Upchurch and Ashby exchange vows at Flower Gap church

By Lucie Willsie

September 8, 2013

Chelsey Kaytlin Upchurch of Cana, Va., and Sgt. Layne Brenton Ashby of Temple, Texas, exchanged vows on Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. at Flower Gap Primitive Baptist Church in Cana. Gary Easter officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Wendy Upchurch Simons and Kevin Lee Upchurch, both of Mount Airy. She is the granddaughter of Bertha Simons of Mount Airy, Martha and Jerry Sechnst of Mount Airy, Trudy Golding of Lambsburg, Va., and Hurley and Tammy Upchurch of Mount Airy. She attended Franklin Elementary School, Meadowview Middle School, and graduated from North Surry High School. She attended Surry Community College, majoring in early childhood development. She is employed at St. Paul Elementary School as a teacher’s assistant for pre-k children.

The bridegroom is the son of Darla Lynn Ashby and William Joe Ashby of Academy, Texas. He is the grandson of Darryl and Linda Olson of Academy and Delma and Vada Ruth Ashby of Little River, Texas. He attended Academy High School in Academy and has been serving the country for seven years in the United States Marine Corps.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Her gown was purchased at David’s Bridal and altered to be knee-length short in front but left long-length in the back. The remnants of the bride’s gown was altered to design the miniature bridal gown which was worn by Lyric Rose Upchurch, the bride’s daughter. Both the bride’s and the miniature bride’s bouquets were made of vintage beads and jewelry.

Dark eggplant, brown and ivory arrangements were prepared by Lisa Hawks and Teresa McCrary. The bride’s and miniature bride’s bouquets also were prepared by Hawks and McCrary.

The maid of honor was Chenoa Marsh of Cana. She wore a silk, eggplant-colored gown and carried a brown lantern bouquet. The bridesmaids were Courtney Sumner of Mount Airy and Jolynn Griffith of Woodlawn, Va. They wore silk, eggplant-colored gowns and carried eggplant, brown and ivory-colored bouquet arrangements.

The flower girl was Ellie Sumner of Mount Airy. The ring bearer was Hunter Ward of Cana.

The best man was Landon Ashby of Academy. The groomsmen were Nick Michael of Iowa and Michael Bartlet of Texas.

A reception was followed after the outside wedding at a covered shelter at the Flower Gap Primitive Baptist Church.

Samuel Joe Freeman built the wooden swing and signs placed at the church. He also contributed to the Ashby wedding in many ways.

Food was prepared and served by Lisa Hawks and Teresa McCrary. The two coordinated, decorated, directed and served the Ashby wedding.

The bride and groom cake was prepared by Emily Vaughn of Cana. Chicken stew was prepared and served by Roger Keck of Mount Airy.

Josh Pickett provided the music.