Odom, Proctor Wedding

Dr. Rebecca Erion Proctor and Mr. Thomas Aaron Odom IV of Johnson City, Tennessee, were united in marriage in the evening of August 3, 2019, at The Camp at Buffalo Mountain near Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. R. Daniel Proctor (Nan) of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Aaron Odom III (Mitzi) of Kingsport, Tennessee.  The bride is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Austin Smith, Jr. (Carolyn), of Quitman, Mississippi, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Franklin Proctor (Myra) of Scottsboro, Alabama.  The groom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sam Berry (Billie) of Blountville, Tennessee, the late Thomas Aaron Odom, Jr., of Kingsport, Tennessee, and Mrs. Thomas Aaron Odom, Jr. (Ethel), of Tampa, Florida, formerly of Kingsport.

The Rev. Charla Sherbakoff officiated at the double-ring ceremony held at the camp pavilion, decorated with lanterns, candles, mirrors, bright wildflowers, and greenery.  Guitarist Phil Proctor of Mobile, Alabama, uncle of the bride, provided nuptial music.  Wedding directors were Donna Odom and Beth Jones, both of Kingsport, friends of the groom’s family.

Presented in marriage by her father, the bride wore a princess-style Stella York gown of elegant lace and tulle, adorned with linear beading of diamante sequins and pearls, and with sheer, scalloped lace sleeves.  The open illusion back, finished in scalloped lace, was accented with button closure.  The skirt was complete with a full scalloped hemline, which carried into a cathedral-length train also finished in matching scalloped lace.  For her headpiece, she wore a “something borrowed” hairband, fashioned by her sister for her own wedding using seed pearls from the wedding dress of their great-grandmother, Charlotte Marie Meeds Smith.  The bride also wore, on her right hand, her ring that belonged to her grandmother, Erion Carolyn Corn Smith, for whom she is named.  She carried a large bouquet of wildflowers in bright, tropical hues.

Ruthie Proctor Edwards of Brooklyn, New York, served her sister as matron of honor, and the maid of honor was Becca Malone of Knoxville.  Bridesmaids were Dr. KD Hinshaw of Roanoke, Virginia; Dr. Lauren Gammel of Johnson City; Dr. Faith Lindsey of Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dr. Megan Massey of Johnson City; and Dr. Sara Shields-Tarwater of Johnson City.  They wore street-length, sleeveless dresses of navy-blue chiffon in varying designs and carried bouquets of vivid wildflowers.

Groomsmen were Mikey Alley of Nashville, Tennessee; Josh George of Santa Fe, New Mexico; Stu Gorman of Knoxville; Dr. David Hewson of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Tim Metzger of Portland, Oregon; Dr. Adam Murphy of Winston-Salem; and Trey Range of Gray, Tennessee.  The boutonnieres worn by the groom, groomsmen, and fathers of the couple featured hops, grown by the groom and groomsmen, and wildflowers.

Mrs. Proctor chose for her daughter’s wedding a floor-length, navy blue gown featuring a metallic lace illusion neckline and keyhole cutout back, with a gauzy, gathered overlay within a faux-wrap.  The groom’s mother wore a chiffon pantsuit in sky blue, with a bodice of pearls and sequins and a light, flowing jacket of chiffon with a cascading hemline and three-quarter length sleeves.  The mothers and the groom’s grandmother carried petite bouquets of wildflowers.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the camp’s Allison Lodge.  Guests enjoyed a barbeque dinner buffet, a four-tiered wedding cake with alternating layers of flavors, and the groom’s “cake” choice of key lime pies, prepared by his bride and her bridesmaid Megan.  Musical entertainment was provided by Phil Proctor, who was joined for one special rendition by his brothers Dale Proctor of Huntsville, Alabama, and Dan, father of the bride, both on trumpet.  Dancing was enjoyed on the patio, where beverages brewed by the groom and his groomsmen were served.  Table decorations featured candles, wildflowers, succulents, and souvenir pint glasses etched with the bride and groom’s wedding logo.  The couple made their exit from the reception between rows of guests waving shimmering sparklers.

Pre-wedding festivities were a rehearsal dinner the night before, which the groom’s parents hosted at Allison Lodge, and a wedding day brunch for the bride, the ladies of the bride’s and groom’s families, and the bridesmaids at Café Lola Bistro in Johnson City, hosted by the bride’s aunts, Myra Hamilton of Cumming, Georgia; C.J. Patton of Brandon, Mississippi; Paula Proctor of Huntsville, Alabama; and Shelly Proctor of Mobile, Alabama.  Pre-nuptial courtesies extended the couple were a shower at Bearden United Methodist Church in Knoxville given by Judy McKenzie, Nancy Mitchell, Suanna Pruitt, and Laura Wallace, and a luncheon in Kingsport at the home of Donna Odom, co-hosted by Beth Jones and Melanie Watson, aunt of the groom, from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

The Odoms are at home in Johnson City.  The bride is a surgeon in residency with East Tennessee State University, and the groom is a chemical engineer with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport.


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