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In this issue June/July 2013

features JUNE/JULY 2013

68 Marrying at the Mill

The Mill, a new wedding venue in Taylor, Miss., offers a grand space for brides.

71 Say Yes to the Dresses Cover photographed by whitney bower

The wedding day isn’t the only occasion for a special gown. Other wedding-related events offer more opportunities to wear white dresses.

78 Nesting as Newlyweds A newlywed couple realize a little too late that their love nest is a money pit.

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60 Craftily Ever After

Inspired to hand-make everything from the invitations to the bridal bouquet and reception decor, two brides enjoy creating personalized details for their do-it-yourself wedding celebrations.

56 Always a Bridesmaid

Bridesmaid dresses are beautiful but are usually worn just once. A little creativity can bring new life to old dresses.

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80 Baby Steps

Local wedding planners offer tips for having young children in weddings.

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Rebel Road Trip

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Relay for Life

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Gospel Choir Showcase

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Give Back to Boston 5K Run

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Yappy Hour

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Double Decker Arts Festival

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Tunes & Tails

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Tommy Brown Golf Classic

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Gov. Bryant Reception

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Greg Gillom Scholarship Walk

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Cystic Fibrosis Walk

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Craft Beer Festival

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Mustache March

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Volunteer Match

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Football Fantasy Camp

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Don Quixote

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PUBLISHER Rachel Malone West

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his month, we’ve decided to share advice for weddingday bliss from the members of the Invitation Magazines staff. Enjoy this issue, and we will see you Aug. 1.

My advice: A nice

gift for your bridesmaids is to let them select a dress from a color palette you have chosen. This offers them the chance to choose something they are both comfortable in and will actually wear again.

Rachel M. West, PublISher “Wedding planning can be stressful so on the big day just relax and enjoy it.”

-Alise Michael Emerson

“Accept the fact that at least one thing will go wrong on your wedding day. Don’t let it bring you down. These mishaps always make the best stories in the long run.”

-Hallie Marshall Thomas “Consider getting married in a sentimental spot because it will mean so much to you in years to come.”

-Moni Reynolds Simpson

“Don’t worry about the things that don’t go as planned – you are still getting married!”

-Leigh McLaurin Lowery

EDITOR Phil West MANAGING EDITOR Sonia Thompson ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR Emily Welly EDITORIAL DESIGN Emily R. Suber, Hallie M. Thomas STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Joe Worthem DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING Cindy Semmes ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Eason Futch, Sheena Hagemann, Leigh Lowery, Lynn McElreath, Alise M. Emerson, Moni Simpson AD DESIGN Rebecca Bailey, Zach Fields CONTRIBUTORS Whitney Bower, Joey Brent, Melanie Crownover, Emily Gatlin, Caroline Beffa Franks, Megan Marascalco, Ann-Marie Wyatt, Mike Weeks OFFICE MANAGER Julie Clark COPY EDITORS Kate Johnson, Dicki King SOCIAL MEDIA & EVENTS COORDINATORS Jennifer Wilson, Tarah Wiley

“One of my bridesmaids helped me make a notebook where I could collect photos and clippings and write down notes. It kept me organized, and it’s a great keepsake.”

“Check the Ole Miss football schedule before setting the date.”

-Sheena Hagemann

-Emily Welly “Make sure you and your groom don’t have too much fun the night before the wedding. I’ve seen too many grooms (even a bride) whose day was ruined by a self-inflicted headache.”

-Emily Rawlings Suber “Laugh and enjoy your day; don’t miss the big things by stressing over the small ones, and, of course, wear fabulous shoes.”

-Julie Cook Clark

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“Make a list of all friends and family members who should be in formal pictures so the photographer won’t overlook anyone or have to guess.”

-Sonia Thompson “Eat something! Ask someone to prepare a plate for you and your groom. Otherwise you’ll be whisked along from one hugging relative to the next and forget to eat.”

-Cindy Galloway Semmes

DISTRIBUTION Bob Lawson Advertising Information (662) 701-8070 ads@invitationoxford.com To subscribe to one year (10 issues) of Invitation Oxford, send payment of $50 to: P.O. Box 776, Oxford, MS 38655 or visit invitationoxford.com to pay online To purchase event photographs shot by Invitation Oxford or to tell us about an event, email wiley.tarah@gmail.com

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WHAT’S HAPPENING June 1-July 31

A sampling of important, fun and interesting events in our area. For more, visit facebook.com/invitationoxford.

special events June 6

Dining with the Stars The 10th-Annual Oxford Shakespeare Festival presents its yearly fundraiser. Bid on dining experiences with local celebrities while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Free admission. 7-9 p.m., the Powerhouse

June 8

Second-Annual North Mississippi Grabbling Tournament The grabbling tournament offers a catfish weigh-in, a barbecue lunch and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. 2-6 p.m., Engineer’s Point at Sardis Lake, msgrabbling.com to register

July 18-10

Fourth-Annual Oxford Blues Festival Line-up includes Johnny Winter, Reba Russell, Elmore Williams, Silas Reed and Da Books and more. Music starts Thursday night on the Square and continues outside at the Walton-Young House stage during the day on Friday and Saturday, and at various businesses on the Square on Friday and Saturday night. oxfordbluesfest.com

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theater, art, music and literature June 1

David Sedaris signs Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls The New York Times bestselling author speaks and signs his new collection of essays. Tickets are free with purchase of book, but a limited number of tickets are available for the talk. 2 p.m., Off Square Books, squarebooks.com

June 2

The Addams Family National Broadway Tour

Designed to teach amateur filmmaking techniques to high school students and above. Registration deadline is July 4. 2:30-10 p.m. July 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9-11, Historic Oxford Depot, outreach.olemiss.edu/summer/filmmaking

June 22-23 and 28 Macbeth

The well-known story of this weird family comes to life during the Broadway tour. 8 p.m., Ford Center

June 3

July 15-19

The Men, a hard-core/punk foursome from Brooklyn, perform songs from their newly released album. 8 p.m., Proud Larry’s

A chance for children entering grades 6-8 to experiment with drawing, illustrating, painting and sculpture. Cost is $50 per participant for museum members at the family level and above and $75 per participant for non-members. Other summer sessions are available through the museum; visit museum.olemiss.edu/summercamp for full list. 1-3:30 p.m. daily, University of Mississippi Museum

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Piano Discoveries Piano camp offers musical activities for children in grades 7-12. Campers will be placed in groups according to age and ability. University of Mississippi music building, outreach.olemiss.edu/youth/piano to register

Ole Miss Ladies Football Forum University of Mississippi football coaches, staff and players show women how the Rebels recruit, practice and prepare for games. Registration fee includes lunch, a T-shirt, a photo with coach Hugh Freeze and a gift. Visit olemissladiesforum.com to register. Registration ends June 30. 7:30 a.m., University of Mississippi Indoor Practice Facility

Random House Children’s Books’ tour brings Junie B. Jones across the country in her “Stupid Smelly Bus” to meet fans. Featuring theatrical performances based on the best-selling series, giveaways and an official book stamping. 4 p.m., Off Square Books

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Filmmaking Workshop

Presented by the Oxford Shakespeare Festival and directed by Joe Turner Cantú. 7:30 p.m. June 22 and 28, 2 p.m. June 23, Ford Center, shakespeare.olemiss.edu/schedule for a list of all festival performances

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All About Art: Middle School Edition

July 21-25

Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference Writers, teachers and scholars gather for lectures and discussions with an emphasis on African-American literature and intellectual production from slave narrative to the contemporary era. Visit outreach.olemiss.edu/events/faulkner for schedule and registration details.


summer celebrations June 15

Juneteenth Celebration Parade, face painting and music to commemorate June 19, 1865, when 250,000 slaves learned of their freedom. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, 4 p.m.

June 29

Second-Annual Summer Fest Enjoy family-friendly activities in celebration of summer. TBA, the Square, facebook.com/oxforddowntowncouncil

July 3-4

L.O.U. July 4 Celebration Includes the Firecracker Ball, a 5K run and a children’s parade. Visit oxfordms.com/lou-4th-of-july for schedule, locations and times.

