Hankins & Smith.
The ivy-covered courtyard of Jackson's Old Capitol Inn was the setting of the marriage celebration of Miss Sarah Nell Hankins and Mr. Paul Bradford Smith. The couple exchanged vows in a private ceremony at five-thirty in the evening on May 10, 2008. Rev. William T. McGlathery III officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. Rolfe Harris Hankins of Taylorsville and Ms. Suezette Hankins of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rolfe Hankins of Taylorsville and Ms. Suzi Barringer of Marks.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Smith of Nettleton and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Weatherington of Franklin, Tennessee. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Smith of Nettleton and the late Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Moffet of Aberdeen.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown of ivory lace and tulle. The bodice was adorned with glistening sequins and pearls. The beaded waistline, which met an A-line skirt, featured horizontal lace and tulle and extended into a chapel-length train. The bride's fingertip illusion veil was trimmed in Swarovski crystal beading. A pearl necklace and matching earrings, a gift from the groom's mother, completed her ensemble. She carried a bouquet of white calla lilies and tuberoses.
Attending the bride as maids of honor were Laura Hankins, sister of the bride, and Emily Cain. Paul Smith, father of the groom, and Stephen Cantrell served as best men.
Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception for family and friends in the ballroom of The Old Capitol Inn. Extravagant floral arrangements, graceful drapes of white chiffon, and soft candlelight created a romantic ambiance. Guests enjoyed a dinner buffet and danced to the music of Johnny Crocker of Jackson. The bride's cake. three-tiers of vanilla cake and cream cheese icing, was placed upon a beautiful silver plateau. It was decorated with black silk ribbon and pearls, and white Gerbera daisies topped the confection. The groom's cake was a two-tiered chocolate amaretto cake adorned with strawberries and decorated with a golf theme.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for family and friends at the Steam Room Grille in Jackson.
Following a cruise to Mexico, the couple is at home in Memphis. Tennessee.