Did you know only 2 percent of newlyweds are high school sweethearts? It’s true—yet one local couple has done it.
On Saturday, June 5, 2021, the former Miss Ashley Brewer of Swainsboro and her now husband, Mr. Randall Youmans of Swainsboro as well, met at Chande Pines Plantation in Pembroke at 5:30 p.m. sharp to swap vows in an intimate ceremony.
The 28-year-old bride is the daughter of Mr. Jeffrey and Mrs. Connie Brewer of Swainsboro. Her grandparents include Herschel and Sandra Couey of Wrightsville, the late Joe H. Walker, the late Rev. Jesse Brewer, and the late Mildred Brewer.
Her 31-year-old husband is the son of Randy and Vera Youmans of Wrightsville, and he is the grandson of Renato Quieroz and Vanda Moura of Portel, Brazil, the late Esmond Youmans, and the late Unette Edenfield.
Oaky Grove Church’s Pastor Tom Akins officiated the ceremony.
During the planning phase, the soon-to-be Youmanses asked a handful of special individuals to be a part of their big day, including: maid of honor Whitney Brewer, sister of the bride; bridesmaid Noelle Cann, a long-time close friend of the bride; best man Ron Whidby and groomsman Nathan Hackle, both close friends of the groom; and ring bearer Declan Youmans, son of the beloved couple.
For her wedding, Mrs. Youmans chose an ivory and white lace Stella York gown with clear beading. The garment featured a mermaid silhouette, halter neckline, and open back.
Her groom looked dashing in a navy Michael Kors suit, which included a dusty rose-colored tie.
The entire wedding party wore attire that coordinated with the aforementioned tones. Mrs. Youmans’ entourage were stunning in rose-colored, spaghetti-strap, floor-length dresses crafted from chiffon lace. These pieces featured A-line silhouettes, scooped necklines, and, like the bride’s gown, open backs.
Bevrick’s Char House Grill from Metter catered a fabulous meal while Katie’s Cakes, a Brooklet-based operation, baked the three-tier wedding confection iced in vanilla buttercream frosting. (The same company created the groom’s cake, a two-tier Oreo sweet with chocolate frosting topped with the infamous cookies.)
Tammie Hall of Chande Pines served as the wedding planner and director. She handled all decorations, floral arrangements, centerpieces, bouquets, and boutonnières for the occasion.
The bride’s uncle, Glenn Cowart, emceed the event. He played three special songs during the reception: “Find Your Wings” by Mark Harris for the mother-son dance, “Walk With You” by Edwin McCain for the daddy-daughter dance, and “Perfect Duet,” an Ed Sheehan and Beyoncé Knowles collaboration. The couple carefully selected this ballad, saying it has “special meaning” to them because of their long-running history as high school sweethearts.
The evening was culminated by a sparkler sendoff for the newlyweds. Mr. and Mrs. Youmans went on to take a “mini-moon” in Savannah for the remainder of the weekend. They had a “wonderful stay” at the historic Kehoe House downtown.
The Youmanses have since made their home in Statesboro and say married life is treating them well.
The two began dating in September 2008 during high school and were high school sweethearts. They found their way back to one another years later in May 2019. Mr. Youmans popped the question in February 2020, and they spent the next 16 months planning their wedding.