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Curry and Danishek marry

Dr. Alecia Elaine Curry and Michael Joseph Danishek were married on Aug. 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in Mount Pleasant at South Jefferson Baptist Church with Dr. Tommy Oglesby, pastor of South Jefferson Baptist Church, officiating.

The bride, Dr. Alecia Elaine Curry, currently resides in Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Mount Pleasant. She attended Mount Pleasant High School, Baylor University, University of Texas Medical School, and Emory University Medical Residency Program (anesthesia department). She is employed as an anesthesiologist at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Ga., and she is an associate professor of anesthesia at Emory University. She is the daughter of Rhonda and Allen Curry; the granddaughter of Betty Johnson of Mount Pleasant and the late Harold Johnson of Athens; and Nancy Curry and the late Leon Curry of Jacksonville.

The groom, Michael Joseph Damishek, of Atlanta, Ga., attended Tucker High School and Reinhardt College. He is employed by Smoke Rise Baptist Church as director of multimedia productions. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Danishek of Ellijah, Ga.; and the grandson of the late Rosie Charles Danishek, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Carter, all of Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Alecia Elaine Curry and Michael Joseph Danishek

The bride looked elegantly radiant in a beautiful custom-designed ivory A-line gown by Pronovius. The bridesmaids dresses perth featured a bateau neckline delicately defined by pearl accented redrode lace. Lace appliques sprinkled with pearls covered the bodice of tuille over ivory peau-de-soie. Lace appliques with ivory and gemstones embroidery cascaded gently past the waist of the gown to midway down the chapel length skirt of multi-layered English netting. The waist was accented with a gemstone belt tied with ivory ribbon in the back.

The cathedral length veil of bridal illusion was framed with Alecon lace with beaded and sequined embellishments.

The bridal bouquet was a mixed floral arrangement of coral peonies, white O’hara garden roses, coral calla lilies, apricot ranunculus and Juliet garden roses, touched with variegated bush ivy. The stems were wrapped with coral satin ribbon and finished with an antique rhinestone broach.

The bridesmaids wore coral floor length gowns by J. Hjelm. Each dress was in a design chosen by each bridesmaid.

The attendants’ bouquets were made with coral roses, yellow stock, white hydrangeas, soft pink ranunculus, and campanella garden roses with stems wrapped in coral satin ribbon to match the bride.

The matron of honor was Jennifer Newhouse, of Mount Pleasant, sister of the bride.

The bridesmaids were Dr. Britini Eklund, of Atlanta, Ga., friend of the bride; Molly Johnson, of Gainsville, Ga., friend of the bride; Nicole Cox, of Tyler, friend of the bride; Krista Davidson, of Roswell, Ga., sister of the groom; Lydia Morales, of Mount Pleasant, friend of the bride; Dr. Ellen Richter, of Atlanta, Ga., friend of the bride; Jessica Weaver, of Dallas, friend of the bride; Jennifer Brown, of McKinney, friend of the bride.

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The junior bridesmaid was Ashlyn Davidson, of Roswell, Ga., niece of the groom.

Flower girls were Milie Jo Hefner, of Mount Pleasant, friend of the bride; and Tinsley Davidson, of Roswell, Ga., niece of the groom.

Best men were Carter Danishek, of Woodstock, Ga., brother of the groom; and Dr. Richard Danishek, of Elijay, Ga., father of the groom.

The groomsmen were Blake Asters, of Anaheim, Calif., friend of the groom; Antowyn Smith, of Conyers, Ga., friend of the groom; David Prophitt, of Greer, S.C., friend of the groom; Everett Bracken, of Lilburn, Ga., friend of the groom; Brad Curry, of Mount Pleasant, brother of the bride; and Ryan Ecklund, of Atlanta, Ga., friend of the groom.

The church was decorated with eight massive floral arrangements of various colors of roses, ranunculus, calla lilies, hydrangeas, yellow stock, and variegated ivy, spaced from the entrance of auditorium to the platform area. The platform also held seven large candelabras holding 150 candles covering the backdrop of stage. Each pew on center aisle was softly marked with ivory organza and a bouquet of ivory and coral roses and baby breath tied with ivory ribbon.