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christopher hedglin

r. James A. Overstreet and Ms. Julie C. Overstreet of Oxford, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Chelsey to Christopher Hedglin, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Hedglin of Madison, Miss. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Coltharp of Oxford and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joe Overstreet, also of Oxford. Chelsey graduated in May from Millsaps College with a degree in religious studies and minors in peace studies and faith & work. At Millsaps, she was an active member of many campus organizations and served as president of Delta Delta Delta sorority and the religious studies/ theology honorary Theta Alpha Kappa. Chelsey will work as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Millsaps College for the 1 Campus 1 Community program, where she will coordinate community engagement opportunities for the college. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl J. Hedglin of Bogue Chitto, Miss., and Mr. George Jenkins and the late Mrs. Ethel Mae Crouch Jenkins of Madison. Christopher is a 2002 graduate of Millsaps College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. He earned a master’s degree in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi in 2004. He teaches U.S. government and Advanced Placement U.S. government at Northwest Rankin High School. This year, he was named Teacher of the Year for Northwest Rankin High School. The couple will exchange vows at OxfordUniversity United Methodist Church June 15.

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Kelli Renee Smith

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Cole Reid Russell

r. and Mrs. Michael Dean Smith of Oxford, Miss., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kelli Renee Smith, to Cole Reid Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Reid Russell of Thaxton, Miss. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James E. Smith of Oxford and the late Mr. and Mrs. Pep Patterson of Oxford. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Russell of Thaxton and Mr. and Mrs. Flake Mounce of Ecru, Miss. Miss Smith is a 2011 graduate of the University of Mississippi. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Mr. Russell graduated in 2008 from the University of Mississippi, where he majored in art and minored in English. The couple will exchange vows Sept. 28, 2013, at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the Ole Miss campus. A reception will follow at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center.

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margaret alyssa tucker

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stephen emery norris jr.

r. and Mrs. Scott Brian Tucker of Collierville, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter Margaret Alyssa to Stephen Emery Norris Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Norris of Collierville. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late John Adams and Mrs. Gladys Adams of Bartlett, Tenn., and the late Ralph Tucker and Mrs. Jeanne Tucker of Memphis. The prospective groom is the grandson of the late Raymond Norris and Mrs. Olivia Norris of Covington, Tenn., the late Mrs. Anna Powell and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Powell of Dyersburg, Tenn. The couple graduated from TiptonRosemark Academy and the University of Mississippi. Alyssa was a member of Chi Omega, and Stephen a member of Sigma Nu. Stephen proposed at Colonel’s Quarters in Oxford. Alyssa will pursue a master’s degree at Ole Miss and Stephen plans to attend dental school. The couple will exchange vows at Collierville United Methodist Church May 24, 2014. A reception will follow at Spring Creek Ranch in Collierville.

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r. David Bruce Viduna and Ms. Teri Rivers Viduna of Atlanta announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristen Taylor Viduna, to Aaron Kristoffer Blakeney, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Benson Blakeney of Monticello, Miss. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert James Viduna of Atlanta and Mr. and Mrs. John Benton Rivers of Atlantic Beach, N.C. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Carolyn Calcote Weeks and the late Mr. Donald Shelby Weeks and Mrs. Ann Brister Blakeney and the late Mr. Ben Russell Blakeney, all of Monticello. Miss Viduna is a second-grade teacher, and Mr. Blakeney is a third-year medical student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. The couple will exchange vows June 15, at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss.

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Ashton Freeland Wilcox

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Michael Grayson Jacoway

r. and Mrs. Joseph Yosten of Tulsa, Okla., are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Ashton Freeland Wilcox to Michael Grayson Jacoway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jacoway of Chattanooga, Tenn. Both Ashton and Grayson graduated in May from the University of Mississippi. Grayson proposed at the Peabody in Memphis, Tenn. The couple plan to move to Nashville, Tenn., to pursue careers in education and marketing. They will exchange vows at the Church of the Good Shepherd May 3, 2014. A reception will follow at Fairyland Club in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

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& Robert Gordon Tucker

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Ashton Elizabeth Agent

shton Elizabeth Agent and Robert Gordon Tucker were wed at five o’clock in the evening Sept. 22, 2012, at ParisYates Chapel. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Lendy Bartlett. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Agent Jr. and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Agent Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. Horace Williams and the late Owen Ladd. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Tucker and the grandson of Mrs. Mary Tucker and the late John Tucker and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Gordon. The bridal party included maid of honor Emily Melton, bridesmaids Ashley Weaver and Brittany Davidson, and junior bridesmaids Rachel Grace Carpenter and Penelope Burns. The groom’s best man was Steve Hatmaker. The groomsmen were Brian Hollis, Joey Prothero and Austin Agent. A reception, directly following the ceremony, was held at the Lyric Theatre. The bride, groom and wedding party arrived in a double decker bus. Guests enjoyed music by the band Southbound and food catered by Butch Scott of Taylor Grocery. There was a variety of sweet treats, including a cake designed by Patricia Farrish, a cupcake table by Gigi’s Cupcakes, and a table of colorful candy from Holli’s Sweet Tooth for guests to take as party favors. The evening before the wedding a rehearsal dinner was held at Bouré in the couple’s honor. The couple honeymooned at Disney World following their wedding, and now reside full-time in Oxford. The wedding and reception was planned and coordinated by Claire Kiamie of One Fine Day Events, the photographer was Kathy Stephens, and Moonbeam was the videographer.

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Leah Bridge

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& Matthew Kerby Jones

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Katelyn Lee Conner

atelyn Lee Conner and Matthew Kerby Jones were united in marriage at five o’clock in the evening April 20, 2013, in the chapel of Oak Hill Stables in Oxford, Miss. The ceremony was officiated by Fish Robinson of Oxford. The bride is the daughter of Julia Duncan Watt and Dwight Wayne Conner of Oxford. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wadelow Conner and the late William Lester Watt of Batesville, Miss. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lynnville Jones Jr. of Oxford and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Kerby Edward Ladner of Oxford and Rose Jones and the late Robert Lynnville Jones Sr. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless designer gown of soft organdy satin. Her two-tiered veil featured marquise stones, crystals, rhinestones, pearls and a silver-bugle beaded edge. Her jewelry included diamond earrings belonging to her mother. Complementing the bride’s ensemble was a hand-tied bouquet of white and hot pink David Austin roses, white freesia and bouvardia. She carried her maternal great grandmother’s lace handkerchief. Bridesmaids wore floor-length champagne colored dresses and carried David Austin roses, casa blanca lilies, freesia and bouvardia tied with antique lace ribbons.

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Mollie Kate McPhail served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Blair Pruitt, Mary Micah Hunt, Lee Anna Smith, Lauren Logan and Jennifer Bolen. Robert Arant served as best man. Groomsmen were Jay Kisner, David Rhea, Nick Lewis, Steven Hill and Spencer Smith. Ushers were Drew Crowe, Collin Giles, Smitty Smith and Tyler Watts. Ceremony music was provided by Clint Jordan. Flower girl was Claire Ann Davis, niece of the bride. Ring bearer was Hayden Kisner, cousin of the groom. Following the ceremony, a poolside buffet was served. Guests enjoyed a photo booth, a candy bar featuring jelly beans, in memory of the bride’s grandfather William Watt, who loved candy, and danced to the music of Sammy Kim. Flower arrangements were made by the mother of the bride and Gary Churchill of University Florist. A large ‘J’ covered in flowers, among 300 candles, floated in the pool, which was a surprise for the bride and groom from the bride’s mother. The couple exited through an array of sparklers before leaving in a Rolls-Royce. Wedding coordinator was Anna Purvis of Treasured Memories.


