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Congratulations to our first bridal cover contest winners! Julie Lynne Howell and John Patrick Addison were married in May 2018 outside the Lafayette County Courthouse in a decidedly Oxford-themed wedding. Read more about their big day in their announcement on page 30. PHOTOGR APHED BY A SHLEIGH COLEM AN

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FE ATURES 46 Some Enchanted Evening

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Lamar & Adams

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Grisham & Smith

Inspired by his grandmother’s legacy, an amateur gardener’s avocation yields stunning results.

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Invitation Oxford readers share ways they have made special and romantic occasions even more memorable.

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64 Capturing the Moments

Danny Klimetz and Paul Gandy specialize in moment-driven photography. View some of their outstanding work in these images from weddings and bridal fashion shoots.

Couples come from near and far to host their nuptials in the Velvet Ditch.

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A bucolic property east of Oxford is designed for equestrian events and serves as a beautiful venue for private functions.

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W E D D I N G N O T E S from the S T A F F This bridal issue is filled with pictureperfect weddings, from those captured by “moment-driven” wedding photographers Danny Klimetz and Paul Gandy on page 64 to the local scenes on page 52 of some brides and grooms who traveled to Oxford to celebrate their nuptials here. Less likely to be caught on camera are the sweet, hilarious and sometimes regrettable mishaps that are bound to happen at any big event, including weddings. Here are a few such moments from Invitation Magazines staff members.

Carnation, Lily, Tablecloth, Dress Have Your Cake ... I was super excited about my wedding cake. It was a mocha-spice cake with apples and caramel buttercream. I was married in the fall, and I thought the flavors were just perfect for the season. But in all the excitement of the reception, I forgot to try it. Late that night I was so sad when I realized I had missed out. Lucky for me, my mom was thinking ahead and boxed up a nice big piece for me so I could try it after the wedding weekend was over. It was delicious! Now I attempt to recreate it myself on our anniversary every year. — Emily Welly, Executive Editor

Order of the Garter I was shooting a wedding just outside of San Francisco at some fancy country club, and everything was going as planned. When it came time for the garter toss, they decided to tie the groom’s hands behind his back and blindfold him to make things more interesting. Well ... there was a twist. The best man had slipped away and changed into a dress — I have never seen hairier legs in my life! The music starts playing, the best man sits in the chair with everyone gathered around trying their best not to burst out laughing, and the groom starts fumbling toward his new “wife.” Once he finds “her,” he dives under the dress and starts feeling around for the garter with his teeth ... It felt like a good two minutes passed before he started to realize what was going on as the laughter got louder and louder. I swear I saw him pick hair out of his mouth afterwards. — Paul Gandy, Ad Designer/Photographer

Yes Beer, I Mean Yes Dear Our wedding was in June, and the AC was not working properly in the old building we had our reception in. It was so hot, we ran out of beer in 30 minutes — over 800 bottles, and they were gone that fast. People started worrying Nathan (the groom) about it, and he came and found me on the dance floor and told me we were out of beer and he was going to run to town to get some, as if it wasn’t even our wedding or anything big. I was like “Ummm — This is our wedding. If they want beer they can go get it. You are not leaving me here! I guess that made sense to him. He gave some money to his friends and they went and got the beer. — Becca Pepper, Ad Designer

My 1900s-garden-party wedding was inspired by a favorite John Singer Sargent painting, “Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.” My mom did all the decorating, and chose a pink chintz with a large floral print for the tablecloths. Some months later I was a bridesmaid at a friend’s “Gone With the Wind”-themed wedding, with a reception at Cedar Oaks. Guess what fabric the bridesmaid dresses were made of? Yep, same as my tablecloths — but as far as I could tell, the curtains at Cedar Oaks remained intact! — Allison Estes, Executive Editor

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EXECUTIVE EDITORS Allison Estes Emily Welly EXECUTIVE MANAGING EDITOR Mary Moreton CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shanna Flaschka Clint Kimberling Alexis Lee Sarah McCullen Michael Newsom Victor Smith Jr. EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Sarah McCullen SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR Alexis Lee

Better Late Than Chicken A few years after college graduation, I was invited to be a bridesmaid at a good friend’s wedding. The weekend was a grand celebration for the couple, and for me it was a reunion with many friends I hadn’t seen since graduation. I arrived a little late to the rehearsal dinner and immediately began visiting with friends, catching up on what had been happening. It was even later when I finally sat down to eat dinner — grilled chicken. A few hours later, I began to feel awful. All night, I was deathly ill. By 4 a.m., I was in the ER getting pumped full of fluids. I didn’t make it to the wedding. I missed the reception, and the wedding party was one person short. I wish I could say I’ll never be late to a wedding again, but … let’s just say if I am, I’ll pass on the chicken dinner. — Rachel West, Publisher

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Oxford Maker’s Market

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Oxford Maker’s Market provides a venue for lesser-known artists and an outlet for handmade goods of all kinds. Free. 10 a.m-4 p.m. on the Square.

Birthplace of American Music Festival pays tribute to the blues, with music, artists, food and a 5K. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 day of event. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Clarksdale. Search BAM Fest 2019 on Facebook, or call 662-351-3403.

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Summer Solstice JUNE 21

Summer Sunset Series

Water Valley 2019 Summer Concert Series

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Each Sunday in June, enjoy a free, familyfriendly concert at 6 p.m. in the Grove. Bring your own chairs or blankets.

The Water Valley Arts Council presents a free, community-sponsored summer concert series featuring Willie Farmer on June 14, Jimbo Mathus on July 12 and And The Echo on July 26. 7-10 p.m. at Pocket Park on Main Street.

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Midsummer begins at 10:54 a.m. in north Mississippi. Expect about 14.5 hours of daylight, then enjoy the long twilight — sit in the porch swing, sip some tea, watch the lightning bugs blink and listen to the crickets and the whip-poor-wills call.

Baptist Memorial Hospital Blood Drive J U N E 3 , J U LY 1

Vitalant hosts a blood drive the first Monday of every month. Free. 1-4 p.m., Baptist Memorial HospitalNorth Mississippi.

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The L-O-U community celebration includes fun runs, a parade and family activities in the Grove, with a petting zoo, bounce house, face paint, food vendors and music, followed by fireworks at Swayze Field. Free.

