First Posted: 8/8/2009
Amber Leigh Amburn and Justin Baird Ross were married on July 18, in an evening ceremony on the brides parents tree farm. The ceremony was held in an historic barn built by the brides great-grandfather, the late Joe Mayes. The Rev. Tony Holder officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Bruce and Cathy Amburn of Mount Airy. She is the granddaughter of Ruby Watson, the late Dixie Allen Watson Jr., Edith Amburn, the late Ross Amburn, Ruth Davis and the late Buddy Davis, all of Mount Airy. The bride graduated from North Surry High School and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is employed with Abercrombie and Fitch as district manager of South Los Angeles.
The bridegroom is the son of Michael and Beverly Ross of New Port Richey, Fl. He is the grandson of Ruth Kendrick and the late Peg Kendrick of Homer, La., and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Ross of Stuttgart, Ark. The groom graduated from Mt. Pointe High School and Arizona State University. He is employed with Abercrombie and Fitch as district manager at Island Impire, Los Angeles, Calif.
The bride, escorted by her father, arrived in a white carriage with red velour interior. The carriage was drawn by a black Shire horse and driven by Lee Inman. The barn, located on a green knoll, nestled among ornamental trees and overlooking a meadow and pond along Indicott Creek, was the focal point of the wedding, emphasizing the family and local history themes interwoven throughout the ceremony. Heart-felt original vows were exchanged in the open part of the barn where evening twilight provided a warm, beautiful glow for the ceremony. Five emerald green Arborvitae trees, planted near the west entrance of the barn in memory of the couples grandparents, overlooked the ceremony. The barns interior was decorated with ivy garlands and the exterior with baskets of white petunias. The bride, groom, and their mothers lit unity candles as part of the ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her father and mother. She wore an A-line halter gown with Alencon lace embellished with beading and sequins with a scalloped trimmed hemline, designed by Cymbeline of Paris. She carried a bouquet of green hydrangeas, white roses and mini calla lilies.
Jennifer Draughn of Mount Airy was the matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Heidi Ross of Santa Monica, Calif., sister-in-law of the groom; Cami Ott of Nashville, Tenn.; and Aubrey Moore of Asheville. They wore strapless brown embossed dresses and carried smaller versions of the brides flowers.
Sean Ross of Santa Monica, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Sean Mattix of San Diego, Cali.; Bart Walker of Phoenix, Ariz.; and James Liljefelt of Tokyo, Japan.
The flower girl was Finlay Ross of Santa Monica, niece of the groom. The flower girl was assisted down the aisle by her cousin, Abigail (Abby) Ross, from Bozeman, Mont. Music for the ceremony was performed by Drew Holder who sang and provided instrumental accompaniment with his guitar. Amanda Young presided at the guest-book registry. The guest-book was designed by the bride and groom based on engagement photos taken by the grooms brother and best man, Sean Ross. Luke and Matthew Holder, cousins of the bride distributed programs. The wedding was directed by Cathy Lovill.
The reception was held in a covered dining area on the meadow below the barn. The nearby stream reflected trees adorned with lanterns in the bridal colors of chocolate brown, baby blue, and celery green. The memory trees on the hillside by the barn, lighted by over a thousand small white lights, gave an ethereal feel as dark descended on the reception. Tables were covered with ivory linen table clothes decorated in a cross pattern with satin ribbons of brown, blue and green. Flower pedals and centerpieces of Storm candles nestled in sand adorned the tables. Wedding cake by Deweys and adorned with a beautiful bride and groom statue sat spotlighted by the stream. Aaron Payne, friend of the bride and groom, sang and played a guitar solo of a song he had written for Justin and Amber about their engagement on the Golden Gate Bridge. Dance music was provided by DJs Marcus Draughn, Joe Holder and Drew Holder. The Everyday Gourmets of Winston-Salem catered the meal. Assisting in serving were; Natalie Draughn, Julie Edwards, Angela Gates, Amy Mundy, Shelley Radford and Rita Reynolds.
Photography was provided by Ann Katherine Welch of Forever Weddings. The Master Touch Flower Shop designed the floral bouquets.
Out-of-town guests included Joel, Jordan and Joshua Bowman of Greensboro, Bryce Campbell of Antioch, Calif., Jessica Collins of Milford, Conn., Milton Davis of Charlotte, Drew Holder of Charleston, S.C., Travis Johnson and Sarah Gustafson of Minneapolis, Minn., J.T. Magoteaux of Chandler, Ariz., Rachel Mattix of San Diego, Erik Mazurski of Tempe, Ariz., Melissa Mondelli of New Jersey, Aaron Payne of Chandler, Ariaz., Linda Ross and granddaughter, Abigail Ross of Billings, Tom Ross of Bozeman, Mt., Jennifer Ruppert and Jose Sanchez of Los Angeles, Cynthia Sims of Atlanta, Errin Walker of Phoeniz, Ariz., Ryan Whitesell of Los Angeles, and Andrea Watson and Jason Gable of Columbus, Ohio.
The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the grooms parents at The Harvest Grill at Shelton Vineyards. A bridal brunch/lingerie shower hosted by Jennifer Draughn, Cami Ott, and Aubrey Moore was held July 18, at the home of the brides parents. Jennifer Ruppert, hosted a bridal shower for friends and co-workers of the bride in Los Angeles.
The couple later departed on a wedding trip to Key Largo, Fla. They reside in Santa Monica.