We are humbled and honored to announce our marriage to all our dear friends in Franklin County. Vivian May Johnson Stephenson and Timothy "Forrest" Hermann were united in marriage on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 in the Florida Keys.
The bride's haircut and styling, plus the floral arrangements on the 25’ Tiki Wench sports fishing boat, were created by the groom. The bride's wedding attire, along with the entire wedding party, expressed tropical fun scenes, and all shirts were chosen handpicked by the groom from his wardrobe.
Best man and matron of honor were Les and Chris; boat captain was Zane Solan, Original guitar selections were played by Art Humphries, The wedding party enjoyed a snorkeling outing and snacks prepared by the bride. On the way back to their home, God provided one of His more spectacular sunsets which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Johnson (Evelyn), Cherokee, Ala. Vivian has two sons, Jeffrey Stephenson (Jamie) from Birmingham, Ala., and Scott Stephenson (Rebecca) from Russellville, Ala. Grandchildren are Sydney and Blake (Jeff and Jamie's) and Evan and ?(either Iain or Cadence tbd around Sept. 9).
Vivian has six siblings Geri Lofton (Arkansas), Susan Robinson (Jasper, Tenn.), Bobby (Decatur, Ala.), Janet Henley (Tuscumbia, Ala.), Thomas (Ft Walton), and Steven (Cherokee, Ala.).
Vivian discovered and fell in love with Carrabelle 13 years ago, and moved there after retiring five years ago from the Alabama Department of Labor.
Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Hermann (Laverne), Cokato, Minn. Tim has four siblings, Kathy Hermann, Terry Matson (Dave), Phillip (Sherry), Nancy (John). Tim has several nieces and nephews in Minnesota.
Tim has devoted his adult life to helping others, working for the Volunteers of America. Tim was there just after the earthquake in California in the 1989 cleaning up, at 9/11 cleaning up for a year, and helped clean ducks with Dawn at the Valdez oil spills.
Tim stayed in Louisiana for three years following Hurricane Katrina helping folks who needed a hand up and not a handout. He volunteered to go to Hurricane Charlie, in Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte.
Tim has also enjoyed looking like Tom Hanks (won $5,000 in a celebrity lookalike contest) and taking on the character Forrest Gump.
Tim and Vivian will be residing in the Florida Keys and have started Tiki Wench Custom Charters. They will continue to be an active part of their community, as always. For their honeymoon, Tim and Vivian Hermann will be visiting northwest Alabama to enjoy their new grandbaby, then will go to Minnesota to visit Tim's family.
On Saturday, Sept. 7 there will be an open reception at Looe Key. Tim and Vivian will be provided all the meats, kegs of beer and lots of water. Several local friends in the community will be bringing side dishes and Tim's musician friends will be on stage throughout the reception from 2-6 p.m.. We envision this party to be a combination of a typical "Johnson throw-down and a Sunday dinner on the ground.
Vivian and Tim want to express a special thanks to all the folks in Franklin County who helped her safely break away from the cycle of being a victim of domestic violence. Thanks go out to the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, the Refuge House and Judge Reynolds for all their support in keeping me safe. Also, in the Florida Keys, special thanks go out to the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Key West Police Department. To all my newfound friends, both in Apalachicola and the Keys, I want to thank you for helping me take back control of my life -- only by the grace of God did this happen.