Brantley, Warren united in marriage on June 1
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 12:00 AM
A service of worship celebrating and blessing the marriage of MaryFrances Marie Brantley and Justin Perry Warren was held at seven o'clock in the evening on June 1, 2013, at Forest Grove Presbyterian Church. The Christian ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Joe Lofton, grandfather of the groom. A string trio presented a program of nuptial music. Soloist was Katherine McKenzie Cranston of Decatur, Ala., and friend of the bride, singing "Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in this Place" and "Panis Angelicus" before and during the ceremony. The wedding celebration was directed by Ms. Michelle Hillman McCann of Madden.
Mr. and Mrs. Justin Perry Warren
The bride's parents are Mr. and Ms. Gilbert Wayne Brantley, Jr. of Madden. Her grandparents are Mr. and Ms. Chris Lamar Bilbro of Carthage and Ms. Frances Snuggs Brantley and the late Gilbert Wayne Brantley Sr. of Madden. The groom is the son of Ms. Juanna Rebecca Warren of Ellisville. He is the grandson of Reverend Joe Cleveland Lofton of Heidelberg and Mr. and Ms. Allen Edward Morris of Ellisville.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a custom modified MoriLee ball gown of silk taffeta. The gown featured a ruffled sweetheart neckline with ruched bodice and waistband. Extending down the full pocketed skirt to the chapel length train were silk covered buttons. The bride embellished her dress at the waist with a collection of six antique and heirloom brooches of pearl, crystal, and cameo belonging to her mother, grandmothers and her personal collection. Her look was completed with a bubble veil, vivid floral pumps, pearl and crystal earrings, and a sapphire ring that was a sixteenth birthday present from her parents.
She also wore her mother's blue garter and six pence in her shoe. The bride carried a traditional hand-tied bouquet wrapped in lace consisting of peonies, David Austin and antique roses in shades of ivory and pastel pink.
Attending her sister as maid of honor was Caroline Bilbro Brantley of Madden. Bridesmaids were Brooke Jordan Bogle of Clinton, Anna Clare Saxon of Ridgeland, Ally Elizabeth Smith of Long Beach, and Cameron Lacy Wilcher of Starkville. Wedding registry attendant and bride proxy was Carly Lorraine Pippin of Carthage.
Standing by the groom as his best man was Zachary Lee Adams of Birmingham, Alabama. Groomsmen were Gilbert Wayne Brantley, III of Madden, Tyler Hampton Edwards of Starkville, David Brandon Magers of Athens, Georgia, and Matthew Kyle Moore of Monroe, Louisiana. Ushers were Taylor Joshua Webb and Richard Grant Wilson of Carthage. James Christopher Pippin of Carthage served as acolyte.
Guests were presented program fans before they entered the historic chapel adorned with magnolia garlands, floral wreaths of peonies, roses, and hydrangeas and a large bronze cross above the altar, Behind the kneeling bench columns held large antique candelabra and a table presenting the sacraments for the couple's first holy communion.
Immediately following the candlelight ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception on the grounds of this historic church that has been a part of her family's history for several generations.
The bride's table featured a three tiered all white buttercream vanilla cake with various fillings topped with a nosegay of roses in a tiffany blue and cream teacup of the bride's collection and trays of Italian lady lock cookies made by the bride and her grandmother. The groom's table featured a red velvet cake topped with a smaller version of an attorney's suit with underlying Superman shirt and crystal bowls of Swedish cream and fresh strawberries.
The couple's first toast was given with antique silver flutes also used by the bride's parents. Their first dance was to "The Sleeping Beauty Waltz".
Guests received a sweet treat of "Mimi's chocolate fudge" made by the bride as wedding favors. At the end of the evening, guests and family waved goodbye with sparklers as the exuberant newlyweds made their exit in an antique English taxi owned by family friend, Tim Gordon and driven by Jack Mann, Jr.
The weekend's festivities began with a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom's mother at the home of Mr. and Ms. Will Whittington on the covered porch overlooking the lake.
The bride and her bridesmaids were honored at a luncheon in the home of Mr. and Ms. Gene Livingston given by dear friends while the groom and his groomsmen enjoyed a casual barbecue lunch provided by the groom's mother.
The couple honeymooned in Vicksburg.
They now make their home in Jackson where she is a second grade teacher in the Rankin County School District and he is an attorney and law clerk for the Supreme Court.
The couple's special day was captured by LaurenFLiddell Photography and LaRenati Productions.