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photographed by Danny K Photography

Kristen Joyce Jernigan

risten Joyce Jernigan and Logan Hunter Power were united in marriage at six in the evening Oct. 27, 2012, at North Oxford Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Fish Robinson. Nuptial music was provided by Tom Wilson and family, organist Linda Taylor and pianist Melissa Alexander. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a slim A-line gown in ivory lace by Martina Liana. The strapless bodice featured Swarovski crystals accenting a natural waistline. The bride carried a traditional hand-tied bouquet by Oxford Floral of hydrangea, Patience garden roses, calla lilies, Eskimo roses, ranunculus, and Snowflake spray roses finished with an antique ivory satin ribbon. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Jernigan of Jackson, Miss. She is the granddaughter of the late Arthur Freeman Jernigan and Mary Lou Jernigan and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bridges Robinson, all of Jackson. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Edward Power of Jackson. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett H. Owens of Jackson, the late Mr. Loyal Hooker “Tom” Power and Mrs. Mae Helen Power of Florence, Miss. Allison Leigh Weems, childhood friend of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Vickie Paige Bee, Anna Brock Boxberger, Kelly Rawlings Edwards, Jennifer Jernigan Gross, Anne Coleman

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Jernigan, Amanda Jones Johnston, Mary Ellis Kahlstorf, Lindsey Power Leach, Anna Leigh Minor, Haley Howell Pate, Caroline Grayson Webb and Amelia Carter White. Flower girls were Avery Parks Power and Harper Brooke Leach. Mark Edward Power Sr., father of the groom, and Mark Edward Power Jr., brother of the groom, served as best men. Groomsmen were Brett Alexander Bukvich, Ryan Paul Cobb, McCaslin Carter Dodgen, Thomas Joseph Flautt,
Jonathan Tyler Hancock, Justin Bridges Jernigan, William Griffin Kline,
Jason Allen Leach,
Tyler Jordan Lum,
Cody Michael Overbeck,
Joseph Chambers Tann and
James Owen Williams. Ring bearers were Mark Edward Power III, Hayes Allen Leach and Jack Arthur Jernigan. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Lyric Oxford, where guests enjoyed a re-creation of the Grove and an array of Southern fare catered by My Michelle’s/Nation’s Best Catering. Guests were also treated to a six-tier cake by Vienna Desserts and danced to the music of Class Reunion. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Oxford University Club. Following a trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple is at home in Oxford, where Kristen works as a teacher at Della Davidson and Logan works for the Ole Miss Division of Outreach.


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& Ryan Alexander Schmitt

photographed by scott burton Photography

Eva Jarrett Kincade

va Jarrett Kincade and Ryan Alexander Schmitt were married at six o’clock in the evening on March 16, 2013, at the Paris-Yates Chapel in Oxford, Miss. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Sanders Kincade III of Oxford, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Basil Lowry of Tupelo, Miss., and the late Mr. Lowry; Mr. and Mrs. William Sanders Kincade Jr. of Lula, Miss., and Ms. Ruby Anne Kincade of Clarksdale, Miss. The groom’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Robert Augustine Schmitt of Brentwood, Tenn. He is the grandson of Mrs. John Panek of Riverside, Calif., and the late Mr. Panek; and the late Mr. and Mrs. James Schmitt of Buffalo, NY. Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an Augusta Jones lace gown. The gown featured a sweetheart neckline and flared skirt with extensive lace and a scalloped hemline. Completing the design, the bride wore a satin belt with a diamond brooch. Attending the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Marion Sanders Kincade. Other bridesmaids included Hallie Marshall Thomas, Emma Howorth Flautt, Patricia Miller Powers, Emily Lamb Sipes, Sarah Hunt Heres, Jenny Young Shutt, Nicole Schmitt Flynn, Allyson Doiron Schmitt, Heidi Elizabeth Reed, Annabelle Hart Reed and Smith Nall Wilson.

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Mary Elizabeth Hoehn served as the bride’s proxy. The flower girls included Clara Hartwell Flautt, Lydia Schmitt and Larkin Jane Flynn. Jonathan Hudson Schmitt served as best man. Other groomsmen included Robert Augustine Schmitt, Richard Lee Freeman, Richard Trammel Hoehn Jr., Clark David Thompson, John Patrick Crider, Robert Sean Kilpatrick, Grant Richard Ellis and Dane Thomas McFarlin. Hudson Edward Schmitt served as the ring bearer. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Powerhouse, where guests enjoyed music from the DMP

Band from Memphis. The bride’s cake was a white cake with buttercream icing made by Alice Chow in Clarksdale. The groom’s cake was a Monopoly-themed chocolate cake with vanilla icing made by Emileigh’s Bakery in Oxford. On Friday night, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Bouré on the Oxford Square. After a honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Franklin, Tenn., where the bride works as a sales representative at Simplex Healthcare and the groom is the general manager of the Hampton Inn in Brentwood.


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Mary katherine leming

& JOshua lee murphy

photographed by Rachael H. Boyer

ary Katherine Leming and Joshua Lee Murphy were united in marriage June 9, 2012, at six o’clock in the evening at Paris-Yates Chapel, on the campus of the University of Mississippi, with the Rev. Daniel Herring officiating. The bride is the daughter of D.P. and Joy Hawkins of Pearl, Miss., and the granddaughter of Frank and Joy Newby of Pascagoula, Miss.; the late E.M. and Dorothy Hawkins of Forest, Miss.; and Don and Clara Ware of Winona, Miss. The bridegroom is the son of Jerry and Shirley Murphy of Meridian, Miss., and the grandson of the late James and Arlies Savell of Decatur, Miss., and Lou Murphy and the late James Murphy of Meridian. The bride wore a David Tutera for Mon Cheri ruchedbodice strapless gown with a beaded top overlay, and a cathedral-length veil trimmed with Swarovski crystals and pearls. The gown and wedding party attire was coordinated by Bethany McRee at Engagements of Grenada, Miss. The bride was given in marriage by her mother and father. Nuptial music was provided by vocalist Laura Lowell Brown and organist Steven Taranto. The maid of honor was Lana Christine Crawford, and the matron of honor was Melissa Marie Perry. Bridesmaids were Ashleigh Nicole Elkins, Laura Lynn Marion, Julie Elizabeth Clark and Libera Sarah Garrett. Clara Elizabeth Ware was the flower girl. The best man was James Andrew Murphy, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Cody Lee Savell, Jason Allen McCain, Hunter Meyer Vaughn, Andrew Louis Polizzi and Matthew Shannon Hedrick. Peyton James McDaniel and Julian Ellis Williams were the ring bearers. Carl Jarrod

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Bridal portrait photogrphed by donna mccommon

Baxter, Michael Patrick Hennessey, James Wilson Robinson and Donald Walker Ware II served as ushers. Jessica Hall Boler shared scripture readings during the ceremony. Donna McCommon of Ridgeland, Miss., served as the wedding and reception director and the photographer of the bridal portraits. Wedding photographer was Rachael H. Boyer of Pelahatchie, Miss. A reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at the Inn at Ole Miss. Southern elegant-themed sunflowers were designed by Mimosa Flowers of Oxford. Wedding cakes were created by Vienna Desserts of Oxford. The bride’s cake was a beautiful five-tier design containing beaded pearls and a monogram. The groom’s red velvet cake consisted of houndstooth-print icing and a Colonel Rebel overlay, and was designed by the bride. The Carlton South Carolina Show Band of Jackson, Miss., entertained guests at the reception. On the eve of the wedding, a bridesmaids’ luncheon was given by Clara Ware, Miriam Ware and Cis Bordelon at the Vance House in Carrollton, Miss. A rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at Taylor Grocery in Taylor, Miss., followed a double-decker-bus tour of the historic Oxford Square. The bride graduated from the University of Mississippi and is a first-grade teacher in the North Panola school district. The groom graduated from East Central Community College and is a machinist at Caterpillar HPE. After a honeymoon to the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, the couple resides in Oxford.

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& Charles Hal West III

photographed by elizabeth wiggs photography

Ashley Nicole McCullar

shley Nicole McCullar and Charles Hal West III were united in marriage at five o’clock in the evening on Oct. 27, 2012, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Jennings, grandparents of the groom, in Sardis, Miss. The ceremony was officiated by minister Michael Morrow. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis McCullar of Coldwater, Miss. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hal West Jr. of Sardis. The couple met at a mutual friend’s party in 2005 and share a deep passion for Ole Miss football, so much so that the groom requested a break from wedding photos so he could watch the Rebels defeat the Arkansas Razorbacks 30-27. Presented in marriage by her father, the bride wore a Wtoo gown. Attending the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Courtney McCullar. Bridesmaids were Amanda Lee and Haley West. All wore gowns by Donna Morgan. The groom’s brother, Ryan Moore, served as best man. Groomsmen were Nathanael Abernethy, Robert Dunlap, Clint Egbert and Scott Ross. The groom and groomsmen were all outfitted by Men’s Wearhouse. The couple wanted guests to experience a wedding and reception that was true to their nature and maintained a Southern atmosphere. Guests dined on food provided by caterers Ralph and Amy Daniels of Oxford. Patricia Farrish of Batesville, Miss., provided the bride’s cake, while Magan Douglas of Oxford provided the groom’s cake. Flowers were arranged by Mimosa, and rentals were from Magnolia Rental. Guests were entertained by Lighthorse Harry of Batesville. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s family hosted a rehearsal dinner at Chickasaw Hill Lodge. Following a honeymoon to Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica, the couple is at home in Oxford.

