At six o’clock in the evening on June 21st Jenilyn Annette Fowzer became the bride of Corby James (CJ) Saunders. The formal ceremony was held in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Paris. The couple’s vows were heard by the Reverend Ed Dodd, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Roxton.
The bride is the daughter of Ben and Patricia Fowzer of Paris and the groom is the son of LaRon and Charisa Colton of Powderly and the late Richard Saunders. Grandparents are Pauline Dennis and the late W.T. Dennis of Cooper and Stanford and Linda Thurman of Paris.
The registry was attended by Rebecca Hildreth and Reyna Hildreth. Wedding guests signed original paintings done by the bride’s mother and Helen Bonham Short.
The sanctuary was decorated in a musical motif amid golden candelabra and votives adorned with the bride’s colors of teal and gold. Two large arrangements of teal hydrangeas by Carole Woodard stood on each side of the altar. Jackie Robinson was the wedding designer, and Cheryl Brown created original flowers made from sheets of music.
Organist Arvin Starrett provided a wedding music prelude prior to the service. The FUMC handbell choir, the Wesley Ringers, performed Canon in D by Pachelbel as the families were being seated. Glenn Pruitt of Austin sang You and I by Stevie Wonder as the bridal party entered the sanctuary. Lindsay Goodson of Paris accompanied herself on the piano as she sang Never Stop by Safety Suit.
The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father as Wagner’s Bridal Chorus was played. The bride’s gown was an off the shoulder ball gown made of diamond white satin with eyelash lace sleeves and a sash embellished with crystals. Her cathedral length mantilla veil was made of antique lace and had been worn by her mother at her wedding. The bouquet of cream hydrangeas was adorned with forty antique broaches given by the bride’s friends and family. For a playful touch, the bride’s gown covered a pair of custom made teal Chuck Taylor sneakers embroidered with “Mrs. Saunders.”
Deanna Gall of Paris attended the bride as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Linda Aitkin of Richardson, Alyssa Burgin of Sulphur Springs, and Caitlynn Saunders of Powderly. Carsyn Colton of Powderly served as junior bridesmaid. Bridesmaids’ dresses were teal chiffon creations each with a unique neckline style. Each dress was accented with gold accessories.
Uncle of the groom, Chad Thurman of Paris served as Best Man. Other groomsmen were Brandun Maggard, Justin Vickers, Jacob Brown, Jared Brown, and Alex Fowzer, all of Paris and Patrick Hoffman of Dallas.
Kinsley Brown of Paris served as flower girl and Rhett Hanks of Bogata was the ring bearer. Steven Flatt of Blossom and Freddy Hodges of Paris lighted the candelabras and ushered guests.
The couple is now at home in Galveston where they are both employed at the University of Texas Medical Branch. CJ works as a paramedic/tech in the Emergency Room while Jenilyn is on the staff of the surgical ICU and the burn unit. The couple plan to continue their studies in medicine while working at UTMB.