Atkins, Milam married in Paris

Lauren Rachel Atkins and Russell Lee Milam were united in marriage on 30th day of September, at four o’clock in the afternoon at the Paris Winery Venue in Paris, TN. Bob Palmer, minister at Sulphur Well Church of Christ officiated the ceremony. Music for the ceremony was provided by David Pickett w/DNA Entertainment from Memphis, TN.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Atkins of Cunningham, TN and the late Victoria Atkins. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Richardson of Clarksville, TN and Mr. John D Atkins and the late Dora Atkins of Cunningham, TN. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Milam of Springville, TN. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joel Owens of Springville, TN and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Milam of Buchanan, TN.

Two beautiful Victorian walnut stained doors at the winery served as the backdrop for the alter. A very romantic design of beautiful flowers in blush, corral and burgundy, garden roses, bunch protea, dahlias stock, spray roses, white wax flower, mixed greens of Italian ruscus, silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus were displayed inside two 4 foot brass urns on either side of the doors. Baby’s Breath lined the walk way in bottles tied to the chairs.

The bridal party entered the vineyard grounds to the song “A Thousand Years”, cover by the Piano Guys. Mrs. Kelly Deraney of Chattanooga, TN , sister of the bride, served as Matron of Honor. Miss Jill Austin of Clarksville, TN served as Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids included Miss. MacKenzie Jackson of Clarksville, TN , cousin of the bride Miss. Jackie Scobey of Franklin, TN, Mrs. Rachel Burns of Dickson, TN,  and Miss Samantha Robinson of Clarksville, TN. The flower girl was Miss Madi Almand of Springville, TN, cousin of the groom. The Matron & Maid of Honors and bridesmaids wore floor-length Vera gowns in apple chiffon. Each carried a hand-tied bouquet of stock roses and baby’s breath in pinks burgundy with seeded eucalyptus

Mr. Bobby Milam of Buchanan, TN, father of the groom, served as Best Man. Groomsmen included George Milam of Springville, TN, uncle of the groom, Cody Rowlett of Buchanan, TN, brother-in-law, Derek Hart of Paris, TN, cousin of the groom and Jim Deraney of Chattanooga, TN, brother-in-law of the bride. The ring bearer was Bennett Deraney of Chattanooga, TN, nephew of the bride. . The groom & groomsmen wore aspen grey suits with ivy textured red apple ties. The groom’s boutonniere consisted of white spray roses with little berry of seed eucalyptus wrapped in copper wire. The groomsmen’s were blush roses & eucalyptus berries wrapped in an apple red ribbon twined with copper wire.

Escorted by her father, the bride entered the ceremony to “Once In A Life Time” by Landon Austin. The bride wore an ivory Stella York A line dress with a sweetheart neckline & lace overlay. Her headpiece was a simple ivory veil with delicate beading borrowed from her sister. The bride carried a hand-tied romantic bouquet of roses, dahlia’s, garden roses, stock, spray roses, protea, wax flower mixed greenery of seeded eucalyptus and silver dollar eucalyptus with a special locket bearing her late mother, Victoria Atkin’s photo attached. A special gift given to the bride by her aunt on the day of her wedding. 

Following the announcement of marriage and presentation of the newlyweds, the couple and wedding party exited the ceremony to “Where We Used to Run”, by Landon Austin. 

The couple’s parents hosted a reception at the Tuscany Room located at the Winery. Heavy appetizers were served consisting of a tower of fresh fruit & specialty cheese blocks, skewers of antipasto,  spinach artichoke dip, hot beer cheese dip, crab dip all served with sliced French baguettes, buffalo chicken stuffed pastries, cranberry glazed meatballs and shrimp cocktail served in individual martini glasses. The floral centerpiece was a towering 24” glass vase with garden roses in pink, blush, and cream, stock and bunch protea, draping greenery of seeded eucalyptus, myrtle, rucus.

A specialty sweets bar was set up by Sally Lane’s Candy featuring hand dipped pretzel rods decorated with edible pearls with white & milk chocolate swirls, individual divinity pieces topped with pecan halves, rectangle pieces of the couples favorite bark chocolates and hand dipped chocolate strawberries serving as the main attraction. 

The cake was a 2 tiered vanilla cake with an almond buttercream with a ridged design. Lavendar & greenery were wrapped around the cake. The cake was displayed on a cast iron vintage cake stand. A variety of the couple’s favorite cupcakes surrounded the cake on towers. Almond, triple chocolate, strawberry and white chocolate raspberry cupcakes were beautifully decorated, featuring floral & monogramming designs.  The groom selected pies instead of a traditional groom’s cake. Apple praline pecan pie & cherry crumb pie were displayed on two antique bronze pie stands with hanging crystals. Three selection of mini pies consisting of southern pecan, chocolate chess & buttermilk chess were available for the guest. 

Following a honeymoon in the Bahamas, the couple will reside in Buchanan, TN

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a dinner on the balcony area of the Winery overlooking the vineyard. The guest were served pulled pork sliders, grilled chicken, green beans, macaroni n cheese (bride’s special request), broccoli salad and a cranberry apple slaw. Desserts were key lime, cherry & tiramisu chocolate cheesecakes, all served in individual jelly jars.


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