Summer Networking Breakfast J U LY 1 0

L-O-U Mental Health Alliance invites local professionals of all ages to a breakfast where they can meet and network with those in the mental health community. Sponsored by Jackson Psychiatry Group of Oxford. Free. 8:30-10 a.m., The Edison. facebook.com/loumentalhealthalliance

Fashion Runway Sewing Camp J U LY 1 5 -1 9

Sew garments from a pattern and model the finished products on the last day of camp. For ages 8 and up; participants must bring a sewing machine and be able to operate it. YAC members $170, nonmembers $185. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., the Powerhouse.

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Blackberry Jubilee

Oxford Film Festival and MS Critterz partner for a yard party from 5-7 p.m. and pet videos from 7-9 p.m. with guest star pets and filmmakers. Food and beverages will be available for sale, or bring a picnic basket (no glass please). Tickets $6. Children under 3 and pets free. 5-9 p.m. at the Old Armory Pavilion. Proceeds benefit both OFF and MS Critterz. Submit a video at oxfordfilmfest.com/pet-fest-2019 to enter. Sponsors needed: email info@ oxfordfilmfest.com or call 877-560-3456.

The first Blackberry Jubilee, part of New Albany’s annual Freedom Fest, kicks off with a pancake breakfast, a barbecue cookoff with blackberries in the ingredients and a blackberry dessert competition. Local vendors, blackberry experts, music with Sam Mosley and the Muscle Shoals Horns and fireworks. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., New Albany. Try your own blackberry creations with the recipes on page 96.

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Every two years, the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson hosts the Mississippi Invitational, showcasing recent works by contemporary artists from all across the state. This year, five of the artists chosen are from Oxford, including Philip Jackson, Rod Moorhead, Stephen Threlkeld, Robin Jayne Henderson and Brooke White. This year’s guest curator, Dr. Kimberli Gant, the McKinnon Curator of Modern

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and Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, received 130 submissions for the exhibit. After studio visits and further assessment of each artist’s work, Gant selected 23 artists to be featured in the exhibit. “As someone outside the state, I spent my time just trying to understand each artist, their practice and their mind-sets,” Gant said. “I think what really sums up the show is how each artist has such a unique

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perspective on the same state, and that a visitor will become enamored with all the stories told within the exhibition. Audiences can view representations of landscapes, people and ideas that are both familiar and new.” The Invitational exhibition is June 28Aug. 11. Admission is free. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Learn more at msmuseumart.org.

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After being severely injured while deployed in Afghanistan in 2011, Army 1st Lt. Marcus Rice of Batesville is receiving a custom-designed home through Homes For Our Troops. The nonprofit builds and donates specially adapted homes for disabled post-9/11 veterans in an effort to help rebuild their lives. While on a 4-mile training run in Iraq, Rice collapsed from cardiac arrest. Lack of oxygen to his brain caused waist-down paralysis, memory loss, seizures and speech difficulties. Rice’s home will feature an open floor plan, lower countertops, automatic doors and wheelchair-accessible bathrooms. “The new home will give Marcus so much more freedom,” said Willie Rice, Marcus’s mother. “He’ll be able to roll around because of the open floor plan. He’ll be able to do his own laundry, and he’ll have a lot more privacy. Right now, his room is our living room, so in the new house he’ll be able to have friends over and have his own ‘man-cave.’” Construction on the home is scheduled to begin this summer and will take six to eight months. “We are so thankful to Homes For Our Troops and the way they help military families like this,” Willie said. “We thank God for them.”

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University of Mississippi alum and Oxford resident Laurel Boone placed as first runner-up in the 2019 Mrs. Mississippi United States Pageant held in Tupelo in March. The contest included an interview as well as costume, evening gown and swimwear competitions. “I chose to participate because I wanted to spread the need for parent support groups for parents of special needs children,” Boone said. “There are many resources for the children themselves, but not for the parents.” Boone’s platform is ensuring support for parents of children with special needs. She advocates for The Arc of Mississippi, an organization for people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. When Boone’s daughter Pharis was diagnosed with ADHD, Boone and her husband, Taylor, realized the need for more support and resources for parents. “We know what it’s like to be those parents,” Boone said. “I’m passionate and determined to serve Mississippi parents that need this valuable resource.” For more information about The Arc, visit arcms.org. Congratulations, Laurel! J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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nvelopes embellished with Kim Farris Calligraphy end up in mailboxes all over the country, notifying friends and loved ones of a bride’s and groom’s special day. Originally from Vicksburg but now an Oxonian, Kim Farris has used her hand-lettering skills to assist couples in creating personalized, elegant welcomes to their weddings since 2013. “A wedding invitation is something that everyone sees and touches, and it can really set the tone,” Farris said. “I take it very seriously. I often emulate a capital letter from the invitation; something that

will make it personalized to the bride’s style. I like being a part of the first impression.” Farris has hand-lettered wedding invitations, envelopes, rehearsal dinner place cards and more. Examples of her work on her Instagram account, @kimfarriscalligraphy, illustrate how Farris adds elegant detail to any special occasion and may spark inspiration for couples-to-be. To place an order for your own wedding or special event, email Farris at kimfarriscalligraphy@gmail.com or direct message her via her Instagram account, @kimfarriscalligraphy.

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r. and Mrs. William Chadwick Lamar of Oxford announce the engagement of their daughter, Marietta Mallory Bridges Lamar, to Paul Adams IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Adams III of Yazoo City. The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. William Allen Giles of Oxford, Mrs. Gaylette Strong Wineberg of Dallas, Dr. Wayne Terry Lamar of Oxford, and the late Mrs. Patricia Chadwick Lamar. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Marlon John Stubblefield and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Adams Jr. of Yazoo City. Bridges is a graduate of Oxford High School in Oxford. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy leadership

from the University of Mississippi where she served as an officer of Chi Omega sorority and was a member of the Ole Miss Women’s Council. Paul is a graduate of Manchester Academy in Yazoo City. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in banking and finance, and real estate, from the University of Mississippi where he was an active member of Kappa Alpha Order. Bridges and Paul now both reside in Washington, D.C. The couple will exchange vows May 16, 2020. They plan to get married in a place they love, on Darden Lake near Etta, under a canopy and above the knees of cypress trees.

