Mettie Ileena Judd and Sean Jeffrey Taylor of Lubbock, Texas were married Sept. 17, 2011.
Sean’s grandparents are James H. “Bud” and Joann Smith of Lake Kiowa, Texas, Phyllis and Charlie Van Dyke of Van Alstyne, Texas, and Thomas and Betty Taylor of Lakeland, Fla. Mettie’s grandparents are Barbara and Leroy Judd of Stratford, Texas, and the late Oleen Judd, and Inalue James of Dalhart, Texas, formerly of Logan, and the late Newton James.
The outdoor wedding took place at the scenic Tenroc Ranch in Salado, Texas. Sean seated his parents, Michael and Teri Taylor of Salado, before taking his place by the officiant, James Judd, brother of the bride. Mettie was dressed in an ivory gown made of Torino taffeta with lace and bead accents. Her wedding attire was completed with her mother’s veil, a chapel length veil edged with lace. Mettie was escorted in by her parents, Delton and Mary Catherine Judd of Nara Visa, to the song, “Heavenly Day,” by Patty Griffin.
The bride’s attendants were dressed in knee length marine blue dresses and carried bouquets of white hydrangea and green berries. Mettie’s lifelong friend, Bethany Willis, served as her aid of honor, while Sean’s best man was long time friend, Nathan Murray. Mettie was also attended by her four sisters-in-law, Traci Judd, Jill Judd, Courtnie Taylor and Paige Taylor and friends, Megan Loving, Ceren Unal and Amber Webb. Sean’s groomsmen were his friends, Mark Cowart, Clay Kimbrough, Allan Marshall, Jordan Miller and Matt Moyer and brother-in-law, Lee Judd. Laying a path of flowers for the bride to walk on were her nieces, Keilee and Jaylee Judd.
James Judd officiated the double-ring ceremony. Paige Taylor read Colossians 3: 12-17 and Courtnie Taylor read “How do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Following the exchange of vows and rings, Frankie Wallace sang, “When You Say You Love Me,” as the bride and groom joined both sets of parents for a time of prayer and blessing.
A reception was held following the ceremony. Sean and Mettie danced the first dance to Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the Line.” The tables were draped in navy table cloths with burlap overlays. Four styles of centerpieces graced the tables, featuring moss-covered picture frame lanterns and rustic floral arrangements. The couple were seated in chairs with “Mr.” & “Mrs.” signs made by Mettie’s parents and personalized plates painted by the groom’s sisters.
After a dinner of fajitas, the cake was cut. The bride’s table was filled with 5 cakes, each a different flavor, on varying height cake stands made by Mettie. The cake topper was hand made by the bride and included a likeness of Sean, Mettie and their puppy, Roxie. There were also empanadas reflecting Mettie’s New Mexico heritage. For the groom’s table, Sean chose cookie cakes, which featured the interlocking BU for the groom’s alma mater, a Double T, and the couple’s monogram.
Toasts were given by the best man Nathan Murray, the maid of honor, Bethany Willis and by the father of the bride, Delton Judd. The evening was finished with visiting and dancing.
Sean and Mettie left amid bubbles. Following a honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will be residing in Lubbock, where Sean is a briefing attorney to U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings and Mettie is a briefing attorney to U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy M. Koenig.
— Submitted by Mary Judd