Amy Joy West exchanges wedding vows with Joshua Paul Burchett

Amy Joy West and Joshua Paul Burchett were united in marriage on July 11 at Rio Central Church in Maryville, Tenn. Pastor Francis Burkhart of Tri-County Church of God of Salem officiated.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Michael and Dottie West of Alliance. The bridegroom is the son of Todd Burchett of Maryville, Tenn., and Sandy Sexton of Walland, Tenn.

Grandparents of the bride are Russell and Dorothy Chapman of Beloit and the late Julius and Sandra Zaleski. The bridegroom’s grandparents are Bill and Gloria Sexton of Walland, Tenn., and the late Billy Joe and Dorothy Burchett.

The bride wore an ivory sleeveless sheath sweep train gown with all-over lace appliques and sweetheart bodice featuring a high-neck illusion tulle neckline accented with lace appliques and a vintage rhinestone sash with linear design. Her headpiece featured a lace scalloped edge fingertip veil adorned with pearls. She carried a multicolored pastel garden bouquet of roses, hydrangeas, daises and peonies designed by Tammy Burkhart with a photo attached in remembrance of the bride’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Zaleski.

Andrea West of Alliance, the bride’s sister, was the maid of honor. She wore a one-shoulder gown in mint satin enhanced with a rosette.

Bridesmaids in blush satin, one-shoulder gowns with a rosette were Kristen Bias of Newcomerstown, Jessica Brown of Ooltewah, Tenn.; Vanessa Vowell of Cleveland, Tenn.; Kara Lawson of Dalton, Ga.; Candace Butler of Avon Lake; Alexandra Craig of Rock Hill, S.C.; and Laura Taylor of Hamilton.

Flower girls were Mary Jane Barnett and Juliana Brown who wore ivory lace dresses. Ring bearers included Andrew Weekley, Jennings Weekley and John Jackson Craig II.

Ethan Spivey of Chattanooga, Tenn., served as best man.

Groomsmen were Grant Redmond, Spenser Palmer and Blaine Stalans of Maryville, Tenn.; Ethan West of Oakridge, Tenn.; Austin Barnwell of Cleveland, Tenn.; and Drew Zaleski of Stow, the bride’s cousin.

A reception was held at the church after the ceremony with special guests attending from Alliance, Salem, Connecticut and Colwyn Bay, Wales. An additional open house celebration was held on July 18 at Copeland Oaks in Sebring.

The bride is a 2007 graduate of Marlington High School. She earned a bachelor’s of science in youth ministry from Lee University in 2012 and a master’s of arts in school counseling from Lee University in 2014.

The bridegroom, a 2007 graduate of Maryville High School, earned a bachelor’s of science degree in discipleship ministry from Lee University in 2011 and a master’s of arts in teaching middle grades from Lee University in 2015.

The couple honeymooned in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and are residing in Maryville, Tenn. Both are employed in the Maryville School District.


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