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& Aaron James Barrett

photographed by Two Chics Photography

Kendyl Taylor Mygatt

endyl Taylor Mygatt and Aaron James Barrett were united in marriage Oct. 20, 2012, at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. The bride is the daughter of Dr. George Garner Mygatt and Mrs. Kathi Hart Mygatt of Marietta, Ga. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Barrett of Evansville, Ind. Oxford wedding planner Claire Kiamie of One Fine Day Events planned the wedding. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a wedding reception in the Grove. Magnolia Rental set up a white tent with Parisian chandeliers and a black-and-white-checked dance floor. The cocktail tent featured a glass bar with neon pink and white lights shining through as paper lanterns hung above. Cocktail tables were covered in pink pin-tucked fabric tied with white bows, and guests kicked back and relaxed on white couches while enjoying the celebration. Guests enjoyed cuisine catered by Oxford Catering and desserts by Vienna Desserts while dancing the night away to the music of Almost Famous. Oxford Floral created the distinctive, inventive floral arrangements. The bouquets were

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a mix of pink and white roses, white orchids and white hydrangeas with a touch of greenery. Two Chics Photography photographed the day and Will Reedy shot a video to capture every moment of the bride and groom’s special day. The bride’s wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses and mother of the bride dress were all designed by Jim Hjelm Lazaro. Collard Greens Clothing made the groomsmen custom bow ties. Friends and family lined the Walk of Champions holding sparklers to send off the bride and groom at the end of the night. Kendyl graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012 with a degree in hospitality management and business. While enrolled at the University of Mississippi, Kendyl was a member of the Ole Miss soccer team. She is an event coordinator at Watersound Beach Club in Florida. Aaron graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012 with a degree in liberal arts and was a member of the Ole Miss baseball team. Aaron plays baseball for the Washington Nationals. The couple resides in Seaside, Fla.


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& Philip Warren Cruzen Jr.

photographed by John Keen Photography

Whitney Clair Nick

hitney Clair Nick and Philip Warren Cruzen Jr., were united in marriage at two o’clock in the afternoon on April 27, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Greenville, Miss. The ceremony was officiated by Father Scott Thomas. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Pender Nick of Greenville. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Clarence Pate of Cleveland, Miss., and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Leo Nick of Greenville. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Warren Cruzen of Germantown, Tenn. He is the grandson of Mrs. Elizabeth Coe Cruzen of Memphis, Tenn., and the late Warren Boles Cruzen and Chancellor and Mrs. Dennis Baker of Batesville, Miss. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a delicate ivory A-line gown with beaded Alencon lace featuring a semi-chapel-length train and scalloped hemline. Her two-tiered, elbow-length veil was trimmed with delicate silver beads that matched the beading on her gown. Finishing off the look, she wore blue Manolo Blahnik heels. She wore a pearl and diamond drop necklace belonging to her

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mother and pearl earrings given to her by the groom. Complementing the bride’s ensemble was a bouquet of white peonies, hydrangeas, white garden roses and tulips wrapped with an Italian lace handkerchief monogrammed with meaningful dates throughout her life. Bridesmaids wore knee-length scalloped strapless celadon dresses and carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet wrapped in white satin ribbon. Nikki Hale Vigil served as the matron of honor. Sarah Kathryn Flynt and Olivia Clair Flynt, cousins of the bride, served as bridesmaids along with Megan Roberts Losher and Autumn Turner Porter. Maison Elizabeth Vigil, goddaughter of the bride, served as flower girl. Stephen Baker Cruzen, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Michael Douglas Thannum, Hugh Stuart Simpson Mallory, William David Porter III and Mark Beasley Scales. William David Porter IV, godson of the groom, served as ring bearer. The ceremony music consisted of Jerry Claxton playing the pipe organ and Emalee Hill playing the flute. Vocalists for the wedding ceremony were Bryna Landers Grant and Terri Hill. Joseph Orlando Vigil and Betty Coe Manuel provided the scripture readings, with Jonell Baker Beeler reading the Prayers of the Faithful. Following the ceremony, the parents of the bride hosted a reception at EE Bass Cultural Arts Center, where guests enjoyed music provided by Gabriel Kenyatta and rides on the historic Armitage Herschell Carousel. The couple exited the reception by showing their love of the University of Mississippi with red and blue pom-poms, From Dixie with Love playing in the background and a rousing Hotty Toddy from the guests. Leaving in a vintage GTO, the newlyweds raced off to start their new life together. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at Posecais Restaurant, with a cocktail party and music provided by Charles McGee. After a honeymoon trip to Negril, Jamaica, the couple is at home in Memphis. June/July 2013 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Rashonda Ratasha Roach

& Roderick Antwan Beller

photographed by JOE WORTHEM

ashonda Ratasha Roach and Roderick Antwan Beller were united in marriage at three o’clock in the afternoon on March 16, 2013, in an outdoor ceremony at the Oxford University Club in Oxford, Miss. Pastor Michael Plez officiated, and Jessica Govan was the wedding coordinator. Rosland Roach, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Te’jeland Roach, niece of the bride served as junior bridesmaid. Cousins of the bride Kountess Welch and Antionette Beckley were bridesmaids, as were long time friend Sade Ward and Andrea Crump, sister of the groom. Nathaniel Beller III served as the best man. Groomsmen included Cornelius Crump, cousin of the groom, and Altorean Ward, Tramonquell Hill, Jeakorie Peace, and Cleveland Gipson, all long time friends of the groom. The flower girl was Ericka Clanton of Tupelo, Miss. Tyler Beller, brother of the groom, was the ring bearer. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Roach of Tupelo. She is the granddaughter of Inell Wortham of Calhoun City, Miss., and the late Ordic Wortham, Neva Archie and Clemon Roach. The groom is the son of Ms. Lestine Crump-Beller of Oxford and Mr. Nathaniel Beller III of San Diego, Calif. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Crump and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Powell, all of Tutwiler, Miss. The bride and groom are 2004 graduates of West Tallahatchie High School. The bride received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2009 and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on May 31, 2013. The groom received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2008 from Jackson State University. He serves in the United States Army.

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Joseph Brady Adams

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Lindsay Elizabeth Rogers

indsay Elizabeth Rogers and Joseph Brady Adams were united in marriage June 30, 2012, at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Dr. Jeff Holland of Pinelake Church in Brandon, Miss., officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Lisa and Wayne Rogers of Brookhaven, Miss. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Mary Holmes and the late Albert Holmes of Ocean Springs, Miss.; Ms. Frances Elzie and the late Ben Ray Elzie of Stringer, Miss.; and Mr. Charles Rogers and the late Frances Rogers of Bay Springs, Miss. The groom is the son of Marie and Bobby Adams of Water Valley, Miss. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Pipkin of Coffeeville, Miss., and Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Adams of Water Valley. Attending the bride as matrons of honor were Kristin Rogers and Maribeth Weeks. Bridesmaids were Katie Glass, Vera Kuttab, Sarah Knight, Madalyn Ivy, Molly Beaugh and LeighAnn Pruitt. Junior bridesmaids were Zarabeth Adams and Mallory Adams. The flower girl was Karsyn Braddock, and the honorary flower girl was Isabella Rogers.

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The bride’s proxy was Kristen Hermetz. Serving as best men were Bobby Adams and Greg Adams. Groomsmen were Jordan Rogers, Jarred Rogers, Tim Hamm, Josh Hill, Scott Thomas and Blake Hodge. Ushers were Pete Young, Brennan Allen and Phil Fortenberry. The ring bearer was Tristin Glick. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception with the theme “Southern elegance” at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford, Miss. The reception was catered by Taylor Grocery Catering and featured an array of Southern favorites. At the couple’s departure, their guests showered them with sparklers as they left in a vintage 1959 turquoise and white Chevrolet pickup truck. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Taylor Grocery. After a honeymoon to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Batesville, Miss. The groom is a teacher with Desoto County Schools, and the bride is a clinical pharmacist at Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in Clarksdale, Miss.


