2009-10-01 / People

Melissa Ann Banks weds John Wesley Boland Sept. 12

MRS. JOHN WESLEY BOLAND MRS. JOHN WESLEY BOLAND Melissa Ann Banks and John Wesley Boland were united in marriage at 4:30 in the afternoon on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at Lincolnton United Methodist Church. Rev. Bill Boland, father of the groom, officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Brian Banks and Jessica Williams of Lincolnton. The groom is the son of Bill and Angie Boland of Lincolnton.

Instead of the traditional lighting of the unity candle, the mother of the bride carried a jar of jelly, while the mother of the groom carried a jar of peanut butter. The two met in the middle and prepared their respective slices of bread. The couple joined the two pieces prior to being named husband and wife.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white, Dinehs Collection, Marilyn-style, strapless dress with a sheer overlay, which was adorned with glass beads. She carried a bouquet of Bells of Ireland, blue hydrangea, yellow daises, purple carnations and pink and red alstromeria.

Her something borrowed was a gold ring and her something blue was a blue handkerchief with flowers on it, both given to her by her grandmother, Dimple Banks; of Lincolnton and her something old was a white handkerchief. Her wedding dress, a gift from her grandmother, Dianne Inglett was her something new.

Miranda Banks, sister of the bride, of Lincolnton served as her maid of honor.

Bridesmaids were Latricia Inglett, friend of the bride of Lincolnton; Kimberley Wright of Augusta, Ga., Emily Duncan, of Lincolnton, and Amy Banks of Las Vegas, Nevada, all sisters of the groom.

The matron of honor and bridesmaids wore knee-length, strapless, multi-colored dresses with white accessories, gifts from the bride. Each attendant carried a solid-colored bouquet of assorted colors and varieties of flowers.

David Boland, brother of the groom of Lincolnton served as the best man.

Groomsmen were Dean Surrency and Jonathan Baldree, friends of the groom of Jacksonville, Florida and John Michael and Jon-Mark Boland, brothers of the groom of Lincolnton.

They wore black slacks with solid-colored shirts of purple, pink, blue, green and orange with white ties to match the bridesmaids jewelry.

The church was decorated with ferns and other flower arrangements from the home of Ricky Ashmore.

The aisles were covered with rainbow confetti that was tossed about by the wedding party as they walked down the aisle.

Michael Burgess, brother of the bride of Lincolnton, served as ringbearer. He wore black slacks with a white shirt and red tie.

Music was provided by pianist Alicia Bryant of Lincolnton.

The mother of the bride chose a green dress and the mother of the groom chose a blue dress. Both wore corsages of yellow daises.


The reception was held in the fellowship hall of Lincolnton United Methodist Church following the ceremony.

Tables were covered with white table cloths, with a yellow overlay on top. A glass cylinder vase, filled with purple water and Bells of Ireland, with a ring of flowers around the base served as centerpieces. Square, blue plates, orange forks, red cups, green napkins, and pink and white candles completed the table decorations.

Guests were served ham, chicken wings, mashed potatoes, brown rice, candied yams, turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, deviled eggs, rolls and sweet tea.

The wedding cake was a strawberry, three-tiered "Mad Hatters'" confection. It was decorated with a butter cream frosting in green, yellow and purple with overlaying colors of orange, red, pink, green, yellow and purple using stripes, dots, swirls and scallop designs. The cake topper was constructed of a variety of colored, heart-shaped, fondant cut-outs.

Christina Baker of Lincolnton caught the bouquet and Jon-Mark Boland caught the garter.

The couple left the reception aboard the groom's 1984 Ford 450 backhoe and headed for St. Augustine, Florida for their honeymoon.

The Bolands will be making their home in Lincolnton.

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