The bride is the daughter of Jane Dahlstrom Hagge and Lt. Col. Grant Van Keuren Hagge, Ret. of Rome. She is the granddaughter of the late Alice Kammer Dahlstrom and the late Maj. William Frederick Dahlstrom of Rome, the late Elizabeth Van Keuren Kern and the late James Murchison Kern of Atlanta.
The groom is the son of Ronnie Joyce Carey of Prescott, Ariz., and the late Richard John Carey of Cocoa Beach, Fla. He is the grandson of the late Louis Goodman and Francis Stolofsky Goodman of Brooklyn, N.Y., and the late John Carey and Julia Pelletier Carey, of Queens, N.Y.
The Rev. L.B. Caywood performed the double-ring outdoor ceremony on the front steps of The Claremont House beneath the garland and tulle draped double-arched entrance. Urns of hydrangea, fuschia bougainvillea,mandevillea, peach hibiscus, African Daisies, giant ferns, palms and orchids adorned the steps. White mandevillea, pink hydrangeas and pink honeysuckle flanked the porch. The pathway and the aisle were lined with yellow roses, royal palms and roebelinii palms, peace lilies, double apricot hibiscus and masses of white petunias. Each aisle chair was marked with sheer ivory and moss green silk bows.
The flowers arrangements were done by Katherine Hagge-Jenkins, sister of the bride.
A program of wedding music was provided by local cellist Annie Camp and flutist Susan Davis, of Rome. Selections included “Hallelujah” and “Come What May.” The bride entered to “Gabriel’s Oboe.” The meditation was “The Scientist” and the recessional was “It Must Be Love.” The bride’s friend Heather Town, of Jacksonville, Fla., read a passage from “I Like You,” by Sandol Stoddard, and the groom’s sister, Nancy Koch, of Waldwick, N. J., read “Love’s Philosophy” by Percy Shelley.
Themis Ross-Rubio, of Inman, S.C., was the matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Holly McHaggee, Sally Hagge Bailey and Katherine Hagge-Jenkins, all of Rome, and Michelle Driskell, of Baltimore. The bridesmaids wore formal-length ball gowns of iridescent taffeta in various shades of green, purple and blue. They each carried pageant style bouquets of red anthurium, red love story roses, sprays of purple, green and white orchids, tube roses, hypericum berries, ti leaves and draping light green amaranthus with a single bird of paradise accent hand tied with green satin ribbon. Their pewter dragonfly pendants were gifts from the bride.
Flower girls were Iris McHaggee, niece of the bride, and Samantha and Sabrina Carey, nieces of the groom. The girls wore ivory gowns and wore floral circlets made of Belles of Ireland and purple orchids. They carried baskets of red rose petals.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, chose a richly embellished ball gown of ivory and silver organza and satin with fitted drop waist and sweetheart neckline. The dress was adorned with lace appliqués, organza flowers, and crystals creating a three dimensional textured surface. The chapel length train is accented with coordinating embroidery and crystals. She wore a cathedral length veil trimmed in a pattern of swirled pearls and crystals, held in place by a pearl and rhinestones comb, borrowed from her sisters. Her accessories were matching necklace and bracelet made of miniature silver flowers with rhinestone centers, gifts from her sisters. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of white anthurium, birds of paradise, yellow protea, miniature purple calla lilies, Madagascar jasmine, green hypericum berries, peach roses, yellow roses, and two toned yellow and orange circus roses, tube roses, ti leaves, a draping spray of green amaranthus, and a variety of dendrobium orchid sprays — white and purple, green, pure white with a center accent spray of orange and purple that matched the grooms boutonniere. The bouquet was wrapped in moss green silk ribbon. For the reception, the bride wore phalaenopis orchids of purple and white in her hair.
Owen Carey, of Summit, N.J., a brother of the groom, and Sean Webber, of Rumson, N.J., a friend of the groom, were the best men. Groomsmen were Richard Carey, brother of the groom, of Brick, N.J., Andre Appignani, of New York City, and John Bailey, of Rome. The groomsmen, in Navy suits with lavender and green ties provided by the groom’s uncle, Robert Goodman, wore boutonnieres of Belles of Ireland and tube roses. The groom wore a gray suit with matching tie and a boutonniere of an orange and purple orchid and a tube rose. The groomsmen had boutonnières with tube roses and bells of Ireland accents. Honored male guest were given orange rose boutonnières with bells of Ireland accents.
The ring bearer, Alexander Hagge Bailey, nephew of the bride, wore a navy jacket and a tie matching the groomsmen’s ties.
The mother of the bride wore a formal gown of navy blue chiffon featuring silver bead and sequin detail. The mother of the groom chose a navy blue suit. The mothers and aunts were presented with corsages of white anthurium, red and orange roses with both green and purple orchids. The sister of the groom had a corsage of red anthurium, orange roses and orchids. Honored female relatives had corsages of tube rose, purple mums and peach colored roses.
Following the ceremony, a dinner and reception were held on the side lawn at the Claremont House. The bride and groom cut a five tier cake with each layer a different flavor: coconut, pistachio, strawberry and blackberry, all with berry filling, topped with white chocolate frosting, made by Holly McHaggee, sister of the bride. The cake was ornamented with fresh flowers and edible insects —-cicadas, grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs and beetles —handmade with gelatin gum paste, and royal icing by Sally Hagge-Bailey, sister of the bride. The top tier held two life-size gold-plated frog figures couched among tropical flowers.
The groom’s cake, was decorated as a giant tube of Neosporin, in a nod to the groom’s role in crafting the product’s slogan early in his advertising career. The cake was red velvet with cream cheese icing made and designed by Holly McHaggee and Sally Hagge-Bailey.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s mother hosted a rehearsal dinner, featuring Southern fare, for the wedding party and out-of-town guests on the top floor of the Mellow Mushroom on Broad Street.
Robert Rudert, the bride’s uncle, hosted golf at the Coosa Country Club the morning of the wedding. Other prenuptial parties included a bridal shower at La Scala in Rome hosted by Themis Ross-Rubio and Michelle Driskell, a bachelorette dinner at The Campbell Apartment in New York City hosted by Ellen Adamson, a bridesmaid luncheon in Rome hosted by Themis Ross-Rubio, a bridal tea at The Claremont House hosted by Sally Rudert, and an engagement party hosted by Nancy Carey Koch in Waldwick, N.J. The groom and groomsmen enjoyed a dinner at Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City, hosted by Owen Carey.
After a honeymoon trip to Nosara, Costa Rica, the couple will reside in Brooklyn, N.Y.