Fran & Adam: College Sweethearts Wed at Their Alma Mater

by Allison Micarelli

For Fran Thompson and Adam Cain, wedding planning was hectic. The two graduates of Berry College (who met as Bonner Scholars, a national community service scholarship program that engages in work on projects like the national Make a Difference Day) were living six hours apart from each other.

THE BRIDE Fran Thompson, 26, a college admissions officer
THE GROOM Adam Cain, 26, a lawyer
THE DATE April 5
THE SCENE Ceremony at Barnwell Chapel and reception at Magretta Hall in Rome.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Adam was finishing his last semester of law school in Mississippi; Fran was working in the admissions office of Berry College and traveling extensively. Though they were hundreds of miles apart, the couple managed to plan a wedding together-with the help of Fran's very creative and organized friend who assisted as wedding planner. The benefit of undertaking such a project at a long distance from each other: "It was really great communication practice for a marriage," says Fran.

FAR-FLUNG FRIENDS It took Fran and Adam just eight months to plan a wedding that unfolded at Berry College Barnwell Chapel. Fran and Adam chose two of their best friends, graduate students, who lived furthest away, to be readers of "The Meaning of Marriage" by Ralph Waldo Emerson and "From Marriage and Morals" by Bertrand Russell. "That way, they could be just as prominent and involved in our wedding as the attendants, but they didn't have to invest all the time and money since they were far away and on a student budget," says Fran. Fran's girlfriend wore a pale pink dress and carried fuchsia flowers that matched the vibrant pink bridesmaid dresses; Adam's reader, and all the guys, wore equally trendy tuxedos.

A RAUCOUS RECEPTION The celebration, at Magretta Hall downtown, started when Fran and Adam danced to Mary Chapin-Carpenter's rendition of "Grow Old with Me." Fran's stepbrother, who owns an entertainment company, performed as DJ, playing classic crowd-pleasers. Tables were decorated with silver pails full of pink sweetheart roses that guests took home as favors. (Also in their hands at the end of the night: lots and lots of cookies.) Instead of a traditional groom's cake to match the bride's three-tier marble-patterned wedding cake, Adam opted for sugar cookies with blue icing, which were a huge hit with all who attended. But guests took the most pleasure in recording the day for the bride and groom: a video camera, given to the couple by Adam's mother, was passed around, and the guests captured moments from toasts to the time a group headed outside to decorate the getaway car. "We can look back years from now and remember the destruction that was done to our car," laughs Adam, "and recall the culprits involved!"

--Allison Micarelli
photography © Kristen Alexander

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