Sun streamed through the stained glass windows illuminating the Gothic architecture of the Church Street United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., when Sybil Thurman was married to John Michael Cavender on February 26.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Thurman of Reston, Va. chose a gown of candlelight organza featuring an Empire bodice with intricate pearl designs on venise lace complemented by a chapel length illusion veil bordered with tiny pearls. Mary Wayne Hutter of Lynchburg, as maid of honor, was gowned in blue, and the bridesmaids, Jane Page of Middlesboro, Ky. and Mrs. William Forrest Smith of Morristown, Tenn., were in coral. They wore daisies in their hair and carried daisy bouquets. John Summers of Sarasota, Fla. was best man, with Edward Blair Thurman Jr. of Virginia Beach, the brother of the bride, and David of Richmond as the groomsmen.

The former Miss Thurman is a junior majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is editor of the yearbook. Mr. Cavender, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Cavender of Memphis, has finished graduate studies in journalism at the University of Tennessee where he was editor of the university newspaper.He is currently a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

After a honeymoon in Atlanta, the newlyweds will reside in the Sequoia Hills area of Knoxville until Mrs. Cavender graduates in June 1978.