After a sunset proposal at the top of the ferris wheel at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Mary Lindsay Osborne and Benjamin Eric Wilkinson were married May 19, 2012 at 5 p.m. at Forest Hill Baptist Church in Linden.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George A. Osborne, of Linden. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avery Segers Jr., of Linden, and the late John B. Osborne and Winnie Osborne, formerly of Mobile. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben E. Wilkinson, of Providence. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Lawrence, of Selma, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Wilkinson, of Linden.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose an elegant ivory satin strapless Oleg Cassini gown which featured a draped bodice with a slightly dropped waist featuring beaded embroidered detail. The ball-gown-style skirt was adorned with an allover beaded lace train. She wore a matching mid-length veil which featured the same detailed beading around the edges. The bride carried a beautiful ivory bouquet with calla lilies, peonies, roses and hydrangeas tied with an ivory and wisteria ribbon that held her grandmother’s wedding band. The bride also carried an embroidered blue handkerchief that belonged to her late grandfather.
The bride was attended by April Hildesheim Atechson, as matron of honor. Also attending were Hillary Michelle Dukes and Morgan Avery Griffith, cousins of the bride; Shonna Rai Hammond; Jaime Lorraine Johnson; Madison Lynn Poellnitz; and Kellye Paige Reeves. They wore wisteria knee-length dresses with a Y-neck detail and pleated skirt. They carried matching bouquets of hydrangeas and roses. Flower girl was Kendall Andrea Phillipson, cousin of the groom.
The groom chose his father, Ben E. Wilkinson, as his best man. Also attending the groom were Brian Ellis Wilkinson, brother of the groom; Kevin James Bell, brother-in-law of the groom; John Thomas Griffith; James Lance Kaylor; Eric William Fetzer; and Charleston Guy Henson. Ring bearer was Braxton Ellis Wilkinson, nephew of the groom, and sign bearer was James Maddox Atcheson. They all wore black tuxedos with matching wisteria vests and ties.
Following the ceremony guests were entertained with a reception dinner at the Coplin Building. The bride’s cake was a four-tier strawberry cake with butter cream icing adorned with wisteria ribbons and hydrangeas and featured a custom created crystal “W” initial. The groom’s cake was a two-tier University of Georgia cake with chocolate covered strawberries. The guest tables were adorned with white tablecloths with lighted centerpieces featuring a mix of lavender, green and white hydrangeas and various photographs of the bride and groom.
After enjoying a honeymoon cruise to Jamaica, Cozumel and the Grand Cayman islands, the couple now resides in Livingston.