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Marti Lyn Sanders

&

Daniele Paolo Pasquale

civil ceremony • April 19, 2012 • Florence, italy

arti Lyn Sanders and Daniele Paolo Pasquale were united in marriage April 21, 2012, at Villa Gaudia near Florence, Italy. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Sanders of Yazoo City, Miss. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pasquale of Campobasso, Italy. Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white gown of silk taffeta overlaid with silk chiffon. Iridescents and beaded crystals covered the V-neck bodice and complemented the flowing chapel-length train. The waist-length chiffon illusion veil was scattered with iridescents and attached to a beaded crystal comb. Marti carried a bouquet of bright pink peonies and white delphinium buds. Beth Lea Sanders of Oxford, Miss., sister-in-law of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Abigail Brown of Oklahoma, Carrie Anne Jurgensen of Atlanta and Kelly Rudisill and Nicole Lewis of Florence, Italy. Ring bearer was Asia Pasquale, niece of the groom. Marco Pasquale of Bologna, Italy, brother of the groom served as best man. Groomsmen were Mike Douglas of Colorado and Emmanuel Giuni, Stefano Mariotti and Flaviano Pinna, all of Italy. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Andrea Giorgi and Pastor Giuseppe Martelli. Haswell Beni of Malawi, Africa, was the translator. Music was presented by Michelle Dawson, Samuele Franca and Cristiano DeChirico, all of Florence, Italy. The ceremony ended with a prayer given by the father of the groom, Daniel Pasquale. Following the service, the bride’s parents hosted a traditional Italian luncheon featuring desserts from Badiani, Marti’s favorite pastry shop. Marti baked a threetiered strawberry wedding cake for the groom. After a honeymoon in Scandinavia, the couple reside in Monte Porzio Catone, Italy, where they serve as missionaries for Christian Missions in Many Lands. The groom is also dean of the Italian Evangelical Bible Institute.

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& Julian D. Gilner

photographed by JAY JOHNSON

Jacqueline M. Shelby

acqueline M. Shelby and Julian D. Gilner, both graduates of the University of Mississippi, were wed at half past five in the afternoon on April 27, at the Mississippi Museum of Art in Jackson, Miss. The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s father, the Rev. Michael Shelby and her uncle Elder Robert Gooden. The bride is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Michael Shelby of Brookhaven, Miss. The groom is the son of Mr. John L. Gilner of Perkinston, Miss., and Ms. Lillie Neal of Clarksdale, Miss. Kimberly Stevenson served as the matron of honor, and Jasmine

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Shelby, Jasmine Jennings and Jordan Shelby served as bridesmaids. Marlon Minor served as best man and Rusty Woods, Marcus Johnson and Joseph Shelby served as groomsmen. Ushers were Cameron Messenger and Eddie Brown. Flower girl was Katelyn Bates, ring bearer was Elijah Davis and bell ringer was Bryson Messenger. The ceremony was outside in the museum’s Walker Garden, and the reception followed in the Trustmark ballroom, where the guests enjoyed beef, chicken, and shrimp and grits catered by the museum. The couple lives in Oxford.


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Kathryn Bratton Stigler

athryn Bratton Stigler and Robert Blake Horton were united in marriage at seven o’clock in the evening Aug. 11, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Senatobia, Miss. Dr. Gary Richardson and the Rev. R. Clay Moore performed the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gerald Stigler of Senatobia. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Conn L. Roberts of Senatobia and the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel James Stigler of Drew, Miss. The groom is the son of Mrs. Robert George Horton and the late Mr. Horton of Ridgeland, Miss. He is the grandson of Mrs. Delores Glazer of Ridgeland; the late Mr. Clark Horton of Jackson, Miss.; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Ross of Prentiss, Miss. Nuptial music was provided by pianist Mrs. Rufus Warren, organist Mrs. Chuck Strong, guitarist Mr. Jeff Young and vocalists Ms. Mary Beth Smith and Mr. Kent McIngvale. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a white slim-line gown with button-over-zipper closure. The intricate lace gown featured a high mandarin keyhole back and fishtail train finished with scalloped edging. Swarovski crystals were delicately sprinkled throughout with decorative beading at the empire waist. The bride’s chapel-length illusion veil was decorated with matching appliqués around the scalloped edge and accented by a handmade matching lace and crystal hair clip. Her arm bouquet of hydrangeas, lilies and lilacs was hand-tied with ivory satin from her mother’s wedding dress. Attending the bride as matron of honor was Emily Carpenter Alford, and the maid of was honor Sarah Caroline Leach. Bridesmaids were Tiffany Webb Oliver, Rachel Caroline Stigler and Crystal Gail Wise. Bridesmaids wore lilac floor-length gowns and carried hand-tied arm bouquets of lilies. Serving as the best man was Robert George Horton, father of the groom. The groomsmen were Andrew Beaudoin, Jacob Johnston, Ben Stigler and Adam Wakefield. Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Back Acres Country Club, where guests dined on a Southern menu of fruits and cheeses, Gulf Coast shrimp, catfish on a stick, grilled chicken kabobs and barbecue-tinis provided by First Choice Catering out of Horn Lake, Miss. The bride’s cake featured alternating layers of vanilla, strawberry and Italian crème iced with vanilla buttercream and decorated with fresh flowers. The groom’s cake was a chocolate confection shaped and iced to replicate Colonel Rebel. Both cakes were created by Patricia Farrish from Batesville, Miss. EverBlooms in Senatobia created the floral arrangements for the ceremony and reception. Guests danced to the music of Stephen Fowler and New Era from Memphis. As the night concluded, the couple departed as their friends and family released wishing lanterns into the night sky. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in honor of the bride and groom at the Como Steakhouse. After a honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the couple is at home in Oxford.

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& Robert Weakley Owens III

photographed by whitney bower imaging

Amanda Leigh Sutherlin

n Dec. 1, 2012, the wedding of Amanda Leigh Sutherlin and Robert Weakley Owens III was held at the historic Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, Ark. The Rev. Paul McLain officiated, assisted by the Rev. Karen Akin of Second Presbyterian Church. An organ prelude of Scottish and Welsh wedding hymns and the Children’s Chorale of the Episcopal Collegiate School, singing Be Thou

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My Vision, began the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Douglas Sutherlin III of Oxford Miss., and the groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Weakley Owens Jr. of Little Rock. The bride’s grandmothers, Mrs. Henry Boerner of Little Rock and Mrs. Lester L. Brown of El Dorado, Ark., were also in attendance. Escorted by her father, Amanda wore

an off-the-shoulder, fitted lace gown with an overlay of tulle embellished with appliquéd lace and with an extended cathedral-length train by Pronovias. She carried a gold, pearl and crystal bouquet of vintage brooches, each symbolizing a member of her family. She wore pearls from her father with an antique diamond and enamel four-leaf-clover pendant, a gift from the groom, commemorating their engagement


on St. Patrick’s Day and the groom’s birthday. The center aisle of the cathedral, with its fleursde-lis and cloverleaf motif, was lined with handcrafted and watercolored magnolias, roses and hydrangeas leading to the ornate altar, which was carved in Oberammergau, Bavaria. The nine bridesmaids, in floor-length gowns of winter-white chiffon, carried bouquets of baby’s breath, each accented with a unique vintage brooch as a gift from the bride. Toni Capomazza was matron of honor, and Megan Polson was maid of honor. Attendants were Allison Gann, Susanne Mackintosh, Joy Clark, Candice Sutherlin, Michelle Crews, Katie Schornhorst and Mary-Lee Smith. Flower girl was Addison Sutherlin, boy of honor was Riley Abernathy and ring bearer was Win Crews. Nine “Jingle Belles,” children wearing floral halos, white tulle skirts and ringing Advent wreaths, preceded the bride down the aisle. The groom’s father served as best man, and his groomsmen were R.D. Sutherlin IV, Barry Capps Jr., Robert Vogel Jr., Mathews Miller, Reed Gibbons, Thomas Dickinson, Matthew Lewis and Clay Earl. The reception was held at the historic Women’s Club of Little Rock. Floral monograms and large handcrafted flowers accented the entrance and oak staircase leading to the ballroom. Floral pedestals of baby’s breath, delicately lit by votive candles suspended on crystal strands, centered the tables. The Rockets performed for the guests, and the dance floor was lit with the couple’s monogram. The fivetiered golden wedding cake, with white lace fondant medallions and topped with a crown, was displayed on a specially designed six-foot gilded cake stand, and accented with jewels and timeless quotes about love. The handcrafted flowers were created by Molly Ryle of Ocean Springs, Miss.; the floral arrangements were designed by Blossoms of Batesville, Miss.; and the wedding cake was created in Oxford by Nancy Miller and Kathy Lowman. The reception banquet was catered by Emileigh’s of Oxford. After a honeymoon in St. Lucia at Sugar Beach, the couple is at home in Little Rock. June/July 2013 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Always a Bridesmaid Bridesmaid dresses are beautiful but are usually worn just once. These creative uses can bring new life to bridesmaid and wedding dresses. By Emily Gatlin

