Beatty & Priddy.
Lauren Edith Beatty and Matthew William Priddy were united in marriage on December 20, 2008, at five o'clock in the evening at First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. The candlelit, double ring ceremony was officiated by Rev. Dr. Olin W. McBride.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hamp Beatty of Starkville. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bettye Seepe and the late Karl Seepe Jr. of Clinton, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Preston Beatty of Newton.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Priddy of Melbourne, Florida. He is the grandson of Mildrid Newman and the late Derrick Newman of Highworth, England, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Donald Priddy of San Antonio, Texas.
A large floral arrangement of Christmas greenery and red berries welcomed guests on the porch of the church. Inside, traditional wreaths and red poinsettias adorned the sanctuary, setting the mood for the festive Christmas wedding. The focal point for the ceremony was a massive arrangement of calla lilies, hybrid delphiniums, spider mums, stock, and gladioli, all in white and cream shades, along with red hypericum berries. Flanking the center arrangement were two matching arrangements. Two six-foot silver candelabras were nestled in the choir loft, with two four-foot silver candelabras on fern stands, accentuating the area of the ceremony. All floral and candle arrangements were designed by Keith Winchester of Macon.
Guests were greeted by Eric Seepe and Ben Seepe of Jackson, cousins of the bride. June Carpenter of Starkville served as wedding director. Photography was provided by Robbie Robertson of Newton. The sound technician was Cameron Beatty of Starkville.
The prelude and nuptial music was provided by organist Dr. J. Bruce Lesley of Starkville and violinist Salvatore Guerra of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prelude music included Christmas carols and selections of Bach and Handel.
The mothers and bride's grandmother, carrying clutches of cream roses, calla lilies, and stephanotis tied with metallic ribbon, were seated to "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring." "Canon in D" was played for the procession of the bridal party.
The bride entered the church on her father's arm to "The Prince of Denmark's March." Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a Jasmine white taffeta A-line tiered gown with a sweetheart neckline and organza cap-sleeves. The bodice featured crystal beading and embroidery along with a corset back, The skirt, embellished with pick-ups of ribbons and taffeta flowers, flowed into a Tiffany train, The bride wore a single-layered chapel-length veil trimmed with rhinestones and a tiara of Swarovski crystals. She carried a French clutch bouquet of white miniature calla lilies, Eskimo roses, stephanotis, and Christmas greenery, accented with crystal beads. French silk ribbon and a handmade white handkerchief encased the stems of the design.
Kirsti Wright, sister of the groom, served as matron of honor, and Amanda McMillan served as the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Blair Leppert, Brooke Hollingsworth, Charla Lindley, and Katie Culpepper. Bridal attendants wore Alfred Angelo harvest-gold satin gowns with crystal embroidered bodices. Their gold-colored pearl and crystal necklaces and earrings were gifts from the bride. Attendants carried European bouquets of cream roses, miniature calla lilies, alstroemeria, red hypericum berries, crimson roses, and Christmas greenery, accented by gold seed beading, wrapped in copper wire and tied with gold silk ribbon.
Ian Anderson served the groom as best man. Groomsmen were Grant Beatty, brother of the bride; Chris Wright, brother-in-law of the groom; Kyle Hutchings; Edwin Clark; and Brandon Riesgo.
After the ceremony, the newlyweds were showered with rose petals on the front steps of the church. Everyone then strolled to the reception, held at the nearby historic Hotel Chester and hosted by the bride's parents.
As guests entered the reception, they were welcomed by a pair of white fantail doves and greeted by the newlyweds. Guests were treated to appetizers and a lavish buffet as they were entertained by music provided by Ed Swan and the After Five Jazz Band of Starkville Beautiful tall floral arrangements in slender silver vases adorned guest tables. The chairs were tied with sheer gold silk bows matching the bridesmaids' dresses.
The bride's four-tiered vanilla cake, topped with the couple's initial, was centered under a crystal chandelier. The cake was covered with fresh flowers to complement the selection used in the bridal bouquet Beside the cake was a pair of ceramic fantail doves the bride's parents had received from a family member at their wedding. The groom's chocolate cake featured Christmas greenery. Cakes were provided by Lenny Ring of Columbus.
After dinner, the couple's first dance was to "Wonderful Tonight," sung by family friend Taylor Adams of Starkville. The bride and her father danced to "My Girl," followed by the groom and his mother dancing to "Unforgettable." Afterwards, guests joined in the dancing to fun jazz tunes. Later, the couple danced to a special song entitled "Under the Bridges of Paris" in celebration of their honeymoon destination.
The day before the wedding, the bride honored her attendants with a luncheon at Three Generations Tea Room in Starkville. On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents entertained the wedding party, family, and friends with a formal rehearsal dinner at The Veranda in Starkville which, included many happy toasts to the couple.
The newlyweds spent a week honeymooning in Paris and are at home in Starkville.