Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kitchens
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Kitchens
Sarah Louise Rowley and Christopher Lee Kitchens were married in a 6 p.m. candlelight ceremony on July 20, 2013, at Highland Baptist Church in Meridian, with Dr. Carl White officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rowley of McComb, James Al Jordan and the late Linda Davis Jordan of Brookhaven. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Davis of Brookhaven and the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rowley of McComb.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas M. Kitchens of Meridian. He is the grandson of Annette Murphy of Philadelphia, Miss., and the late Charles Murphy and the late Bennie L. Kilgore of Philadelphia, and Marie Kitchens of Meridian.

The bride's cousin Neal Davis of Brookhaven, ushered in the bride's mother, Linda Rowley, who wore a floor-length blue-violet lace gown with matching sheer jacket. Neal led her to the unity candle, where Sarah's father lit the bride's family candle. Neal then ushered in her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Davis of Brookhaven. Mrs. Davis chose a floor-length lighter blue-violet gown with matching jacket with silver accents. They wore white rose corsages.

The groom's cousins, Daniel Kitchens of Omaha, and David Kitchens of Fort Worth, lit the candles and were also ushers. They ushered in the mother of the groom, Leeann Kitchens, who wore a floor-length royal blue lace gown with matching jacket. Chris' father lit the groom's family candle. They also ushered in the groom's grandmother, Mrs. Kitchens, who wore a lime green floor-length ensemble. Mrs. Murphy, was ushered in by her grandson, Austin Murphy of Philadelphia, and wore a floor-length gown in apricot lace.

Barry Germany of Meridian provided nuptial music on piano and organ.

The church sanctuary was decorated with an arrangement of red and white roses, red ornamental ginger, white gladiola and alstroemeria, Bells of Ireland and asparagus fern.

Breana Doss and Savannah McDevitt, cousins of the groom, were program and registry attendants. The wedding director was Bonnie McDaniel, aunt of the bride of Magnolia. Carolyn's Creations of Meridian was in charge of flowers in the church, at the reception and the rehearsal dinner.

Malcolm Martin of Meridian was reader of Genesis 2:18-24.

Kristen Sims, cousin of the groom, sang "How Beautiful" accompanied by Barry Germany. He also played "Like a River Glorious," "As the Deer" and "Rondeau" as the mothers and grandmothers were seated and as the minister, groom and groomsmen entered the sanctuary. Germany played "Canon in D" as the bridal attendants entered the church.

Matron of honor was Rebekah Fowler Whittington of Monterey, La. Bridesmaids were Julie Van Kitchens, the bride's stepsister of Hattiesburg, and her cousins Angie Davis of Brookhaven and Heather Davis of Brookhaven and Hattiesburg, and Amanda Allen of Starkville.

Laila Annette Kitchens, daughter of Kevin and Julie Van Kitchens of Hattiesburg, was flower girl. Her escort was Cody Jensen, cousin of the bride of Brookhaven, who was ringbearer.

John D. Rowley, who gave his daughter in marriage, escorted the bride down the aisle, which was sprinkled with rose petals as the organist played the "Bridal Chorus."

The bride wore a white strapless tulle and organza fitted ball gown featuring a long-waisted top covered with crystal beads and pearls over lace with a feathered organza skirt that fell into a semi-cathedral train.

She wore an elbow-length veil edged with delicately placed crystals and beads. Her veil was held by three silver jeweled hair pins. She wore a necklace of pearls and matching bracelet and earrings, a gift from her late mother, Linda Davis Jordan. She carried a bouquet of Charlotte red roses tied with white satin.

Best man was Lance Burnham of Meridian. Groomsmen were brothers of the groom, Kevin Kitchens of Hattiesburg and Justin Kitchens of Meridian, the bride's brother, Ben Rowley of McComb, and Tyler Maxwell of Meridian.

Kristen Sims also sang "Consecration" after the blessing and exchanging of rings. Barry Germany played "Because He Lives" during the lighting of the unity candle as Dr. White spoke. He then played the traditional "Wedding March" recessional.

A reception followed at the Meridian Little Theatre. The bride and groom's engagement picture was presented on a large easel as guests entered. A lighted candle was on the memory table in honor of the bride's late mother and held special framed pictures and a large pink flamingo that her mother loved.

The bride's three-tiered cake was placed before a large gold framed mirror. The top layers were traditional wedding cake, and the bottom layer was red velvet. The cake was decorated in white swirls. Red Charlotte roses accented the layers, and the top was completed with a mirrored initial "K" with roses next to it. A cake knife, a gift to the couple from the groom's parents, was engraved with their names and wedding date.

The groom's two-layer yellow cake, served on a large antique silver platter, had cream cheese icing and was decorated with a Mississippi State University emblem. A Bulldog mascot with framed pictures of the groom and his family completed his table. The groom's parents made and decorated his cake.

The band "Southern Drive," all friends of the groom, provided music for the evening. Wedding favors were monogrammed can holders.

The newlyweds departed from the reception through a path of sparklers.

A rehearsal supper was hosted by the groom's parents at Wideman's Restaurant. The couple presented gifts to their attendants. The bride chose Elizabeth Patrick Young of Memphis, Tenn., to be her proxy at the rehearsal.

After a honeymoon trip to Sandestin, Fla., the couple are at home in Meridian, where the bride is employed by Trustmark National Bank and the groom is a PC Technician at Rush Foundation Hospital of Meridian.