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the bouquet tossed, and the happy couple is gone for a week of newlywed bliss. The bridesmaids are thrilled for their friend, but what to do with their dresses? Oxford resident Morgan Walter had several bridesmaid dresses hanging in her closet, so she thought, “Why not have some fun with them?” For her 27th birthday, in November, she had a bridesmaid dress-themed party, based on the movie 27 Dresses. Each partygoer wore an old bridesmaid dress and hit the Square for drinks. “It was nice to be able to wear our dresses a second time around and get a little more use out of them,” Walter said. “It was fun to do our hair and makeup and get dolled up without the pressure of actually being a bridesmaid.” Other groups of women have found that bunco night is a good opportunity for reusing bridal accessories. Bri Samuels, a University of Mississippi alumna who plays in a regular bunco group in Memphis, said when her group gathers to play the popular dice game, they have made a tradition of the winner wearing a bunco hat made of ribbons threaded through a paper plate, similar to a rehearsal-dinner ribbon bouquet. Samuels thinks that old bridesmaid dresses would tie in nicely with bunco hats. To have a bridesmaid-themed party, create place cards with questions like, “What is the most bridezilla moment you have ever witnessed?” Serve finger sandwiches, cheese straws and Arnold Palmers, and the bridal bunco party is complete. Bridesmaid dresses are often made of fabric that is easy to repurpose. Certain silks and satins can be used to make throw pillows or a do-it-yourself pin board.

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Peggy Myles of Peggy’s Specialty Alterations and Dress Making on North Lamar Boulevard said she is often asked to repurpose bridesmaid dresses. “We cut them off and make long dresses into short dresses that can be worn again, or take off or add straps for a different look,” Myles said. “Some girls come in after the wedding, and we make them little purses.” Bridesmaids can also consider donating their gently worn dresses and shoes to charitable organizations. Brides Against Breast Cancer held a Charity Wedding Gown Sale event in April at Castle Hill Resort to benefit breast cancer research. Other national organizations like Fairy Godmothers and donatemydress.org make it possible for bridesmaids and brides to donate their dresses to underprivileged girls for prom night. Visit fairygodmothers.org and donatemydress.org for more information. Community theater programs often accept dresses as costume donations, so what was once a red bridesmaid dress worn for a Christmas wedding could get a second life as Eliza Doolittle’s vesture at the horse race. The costume shop for the University of Mississippi Theatre Arts Department accepts costume donations at certain times of the year. Call the department at 662-915-1818 for more information on making a donation. If closet space is not an issue, bridesmaid dresses can be kept for future use as dress-up clothes for children. Lindsey Faust of Oxford held on to her old bridesmaid dresses, and they now have a second life as her step-daughter Harper’s favorite dresses. “Harper takes dance lessons, and she loves to play ballerina in my old dresses,” she said. “I love the memories that come with the dresses, so it is very special for both of us.”

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Craftily Ever After Two creative brides were inspired to hand-make many details for their one-of-a-kind wedding celebrations to reflect their personalities. BY MELANIE CROWNOVER / PHOTOGRAPHED BY WHITNEY BOWER AND STEPHANIE RHEA

With the rise of DIY websites such as Pinterest and the fall of the economy, the handmade wedding is making a comeback. A wedding made from scratch doesn’t have to look homemade. Personalized details make the occasion – and memories – that much sweeter.

Amanda Sutherlin Owens Amanda Sutherlin Owens began wedding-related DIY projects before she even started thinking about the day itself. She designed her own engagement ring, created from the diamonds and gold of wedding rings from her and her fiancé’s families.

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That set the tone, and from there Owens continued crafting. She said she was motivated to have a wedding with so many personal details to make the day memorable for her guests. “I really wanted to honor all of our family and friends and make it their day, too,” Owens said. The wedding, held Dec. 1, 2012, in Little Rock, Ark., had a fourleaf-clover theme because Robert proposed on St. Patrick’s Day. The allwhite color scheme was just like Owens’ mother’s wedding. It was important to Owens to intertwine her Mississippi background with Robert’s Arkansas roots and family. Although she now calls Little


Do-it-yourself bride Amanda Owens, pictured center with her bridesmaids, made her own bridal bouquet out of antique brooches. The paper flowers adorning the staircase were made by a friend and hand-painted by the bride’s aunt. Owens also made Time to Cut the Cake banners, shown above, held by a flower girl. June/July 2013 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Rock home, she attended the University of Mississippi, lived in Oxford for several years and asked many of her Oxford friends to serve as bridesmaids. Robert attended the University of Arkansas and is a big Razorbacks fan, so together they built Ole Miss and Razorbacks stands with pompoms for their departure from the reception. Other do-it-yourself details were made with great care. Owens’ friend Molly Ryle, owner of Thrifty Chic Love in Ocean Springs, Miss., created large paper flowers to adorn the staircase leading to the reception. Nancy Miller of Oxford, who is Owens’ aunt, hand-painted Ryle’s paper flower creations to give them color and depth. The save-the-date cards were adorned with miniature envelopes featuring hanging ribbon that took Owens 30 minutes per invitation to create. When the ribbon was pulled, the wedding date popped out in tiny numbers that took her almost a month to print on a Cricut crafting machine. Instead of a traditional guest book, Owens gathered smooth stones and asked guests to sign their names and well wishes in gold pen on the “little rocks,” a nod to the city the couple calls home. For her bridal bouquet, Owens collected more than 50 brooches – each representing a close family member or phase of her life, plus a clover for Robert – to create an heirloom piece that she now displays in their living room. She also made Here Comes the Bride cups for she and her bridesmaids to use on the day of the wedding. Owens’ family pitched in. Her mother made entertainment bags filled with goodies for children to enjoy during the ceremony. For the flower girls, Owens’ mother also sewed bags personalized with their names to match their tutus. Owens’ aunt created a watercolor portrait of Owens to display at the reception, and she baked a seven-foot tall wedding cake that had quotes about love displayed between each layer. She also created an ornate cake pedestal using an antique plant stand (pictured opposite page). “In the end, our family and friends really made the day special for us,” Owens said. “We definitely couldn’t have pulled it off without them.” Rather than using a traditional guest book, Owens gathered smooth stones and asked guests to sign the “little rocks,” to pay homage to the Little Rock, Ark., wedding location. She made Here Comes the Bride cups for the wedding party using a Cricut crafting machine for the lettering. Family members helped her construct a pedestal for the wedding cake from an antique plant stand.

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Catherine Ann Herrington Davis When Catherine Ann Herrington married Parker Davis in February in her hometown of New Albany, Miss., making the event personal was key. “We got engaged July 4, and I immediately started planning,” said Davis, an artist with a degree in graphic design from the University of Mississippi. “I knew I wanted to incorporate a lot of my art and have people saying, ‘That was so Catherine Ann and Parker’ when they left.” Davis drew from her graphic design background and created all the printed pieces herself, including wedding and party invitations, the wedding program and cocktail napkins. For her engagement announcement, she used a reproduction of one of her own paintings of a heart. An invitation to a coffee held in honor of the bride included a sketch of the teacup from their china registry. And each printed piece tied in her wedding color scheme – ivory, inspired by her mother’s wedding dress, with black and pops of red. Davis also designed graphic pillows for her bridesmaids as gifts. Her

Catherine Ann Davis designed many of the printed pieces for her wedding, but her creative contributions didn’t end with invitations, wedding programs and napkins. She also designed a giant graphic focal point that hung behind her wedding cake and custom boots for her husband.

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husband still wears the ceremonial tuxedo boots she had made from her own design, and the 6-by-8-foot framed canvas graphic focal point she painted for the wedding cake backdrop now hangs in the couple’s living room. Davis sells her artwork in local stores and helps other brides make their days special with products from her company, Hi Y’all! Made in the South. “The one thing I tell any hands-on bride like me is to not take it too far,” she said. “Make sure you hire that planner, florist and caterer so you can sit back and not worry on the wedding day. And don’t forget the photographer to help you remember later. I’m so glad to have done so much for our wedding, but at some point you have to turn it over to professionals you trust to enjoy it.”

More Than Words: Brides looking to make their wedding a bit more graphic can follow these tips on graphic design from Catherine Ann Davis. • Websites such as myfonts.com, fonts.com and dafont.com are great free resources for fonts for invitations and thank-you notes. • Quality, heavyweight paper (at least 80-100 pound) makes all the difference when printing something special. • Besides the font, color choice is everything when setting the mood in writing. Davis prefers traditional colors, such as ecru paper with black ink, and a few splashes of her favorite color, red, to keep things classic and formal with a dose of whimsy.

