The March 22 wedding ceremony held at Forest

Chad Dryden Published:

The March 22 wedding ceremony held at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., united Kristi Strang and Eric Gooden in marriage. The Rev. Christopher Gray was the officiant. The church was decorated with lavender silk ribbon and white tulle bows on the pews and altar, two floral arrangements of lavender delphiniums, white chrysanthemums, lilac, green button mums, Casablanca lilies and wax flower. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Melinda Strang of Kent. The parents of the bridegroom are Jackie Gooden and Ted Gooden, both of Nashville. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. For her wedding, she selected a white matte satin strapless one-sided draped princess skirt and full chapel train. The top of the bodice, train and side panel were heavily embroidered and beaded with pearls and iridescent and silver beads in a floral pattern. The bride wore a pearl and rhinestone beaded comb with a two-tiered, waist-length veil with stain-ribbon edging. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of lavender roses, Casablanca lilies, green button mums and wax flower. Matron of honor was Dawn Shaffer of Surprise, Ariz. Bridesmaids were the bridegrooms sister, Andrea Baker of Nashville, Nicole Jones of Kent and Nezie Fozouni of Columbus. The attendants were attired in lavender iridescent taffeta gowns and carried hand-tied bouquets of lavender roses, green button mums and wax flowers. Serving as the flower girl was the bridegrooms niece, Kayla Baker of Nashville. The best man was See Kang of Nashville. Ushers were the brides brothers, Lance Strang of Ashland and Matt Strang of Kent, Travis Fitzpatrick of Houston, Texas, Stephen Elizer of Nashville and Dave Tipton of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The ring bearer was the bridegrooms nephew, Miller Baker of Nashville. A reception followed the ceremony at Belle Forest Clubhouse in Nashville. The new Mrs. Gooden is a graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. She is employed by Katcher Vaughn & Bailey in Nashville. Her husband is a graduate of Nashville Christian High School and the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is employed as a freelance videographer. The couple honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii, and are making their home in Nashville.

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