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Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smith


Kristen Nicole James and the Rev. Anthony Smith of Albany were married Sat., Dec. 29, 2012, at Bethel Christian Church.  The bride is the daughter of Judith Hampton Thompson and the late Sterlynn Chester James.  She is the stepdaughter of Andre Thompson, Sr.

Kristen is the granddaughter of Mr. Willie D. Hampton and the late Mrs. Carrie McIntyre Hampton.  Her paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Chester James, Sr.  Anthony is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Smith of Dublin, Ga. He is also the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Berry.  His paternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Hutcherson Smith.                      .

The Rev. Joe Miller, friend and pastor of Albany Grace Church gave a special reading the couple wrote to their guests as well as officiated at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony. The couple also exchanged their own prepared wedding vows at the ceremony.  Sarah Mack, a high school friend, sang the “The Lord’s Prayer,” by Albert Hay Malotte.

The bride’s gown was very beautifully detailed, with a fitted bodice flowing into a soft and flowing chiffon skirt. The gown’s Empire waist was accented with exquisite, hand-beaded lace and ruching detail.  The strapless A-line silhouette was universally flattering, complementing the back of the absolutely gorgeous gown with beaded lace detail from waist to hem down the entire chapel train.  Her veil was a beautiful, one tier fingertip length, adorned with a pearl embellished Alencon lace edge.

Kristen is a 2004 graduate of Westover Comprehensive High and a 2008 graduate of Clark Atlanta University.  Anthony is a graduate of Dublin High School and attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Kristen is employed at the Metro Gazette Publishing Company. Anthony is pastor of Bethel Christian Church and is employed at New Life Landscaping & Maintenance.

A bridal shower given by friends of the bride was held Friday evening at the home of Mrs. Lenora Stephens in Sylvester, Ga.

The couple will travel to Gatlinburg, Tenn. for a five-day honeymoon in the Smoky Mountains and will reside in Albany.