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Mr. and Mrs. Brad Allen Burgess

November 8, 2010

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Allen Burgess

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Allen Burgess

Coy Jean Farley and Brad Allen Burgess were united in marriage at three o’clock in the afternoon on June 26, 2010, at Maben Methodist Church. Officiating ministers were Rev. Scarlet Shepperd and Rev. Raleigh Richter.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Iris Farley and the late Mr. Billy Gene Farley of Maben, MS. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Farley of Cumberland, MS, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Willie Love of Maben, MS. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walker M. Burgess of Columbus, MS, and the grandson of Mrs. Maxine L. Hinshaw and the late Mr. Allen E. Hinshaw and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Burgess, all of West Point, MS.

Given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Mack Fondren, the bride wore a Casablanca strapless, two-tone ivory and champagne satin gown with an A-line silhouette. The skirt featured inverted box pleats at the waist, which were fully accented with pearls and crystal embellishments flowing into the chapel-length train. Her veil was fingertip length, ivory, and had rhinestone edging. The bride wore a single-strand pearl bracelet from her sister for something borrowed. For something blue, she wore a brooch swirled of Swarovski Crystal & blue stones under the hem of her dress. The pin was from college friend, Johnnie Sue Cooper. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of ivory-colored Polar Star Roses, Star Fighter Lilies, miniature Crystal Blush Calla Lilies, and pale pink Light Orlando Roses. A special sentimental addition to the bouquet was a handkerchief from her late father.

Attending the bride as matron of honor was Connie Fondren, sister of the bride, from Cumberland, MS. Bridesmaids were Jessica Mendheim and Tracey Anderson, both cousins of the bride from Birmingham, AL; Jennifer Leveson, also cousin of the bride, from Albany, GA; childhood friends Patricia Corrigan from Starkville, MS, and Melody Monts from Maben, MS; and Johnnie Sue Cooper, college friend, from Starkville, MS. The bridesmaids wore brown & fuchsia tea-length dresses and carried bouquets of Light Orlando Roses and Star Fighter Lilies with Dianthus Green Trick. The bride’s proxy was Sandra Gordon, cousin of the bride, from Cumberland, MS.

Flower girls were Lela Katherine and Elizabeth Jane Leveson. They wore ivory-colored, French hand sewn heirloom dresses and dropped fresh red rose petals as they walked down the aisle.

The groom’s father served as best man, and groomsmen were college friends Johnny Gilmer of Columbus, MS, and Justin Sexton of Greensboro, AL; childhood friend Shane Byrd of Brandon, MS; Farley Fondren and Pierce Fondren, both nephews of the bride, and Mack Fondren, brother-in-law of the bride, all from Cumberland, MS. Ring bearers were Luke and Ben Mendheim. All wore black Calvin Klein tuxes with chocolate or ivory-colored vests and ties.

Ceremony music was provided by vocalists Johnnie Sue Cooper, who sang “Sweet, Sweet Spirit” and “How Great Thou Art” and Arrel McMullin, who sang “Sanctuary”
as a closing prayer. Pianist was Mark Wood.

Serving as wedding director, as well as florist, was Mrs. Gail Bullard, Bullard’s Nursery of Mathiston, MS. Greeting the guests and passing out programs was Ashton Goodin, cousin of the bride, from Louisville, MS. Sitting at the registry table and also greeting guests was Melanie Owens, childhood friend, from Maben, MS.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s mother hosted a reception on the church lawn and in the church fellowship hall. The bride had a five tiered yellow cake with butter cream icing decorated with fresh flowers matching the bride’s bouquet. The groom had a three tiered, square strawberry cake decorated with chocolate icing and chocolate covered strawberries with the initial “B” on the top layer. Catering the special event was Mrs. Rubye Wray of West Point, MS. Photographing all of the day’s most memorable moments was Mrs. Leslie Burton from Sisters Photography in Eupora, MS. Videographer was Mr. Eddie Vaughn from Video Media in Ackerman, MS.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party, family, friends, and out-of-town guests in the church fellowship hall. A bridesmaid’s brunch was given by Mrs. Robbie Gordon and Mrs. Sandra Gordon on Friday morning at the lovely home of Mrs. Robbie Gordon. A miscellaneous church shower hosted by the women of Maben Methodist and a lingerie shower hosted by some of the bride’s closest friends were also given prior to the wedding. The bride and groom left under a shower of fresh flower petals for a honeymoon at Amelia Island. The couple is now at home in West Point, MS. Both work at Mississippi State University.

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