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Brown & Cook.

Erin Leigh Brown and William Christopher Cook were married on September 17, 2011, at Hebron United Methodist Church in Waynesboro.

The wedding was officiated by Rev. Matthew Olson, childhood friend of the groom.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Clifton Brown of Milky, Alabama. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Margaret Grey Brown and the late Mr. Wesley Thomas Brown of Millry and the late Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Singley Sr. of CuHomburg Alabama The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Gary Cook of Waynesboro. He is the grandson of Mrs. Virginia Beard and the late Mr. Andrew McRae Beard Sr. and Mrs. Janice Cook and the late W.0 Cook all of Waynesboro.

The bride selected non-traditional musical favorites. "Be Thou My Vision" was played during the seating of the grandmothers. The wedding party entered to "Sheep May Safely Graze."

Escorted by her father, the bride entered to a piano arrangement of "All I Ask of You" by Carolyn Stagg, piano teacher of the bride.

The bride wore an elegant ivory gown in a mermaid silhouette with a mandarin collar by Justin Alexander. It was accented with beaded Alencon lace and covered buttons trailing down the back to a sweep train. The cascading illusion veil was edged with rolled ivory satin. She wore pearl jewelry given to her by her mother.

The bridal bouquet was a hand-tied selection of sunflowers, roses, bells of Ireland and lilies. The bride also carried the groom's heirloom baby bonnet handkerchief, given by the groom's mother, and a sixpence for good luck.

Attending the bride as matron of honor was the bride's sister, Megan Brown Singleton. Bridesmaids were Ashley Brown Reynolds and Amanda Dixon, cousins of the bride, and Jessica Jones McLaughlin and Hannah Cartmill, friends of the bride. The attendants wore strapless clover-green satin dresses and flowers in their hair. They carried nosegays in the style of the bridal bouquet.

Serving as best man was John-Garrett Cook, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Mat Funk, college roommate of the groom, and Joseph Beard, Eric McRae Beard, and Patrick Trest, all cousins of the groom.

"For the Beauty of the Earth" was played during the wedding party recessional.

The historic church was established in 1845 and has a reputation for its country charm and beauty. On this perfect fall afternoon, it was decorated in vintage-style with fresh floral arrangements by Walley's Florist The vases were blue vintage Mason jars well-used in home canning by the grandmother of the bride.

The guests were directed along the highway to the church by Burma-Shave style signs crafted by Donna Beard Doherty, the groom's aunt Cousin of the bride Charlotte Dixon of Millry, Alabama, served at the guest registry.

Chrissy Jones Van Orden served as wedding director and bride's proxy. Wedding day moments were captured by photographer Penny Clanton Manning.

Following the ceremony, the guests were offered old-fashioned mint julep soft drinks from tubs of ice in an antique Chevy pick-up truck The uncles of the groom decorated the pick-up and served the cold beverages. Raffia fans were also provided to keep guests cool. Bridal portraits displayed in the reception area were by Shannon Beard, photographer and cousin of the groom.

The bride's parents hosted the catered reception in the church reception hall. The four-tiered buttercream wedding cake was a gift created by Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Singleton. It was served by friend of the bride, Liz Jones. The couple ate bites of the wedding cake with forks engraved with the words "I Do" and "Me Too."

The groom is a Mississippi State University graduate. The groom's table had a bulldog theme, offering cake, MSU Bully Snacks, Twizzler candies, and Edam cheese made on the campus in Starkville. Chocolate-covered bacon, a Southern delicacy, was also served by special request of the bride. The lovely server was friend of the bride and groom Duncan Relph Gandy. Small cowbells and packets of sunflower seeds were offered to the guests as favors.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at "Poppa Art's," a favorite eatery of the bride and groom located in Matherville. The cafe was decorated with a "sunflower and fireflies" theme. The families of both the bride and groom provided black-and-white photos of their weddings to display for guests to enjoy during their hearty meal.

The happy couple drove off in style with cheers of "More cowbell!" and the ringing of cowbells by MSU and "Roll Tide" fans alike.

After their honeymoon in Orange Beach, Alabama, the couple happily resides in Waynesboro.

HEBRON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH * WAYNESBORO, MISSISSIPPI * PENNY CLAYTON MANNING, PHOTOGRAPHER
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
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Date:Jan 1, 2013
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