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illie Claire Darby of Oxford and Jerry Thomas Campbell of Collierville, Tennessee, were married at 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2019, at Paris Yates Chapel in Oxford. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. John Parker. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Darby of Batesville. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Louie Coker of Iuka, and Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Darby of Marks. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Campbell of Collierville. He is the

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grandson of Mrs. Jean Campbell and the late Mr. Jerry Campbell of Oxford, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Philippart of Oxford. The bride was given in marriage by her father while the song “There is Love” was sung by Abigail and Nathan Robbins. Attending the bride as matron of honor was Heather Poole, and Lola was the dog of honor. Billie Claire was blessed to have as bridesmaids Chasity Boling, Leigh Beth Hudson, Jodie Poole and Sadie Stone. Her flower girl was Harper Poole. The best man was the groom’s brother,

Michael Campbell. Danner was the best dog. Groomsmen were Hunter Darby, brother of the bride, Brent Danley and Marc Flanders. Dean served as the ring retriever. The wedding coordinator was Rachel Allen. Trey Brothers, Conner Floyd and Baylor Pierce served as ushers. After the ceremony, the reception took place at the Chancellor’s House. Calvin Flint provided the music. Following a honeymoon in Wyoming, the couple resides in Springfield, Missouri, and plans to move back to Oxford after Jerry finishes his residency. J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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ndrea Michelle DeLeeuw and Benjamin Dwyer West were united in marriage Aug. 25, 2018, at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Jody Burnett. The bride is the daughter of Ms. Yvette Hayes DeLeeuw of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. David Newton DeLeeuw of Memphis. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Steven West of Memphis. Attending the bride as maid of honor was her daughter, Carlin Michelle Curtis. The groom’s father served as his best man. An evening reception following the

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ceremony was held at The Lyric Oxford, where guests were entertained with music and dancing by Musical Fantasy from Mobile, Alabama, and catering provided by Tallahatchie Gourmet. As a nod to Andrea and Ben’s love for Ole Miss football, the rehearsal dinner was held in the Field Club at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium where James Beard award-winning chef Ryan Prewitt of Peche in New Orleans served a four-course dinner. The Wests enjoyed a two-week honeymoon in Italy touring the coast of Portofino, Tuscany and Rome. The couple resides in Oxford.

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eresa Renee Faust of Meridian and Michael Presley Satterfield of Benoit were married at 5:40 p.m. June 26, 2018, on the steps of 142 Courthouse Square in Oxford in a ceremony officiated by the Honorable Lester Williamson of Meridian. The bride was given away in marriage by her father and also accompanied down the aisle by her 7-year-old son, Cruz. The groom’s daughter, Presley, served as maid of honor, and the groom’s brother, Scott, served as best man alongside Cruz. Nuptial music was provided by Jason Campbell of Greenville. Teresa and Michael’s love for each other and for Oxford, the place where they met, inspired them to have their dream ceremony take place in the heart of the historic Oxford

Square. To add to the experience, after the ceremony, the bride and groom accompanied guests on a double-decker bus tour through the Grove at Ole Miss. Following the wedding, a reception was held at Southside Gallery. An afterparty was held at Rooster’s Blues House

where the groom’s band, Pharmtruck, played. Albree Florey of World of Flowers in Meridian provided floral arrangements, and photography was by Kim Burns of Traveling Light Photos in Meridian. Following a honeymoon on the West Coast, the couple resides in Oxford.

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The bride was given away by her father. Her sister, Darbi Burns of Booneville, served as her matron of honor. The groom’s brother, Brayden Smith of Madison, served as the best man. The flower girl was the bride’s niece, Sadie Marie Burns. Ring bearers were

Harrison and Reid Dilback of Madison. There were flowers placed on each side of alter in memory of the bride’s and groom’s late grandparents. A reception followed the ceremony at Castle Hill of Oxford. The couple resides in Oxford.

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ulie Lynne Howell and John Patrick Addison were married at 6:30 p.m. May 26, 2018, on the south lawn of the Lafayette County Courthouse. The ceremony was officiated by the Honorable Robert W. Elliott, with assistance from the Rev. Jody Hill. The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Gene Norris Howell Jr. of Ripley. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Holland McGehee Addison Jr. of Jackson. Escorted by her father from Square Books across the crosswalk, the bride wore a Liancarlo blush strapless drop-waist mermaid gown featuring French Alençon lace over tulle. The bride’s mother handsewed a sapphire cross pendant on the inside of the dress, an heirloom of the bride’s late maternal grandmother. With her gown, the bride styled a floor-length veil, diamond and gold drop earrings and bracelet, and

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champagne strapped heels hand beaded with gold teardrop stones. She carried a bouquet that was a loose but full nosegaystyle mix of white flowers with accents of faint blush and varieties of trailing and textured greenery. Attending the bride and groom were Holland McGehee Addison Jr., Michael Alden Addison, Lisa Grace Beard, Benjamin Scott Buckner, Sarah Rose Lomenick, Caitlin Cross Smedema, Rachel Anne Blair, David Allen Swider, Lyonal Lee Waddell Jr., Carole Lee Webb, Jack Franklin Wise III and Madeline Hankins White. Miller Jane Addison, niece of the groom, served as the flower girl. The bridesmaids wore floorlength gray chiffon dresses by BHLDN and earrings by Brave Design. The ceremony music was curated and presented by James Douglas Hankins III. The piano’s open-air sound was carried

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throughout the Square. Following the ceremony, guests walked to the wedding reception at The Lyric Oxford. Industrial orbs draped in garlands of Italian ruscus created a canopy and hung over the dance floor, transforming the venue into a whimsical lush garden. Guests enjoyed food selections prepared by The Main Event Catering. The multitiered textured bridal cake by Alice Chow of Clarksdale was displayed with poppies and greenery. Friends provided assorted cakes for the groom’s table. Memphis Hi Records soul legend Don Bryant kept the dance floor full with his energetic performance. The couple departed under sparklers and continued the celebration afterward at Ajax. Guests took home a copy of Bryant’s album, “Don’t Give Up On Love,” and a drink huggie featuring the couple’s dogs, Peggy and Franklin. The ethereal floral designs were by The Twisted Twig, with the event set up by Carole Webb of Magnolia Rental. Anna Ward provided wedding coordination. Ashleigh Coleman was the photographer. Fresh Ink’s Elizabeth Upchurch created the invitation suite, which featured pen-and-ink

