I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for;
He said one that would make me his wife.
So I said, “Okay.”
The love of my life and I traveled afar to join our hearts into one; we traveled as far as the deep blue ocean that laps the shore with a gentle slapping against the pristine white sandy beach where we were wed. Steven and I took the first step on the road called life at Saint Simons Island, Ga., with the gulls calling in the soothing breeze that blew our words of forever love to the far corners of the universe to bear witness that this day we do pledge ourselves to each other to never do us part. As the peacefulness of the ocean wrapped us in a sanctuary, just God, Steven and me, we vowed to forsake all others, to love only each other, to cherish and to protect until death do us part at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, 2010.
As the beauty of God’s universe looked down, the Reverend James C. Kenney, Sr. spoke these words:
“A marriage ceremony represents one of life’s greatest commitments, but also is a declaration of love. I wish to read to you what Paul wrote of love in a letter to the Corinthians a long time ago. I believe this is a true model of love, and it is a model of love I would hope you both would pursue in your marriage:
“Love endures and is kind. Love is not envious or jealous. Love wants not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeks not its own, it is not easily provoked, and thinks no evil. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness - but in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.” (Holy Bible Corinthians 13)
As Reverend Kenney continued with the wedding ceremony, he spoke: “Wedding rings are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace, signifying to all the uniting of this man and this woman in marriage. Deirdre and Steven, as you place your ring upon your chosen one’s finger, repeat after me: “With this ring, I thee wed. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
After Deirdre and Steven exchanged rings, Reverend Kenney, Sr. spoke again:
“Steven and Deirdre, as the two of you come into this marriage uniting you as husband and wife, and as you this day affirm your faith and love for one another, I would ask that you always remember to cherish each other as special and unique individuals, that you respect the thoughts, ideas and suggestions of one another. Be able to forgive, do not hold grudges, and live each day that you may share it together - as from this day forward you shall be each other’s home, comfort and refuge, your marriage strengthened by your love and respect.”
So it was, Sept. 14, 2010,, Deirdre became the wife of Steven Ray White from this day forward.
Deirdre chose to wear a Casablanca flare and fit silhouette ivory gown with beading on the strapless bodice and beading and embroidery on the netting over the semi-chapel length train for the beach-side event. She wore an illusion veil and carried a bouquet of deep purple calla lilies, lavender calla lilies and white tuberoses with satin wrapped stems.
To honor her cousins, Leslie Lea Moree-Kerin and Aimee JoAnne Dewberry Womack, she wore pearl earrings and necklace; this was something new that was given by them. For something old, she wore her paternal grandmother Mildred Cummings Dewberry’s amethyst ring, which had been given to her by her husband Lon Dewberry. She also carried her maternal great-great-grandmother Bobbie Turner Blankenship’s handkerchief incorporated into her bouquet, which had blue embroidered flowers. She wore a borrowed penny in her shoe.
Steven chose a three piece suit of golden brown with a complimentary lavender tie and lavender boutonniere coordinating with the bride’s chosen colors.
Deirdre is the daughter of Dorothy Maxey Dewberry of Maben and Carl Allen Dewberry of Selmer, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of the late Sam and Dorothy Maxey of Crawford, and the late Lon and Mildred Dewberry of Maben.
She is a graduate of Sturgis High School and of Mississippi State University. She is employed by W.G. Yates Construction Company of Philadelphia.
Steven Ray White is the son of Sheliah McCraney Scofield of Pensacola, Fla. He is the grandson of the late Thomas and Dalhia McCraney of Pensacola, Fla. He is a graduate of Pace High School and is employed by General Insulation of Henderson, Ky.
The happy couple will one day reside in Kentucky.