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Emma & Thomas Goodwyn

Emma Jane, daughter of David Sproles and Renée Webb Sproles, and Thomas Lee Goodwyn, son of Lawrence and Linda Goodwyn wed on June 2, 2018. Emma, a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is a student at MTSU and is studying graphic design. She is employed by EscapePoint, where she is a manager. Thomas is also a native of Murfreesboro, is studying accounting at MTSU and is also a manager at EscapePoint.

Emma and Thomas were long-time family friends. She spent many days during her high school years hanging out with Gabri and Katy, Thomas’ sisters. During their senior year of high school, their church, North Boulevard Church of Christ, launched a School of Discipleship, which they both decided to attend weekly on Sunday nights. A t this multi-generational program, Emma and Thomas got to know each other much better.

Before you knew it, they were not only falling more in love with their Lord, they were also falling in love with each other.

The couple explains there wasn’t just “one” moment that led to each of them knowing the other was “the one.” They said, however, when you have parents and grandparents praying for your future spouse all of your life, the foundation was laid for God to do the showing.

During Emma’s family vacation, Thomas flew out to Huntington Beach, California for a surprise, with the help of her family and the staff at the resort. Under the ruse of taking family
pictures, Emma and her family walked down to a private balcony, overlooking the pool and ocean where Thomas was waiting to propose.

At first, Emma thought Thomas had just surprised her and joined them for the vacation, but when he dropped to one knee, she was utterly surprised. When she said “yes” all of the guests around the pool applauded.

It was a moment no one will soon forget, and led to the journey that culminated in a beautiful wedding ceremony. Wearing a strapless, A-line Bellissima Couture ballgown of champagne silk with a cathedral length train, featuring full embroidery and beaded detailing, and holding a bouquet of blush peonies and roses, the bride was walked down the aisle by her Father at St. Patrick’s Anglican Church in Smyrna, Tennessee.

Emma, a long-time nanny and babysitter, could not pick favorites so she was attended by six flower girls and three ring bearers. Family friend and pastor David Young was the officiant. Six bridesmaids and six groomsmen joined the couple at the altar for the ceremony.

The reception was held at Trent and Laura Messick’s farm in Lascassas. The Early Morning Wedding Bells themed wedding was complete with a donut wall, coffee hour, and brunch. Just Love Coffee/Rob Webb (Emma’s uncle) provided a coffee bar so guests could enjoy cappuccinos or lattes with their donuts while they awaited the happy couple’s arrival at the reception venue. The Alley on Main/Shawn Hackinson and team went above and beyond to ensure the food was perfect, including the groom’s cake.

The two-tiered wedding cake, featuring one tier of lemon-raspberry and one tier of traditional buttercream, had guests raving over how delicious it was. The groom’s cake was actually banana pudding, which is Thomas’ favorite dessert of all time.

Fun was had by all in attendance as guests danced to the tunes provided by Emma’s Kappa Delta sisters, who played DJ. The many kiddos in attendance were further entertained by Giant Jenga, bocce ball and other yard games.

Following a 10-day honeymoon at the Iberostar Resort in Dominican Republic, the couple plans to reside in Murfreesboro while finishing up their education at MTSU.

Emma Goodwyn, Alicia Groen
PHOTOGRAPHER Joelle Krantz Photography, bridal portraits; Shelby Cook Photography, wedding day
CATERER Just Love Coffee/Rob Webb (Emma’s uncle) and The Alley on Main
FLORAL DESIGN Rion’s Flowers and Tamera Neely, family friend
BRIDE’S GOWN Bellissima Couture
VENUE FOR CEREMONY St. Patrick’s Anglican Church
VENUE FOR RECEPTION Farm of Trent and Laura Messick, Lascassas
MAKEUP ARTIST Emma Sproles Goodwyn

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