Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ray Saxon
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Ray Saxon
A service of worship celebrating the covenant of marriage uniting Anna Clare Winstead and Brian Ray Saxon took place on July 7, 2012, at six o'clock in the evening at The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. Rev. Chris Vowell officiated the double ring ceremony in front of a large wooden cross draped in white.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Winstead of Philadelphia. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Learmonth and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Winstead of Philadelphia and the great granddaughter of Mrs. Bonnie Conn of Philadelphia.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Carlee Saxon and the late Bruce Saxon of Philadelphia. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bates and Mr. and Mrs. George Saxon of Philadelphia.

Entering the grand ballroom large tables, draped in white and showcasing elaborate white bouquets, led guests to their seating, which included the overlooking balcony.

On the arm of her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride entered to Gaither's "Bridal Chorus". The bride wore an Allure ball gown of ivory satin and English net. The fitted, strapless bodice featured a sweetheart neckline adorned with Swarovski crystals and intricate embroidery. The English net skirt and hemline were adorned with a scalloped embroidery design that flowed into a chapel-length train. She wore an En Vogue single tier scalloped edge mantilla-style veil with handmade floral lace edging with the blusher of tulle made from her mother's wedding veil. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, tulips and roses complemented by baby green hydrangeas. A handkerchief, given to her by her great grandmother, Bonnie Conn, was wrapped around her bouquet. It was held together by a vintage blue topaz brooch presented to the bride by the groom's mother. Anna Clare wore a Tiffany aquamarine bracelet given to her by her parents.

Attending the bride as her maid of honor was Stephanie Nix of Ocean Springs. Bridesmaids were Brooke Bogle of Clinton, MaryFrances Brantley of Madden, Shanna Donald and Kenzie Gaines, both of Philadelphia, Kayla Gatlin of Silas, Alabama and Cameron Wilcher of Jackson. The attendants wore floor length cream satin dresses with a ruched bodice by Mori Lee. They carried bouquets of white hydrangeas, tulips, roses and green hydrangeas. Lauren Clare Gatlin and Zoe Shepherd, served as flower girls. Bridal book and program attendants were Macie Barrett, Abby Conn and Emma Kate Winstead.

Serving the groom as his best man was Taylor Stringer of Tylertown. Groomsmen were Jack Wood of Waynesboro, Emery Grubb of Glen Allan, Taylor Winstead of Philadelphia, Grant Phillips of Olive Branch and Dylan Gregory and Crosby McDonald, both of Carthage. The ushers were Tanner Winstead of Philadelphia, Austin Byrd of Carthage, Gus Brand of Amory, Trey Donahoe of Indianola and Holder Bridgforth of Pickens.

A program of beautiful nuptial music was provided by the Magnolia String Quartet along with soloists Monique Kelly of Jackson and Joshua Swindle of Philadelphia. Lacie Wilkerson of Madison served as wedding director.

For the reception, The Old Capitol Inn grand ballroom was transformed into a spectacular vision of beauty with large stately arrangements featuring all white orchids, roses, hydrangeas and accented by the bride's favorite, calla lilies. Guests were treated to a lavish buffet while being entertained by the music of Hunter Gibson and the Gators.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom's mother hosted a memorable rehearsal dinner at the Historic Fairview Inn. The wedding day brunch, hosted by sisters of the bride's mother, was held at the Historic Fairview Inn while the groom's Aunt and Uncle, Debbie and Mark Saxon , hosted the groomsmen's luncheon at the Country Club of Jackson.

After a honeymoon trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple is at home in Clinton, where after completing her Bachelor's degree in Biology at Mississippi College in the spring, she will begin dental school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The groom is employed with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney while he completes his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Mississippi College.