Southern style and New England charm were the perfect combination for the wedding of Morgan Brianne Hart and William Ellsworth Barnes, IV. Family and friends had a fun-filled week in the Cape Cod and Boston area; they enjoyed lobster, clam chowder, sailing in Buzzards Bay and a trip to Fenway Park to see a Red Sox v. Yankees game. The week concluded with a small intimate ceremony held at St. Philips Episcopal Church in Mattapoisett, Mass., on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Father Philip C. Jacobs III officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Gerald Bryan Hart, Sr., and the late Mr. Gerald Bryan Hart, Sr., of Mobile, Ala. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Ellsworth Barnes, of Mobile, Ala.
Guests arrived at the historic waterfront church, built in 1884. All were greeted by the sounds of a classical trio consisting of a flute, a violin and viola.
The bride walked down the aisle in a strapless, sweetheart neckline silk gown, complete with a bow and pockets by Modern Trousseau. The veil was cathedral-length trimmed in handmade lace. The entire ensemble was completed by her grandmother’s vintage Cartier bracelet. Her uncle Mr. Larry Kenneth Ayres gave her hand in marriage on behalf of her father.
The bride chose Ms. Amber Faith Wyrosdic as her matron of honor. The flower girl was the groom’s niece, Caroline Grace McFarland. The program attendant was Mrs. Mia Perry McCoy.
The groom wore a custom made off white linen suit with a pink silk tie. The outfit was finished off with matching seahorse socks. The groom chose his father, Mr. James Ellsworth Barnes, as the best man. His son, William Ellsworth Barnes, V, also stood by his side. The ring bearer was the bride’s nephew, Gabriel Brookes Hart. He carried a pillow made from a navy blue plaid shirt which belonged to the bride’s father, embroidered with the words “I loved her first.” The groom’s friends served as ushers; Mr. Garrett Jay Rice, Mr. Benjamin Christopher Kennemer, and Mr. Jerry Scott D’Acquisto.
The bride and groom left the church in a vintage blue corvette. They arrived at the town dock where they took a hand-crafted all-wooden tender to the groom’s family’s sailboat, Lynley III. After pictures, by MBV Photography aboard the sailboat, the couple arrived at the reception by boat.
The reception was held at the groom’s parent’s summer home overlooking the Mattapoisett harbor. Cocktail hour began with a taste of Alabama, Yellow Hammers. The bride added a matching bolero and replaced her veil with a Swarovski crystal starfish broach. Guests dined on a variety of traditional New England and Southern flavors, prepared by Russell Morin Fine Catering. The Artisan Bake Shop created three two-tier, solid white cakes for the bride. The bride surprised the groom with a cake designed to replicate a McDonald’s Happy Meal, hamburger and French fries. As the sun set over the water, everyone danced the night away to the sounds of the Boston-based band Mystique. Friends of the bride and groom serenaded the couple with their version of “Sweet Home Alabama.” The groom tossed the bride’s specially made red and gold garter featuring McDonald’s slogan, “I’m lovin’ it.” As the moon shined brightly, guests released Chinese lanterns into the night sky. The party continued while the bride and groom slipped away to change, and guests traded their shoes for flip flops. The bride changed into a cocktail-length ivory dress with a gold comb in her hair. The groom donned blue shorts to highlight his pink seahorse knee socks. A late night snack was served featuring McDonald’s French fries and mini peppermint stick ice cream cones.
The bride and groom left the reception as their guests lit the path with wedding sparklers. They spent the remainder of the weekend in Boston, followed by a honeymoon in Los Cabos, Mexico. The newlyweds now reside in Mobile.