sketches by the groom’s mother. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Off Square Books. The dinner was catered by Saint Leo, which provided appetizers and pastas and crafted wood-fired pizzas on-site. The night ended with a post-toast at the Graduate Oxford. Following a honeymoon to Portugal and Spain, the couple resides in Oxford. J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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gown from Low’s Bridal & Formal and her mother’s cathedral-length veil. Her bouquet and surrounding flowers were created by Keith Shaffer at All Things Decorative. Attending the bride as maids of honor were her sisters, Mary Catherine Lloyd and Anna Lloyd of Batesville. The matron of honor was Hannah Pierce of Benton. Bridesmaids were Sarah Beth Putt of Brandon, Lindsey Faulkner of Batesville, Mary Arlene Wilson of Pope, Tabitha Denton of Oxford, Katie Herron of Alamo, California, and Holly Dancy of Madison. Marley Wright and Rylee Faulkner served as flower girls. Lance Hendrix, brother of the groom,

served as best man. Groomsmen were Jim Faulkner of Batesville, Bryce Matthews of Batesville, Tyler Benson of Courtland, Walt Karr of Batesville, John Wesley Willis of Batesville, Ryan Maxwell of Pearl, Zach Horne of Senatobia and Daniel Nicholson of Pope. Miles and Mathis Roberts served as ring bearers. Mrs. Jill Roberts of Batesville directed the wedding. All hair and make up was by the BloDry Bar of Oxford. Videography was by Southern Vow. Photography was by Kevin Barre of Memphis. Following the wedding, the couple took a honeymoon trip to Playa Mujeres, Mexico. They now reside in Batesville. J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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auren Ashlee Reid and Patrick Carlton Jacobs were united in holy matrimony at 6 p.m. July 28, 2018, at Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the bride’s uncle, the Rev. Stanley Nowell. Ashlee is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Reid III of Oxford. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Astorino of Lead Hill, Arkansas; the late Mr. William Royce Austin of Joliet, Illinois; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lee Edward Reid Jr. of Clarksdale. Patrick is the son of Mr. James Carlton Johnston and Ms. Ellen Ruth Jacobs of Brandon. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Jacobs of Pelahatchie and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Johnston of Clinton. The bride’s favorite flower, garden fresh hydrangeas, decorated the sanctuary, and classical musical selections were performed by harpist Mrs. Mandy Jones of Jackson, Tennessee, while guests were seated. Prelude and nuptial music was provided by organist Mrs. Anita Ludlow of Oxford. Blossoms of Batesville created beautiful summer floral arrangements for both the ceremony and the reception. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a romantic Willowby by Watters fit-and-flare gown of moonlight ivory floral lace and tulle with handworked Swarovski crystals and seeded pearls, and a soft sweeping train. Her two-tiered fingertip blusher veil of silk tulle highlighted the V-shaped illusion back of her gown, which was surrounded by delicate hand-sewn satin buttons. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of garden hydrangeas mixed with Mondial and Geraldine roses, Duchesse de Nemours peonies and white freesia. Attending the bride as matron of honor was Mrs. Laura Doty Falls and maid of

honor Miss Jenny Cox Holman. Bridesmaids included Miss Scarlet Amber Jones, Mrs. Kelli Conwill Cranford, Mrs. Caroline Conlee Ostenson and Mrs. Sue Ann Werre. Bridesmaids wore charming gowns of chiffon in blush designed by Dessy Group and were provided by Bella Bridesmaids of Ridgeland. Preceeding the bride’s official walk down the aisle, twin sisters Ella Grace and Myers Polancich, serving as flower girls, carried a “Here Comes the Bride” banner with satintied bells to the front of the sanctuary. The

flower girls donned ivory French handmade gowns with lace and ecru satin bows. Each wore a crown of white sweetheart roses and ivy tied with satin ribbon in their hair. They are the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Polancich. Mr. James Carlton Johnston, father of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were brother of the groom, Russell Bradley Jacobs; cousin of the groom, Kenneth Lee Jacobs Jr.; William Edward Ballard; Jacob Nicholas Haralson; and Christopher

Michael Cahill. Guests were greeted by program attendant Katie Beatrice McLaurin. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at The Lyric Oxford on the Oxford Square. Details Specialty Rentals of Oxford decorated the venue to reflect a dreamy midsummer evening. Guests danced the night away to the Legend of the Blues Band while enjoying favorite foods of the bride and groom that were prepared by Party Waitin’ to Happen of Oxford. The bride’s cake was a four-layer monogrammed confection of vanilla cake and buttercream icing created by Patricia Farrish of Batesville. The groom’s cake was a rich dark chocolate cake with maroon buttercream icing created to look like a Mississippi State football helmet surrounded by chocolate dipped strawberries resembling footballs. The MSU confection was designed by award-winning cake designer Jeff Taylor of Oxford. Guests left with monogrammed teacakes prepared by R & R Cookies of Oxford. Mrs. Anna Purvis with Treasured Memories Wedding Day Planning of Oxford directed both the wedding ceremony and reception. Photography was provided by Bridget Sharp Photography. Hair stylist and salon owner Marie Moore of Alice & Company provided hair services. MAC consultant Rebekah Grace Nowell, cousin

of the bride, created elegant makeup for the bride and bridesmaids on the day of the wedding. A bridal luncheon was given in honor of the bride at McEwen’s in Oxford and hosted by Mrs. Donna Palmertree, Mrs. Vondelle Fairbanks, Mrs. Kelley McCullough, Mrs. Beverly Trussell, Mrs. Janet Nowell (aunt of the bride), and Mrs. Debbie Jones. On the eve of the wedding, an intimate seated rehearsal dinner was provided in

celebration of the happy couple at Ravine in Oxford. After a delicious meal, family and friends offered toasts and well wishes to the bride and groom. Following a sparkler send-off, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon trip to St. Lucia in the Caribbean. Ashlee and Patrick reside in Brandon where the groom is a commercial lender with Trustmark and the bride is an account executive with Mississippi Magazine in Jackson.