Wedding music was provided by Evergreen Strings Ensemble of Marshall.

Vocalist were Amy Douglas of Dallas and Jimmy Thompson of Longview. They performed “The Broken Road”, “I Will Be Here”, and “The Prayer.”

Photography was provided by Joyce Cook Photography of Mount Pleasant; Heidi Carter Photography of Mount Pleasant, and A Thousand Word Productions of Tyler.

The parents of the bride hosted a dinner and reception in the main hall of the Titus County Civic Center. The wedding colors of coral and grey were carried out with grey tablecloths, white lace overlays and coral linen napkins. Tables were decorated with fresh flowers that coordinated with bridal bouquet and multi-level water-filled lighted cylinders. Bridal party tables were decorated with extra tall clear vases and large floral arrangements to match table arrangements.

All floral arrangements for wedding and reception were provided by La Bella Blooms of Longview.

The dinner and fruit and vegetable cascades were provided by Traditions Restaurant of Tyler.

Beautiful ice sculptures with the initial ‘D’ on the bottom and Alecia and Michael on the top, done by James Papas Ice Sculptures of Dallas.

The bride’s four-level cake alternated layers of white chocolate vanilla and strawberry with buttercream icing. Mixed flowers adorned the top layer of the cake and the bottom layer was circled by coral and ivory roses and variegated ivy. The bride’s cake was by Calavera Cakery of Longview. The groom’s cake had three square layers. It was a triple chocolate cake covered in chocolate ganache and chocolate peanut buttercups by Weddings, Etc. of Mount Pleasant.

The reception entertainment was provided by Moore Entertainment Group of Mount Pleasant with DJ services and a photo booth. The reception also featured a caricature artist from Two Faced Entertainment Services of Dallas.

At the close of the reception, the bridesmaid and groom were given a bubbles and balloons send off. They left in a 1959 chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce limousine.

The couple honeymoon in Ocho Rios Jamaica. They will return from their honeymoon and reside in Atlanta, Ga.

A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s family at Los Pinos Winery in Pittsburg.

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How Brideside is bringing tech to the wedding industry

Did you know Chicago has the largest wedding market in the nation?

That may come as a surprise to some, but for one local startup, it’s half the reason they call Chicago home.

“The Chicago consumer is very on trend and sophisticated, but this is a very underserved market from a retail fashion perspective,” said Nicole Staple, co-founder of a concierge-driven e-commerce experience for bridal parties called Brideside.

Brideside is the answer to what Staple and co-founder Sonali Lamba saw as an antiquated industry that e-commerce innovation had all but ignored — and not just in the Windy City. Brides and their bridesmaids often live scattered throughout the country and come in all shapes and sizes, but Staple said until Brideside, there weren’t any tech-enabled alternatives to the traditional on-site bridal boutique experience.

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“Everything from the shopping experience to branding to the type of products being offered were not in line with the way commerce was developing,” she said.

With Brideside, consumers have a smarter, savvier, and cheaper way to find bridal dresses and accessories. Once a bride registers for an account, she is automatically connected with a personal style consultant who will work with her and her bridesmaids to find dresses that work for everyone and ensure they have a personalized and curated experience.

“Whether she’s an expecting mother, plus size, or petite, we make sure that she has a dress that she’ll be happy with and feel beautiful in,” Staple said.

Users can browse the company’s 800-plus collection of dresses and accessories, saving their favorites as they go. In a home try-on structure modeled after Warby Parker and Trunk Club, bridesmaids can have dresses shipped to their houses for $10 dollars a pop to make sure dresses are a good fit.

Staple said they’ve already seen more than 10,000 bridal parties register with the site and have shipped over 4,500 sample dresses.

And it’s not just users who are impressed. The company landed a $1.5 million seed round from strategic investors like Trunk Club’s Rob Chesney and Sittercity’s Genevieve Thiers. DreamIt Ventures also participated with a follow-on investment.

