Cumberland Times-News

Weddings

January 19, 2014

Elizabeth Lamm becomes bride of Michael Lee Earl

CUMBERLAND — On Nov. 2, 2013, Elizabeth Ellen Lamm and Michael Lee Earl were united in marriage at the Shrine of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cumberland.  The ceremony celebrant was Father Stephen Fernandes, OFM Cap. Frank Fleckenstein served as organist and Jeff Widdows served as cantor.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. Bea Himmelwright-Lamm of Cumberland.  She is the granddaughter of Naomi Himmelwright, Cumberland, and the late Dr. G. Overton Himmelwright and the late Mrs. Frances Lamm Canupp of Baltimore. The bride also is the daughter of Dr. William D. Lamm of Cumberland.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger Earl of Fairmont, W.Va.  He is the grandson of John Earl and the late Ruth Earl, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Baker, all of Mannington, W.Va.

Given in marriage and escorted by her mother, the bride wore a designer gown of ivory duchesse satin. The dress featured a sweetheart neckline and a fitted bodice and waistline with an A-line skirt. The entire gown was covered with delicate lace applique and was beaded with pearls and crystals sewn with a golden thread. Her fitted waistline flowed to an embroidered and beaded cathedral-length train. The bride wore a bridal bolero jacket of delicate beaded lace that featured three-quarter length sleeves with a pleated collar edging.  Her veil was a double layered cathedral-length of imported French illusion. The veil was custom made to match the beautiful trim on her gown and was edged with tiny pearls and crystal beads sewn with golden thread. The bride wore satin flats, decorated with crystals, from Menbur. Her complete bridal ensemble was by Lennox East, LaVale.  

Elizabeth carried a bouquet of ivory roses, gerbera daisies, and dendrobium orchids, wrapped with glitter ribbon and secured with pearl-tipped pins.  The bride’s jewelry consisted of diamond stud earrings, her grandmother’s antique blue sapphire and diamond bracelet, and a diamond infinity bangle, a wedding gift from the groom. The bride’s engagement ring was custom made by James Kreiger of Meister Kraft, Cumberland.

Serving as the bride’s matron of honor was Dana Lamm Tucker, Baltimore, cousin of the bride.  Bridesmaids were Heather Mays, Hagerstown, Julia Olson, Fredericksburg, Va., and Dr. Kimberly Bjorgo-Thorne, Buckhannon, W.Va., all friends of the bride.  Bridal attendants wore sangria-colored dresses in the style of their choice and carried bouquets of burgundy and white roses, carnations, and gerbera daisies wrapped with burgundy satin and secured with pearl-tipped pins.  The bride’s and matron of honor’s hair were styled by Bryan Payton of Opposite Genders, LaVale, and the bridal party was styled by Tarrah Dawn Studios, LaVale.

Isabella Perez, Centennial, Colo., cousin of the groom, acted as flower girl and wore an ivory chiffon and tulle dress accented with a sangria-colored sash. She carried a custom made ivory and sangria-colored satin basket filled with ivory and burgundy silk rose petals. The bridal party wore unique silver bracelets with crystal and initial charms, created by Jacquee Gillespie.

The groom wore a black Allure tuxedo from Jean Yves, with a black vest and black paisley Windsor tie. Michael wore customized cuff links, a wedding gift from the bride.  The groom’s boutonniere consisted of ivory roses.

Serving as best man was  James McKown, Lafayette, Colo., cousin of the groom.  Riley Mays, Hagerstown, friend of the bride, and Joshua Perez, Centennial, cousin of the groom, served as ring bearers and carried ivory satin pillows decorated with lace applique and Swarovski crystals. The best man and ring bearers were attired in black Allure tuxedos from Jean Yves, with sangria vests and sangria paisley Windsor ties and wore ivory rose boutonnieres. Tuxedos for the wedding party were provided by Crestmont, Frostburg.  

Scripture lessons were read by Mary Beth Dawson, friend and former teacher of the bride. Molly Dawson and  Michael Dawson, friends of the bride, assisted in communion preparation during the ceremony. Flowers were placed at the altar in remembrance of the bride’s and groom’s deceased grandparents. Barbara Earl, mother of the groom, and Lisa Earl Casuccio, sister of the groom, decorated the pews with handcrafted bows in sangria and white tulle and organza.

Joseph Mays, friend of the bride, Jordan Lamm, cousin of the bride, Brian Tucker, cousin of the bride, and Skyler Minke, friend of the bride, served as ushers prior to the ceremony.  Mr. and Mrs. James Minke, Dr. Susie Tasker-Weaver, and Sherry Campbell, all friends of the bride, acted as greeters and provided programs to guests.

Following the wedding ceremony, guests traveled to the Holiday Inn for the wedding reception and were served hors d’oeuvres prior to the wedding party’s arrival. The reception featured a catered buffet.  M&M Bakery, Cumberland, created the four-tier wedding cake and accompanying cakes. The reception also featured a cream-filled doughnut display, with doughnuts created by M&M Bakery.

The bride and groom danced their first dance to “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. The groom and his mother danced to “Forever Young” by Rod Stewart. The bride and groom’s father, as well as the groom and bride’s mother, danced to “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.  A toast was given by James McKown, the groom’s cousin and best man, and Pastor Ron Lamm, uncle of the bride, provided a blessing prior to the dinner.  

All flowers for the ceremony and reception were created by Flowerland of Cumberland. Dave Caporale served as DJ for the wedding reception.  Stacey Salmon of SS Photography, Fairmont, was the photographer for the wedding day.  Printer’s Inc. of Cumberland provided programs for the wedding ceremony.

An enjoyable rehearsal dinner was held at Oscar’s Restaurant, Cumberland.

A cocktail party was held by Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Scarpelli at their home to celebrate the couple’s engagement. The bride was feted by a bridal shower held by the groom’s mother and sister in Barrackville, W.Va. The bride was also the guest of honor at a bridal shower held at Gehauf’s in LaVale and given by the mother of the bride and Georgia Himmelwright Gross, aunt of the bride.

Elizabeth and Michael enjoyed a honeymoon cruise to Florida and the Bahamas, arranged by Travelworld in LaVale.  They currently reside in Garrett County.

Elizabeth is a 2002 graduate of Bishop Walsh Middle/High School and a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of Bridgewater College, Virginia.  She is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Duquesne University School of Law.  Elizabeth is employed as an associate attorney with Anderson, Rudd, Donahue and McKee Law Offices, Cumberland,  and as a part-time assistant state’s attorney for Allegany County.

Michael is a 1997 graduate of East Fairmont High School.  He is currently employed at Mylan Pharmaceuticals in Morgantown, W.Va.

The couple would like to thank all those individuals involved with the planning of their wedding and all the guests who attended the occasion.

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