The bride designed red and black graphic pillows that matched her invitations and wedding decor. She gave the pillows to her bridesmaids as gifts.

• Consider contacting a local artist or graphic designer to create original art for printed pieces. Have the artist scan the work so you will have a digital copy and free rein to use the image on anything.

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The Mill, a new wedding venue in Taylor’s Plein Air, offers brides a grand space to eat, drink and be married.

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rides have been calling Campbell McCool for years, asking if they could rent his building in Taylor’s Plein Air community. This year, he finally said yes. “I’ve been watching the wedding industry explode in Oxford,” McCool said. “It’s become a resort destination for weddings.” To meet that demand, McCool recently turned the building, which formerly housed Tin Pan Alley Antiques (now relocated next door) into the Mill, a 9,000-square-foot wedding and event space that can accommodate up to 500 people for seated dinners and boasts 14foot ceilings, a full catering kitchen, exposed brick and maple floors (reclaimed from an old textile mill in Virginia, hence the name), and combination indoor/outdoor entertaining areas that include a 6-acre park and a 50-acre cotton field. “It’s got unbelievable character,” McCool said. “I think it’s going to blow people away

when they see the finished product.” The final phase of the renovation will be complete this summer, and the venue’s first wedding is already on the books for August. In addition to the reimagined space, the Mill will also offer wedding coordination services by Elizabeth Paine, who formerly ran a bridal boutique in Taylor, as well as an upstairs, two-bedroom loft, a couple of one-bedroom cottages and the four-bedroom Southern Living Idea House as sleeping options for bridal packages. “That way, if a bride’s family wants to stay together for the weekend, they can do that,” McCool said. It all adds up to a space McCool knows brides will love. “It’s just beautiful out here,” he said. “It’s the perfect spot for a Mississippi wedding.” Visit themillatpleinair.com for more information and rates.

The Mill’s wedding coordinator Elizabeth Paine and owner Campbell McCool at the new wedding venue in Taylor, Miss.

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Say Yes to the Dresses

The big day isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the only occasion for a special gown. Other wedding-related events, like engagement parties, bridesmaid brunches and rehearsal dinners, offer more opportunities for brides to wow in white. Photographed by Scott Burton and Caroline Beffa Franks

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Bridesmaid Brunch

A short-sleeve lace dress is an easy option for a brunch with the bridal party. Oxford bride Jarrett Kincade Schmitt, who married Ryan Schmitt March 16, said she chose this dress for her bridesmaid brunch at McEwen’s (pictured above) because it tied into her “sophisticated Southern-theme.”

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Rehearsal Dinner

Schmitt picked a knee-length pencil dress with ruffles for her rehearsal (pictured above) and rehearsal dinner at Bouré. “I thought it was classy but still had a little flair,” she said. “I didn’t want it to overshadow my other dresses, but I still wanted it to make a statement.”

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Ceremony

Schmitt chose a lace dress with a scalloped sweetheart neckline by Augusta Jones for her wedding ceremony at Paris-Yates Chapel. “I love lace,” Schmitt said. “I wanted a romantic look and I liked the way this fit.” Schmitt, pictured with bridesmaid Sarah Hunt Heres, customized the dress by adding cap sleeves and a satin belt with a diamond brooch.

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Reception

For the reception (pictured above), Schmitt chose a one-shoulder cocktail dress. “This was the first dress I found,” she said. “I thought it’d be fun to wear. It’s a party dress, and I thought it would set the mood for the reception. Plus, the lace mimicked the wedding dress. I found it online and Ryan surprised me with it as a Christmas present.”

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Nesting as Newlyweds When Emily and Robert Gatlin bought their first house, a 1940s cottage, the couple was so in love they failed to notice the money pit warning signs. essay by Emily Gatlin

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a few things, like the fruit-basket wallpaper in the kitchen, complete with American flags and coordinating floral ceramic tile. We did not notice the light fixture with matching floral stained-glass panels. More importantly, it seemed the toilet was about to fall through the bathroom floor. Surely the home inspector would have caught that. As it turned out, my husband and I, along with the home inspector, missed quite a lot. The house was built in the 1940s, and the kitchen – the bane of my existence – came complete with an out-of-date circuit breaker. One night while sleeping, I awoke to the smell of burning metal. I couldn’t remember if you tasted or smelled metal when having a heart attack, so I made sure my left arm was in good shape and jumped out


of bed. When I didn’t hear the noisy hum of the ancient refrigerator, I realized the power was out. Smoke was coming out of the old circuit breaker. The fire department sent two engines. After receiving a stern lecture from the firemen (“your house nearly burned down”), we hired an electrician and blew through our savings to fix a problem that we never should have encountered in the first place. We were broke, but not burning up is an important priority. I took my aggression out on the house. A few weeks later, Robert went to run an errand and returned to find me ripping up the patriotic, fruit-basket-filled kitchen. I tore the fruit-basket wallpaper down, only to expose even more hideous floral blue wallpaper. I had no choice but to scrape the walls inch by inch until all four layers of paper were gone. After three coats of paint, voilà! I had a kitchen I could almost tolerate. We couldn’t afford to buy new appliances after our washing machine broke and flooded the laundry room, but my new orange and yellow walls were still an improvement. The holidays weren’t easy. Our first Easter, we hosted lunch for Robert’s entire family: four large men and his parents. There were a lot of people crammed in our tiny house. It didn’t go well. When I checked on my casseroles, the oven door fell off. I couldn’t get it back on track, so I had to hold the door closed with my backside. We celebrate Thanksgiving with friends every year, and 2010 was our year to host. “Friendsgiving” is a special tradition, but it becomes even more special when the hot water goes out and sewage bubbles up from the shower drain. I have been trapped in the house by a fallen tree and had to wait for city workers to cut me out. I fell through the back porch and broke my ankle. The carport is caving in because it was built before people drove big SUVs, so it isn’t quite wide enough for them. I spent two hours locked in the bathroom before Robert finally got a crowbar. Yes, many precious memories are made in a first home. I am glad I have stories to tell from our little old cottage, but I think our second home will be new. June/July 2013 | INVITATION OXFORD

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Baby Steps Many brides canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine getting hitched without nieces, nephews or their own children present, but there are certain things to consider when asking youngsters to be flower girls, ring bearers and guests at the reception. Oxford wedding planners Krista Bloome, Claire Kiamie and Ferriday McClatchy offer tips for including children in wedding festivities. By Jennifer Wilson

Photographed by Scott Burton

Flower girls Lydia Schmitt, Larkin Flynn and Clara Hartwell Flautt at a wedding in Oxford.

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Hire a sitter for children at the reception so guests can enjoy the night. Sitters usually run under $100 per event and are appreciated by parents.

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• If a large number of children are invited to the reception, create a special food station for them. Consider a root beer float station, a popcorn cart or a milk-and-cookies station. It provides not only entertainment but also a source of child-friendly food.

• It is a great idea to ask a child to be a ring bearer or a flower girl, but understand that if they are under the age of 4, they could steal the show.

• Set aside a couple of small tables with stacks of board games. • Have a separate guest book for children to write notes and advice to the bride and groom. It can be a sweet and hilarious keepsake.

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loome has coordinated more than 100 unique and memorable weddings. To help ensure wedding receptions remain stress free, she suggests the following to brides.

• Create an area at the reception for children to make arts and crafts. Put together a personalized coloring book with pictures of the bride and groom, flowers, cakes and other wedding details.

Claire Kiamie

• If children are a little older, have them participate in the ceremony as junior bridesmaids or junior groomsmen. They’ll enjoy feeling grown-up. • If it’s a second marriage, consider having the bride’s children give her away. Teenagers can also fill the role of maid of honor or best man. • Be flexible. Children can be unpredictable. Have a parent sit near the aisle, in front, in case a child won’t or can’t stand for the entire ceremony. Also have a parent in the back of the church to help coax children down the aisle.

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iamie has worked with brides in weddings throughout the South, St. Lucia and Ireland. She suggests the following to successfully involve children in pre-wedding activities, from photos to the rehearsal dinner. • Hand out goodie bags with age-appropriate toys before the wedding rehearsal begins so children don’t get bored waiting for their turn to practice walking down the aisle. • Set up a table at the rehearsal dinner with paper, crayons, markers and colored pencils and give children specific assignments. For example, ask each child to draw a picture of what he or she thinks the bride and groom will look like on their wedding day. • Ask parents of young children in the wedding party to make sure they get a nap and eat a healthy snack before the ceremony.