Brideside’s all-woman team currently sits at 15 full-time employees, but a portion of their seed round will be used to grow that headcount — particularly the company’s sales and customer acquisition teams.

In addition, the company will use part of the money to expand their collection. That expansion is already underway, beginning with Brideside’s recently announced exclusive line with esteemed bridal designer Kelly Faetanini.

Based out of a shiny new (and 4200 square foot) West Loop office, Staple said Brideside also wants to build up an offline presence in the city for women who prefer a more traditional experience. She stressed, however, that the level of personalization remains the same both on- and off-line.

And tech, she said, remains at the core of the business.

“By being so data-driven, we are able to collect a ton of insight on the digital bride and millennial consumer,” Staple said. “By leveraging that data and collaborating with someone really innovative on the design side, we launched something that’s a completely new concept in bridal attire.”

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Andrea Leigh McNeely and Dr. Matthew David Zimmerman, both of Charlottesville, Virginia, were married June 27 in an 11 a.m. ceremony at the University of Virginia Chapel. The Rev. Edward Winkler officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Michael and Cathy McNeely of Bailey. She is the granddaughter of the late Ivan and Hylma McNeely of Rankin, Illinois, and the late Herman and Sadie Bissette of Bailey. She graduated from James Baxter Hunt Jr. High School and East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Virginia. She is a programs administrator at the Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Virginia.


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The groom is the son of Dennis and Debra Zimmerman of Stoystown, Pennsylvania, and is the grandson of Merlin and Juliann Zimmerman of West Milton, Pennsylvania, and the late Albert and Jane Beachem of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Forest Hills High School and Juniata College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Virginia. He is an instructor of research with the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a full-length, ballroom gown with a semi-cathedral train. The gown featured a two-tiered skirt overlay in scalloped lace of embroidered lace and beading, a strapless, scooped neckline and a basque waist with an embroidered beaded lace overlay. For her headpiece, she chose a two-tiered, elbow-length speckled veil with crystals matching the dress beading. She carried a bouquet of mixed sempervivium succulents with roses made of vintage maps.

Matron of honor was Sarah Nuss of Williamsburg, Virginia. Bridesmaids were Katherine Couvillon of Charlottesville, and Suzanne Smedberg of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, sister of the groom. They wore individually styled navy cocktail-length dresses made of chiffon. Navy faceted glass bead earrings and necklaces suspended in gold accented the dresses.

Flower girls were Madeleine Smedberg and Rebekah Smedberg, both of Johnstown. They wore full-length navy chiffon dresses.

Best man was Andrew Marshall of Seacaucus, New Jersey. Groomsmen were Joel Winstead of Reston, Virginia, and Rory McNeely of Lexington, South Carolina, brother of the bride. The groom and groomsmen wore vintage two-button notch lapel suits in tan with navy and green striped ties. Ring bearers were Parker McNeely of Lexington and Gregory Smedberg of Johnstown.

Wedding music was presented by Benjamin Smedberg, organist and brother-in-law of the groom. Program attendants were Eleanor Smedberg, Claire Smedberg, Abigail Smedberg, and Micah Smedberg. Wedding coordinators were Denise Hall and Deborah Rexrode.

A reception at Carter Mountain Orchard in Charlottesville followed the ceremony.

On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted at The Ivy Inn, also in Charlottesville.

They took a wedding trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and are living in Charlottesville.


March 28: A bachelorette weekend was given in Williamsburg with hosts Sarah Nuss and Katherine Couvillon.

April 25: A bridal shower was given in Bailey by Arlene Boykin, Polly Brown, Nancy Finch, Cathy McNeely, Celena Bunn-Bissette, Teran Skinner and Amy Skinner.

April 25: A men’s breakfast was hosted by Robert Bissette, Wayne Skinner, Rudy Finch and Mike McNeely.

June 6: A bachelor dinner was hosted by Andrew Marshall.

June 13: A wedding shower was given in Charlottesville by Katherine Couvillon, Sarah Nuss and Suzanne Smedberg.

June 26: A ladies’ luncheon was given by the bride at Greencroft Club in Charlottesville.

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