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abrielle Elizabeth Laurance Triplette and Timothy Steven Nitka were united in marriage at 2 p.m. Aug. 11, 2018, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church (OLMC) in Lakeview in Chicago, Illinois. The Rev. Patrick Lee performed the ceremony. Celebrants from 28 states, Australia, Canada, Ireland and Japan joined the wedding party for the event. The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Laurie Triplette of Oxford. She is the granddaughter of the late Louis and Mary Elizabeth Daltroff of Memphis, Tennessee, and the late Lester and Louise Triplette of Granite Falls, North Carolina. The bridegroom is a proud firstgeneration American of Polish descent, the son of Richard and the late Theresa Musielak Nitka of Mundelein, Illinois. He is the grandson of the late Kazimierz and

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Harriet Musielak of Morton Grove, Illinois, and the late Marian and Magdalena Nitka of Chicago. Before the wedding, the bridesmaids and groomsmen enjoyed festive bachelorette and bachelor weekends in New Orleans and Las Vegas, respectively. Bridal showers were hosted in Newton, North Carolina, by the bride’s aunts, Dianne Poovey and Andrea Benfield, and in Arlington Heights, Illinois, by the groom’s sister, Kristin Nitka. Family friends hosted several wedding events. Sally Baker of Memphis organized wedding activities for out-of-town guests. Sally Malone of Oxford cohosted the bridesmaid luncheon with Ms. Baker at The Gage. Russell Schnepf of Palm Springs, California, coordinated male wedding party activities and the guest hospitality suite at the historic 1926 Kimpton Hotel Allegro in downtown Chicago. Informal activities

included Cubs and White Sox baseball games. The groom’s family hosted the rehearsal dinner at the Berghoff Cafe and Beer Hall. The Saturday wedding service featured classical music played on the 126-year-old church’s Kellogg pipe organ by Paul French, OLMC music director. He was accompanied by trumpeter Bruce Daugherty of the Millar Brass Ensemble along with baritone soloist Andrew Groble. After the wedding, the bridal party boarded a festive Chicago trolley and joined guests in the Hotel Allegro Savoy Room for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The day culminated with a Southern-style dining-anddancing gala in the hotel’s Walnut Ballroom featuring the nine-member Andrew Blake Band, whose vocalists, percussion, horns, keyboard, bass and guitar players interacted with guests both from the stage and on the dance floor. Bridesmaids included the groom’s sister, Kristin Nitka of Mundelein, Illinois; Amanda Abajian and Sora Jeon of New York City; Kristy Cho of Chicago; Elizabeth Kristuli and Kristen Sawyers of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Hatsumi Makino of Tokyo, Japan. Best men were Mike Fosco

of Park Ridge, Illinois, and Yuri Petrasz of Chicago. Groomsmen were Terry Dougherty of Orland Park, Illinois, Blake Frels of Roseville, Minnesota, Mark Hammersmith and Joe Plovanich of Chicago, and the bride’s brother, Joshua Triplette of West Jordan, Utah. Ushers were Mike Cukierski of Palatine, Illinois, Dan McVicker of Chicago, Kevin Papreck of Lake Zurich, Illinois, and the bride’s sister-in-law, Katelyn Triplette of West Jordan, Utah. Readers were Carolyn Seaver of Chicago, and the bride’s cousin, Caroline McCloud of Mint Hill, North Carolina.

The bride graduated cum laude with a B.S. in finance from Louisiana State University and holds an M.S. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. An accomplished violist, she is a C.P.A. and a junior member of the David Reese chapter of the Mississippi State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The groom played basketball at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, and worked on the event staff at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, where he graduated with a B.A. in business administration. At the time of the wedding, the bride was a manager in the Risk and Financial Advisory Practice at Deloitte in Chicago, having previously worked at the firm’s New York headquarters. The groom was a client relations specialist at Cristaux International. The couple spent a mini moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, followed in January by a two-week honeymoon in the Maldives, with stopovers in London and Dubai. The couple resides with their dog Sox in Chicago, where Gabrielle is now manager, technical accounting for Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., and Tim is a customer success manager at CareerBuilder.

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Oxford’s favorite coffee truck now has a permanent home inside Tarasque Cucina’s new space on Jackson Avenue. Heartbreak offers a Vietnamese coffee blend as well as vegan and gluten-free donuts and coffeethemed apparel. 562-481-6981

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ummer means berry season, and all over Mississippi, from late May to mid-July, that means blackberries. Though they sometimes take a backseat to other berries, blackberries are not only delicious but also have numerous health benefits. They are an excellent source of both vitamin C and fiber, are packed with antioxidants and have been shown to prevent cancer and to reduce signs of aging. Blackberries are among the easier fruiting plants to grow. Wayne Porter, a horticulture specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, suggests establishing blackberries in late February or early March; plant in full sun and welldrained soil for best results. Containergrown plants may be more expensive than planting root cuttings but are probably a

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better choice for homeowner plantings. There are two options for blackberry plants — thorny and thornless cultivars. Many people choose the thornless varieties because they are easier to work with. However, the thorny cultivars produce larger fruit size and yields. Good thornless selections for Mississippi growers include Arapaho, Navaho, Ouachita and Natchez. Of course blackberries are delicious in cobblers, pies, jams and jellies, but they can also be incorporated into savory recipes like barbecue sauce. The very first Blackberry Jubilee takes place June 29 in New Albany in conjunction with Freedom Fest weekend. Organized by Robert Hays of Hays Berry Farm in Dumas, the all-day event is a celebration of blackberries and the farmers who grow

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them. Hays is hoping not just for a fun day, but one that is also informative. The festivities kick off in the morning with a breakfast of pancakes garnished with blackberry syrups and jellies. A highlight of the day is a barbecue cook-off between professional grill masters, where each recipe must include blackberries as an ingredient. A blackberry dessert competition is open to all comers. Vendors will be selling farm-related items, and blackberry farmers, master gardeners and other experts will offer mini lectures and Q-and-A sessions. The event also features music by local bands, and the day ends with a fireworks show. For delicious recipes inspired by the festival, including blackberry barbecue sauce, turn to page 96. J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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“The most exciting date I ever went on was in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, and we went to Desoto Falls and climbed down the side of the falls. From there, we drove down to the Alabama (band) Museum. We finished it up with a little antique shopping."

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Morgan Pennington “Honestly I would like an evening in with a good meal and no TV. We can listen to music and to each other.”

“I love to cook and bake (and eat), so my idea of a romantic date night in is to put some music on, make a nice drink, and hang out and cook together. I am personally likely to cut foods like biscuits or cakes into heart shapes. I’m also definitely having dessert. There’s romance in sharing music to me, so a night in is a perfect time to sing or dance or play music that’s interesting or important. It’s a great way to listen to each other.”

