. They were also offered options of water, sweet tea, and lemonade to drink. The groom’s grandfather prepared all of the meat while the groom’s parents fixed the sides and some of the sweets displayed on the dessert ladder, which included blueberry scones, caramel apple and pumpkin spice cupcakes, and brownie bites.
The Wilsons’ wedding cake was a simple, two-tier vanilla confection with buttercream icing. It was decorated with ivory and purple peonies as well as a few greenery pieces. Sugar Doll’s Kitchen is credited for the craftsmanship of the wedding cake; she also prepared the groom’s custom “The Hunt is Over” cookies and cream cake, which was decorated with some greenery pieces and a duck decoy.
The newlyweds swayed to a Jason Aldean cover of a Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” for their first dance. The bride and her mother shared in Alan Jackson’s “You’ll Always Be My Baby” while the groom and his mother danced to Andy Griggs’ “You Won’t Ever Be Lonely.”
As the magical evening drew to a close, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson were sent off underneath a tunnel of sparklers by their wedding attendees as the best man’s Ford F-250 awaited as their get-away charriot with “Remember This” by the Jonas Brothers playing in the background.
With their swapping of vows, the bride and groom reached the pinnacle of their courtship. The two began dating in 2015 at just 15- and 16-years-old. The two met through their best friends (who were brother and sister). They went on a date a few days after school ended that year.
Mr. Wilson proposed to his future bride on April 7, 2019 in front of their close family and friends, sending his best friend to one place in town special to them to the next, where a card and rose were awaiting at each locale. At the end of that trip, he popped the question, to which the now Mrs. Wilson, of course, answered with a “yes.”
Now, six and a half years later, the Wilsons are married.
They went on to honeymoon in Orlando, visiting Universal Studios and, as a general statement, simply enjoying their time together on their first vacation as a married couple.
The newlyweds have since made their home in Kite and say married life is treating them well.