Love was in the air on Saturday, February 6, 2010 as Jessica Renee Massey and Thomas Michael Taylor, Jr. were united in holy matrimony. The marriage ceremony was held at the historic Isle of Hope United Methodist Church in Savannah with nearly 300 family and friends attending. The Rev. Richard Reese and the groom’s grandfather, The Honorable Judge Robert Cook, served as co-officiates. The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. Traditional wedding ceremony music was performed by Nancy Voegelsang on the piano, Terry Moore on the violin and Sarah Schenkman on the cello. Scripture reading of I Corinthians chapter 13 was read by Tim Reed. The Lord’s Prayer was recited by all.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Massey of Madison. She is the granddaughter of Mary Kilgore, Milledgeville and Charles Couch, Monroe and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Massey Sr., Madison. The groom is the son of Victoria Cook Taylor, Thunderbolt and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Taylor, Sr., Savannah. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Geer, Covington, Virginia and The Honorable Judge and Mrs. Robert Cook, Midway and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Taylor, Savannahand the great-grandson of Joseph Cavanaugh, Sr., of Covington, Virginia.
The maid of honor was Laura Massey, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids were Katie Braselton, Emily Fraser, Beth Huff, Kathryn Ladomirak, Molly Tyree, Gray Ouzts, and Nina West. The program attendants were: Rebecca Hillis and Brooke Robinson. The groom’s best man was his father, Michael Taylor, Sr. The groomsmen were Phillip Hudson, Kenneth Lyng, John Morris, Dusty Nowell, Justin Rodgers, Michael Sancomb, and Shelby Phillips. Ryan Nutter served as usher. Additional wedding party members escorted in were Blanche Carter, great-aunt of the bride and Tiffany Nutter, sister of the groom.
The bride looked stunning wearing a fitted, diamond white taffeta silhouette gown with a V neckline and was ruched from the empire waist down to the train sweeping the floor. A cathedral veil flowed behind completing the bridal gown. She wore a pearl necklace that belonged to her great-grandmother, Amelia Parker Baldwin. Attached to her bridal bouquet of white and deep purple calla lilies was a favorite horseshoe pin that belonged to her grandmother, Laura “Polly” Baldwin Massey.
An evening of celebration with dinner and dancing followed the wedding ceremony in the elegant grand ballroom of the Wilmington Island Club in Savannah. It was said to be one of the finest affairs held at the club. A special tribute was paid to the bride by some 50 or more Phi-Mu sorority sisters performing a candle passing ritual in her honor. They formed a circle and sang a special song entitled “Sisters.” A lighted candle was passed around to the bride who blew it out when it reached her. The bond between Phi-Mu sisters is strong and true. It was a very moving tribute.
The happy couple enjoyed a seven day honeymoon cruise to the western Caribbean. They reside in Savannah and are both employed by Savannah Lodging Hotels Group of Prince Bush Smith Investments as sales manager and chief engineer.