Dean Ross “My wife, Heather, sent me a friend request after seeing that we had a good mutual friend on Facebook. We had talked for about two weeks online when she asked me to sing at an event at her church. I did, and met her and her parents on the same night. I texted my best friend that night and said ‘I just met the girl I’m going to marry.’ A week later we started dating, about five months later we were engaged, and within 11 months of us first meeting we got married. We’ve been married for six and a half years now.”

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“We celebrated our first anniversary with a weekend-long ‘stay-cation,’ and it was great. We stayed at the Chancellor’s House and requested the same room that we stayed in on our wedding night. On Friday night, we ate dinner at Lenora’s where we had our rehearsal dinner, and we brought our wedding cake to eat at the hotel. They knew we were celebrating, so they put candles and rose petals everywhere and sent us champagne!” Melody Narmour

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rowing daylilies is an addictive hobby — and one I got exposed to at a young age. Of course, as a boy, gardening was the furthest thing from my mind. My maternal grandmother, Mildred Primos of Jackson, had a large garden and was known for growing and hybridizing daylilies in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. She was responsible for the registration of 55 of her own unique creations with the American Daylily Society. I remember as a child her letting me run free around their yard — with a warning about not getting in the flower beds. Some weekends I would go with my grandmother to the fairgrounds for flower shows — certainly not by choice! I would have preferred to hang out at my grandfather’s restaurant, or stay home and watch cartoons. I’m sure my frowning face as I tagged along with her wasn’t something my grandmother saw as a predictor of my future obsession. But I knew how important her garden was to her — I’d say she taught me by example. She created a culture of gardening as a worthwhile hobby and an extension of one’s way of life, that was passed down to her children and on — to me. I inherited some of my grandmother’s irises and daylilies, but my garden isn’t exactly manicured — it’s more like my “laboratory.” I have close to 200 types of lilies and every year I experiment with different cultivars.

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I heard this somewhere once, and it’s certainly true for me: “Daylily people don’t get tired of daylilies. We are an evangelical lot, and enjoy nothing more than proclaiming the gospel.” So what draws gardeners to daylilies? For one thing, they are prodigious bloomers. Each flower on a daylily scape (stem) blooms for only one day, but each scape has many buds and each mature plant has many scapes, so the plants may bloom for several weeks, producing fresh new flowers each day. For another, they come in an incredible range of sizes, shapes and colors. For centuries, daylilies came in yellow, orange and fulvous (a dull reddish-yellow). You still see these common yellow-orange varieties along roads and in cemeteries, parks, and old flower beds. But thanks to hybridization, the diversity and stunning patterns of the modern daylily are pretty much unlimited. For me, daylilies are the perfect hobby flower. I’m strictly an amateur — although I’ve been a home gardener for 25-plus years now, I only started trying my hand at creating new cultivars the last three summers. Daylilies are endlessly mutable and easy to breed. The flowers themselves cooperate in this endeavor — their pistils and the pollen-bearing stamens extend beyond the fully opened blossom, inviting even amateurs to try their luck at creating new forms. So how do you create a hybrid lily? There’s nothing to it. To make a cross, simply pick a pollen-laden stamen from one daylily, and brush it across the pistil of another. That bud will close up and hopefully produce a seed pod. It’s that simple — no wonder there are over 50,00 named cultivars! The joy of seeing a seedling bloom for the first time, a flower that I had a hand in creating, is a feeling as unique as the flower itself. I think my grandmother would be most pleased and definitely a little surprised to know what a legacy she created.

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hough it was a long way from his native Quito, Ecuador, Santiago Mejia decided to come back to Oxford to get married so his family could experience the charming Southern town he fell in love with while he was also falling in love with his wife. Santiago and Callie Self Mejia, now of Memphis, met at their Ole Miss graduate school orientation in 2014, so it was natural that they bring their families together two years later to celebrate their marriage in the city where they met. “It was very special because it was an opportunity for me to show my friends and family not only a town that I fell in love with, but the town where I fell in love with my sweet Southern bride,” Santiago said. Plein Air in Taylor was the chosen venue for the wedding

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ceremony and reception in November 2016, which paid homage to both their cultures. The groom is obsessed with salsa music, so it was incorporated into the wedding and cocktail hour at the reception. There were also other nods to his home country, as well as his wife’s Delta roots, especially in the food served. Guests enjoyed empanadas, shrimp ceviche and plantain fritters, among other Ecuadorian dishes. To showcase Southern cuisine, there was Mississippi fried catfish, mac and cheese, barbecue sliders and mustard green dip with petite cornbread muffins. “It was so important to us for our wedding to feel like the blending together of two cultures,” Callie said. “We come from two different backgrounds that we are both so proud of, so we wanted all of our friends and family to experience some of the best of what both our cultures have to offer.” J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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Drew and Amanda Jones Broyles’ wedding guests were thrilled to have an excuse to come to Oxford and spend a few days celebrating the joining of two hearts in holy matrimony on June 9, 2018. “Most everyone came from out of town, so they made a trip out of the wedding,” Amanda said. “Our guests stayed on campus at the Inn at Ole Miss or on the Square at the Graduate. We welcomed our out-of-town guests with gift bags and a list of our favorite places to eat and drink, like City Grocery and Saint Leo.” The town holds significance for the couple, who both grew up tailgating in the Grove, graduated from the university and have a deep love for Ole Miss and Oxford. “Drew grew up loving Ole Miss sports and tailgating in the Grove, and ever since I was little, I've always admired the beauty and

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the artistic scene of this charming city,” Amanda said. The couple married at Castle Hill just before moving to New York City, so naturally their wedding had an Empire State theme, including a New York Yankees groom’s cake with greenery and trees around it to mimic Central Park. Their first dance was to “New York, New York” and guests received huggies with images of the state of Mississippi and the state of New York with hearts in them. Getting married in Oxford was special to the couple, according to Drew. “We had the best time at our wedding,” Drew said. “Oxford already held some of our greatest memories growing up and throughout college and now we have the memory of our wedding in Oxford. There’s just something super special about the place.” J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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Ben McCreary and his wife, Mary Blair Johnson McCreary, are your typical “house divided” couple. Ben, who graduated from Mississippi State University, is a diehard Bulldog fan, while Mary is an Ole Miss graduate. They got married May 19, 2018, in Oxford, a town Ben loves — but he’s probably not allowed to say that very loudly in certain company. “Oxford is a great town, full of great food and entertainment,” Ben said. “Even though I graduated from Mississippi State, Oxford is one of my favorite places.” Mary Blair’s entire family went to Ole Miss, and the family owns a condo in Oxford. It’s somewhat of a second home to her. The McCrearys, who now reside in Nashville, married at Oxford University Methodist Church. During their reception at The

