Sequoyah Sweethearts; A Monroe County Wedding

The First Baptist Church in Madisonville, Tennessee, celebrated the wedding of two Monroe County natives last summer. Allyson Mason and Caleb Bowers took their first steps as husband and wife before their family and closest friends on July 18th, 2015.

Allyson has attended First Baptist with her family since childhood, she is the daughter of Larry and Karen Mason. Her sisters Andrea and Alicia were her Matrons of Honor, joined by 6 other bridesmaids of close friends. Her niece Sydnie Russell was the flower girl. Caleb is the son of Caleb and Shauna Bowers and Capri Seiber, longtime friend Brandon Webb was his best man. Honorary best man Frankie Watson was killed in action in late 2011, he was remembered by his uniform hat carried by the flower girl. Caleb had 5 other groomsmen of close friends, his cousin Coy Green was the ring bearer.

After walking down the aisle, Allyson requested her father, Larry Mason, sing ‘I Loved Her First’ by Heartland before giving her away. First Baptist Pastor Lon Shoopman performed the ceremony, praying over the couple before pronouncing them as husband and wife.

Caleb’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at their home where the bridal party enjoyed a cookout and fellowship over food and playing horseshoes. The special day began with a bridesmaid brunch hosted by Allyson’s Aunt, Marilyn Moses.

Allyson and Caleb met while attending Sequoyah High School, Caleb was a senior and played on the football team, while Allyson was a junior and played basketball. Just before the end of the season, Caleb and Allyson sustained minor injuries, requiring them to sit out of practice. “It gave us time to talk,” Allyson remembers. “We began dating on November 1st, 2007.” On their first date, Caleb took her to a movie then to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Turkey Creek. “And the rest is history!” Allyson said. “We both knew early in our relationship that we were meant to be.” Allyson planned to complete her college degree before they were wed, a request that Caleb honored by waiting to propose.

Allyson almost ruined the engagement by accident. The couple traveled with the Mason family to vacation at Myrtle Beach, the first time they had been to the beach together. While Caleb assured Allyson that the proposal would be a complete surprise, Allyson unintentionally looked over the exact place where the ring was hidden on the trip. “Apparently I am the hardest person to surprise.” Allyson admitted. But the ring stayed safe, and Caleb proposed on July 16th, 2014. “It was a complete and total surprise!” Allyson said.

Allyson and Caleb both enjoy spending time together and with their families. They love being on or around the water and still participate in sports, especially football and basketball. The newlyweds will continue to reside in Monroe County where Caleb works at Alcoa, Allyson completed her Masters of Education from Lincoln Memorial University in December. She is currently the PE teacher at Vonore Elementary and the Assistant Women’s Basketball coach at Sequoyah High School.

Shane Hawkins Photography took photos of the ceremony, flowers were provided by Mickye Trentham at West End Florist. Donna’s Old Town Cafe catered the reception and the cake was made by Donna Necessary. Reception rentals were provided by Anderson Rentals, the Tuxedo’s were provided by Savvi’s of Knoxville and the bridesmaid dresses were purchased from Alfred Angelo of Knoxville. Chris Moore sang before and after the ceremony.

Wedding Specifics

First Baptist Church Madisonville

Flowers by Mickye Trentham, West End Florist Loudon, TN

Catering Donna’s Old Towns Cafe, Madisonville

Photography:  Shane Hawkins Photography

Rentals:  Anderson Rentals

Cake:  Donna Necessary

Dresses:  Alfred Angelo of Knoxville

Tux:  Savvi’s of Knoxville

Minister: Dr. Lon Shoopman

Vocalist:  Chris Moore

 

My dad sang after he walked me down the isle, but before he gave me away.  The song I had asked him to sing was “I Loved Her First” by Heartland

 

Matrons of Honor:  my sisters, Andrea Mason Gunter and Alicia Mason Russell

Best Man:  Brandon Webb, longtime friend of Caleb

Honorary Best Man:  Frankie Watson,  our best friend KIA 9/24/2011

Flowergirl:  Sydnie Russell, my niece

Ring Bearer: Coy Green, cousin of caleb

 

I had 8 bridesmaids and Caleb had 7 groomsmen. The day started with a bridesmaid brunch hosted by my aunt, Marylin Moses.  Rehearsal dinner was hosted by caleb’s parents at their home where we had a cookout because that is what Caleb and I love to do.  The ladies enjoyed fellowship while the guys enjoyed playing horseshoes.

 

Our story details

Met at Sequoyah High School

He was a senior and starting fullback for the football team and I was a junior started for the basketball team.  Both of us had gotten injured and were out of our sports for a short period,  we had weightlifting class together so on our cardio days, we would have to sit out, giving us time to talk.  It was the end of football season and beginning of basketball season.  We were able to go out a few times and started dating on November 21, 2007.  That particular date include a trip to the movies in Turkey Creek and dinner at Texas Roadhouse.   The rest is history.  We both knew early on in our relationship that we were meant to be.  Some people asked me, if you knew it was meant to be why did you wait for so long.  One goal of mine was to get a college degree before I got married,  i told Caleb of this goal early on and the fact that he respected me enough to stick it out with me and wait on me told me he was a keeper.   He proposed to me at Myrtle Beach on July 16, 2014.  This was a complete and total surprise.  He had always told me he would not propose where I would expect it such as Christmas, birthday, Valentines, or the beach; therefore I didn’t have a clue.  Apparently,  I am the hardest person to surprise because I looked right over where the ring was hidden for the trip.  We were on vacation with my family.  This was the first beach we had went to together, so there was a little more meaning behind it. 

 

About us

We both enjoy being with family, spending time together, being in and around any kind of water, and sports, especially football and basketball.  When I was compiling pictures for our video,  majority pictures that were taken of us had a backdrop of the river, beach, or lake or a gymnasium or football stadium.

 

Both are monroe county natives, born and raised.  Caleb went to Vonore schools and I went to Madisonville schools. 

 

He is the son of Caleb and Shauna Bowers and Capri Seiber. He has 2 sisters, Megan and Jessica, 1 brother, Riley and a nephew, Brett.  Graduated SQHS in 2008 and now works at Alcoa Aluminum

 

 I am the daughter of Larry and Karen Mason I have 2 sisters, Andrea and Alicia and 2 nieces, Lynsey and Sydnie.  Graduated SQHS in 2009.  I graduated from UTK December 2013 with a Kinesiology major I will graduate from Lincoln Memorial University on December 12 with my Master’s of Education.  I am the PE teacher at Vonore Elementary and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Sequoyah HIgh School.

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