• Bribery is acceptable. If you want to offer a post-ceremony treat in exchange for good behavior, that’s okay.

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events Rebel Road Trip

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The BancorpSouth Rebel Road Trip, a tour of Mississippi and surrounding states headlined by University of Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze and Athletic Director Ross Bjork, was held April 25 in Oxford.

Andy Kennedy and Hugh Freeze

John Mallett with Linda and James Marbury

Christine Wallace and Ashley Smith Baker

Sam and Julie Alfrey

Bill and Amy Barry

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Brigitte Harrison with Sylvia and Gerrald Barron and Cade Harrison

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Ashley Winning and Garret Broom

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events Relay for Life

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Ole Miss Relay for Life, an event held to remember cancer patients and fight back against cancer, was held April 19 at the University of Mississippi. Participants raised more than $50,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Mary Cathrine Webber, Kelsey Johnson, Madilyn Gafford, Sarah Terry, Lauren Gafford and Jennifer Hitt

Jessica Marshall, Jasmine Warren, Jennifer Bain, Olivia Purvis, Marcia Bradford and Nikkina Hankins

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events Gospel Choir Showcase View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The University of Mississippi Gospel Choir and other area gospel choirs performed April 28 on the steps of City Hall to benefit Good Food for Oxford Schools, a program that encourages healthy options in local school lunchrooms.

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Shukota Tillman, Deondra Williams, Kalecia Moore and Jakiria Jackson

Efia Mentuhotep, Vashae Swope, Gloria Howell, Dakota Ford, Lilly Gray, Sunny Young, Patsy Pipkin and Jennifer Simmons

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events Give Back to Boston 5K Run View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

Endurance Athletics hosted the Give Back to Boston 5K run April 24 on the Square. More than 100 runners participated, and more than $1,500 was raised for the Boston Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospital in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. The total mileage of the race was dedicated to those runners who qualified, trained and ran in the Boston Marathon but were unable to finish due to injury.

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The Oxford Lafayette Humane Society held Yappy Hour April 23 at Soulshine Pizza as a fundraiser for the animal shelter. For more information on upcoming Humane Society events, visit oxfordpets.com.

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events Double Decker Arts Festival View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The 18th-Annual Double Decker Arts Festival was held April 26-27 on the Square. Participants enjoyed art, food and music by the Drive-By Truckers, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Blue Mountain and more.

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events Tunes & Tails

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The Oxford-Ole Miss Rotary Club held Tunes & Tails, a fundraiser for the Thisbe and Noah Scott Foundation, May 15 at the Powerhouse. The crawfish boil included music by the Daniel Karlish Trio, the Minor Adjustments and Adrian Dickey.

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events Tommy Brown Golf Classic View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The Tommy Brown Golf Classic was held May 13 at the Oxford Country Club. The proceeds benefited the Tommy Brown Scholarship at Northwest Mississippi Community College in memory of Brown, who was killed in a car accident.

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Steven McCluskey, Mike Wall, Jeff Pate and Tommy Harmon

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events Gov. Phil Bryant Reception View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

A reception for Gov. Phil Bryant was held April 25 at the home of Johnny Morgan. Bryant was in Oxford on an economic development visit and toured Winchester Ammunition and mortgage technology company FNC, Inc.

Kim Dillon, Peyton Self and Riley Busching

Lysa Alias, William Alias, Bob Kerr, Jane Nance and Mike Overstreet

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Connie Ramsey at World Book Night at Off Square Books on April 18. More than 500 books were donated to local organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, More Than a Meal and the Pontotoc Library. 5. Adam Brady and Kaleb Hilton at World Book Night. 6. Vicki Sneed, Jimmy Brown, Louis Brandt and Keith Mitchell at the Goose Greek Club ground breaking on April 17. 7. Gretchen Gregg and Kaytee Hazlewood at the Goose Creek Club ground breaking. 8. Julia Blackmon, Samatha Pepper and Torie Marion at the Goose Creek Club ground-breaking. 9. Susan Joiner, Roger Wicker and Patsy Bogen at the dedication ceremony for a new Ole Miss Women’s Council scholarship given by the Emmerich family. The ceremony took place in the University of Mississippi rose garden April 19. 10. Mary Ann Fruge’ and Jane Thomas Rogers at the Ole Miss Women’s Council scholarship dedication ceremony. 11. Will Reed and Tyler Rash at the first-ever Oxford City Market, held May 14 on West Oxford Loop. 12. Kate and Ashley Abraham at Oxford City Market. 13. Ryan, Jeanne, Shaela and Brandon Hominick at Oxford City Market. 14. Henry Clarke and Toni Coleman at Oxford City Market.

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events Greg Gillom Scholarship Fund Walk for Epilepsy View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The Greg Gillom Walk for Epilepsy was held April 20 in Hurricane Landing Park to benefit a scholarship fund for high school seniors in the name of Greg Gillom, who died in a car accident while suffering from an epileptic seizure.

Kara D. Westmoreland, Margaret King, Kat King, Ella Ree Gillom, Gabby Ward, George Gillom, Laura Gillom, Sarah Reynolds and Umieca Hankton

Varandus Coleman, Carmen Westmoreland, Carolyn Westmoreland and Lakevia Perry

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Alfred Westmoreland, Bryton Westmoreland, Peggie Gillom, Greg Gillom Jr., Wanda Gillom, Dorthy Shaw, LaMeisha Gillom and Andrew Dailey

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation held Great Strides April 21 at the Oxford Conference Center. The walk benefits the foundation, which helps control cystic fibrosis and improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

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events Oxford Craft Beer Festival View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The inaugural Oxford Craft Beer Festival was held April 20-21 at Castle Hill Resort. More than 140 beers were available for sampling, and experts spoke on topics such as how to cook with beer and pairing beer with food.

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events Mustache March View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

Runners sported their best real and fake mustaches during the Mustache March for Haiti 5K run/walk April 20 at Plein Air in Taylor. The event benefited Danitaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children Hope for Haiti Orphanage, a nonprofit organization.

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events Volunteer Match View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

Volunteer Oxford held Volunteer Match April 17 at the Powerhouse. People of all ages interested in volunteering attended to find out what volunteer opportunities are available in the Oxford-Lafayette community.

Frances Smith and Nell Allen

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events Football Fantasy Camp

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The University of Mississippi Football Fantasy Camp was held May 4 at Ole Miss. The camp gave participants a chance to meet coach Hugh Freeze and provided an inside look into the Rebel football program.

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The Russian National Ballet performed Don Quixote, based on the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, April 25 at the Ford Center. For upcoming performances, visit fordcenter.org.

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Nhan Van, Hayley Hampton and Sarah Fultz

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events Beta Alpha Psi Golf Tournament View more event photos @ facebook.com/invitationoxford.

The Beta Alpha Psi Golf Tournament was held May 3 at the Ole Miss Golf Course. The tournament provided University of Mississippi School of Accountancy students a chance to interact with accountancy professionals.

Ben Sigman, Jordan Michael and John James

Landers Craft, Trent Dixon and Michael Berg

Will Geary, Scott Kay, Danny Lyons, Will Threadgill and Betsy Sights

Dante Esposito, Will Crowley, Jeff Payne and Williams Baker

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Q: How did it become a business?

Q: What calligraphy styles do you offer?

A: I had shown a little interest when I was 10; I asked for a calligraphy set for Christmas. I played around with writing and lettering at that time, and then I picked it up 13 years later when I was living in France teaching English. I was shopping at a stationery store in Paris, looking at pretty papers, and I came across an old-fashioned calligraphy set, the kind where you dip the pen in the ink. I bought that set and a little handbook that showed the French script. The French cursive alphabet has more flourishes and is a little more delicate than the script we use in America.

A: I realized that my calligraphy skills could come in handy about five years after I returned to the United States from Paris, when I was addressing the save-the-dates for my own wedding. My husband (fiancé at the time) said, “You can really do this. You could do it for other people.”

A: I have lots of different styles, and each has its own name. I name them after friends or celebrities. I have one named after Elizabeth Taylor. Some people like me to mimic the font on their invitations. You choose a style that speaks to you that also mirrors the formality of your event. Q: Why is it important for envelopes, which get tossed, to look nice? A: The outside of the invitation is the first thing a guest sees. It’s their first glimpse into your wedding. It will tell them what they can expect, and it really sets the tone for the occasion. That’s one of the reasons I love doing calligraphy.

For more information on Beth Hunt Calligraphy & Design, visit facebook.com/bethhuntcalligraphy.

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