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Jefferson Oxford, guests drank from “McCreary’s House Divided” Styrofoam cups as a tribute to the couples’ divided college sports loyalties. The signature drink, the Baldwyn, was named after Ben’s hometown. The pair held their rehearsal dinner at the Chancellor’s House, and guests stayed at the Graduate. Oxford’s downtown area offered some advantages over Mary Blair’s hometown of Jackson for hosting the kind of wedding she envisioned, she said. “I wanted to be on the Square,” Mary Blair said. “After the rehearsal dinner we all went to the Coop. It was fun to be on the Square and just hang out. Compare it to a Jackson wedding, where you would have had to get in a car and go somewhere else to continue the party. All we had to do is just walk around the Square.” J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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The town that boasts having “never lost a party” is also home to many close friends and relatives of William Mounger and Maggie Hewitt Mounger, two Ole Miss graduates who got married at Oxford University Methodist Church on March 9, 2019. They live in Memphis, but Oxford was a natural choice for their wedding. “We love Oxford, and the atmosphere is perfect for hosting a party,” Maggie said. “Another reason is my parents got married in Oxford in 1992, so we thought it would be special to continue the tradition, and of course everyone always wants an excuse to come to Oxford.” The impressive stained-glass windows and the altar at OU Methodist made for an unforgettable backdrop for the couple’s nuptials, she said. The Jefferson was the only venue the bride

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considered for the reception. She credits manager Lisa Mills and the staff there for making her special day perfect. “The venue is beautiful,” Maggie said. “The exposed wood beams and antique chandeliers throughout The Jefferson make it so unique. I could not have imagined my wedding being held anywhere else.” The groom’s cake — an edible replica of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium — paid homage to Ole Miss football, an important part of the couple’s life. It was flanked by nachos, hotdogs, popcorn and more of William’s favorite game day foods. “Having our wedding in Oxford was such a great decision,” William said. “We love Oxford and couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to get married.” J U N E /J U LY 2 0 1 9 | I N V I TAT I O N OX F O R D

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In March, David Misenhalter opened North Grove Equestrian Park after an 18-month development process, and it’s worth the drive to visit. More than just a place for horse lovers to board their animals, train and ride, it will also host competitions as well as private events such as weddings and parties. Misenhalter’s love of horses was forged from a unique place: an officer with the Oxford Police Department, he is in charge of the department’s mounted unit. “I started riding on the unit in 2011,” Misenhalter said. “After a few years, I was appointed responsibility in managing the horses and patrol operations of the unit. I passed instructor certification in 2015 via National Mounted Training and Tactics.” It was that work with OPD’s mounted unit that turned Misenhalter into a true horse aficionado. “My interest in horses began with patrol duty and seeing what

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The clubhouse is in the front of the barn with paved parking and sidewalk access into the French doors. It includes a large gathering room with couches and chairs, adjacent to a fully outfitted kitchen. An additional seating area with large windows overlooking the rolling hills, middle pond and fountain, can serve as a conference room or dining room. The space is approximately 1,700 square feet, including men’s and women’s restrooms. The turf lawn in front of the barn is level enough to set up row seating for a wedding, and a large oak tree between the barn and the pond provides ideal shade or a backdrop for photos. Although Misenhalter plans for North Grove to also be a venue for functions such as weddings, it’s all ready to go for horse shows. “The arena is large enough to handle dressage and jumping,” Misenhalter said. “We recognized the need for a venue to host events of this nature. We feel the property is large enough to host nationally recognized horse shows and bring traffic of this kind to Oxford.” Horse leases and sales can be arranged with professionals on-site. A show and clinic schedule will include various disciplines and specialists. Training and lessons for all levels are currently provided by Oxford native Ruby Reithel.

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“I focus primarily on dressage, which is the basis for all disciplines of riding,” Reithel said. “However, we will be bringing in clinicians from various disciplines. We hope to host a wide variety of clinics and events as time goes on.” North Grove was designed by project architect Jim Boggan, and Misenhalter consulted on the layout and purpose. The facility was developed by WessCorp Communities, which is owned by his father, Wes Misenhalter. Hayden Edwards has been a rider since she was a child, and she is already a regular visitor to the property. “I am at North Grove every spare second I have,” Edwards said. “I’m either working with (our horse) Yukon in the arena, helping David in any way I can, or just walking the grounds with my dogs. The stable, the arena and the lounge are all spectacular. But the rolling hills, old shade trees, ponds and wildlife are the real blessings. Those are the aspects of North Grove most people don’t get to fully appreciate until they come visit.” North Grove Equestrian Park is located at 1357 Highway 6 E. For more information on the equestrian facilities, riding lessons or the special event space, visit northgrovepark.com or email david@northgrovepark.com.

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Photographers Danny Klimetz and Paul Gandy started shooting together in 2016. Their different backgrounds but similar approaches complement each other brilliantly. Gandy comes from an artistic background where he explored the technical and conceptual aspects of photography and light, while Klimetz is a self-taught documentary photographer, who started out freelancing for newspapers and magazines as well as the Associated Press. Their style is moment-driven, with focus on the moments that happen throughout a day. Some moments are loud, like a ring bearer not getting his nap in and throwing a fit just as the church doors open. Or there can be quiet moments, like when Dad sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. These are the moments — and the images — that stand the test of time and ultimately end up being a couple’s favorite from their wedding day. The pair have covered hundreds of weddings together and travel with other photographers for bridal fashion shoots in stunning locations as well. Visit dannykphotography.com or paulgandy.net, or find them on Instagram @dannykphotography and @tpgandy to see their latest work and where in the world they may be tromping about.

