With one decision, your life can change in an instant, and that decision for Berrie & Eric Coble was the seats they chose at church on a regular Sunday morning. As the service began at Maury Hills Church, congregants were encouraged by minister, Russ Adcox, to greet one another. Berrie turned and said hello to the man next to her then introduced him to her sister-in-aw and brother. After church ended, Berrie’s sister-in-law turned to her and said “That guy was all googly eyed over you.” That guy was Eric.
A few days later Berrie received a Facebook friend request and message from Eric reintroducing himself. What Berrie didn’t know was that after church on Sunday, Eric had contacted their minister Russ to ask if Berrie was single. As Berrie describes it, “We began emailing, then texting, then I would go watch him play on the church softball team. We soon knew that we wanted to be together forever. One night, after meeting with my parents, Eric came over and said he wanted to go for a drive. I was a little suspicious, especially after we pulled up at church. We went in to the auditorium and went to the row where we met. Eric got down on his knee and asked me to marry him; I said yes and we’ve been having so much fun ever since!!”
Berrie and Eric got right to work planning their wedding. Since their church, Maury Hills, was under renovations they reached out to Reverend Joe Evans at First Presbyterian Church and were able to reserve the church. Next up was a reception venue, and Westbury House on the Square was just what they were looking for. “At Westbury House, Julie and Sarah were wonderful to work with!! They asked me lots of questions to plan a reception that was exactly as we wanted,” said Berrie. The wedding day couldn’t come soon enough.
Berrie and her bridal party started the day having their hair styled and makeup done by Berrie’s best friend of 30 years, Natalie Bryant at Ginger’s Salon. “Nat made the day of the wedding so special, all of the women in the wedding, including my mom and sister-in-law and my best friends went to the salon together and all got our hair and makeup done! It was so much fun!! I’ve never felt as beautiful as I did that day.” Then it was on to the ceremony.
Berrie and Eric’s minister, Russ Adcox, who had a hand in their meeting in the first place, performed the ceremony. The ceremony was filled with music and personal touches by Berrie’s mother, Linda Jo Pate, like the programs that told the sweet story of how Berrie and Eric met.
Once the “I Do’s” were said it was time to head to the Westbury House on the Square and see all of their planning come together. Clemmie Grace Designs used pieces from Berrie and Eric’s home to reflect their personal style. Mercury glass candle sticks were mixed with vintage frames to create a romantic feel. Fresh hydrangeas, garden roses, and magnolia leaves brought a stunning summer magic feel to the tables. Collages with family photos were included to tell the story of two families that came together that day.
For their first dance as husband and wife, their oldest daughter, Saige, sang “All of Me” by John Legend and played her acoustic guitar. “It was such a special moment for our daughter to sing and play for our first dance.” Eric’s parents had passed so as Berrie danced with her father, Eric sweetly brought Linda Jo out to dance.
As the guests mingled and danced to celebrate the happy couple, Julie and Sarah Hoelscher of Westbury House made sure Eric and Berrie took a moment for themselves that night. Julie prepared a private meal for the couple under the twinkle lights of the Parisian decorated alley. A menu of true southern fare was enjoyed with fried chicken and biscuits paired with mac & cheese before moving on the grand dessert- their wedding cake.
Berrie, Eric and their children all played a part in choosing the lemon and strawberry cake with cream cheese icing prepared by Neelley King. King invited the whole clan over to the tasting and the end result was beautiful and delicious.
Once the cake was cut the happy couple danced the night away and as Berrie says “We have been having so much fun ever since!” Berrie and Eric have four beautiful children: Saige, a junior at Summit high school and phenomenal musician; Chris, a sophomore at Cornersville High School and amazing chess player; Ashleia, a fourth grader at Chapmans Retreat and starting pitcher for her softball team; and their newest addition, Mary Marshall, 10 months old.
Thank you Berrie & Eric for sharing your wedding day with us! For more information on booking an event at Westbury House on the Square call Julie Webster 931.334.6810 or Sarah Webster Hoelscher 931.698.2336 or you can email: WestburyHouseOnTheSquare@gmail.com. To visit their Website and find out more information on this wonderful venue space click HERE.
Ceremony- First Presbyterian Church, coordinator Rhonda Long