Covenants and family heirlooms were highlighted in the Christ-centered ceremony that united Katie Tatum and Jared Moore on Nov. 19, 2011. The candlelight worship service was held at First United Methodist Church of Opelika where magnificent sacred music filled the sanctuary throughout the ceremony. After saying their Covenant Vows of Marriage, Katie and Jared entered into a “Covenant of Salt.” During Old Testament times, everyone carried a small pouch of salt because it was the only means of preserving foods. When making an agreement with another person, each would take a pinch of salt and place it in the other’s pouch. The only way out of the agreement was if each person could go to the other’s pouch and pick out his own grains of salt. Since this was virtually impossible when the salt mixed together, the agreement could not be broken. Katie and Jared each poured their own vial of salt into a larger container. These crystal containers with the combined salt will be displayed in their new home to remind them that entering into a “Covenant of Salt” means binding each other in utmost loyalty, truthfulness and faithfulness. After their marriage was pronounced, Katie and Jared celebrated the New Covenant by taking Holy Communion at the altar.
The elegant floral arrangements were designed by Lisa Smith Thorne of Thorne and Thistle using pink Esperance roses, antique hydrangea and pink snaps. “Miss Lisa is so much more than a florist,” says Katie. “She captured my personality in her work and made every detail so incredibly special.” Katie’s beautiful bouquet consisted of small pink and cream English cabbage roses (Mimi Eden), cream roses, white hydrangea, cream lisianthus, rosemary, white ranunculus and lily of the valley.
Katie’s gown was ivory Venice lace and silk with a graceful chapel-length train designed by Enzoani. The empire waistline was accented with Swarovski crystal beading. Katie’s delicate Belgium-lace veil was worn by her grandmother, Lil Tatum, on her wedding day in 1949. An intricate lace handkerchief, hand sewn by Katie’s great-great grandmother, was pinned to her bouquet by an antique broach owned by Katie’s maternal great-grandmother. This handkerchief was carried by Katie’s grandmother, Jeanette Torbert, on her wedding day in 1956 and by Katie’s mother on her wedding day in 1982. The ring bearer’s pillow, also used in Katie’s parent’s wedding, was hand sewn by Katie’s paternal great-grandmother. The antique silver flower girl basket was also a Tatum family heirloom. An engraved silver bell, rung just before the bride entered the church, was given to Katie on the day of her birth to be rung on the day of her wedding.
An elegant reception was held at Saugahatchee Country Club where guests mingled and enjoyed the delicious cuisine as background praise and worship music was provided by Asbel Arenas. The exquisite three-tiered bride’s cake featured a lighted water fountain and was surrounded by many beautiful smaller cakes. The chocolate groom’s cake and a coffee bar with an assortment of coffee flavors were enjoyed during the cool November evening. Family heirloom silver pieces were used throughout the reception. Beautiful little bookmarks, lovingly made by the children of Orphanage Emmanuel, Honduras, were displayed with pictures from Katie and Jared’s mission trips to the orphanage. Katie and Jared gave these as gifts of gratitude to each guest and asked that each recipient pray for the children and missionaries of Orphanage Emmanuel each time they used it. Family and friends showered the couple with pink rose petals as they left for an exotic honeymoon on Great Exuma Island.