Amber Nicole Mahan and John Gibbons Mays were wed June 2, 2007, at 6 p.m. in the evening in the channel garden at Clark Botanical Gardens. Pastor Alicia Harker, cousin of the groom performed the double ring ceremony. Amber is the daughter of Nickie and Gary Mahan of Mineral Wells. John is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Glennon Mays of Brady and Cindy and Terry LaPrade of Rockwall. Carole Sun, friend of the bride, and Michelle Hoffman, step-sister of the groom, greeted guests and passed out black and white programs tied with hot pink ribbons in the form of fans. Ushers were Zach Johns, friend of the bride, Kramer Gopffarth, and Payton Pitzer, cousins of the bride and Duane Hill, friend of the groom. The ushers wore black slacks, white shirts, silver ties and hot pink boutonnieres. The altar was decorated with two large floral arrangements in varied shades of medium to dark pink. The pathway to the altar was strewn with fragrant rose petals in varied shades of pink as well. Near the waters edge a set of white and silver columns held a glass table top with unity candles. The candles representing the two families were black with satin ribbons and crystals. The Bride and Grooms candle had a black, white and silver paisley design. The family was seated to ‘Come Just As You Are’. The mother of the bride wore a black cap sleeved sweater and tea length silk tiered skirt in black and white. The mother of the groom wore a black and white tea length skirt and black shell with a three quarter sleeve white jacket. Both mothers carried hot pink rose clutch bouquets and were escorted by the groom. The grooms step-mother wore a brown and white silk tea length dress and also carried a hot pink rose clutch bouquet. She was escorted by Zach Johns. The groom’s father and step-father both wore black suits and white shirts and ties and had hot pink boutonnieres. The groom wore a black on black striped two button single breasted tuxedo with a white shirt, vest and Windsor tie. He wore a pink tipped white rose boutonniere. Travis Mays, brother of the groom, from College Station served as best man. Groomsmen were college friends, Peter Zaffos of Houston, Jeff Jones of Garland, David Quinn of Brady, and Daniel Burnett of Magnolia. Groomsmen wore black tuxedos with white shirts, black ties and hot pink rose boutonnieres. Bridesmaids entered to ‘Canon in D’. Attending the bride as maid of honor, was her childhood friend, Robin Jeffries of Manvel. Bridesmaids were college friends, Casey Weems of Weatherford, Whitney Parnell of Dallas, sister of the groom, Cameron Mays of Lubbock, and friend of the groom Lauren Zaffos of Houston. The bridesmaids wore black satin halter style floor length gowns with a sweep train and matching black satin shoes trimmed with crystals. They wore crystal earrings and necklaces that were a gift from the bride and they carried hot pink rose bouquets. Ring bearers were Parker and Caden Mays, nephews of the groom. They wore black slacks, white shirts, black ties and hot pink boutonnieres and carried matching white satin pillows with the couples names and wedding date embroidered in black and silver. The pillows were made by the bride’s maternal grandmother, Maxine Garretson of Mount Pleasant. Amity Mahan, niece of the bride and Emily Moore, daughter of the groom’s friend were flower princesses, dressed in black tea length sundresses adorned with white embroidery and tied on the front with a white satin bow. The pair wore their hair in curls held by tiaras and they carried hot pink bouquets. The bride chose a Maggie Sottero, one piece vintage taffeta and vidal lace a-line, strapless corset back gown of diamond white. The gown featured an elegant silver lace overlay on the bodice that created an asymmetrical lowered waist. A taffeta empire band sprinkled with crystals decorated the bodice. The taffeta skirt was accented with gently folds of fabric that were upswept at the side to reveal the enchanting lace hem. Rich lace appliques adorned the sweep train. Her hair was worn in cascading curls and held with a crystal head band. She wore crystal chandelier earrings and a diamond bracelet borrowed from her friend, Casey Weems, and a hand made garter of white with a crystal double T. Amber carried a bouquet of pink tipped white roses and an antique handkerchief adorned with a blue jewel as she was escorted by her father. He wore a black suit, white shirt, black, silver and white paisley tie chosen for him by the bride. His boutonniere was a hot pink rose. The pair entered to ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’. The bride paused briefly at the beginning of the ceremony to present her new mother-in-law with an antique handkerchief and to greet with a hug her step-mother-in-law and fathers-in-law. Andi Gopffarth, cousin of the bride sang ‘The Prayer’, and Toy Mays, sister-in-law of the groom, read I Corinthians 13:1-13. Gents for Jesus, a quartet including the groom’s father and his friends Jack Whitworth, Steve McCarn and Mitch VanHorn ended the ceremony with ‘The Lords Prayer’. The new Mr. and Mrs. John Mays exited the ceremony to the music of Rascal Flatts, ‘Life is a Highway’. Pastor Alicia Harker blessed the food to be served and guests were invited to attend the dinner and reception held in the tent. The tent was decorated with white tulle, lights and silver and white butterflies. The tables had white linens with black place mats and hand painted white and silver flower pots filled with bright pink floral arrangements. Small back organza bags were filled with pink and white M&M’s bearing the couples names and wedding date. Pulido’s catered a wonderful fajita dinner and guests were treated to a five tiered bridal cake decorated with buttercream icing and hot pink roses, featuring the Bride and Groom’s monogram. The cake was white filled with Parisian creme. The groom’s cake was a large chocolate double T decorated in red and black with raspberry filling. Cranberry punch was served from a three tier silver punch fountain. Houseparty members were Jenna Simms, Bridget Hart, CiCi Fritts, Rachel Turpin, Sarah Johns and Glenna Barham. The bride and groom danced to ‘At Last’ performed by Andi Gopffarth, and the bride and her father danced to ‘My Wish’. The groom danced with his mother to ‘Learn to Let Go’. Guests danced to tunes provided by Showtime Sounds. The quarter, Gents for Jesus, serenaded the bride and groom with their rendition of ‘My Girl’ and ‘In the Still of the Night’. The bride tossed her bouquet and it was caught by Charlotte Boyd. The groom tossed the garter and David Quinn caught it. The groom wheeled the bride to the exit of the tent in a black wheel barrow decorated with double T’s to an awaiting white limousine while guests threw rose petals as the couple departed for a week long honeymoon at the Royal Plantation Resort in Jamaica. John is employed by Plano ISD as Director of Bands at Clark High School and Amber is a nurse at Zale Lipshy Hospital in Dallas. The couple resides in Farmers Branch. A rehearsal dinner was held Friday night, June 1, in The Barn. It was hosted and planned by the groom’s parents. Decorations included black table cloths and cracked glass candle holders with red candles and daisies tied with raffia to evoke a Texas Tech theme. Guests were served their fill of smoked brisket, sausage and beans prepared by Steve Barham, potato salad prepared by Rick Mahan and beautiful fruit arrangement and tray of cookies provided by the groom’s parents. The bride and groom were honored with a couples shower in Garland hosted by Jeff and Bethany Jones. A wedding shower in Brady hosted by Lynn Munden, Sherry Probst, Caroline Parks, Martha Thompson, Mary McCarver, Lee Reinisch, Faye King, Susan Neal, Avanell Siler, Carol Ramon and Glee Quick. A wedding shower was held at the Mineral Wells Country Club hosted by Pat Bazzell, Collette Gopffarth, Sarah Johns, Ginger Johns, Jaunie Reed, Nancy Wallace, Linda Stevens and JoAnn Yarbrough. Amber was honored with a lingerie shower held in Lubbock and hosted by Whitney Parnell, Casey Weems, Tonya Hopper, Cameron Mays and Robin Jefferies.