Leslie Caitlin Toney and George Thomas Chaffin were united in marriage Sept. 22, 2012 at noon at Smokey’s on the Gorge in Lansing, W. Va.. The Rev. Wayne Peters of Beckley, W. Va. officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Brenda Toney of Beckley, W. Va. She is the granddaughter of Louis and Betty Toney and Theodore and Helen Martin of Beckley, W. Va.
The groom is the son of Thomas and Jeanne Chaffin of Huntington, W. Va. He is the grandson of Jackie Sowards and the late George Sowards of Morristown, and the late Thomas and Lillie Chaffin of Pikeville, Ky.
The beautiful outdoor ceremony was held on the wooden deck overlooking the New River Gorge. The altar featured a grapevine arch decorated with coral and orange hydrangeas and calla lilies, white roses, raffia bows, and greenery. A decorative table with white linen held the vases for the Sand Unity Ceremony.
The bride was escorted by her father. She wore a formal white satin gown overlaid with lace embellished with beads, sequins and pearls, which featured a sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice and trumpet skirt. She wore a pearl necklace with matching bracelet and earrings. The bride wore a head piece of white flowers, pearls and crystals in her up-swept hair. She carried a bouquet of bunt orange calla lilies, roses and stargazer lilies, white roses and calla lilies, coffee berries, lotus pods and maidenhair fern wrapped in white satin ribbon.
The maid of honor was Amanda Milton. Bridesmaids were Chelsea Comer, Brittany Kelley and Lindsay McCormick. They wore matching street-length dresses of latte organza over satin with sweetheart necklines, ruched empire bodices and skirts with wraparound overlays. They also wore matching beaded T-strap heels and pearl necklaces and earrings. Their bouquets consisted of burnt orange calla lilies, stargazer lilies and roses with lotus pods and ferns wrapped in orange satin ribbon.
The flower girl was Shelby Gregory. She wore a sleeveless ivory street-length dress overlaid with lace with multiple tiers in the skirt and featuring a chocolate brown sash and bow. She wore a pearl necklace and carried a white wicker basket with burnt orange rose petals.
Best man was Christopher Spaulding. Groomsmen were Brandon Dudding, Eric McClung, and Jason Smith. They wore black tuxedoes with latte vests and ties. The groom wore a black tuxedo with white vest and tie. Ushers were the bride’s brothers Morgan Toney and Andrew Toney.
The ring-bearer, Brayden Frye of Martin, was the 16-month-old nephew of the groom. He wore a matching tuxedo and carried a latte satin pillow with ivory ribbons, roses and lace, made by the groom’s mother.
The mother of the bride wore a navy blue crepe street-length dress with multiple tiers in the skirt and matching short jacket. The mother of the groom wore a chocolate brown satin floor-length gown with a latte bolero jacket. The mothers wore corsages of red-tipped orange roses, coffee berries, fern and lace.
The reception was a full catered dinner in the banquet hall at Smokey’s on the Gorge. Guests were greeted by a registration table and gift table featuring the guest book, scattered red and orange rose petals and pictures of the bride and groom. Table centerpieces consisted of Mason jars filled with river rocks and stone, tied with raffia bows and holding bouquets of coral hydrangeas, willow branches and coffee berries. The bride’s cake was a four-tiered round almond cake with ribboned marzipan frosting, topped with fresh flowers similar to those in the bride’s bouquet. Music was played by a DJ for the guest’s enjoyment. After the bride and groom’s first dance, the bride and her father danced to “I Will Always Love You” by don Williams. The groom and his mother then danced to “Footprints in the Sand” by Leona Lewis. Special guest at the wedding was the groom’s 86-year-old grandmother, Jackie Sowards of Morristown.
After a week-long honeymoon at Sandals Beach Resort in Jamaica, the couple now resides in Barboursville, W. Va.