“(In addition to photographing weddings,) we also organize trips for professionals. A group of us will venture off to new places to learn and teach one another and grow as photographers. This image is from a session in Iceland I arranged to work on posing and finding interesting light.” Svala Johannsd wearing Galia Lahav | Iceland | Photo by Danny Klimetz

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What’s great about our style and approach being similar is we no longer have to discuss what needs to be covered and by whom. We know what’s needed and what each other’s strong suits are. Often times, one of us will see something happening in the corner of an eye, rush over there to photograph it, and boom, the other one of us is already there. — Danny Klimetz “This was right after Kramer and Jeff had their ceremony on the beach with 12 of the closest people in their lives. The sun was just starting to set and everyone slowly quieted down to watch them enjoy their first sunset together as a married couple. The violin player was just icing on top!” Kramer + Jeff | Maui, Hawaii Photo by Danny Klimetz

“Cuba is such an amazing country. I beg everyone, if given the opportunity, to go. The people are some of the nicest I have ever met. If interested in a visit, reach out — I take a group over every year.” Rocio Serrano wearing Galia Lahav | Havana, Cuba Photo by Danny Klimetz

“We love all the song and dance you find during a traditional Indian wedding weekend. This was taken during the groom’s Baraat, which is his wedding procession. Kushan came in an old school lowrider!” Krishna + Kushan | Charlotte, North Carolina Photo by Danny Klimetz

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“Lindsey and Brad got married in Tupelo, but headed off to Bora Bora for their honeymoon. Wanting to document such an epic occasion, they asked me to come along for a couples session.” Lindsey + Brad Bora Bora, French Polynesia Photo by Danny Klimetz

“This wedding was so amazing. It was just me, Virginia, Skip and the priest. We hopped on a little prop plane, flew up to Grimsey, and they said their vows in the tiniest of churches. The other awesome thing: Grimsey is in the Arctic Circle, and their wedding was on the summer solstice, so the sun never set!” Virginia + Skip | Grimsey, Iceland Photo by Danny Klimetz

“We love the quiet moments. We’re always waiting for that point where our couples tend to forget about the camera and kind of sink in to each other. That’s pure gold.” Catherine + Marcus | New Orleans | Photo by Danny Klimetz

“Some of my favorite moments happen right after the ceremony. I always try to follow the couple around during this time, when family and friends gather around the newlyweds to show their love and support. The mother of the bride was so proud and I’m glad I was there to capture this moment for Jesse and Stefan.” Jesse and Stefan | Lake Como, Italy | Photo by Paul Gandy

“It’s a great feeling when the couple trusts you and your artistic vision. Sometimes all you have to do is get them to forget about you and let you, as the photographer, create. Some ideas work and some don’t — it’s about playing and having fun.” Anne-Sophie + Emile | Bruges, Belgium | Photo by Paul Gandy “We love the couple sessions on a wedding day. It’s a few minutes where we can get away from the hustle and bustle of putting on the event and actually allow the couple time to enjoy each other’s company.” Jesse + Stefan | Lake Como, Italy Photo by Danny Klimetz

“The anticipation of the first look! The first look is always filled with genuine emotion and all we have to do is be there to document it.” Lizzie + Denis | Washington D.C. Photo by Paul Gandy

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My goal as a photographer is to capture that one angle or moment that somehow sums up the feeling in the room. I want you to look back at the image and then become transported to that instance. I want you to be punched right in the feels. That is the goal of my photography when I’m trusted with the responsibility to document your journey. — Paul Gandy

“January in Iceland is no joke. Telling the couple to cuddle up and focus on each other is one way to get some genuine smiles.” Jena + Kieran | Iceland | Photo by Paul Gandy

“Wedding exits are always so fun! People are sad that the day is coming to a close and the parties are ending, but they’re also ecstatic that these two have gotten married.” Haley + Alex | Nashville | Photo by Danny Klimetz

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OXCM FIRST MARKET PHOTOGRAPHED BY SARAH McCULLEN

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Volunteers for Veterans hosted Rally for the Veterans April 20 at Boure. The event featured a motorcycle and classic car ride to the Mississippi State Veterans Home, a poker walk on the Square, a silent auction, door prizes and a raffle. 1

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The 24th annual Double Decker Arts Festival took place April 26-27 on the Square. In addition to art and food vendors, the event included 5K and 10K runs, historic Oxford bus tours and live music featuring headliner Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. 8

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Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce held its fifth annual Red Carpet Gala May 16 at Castle Hill Resort. Local chefs hosted food-tasting stations, and the band Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster entertained with live music. 8

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The Lafayette County Literacy Council hosted the fifth annual Read, Beats and Eats fundraiser May 18 at the Barksdale-Isom House. The event included live music by Rocket 88, a bourbon raffle and live and silent auctions. 1

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Blessed Hands Salon celebrated its 25th anniversary with a party May 4 at the Marriott Courtyard in Tupelo. The event included a rooftop cocktail party and a fashion show, and a DJ provided musical entertainment. 1

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MORE THAN A MEAL PHOTOGRAPHED BY SARAH McCULLEN

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3. Murlean Pegues, Judy Johnson and Kaitlyn Lewis 4. Will Farmer, Kristie Bridgers, Brad Feltenstein and Sarah McClellan 5. Anna Langley, Kelly Blackwood and Roane Grantham 6. Dick Burkepile and Wil Howie 7. Shonda Strong and Destany Brown 8. Skylynn Carothers and Glenn Wilson 9. August and Shirley Burnett

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he first Mississippi Blackberry Jubilee, taking place in New Albany on June 29, will feature some interesting creations, including pancake syrup and barbecue sauces inspired by this plentiful summer fruit. Try making your own with these recipes from Robert Hays, who grows 65 acres of blackberries at Hays Berry Farm in Dumas and is the organizer of the festival.

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2 cups fresh blackberries ½ cup ketchup ¼ cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar Juice of ½ lemon (about 1 tablespoon) 2 teaspoons chili powder

¼ cup hot sauce, optional 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup honey ¼ teaspoon ground mustard Pinch of salt

In a medium saucepan, add all ingredients and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce has reduced a bit and the berries have softened. Using a potato masher or fork, break up the berries. Pulse mixture

in a food processor or blender until smooth, or pour the sauce through a strainer and discard any leftover bits. Allow to cool and thicken. Use for basting or as a dipping sauce for your favorite grilled meat.

blackberry S Y R U P ½ cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon cornstarch 2 cups fresh blackberries ½ cup water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon lemon zest Pinch of salt In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in blackberries and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until clear and thickened (about 15 minutes), stirring continuously. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice, zest and salt. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Serve over a scoop of ice cream or atop pancakes or waffles.

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