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Jill Elizabeth Carter and Aaron Stanley Weatherford were united in marriage on February 7, 2009, in a late afternoon outdoor ceremony at Oak Hollow Farms in Fairhope, Alabama. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rev. Jeep Sullivan of Niceville, Florida, and Dr. Stan Weatherford, father of the groom, of Crystal Springs.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Joey Carter of Fairhope, Alabama. Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. John Weeks of Terry, Mr. Horace Pitts of Laurel, and Mr. and Mrs. J. Franklin Carter of Canton.

The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Start Weatherford of Crystal Springs. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth McLendon of Hazlehurst and the late Mr. Poe Weatherford and Mrs. Jane Weatherford of Fort Walton Beach, Florida

The nuptials took place under a canopy of live oak trees. Vows were exchanged under a rustic arbor intertwined with white hydrangeas, Marlyse and Mikado roses, red berries, and pink spray roses. Pots of trimmings from the bride's late great-grandmother's magnolia tree lined the aisle.

A beautiful compilation of hymns was played by harpists Sarah and Hannah Roberts of Fairhope, Alabama. Soloist Elizabeth Joslin of New Albany sang a modern rendition of "For the Beauty of the Earth" by Pierpoint, Horness, and Dyer. After the vows were exchanged, the groom's uncle, Rev. Scott Weatherford of Tallahassee, Florida, sang a wedding blessing, "My Tribute" by Andrae Crouch, which was also sung at the wedding ceremony of the bride's parents.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an Italian raw silk gown by international designer Maria Originals of Milan, Italy. The ivory gown featured a V-front neckline and V-back scalloped with the Principality of Monaco old world lace and covered buttons down the back The bride's silk tulle veil was also edged with the Principality of Monaco old world lace. The bride carried a lush hand-tied bouquet of Vendela roses, peach tulips, white dahlias, ranunculuses, and isle and Porcelana spray roses accented with ivory and gold ribbons.

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Maids of honor were sisters of the bride, Julie Michele and Jessica Leigh Carter of Fairhope, Alabama. Bridesmaids were Courtney Michelle Casto of Fairhope, Alabama; Jane Gray Bledsoe of Starkville; Casey Leigh Jenkins of Brandon; Lindsay Carol Goodson of Tupelo; Sara Nell Savoy of Tishomingo; Megan Elizabeth Fly of Birmingham, Alabama; Claire Stacy Daigre of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Lauren Marie Dorbeck of Vicksburg. Each bridesmaid wore a terracotta, knee-length dress made of dupioni silk. The designer frocks featured ruffled necklines and each bridesmaid wore a gold locket monogrammed with her first initial, a gift from the bride. Cowgirl boots of their choosing were donned by each of the bridesmaids, as well as the bride, to complement the rustic outdoor setting. They carried colorful bouquets of Oscianiam, Marlyse, and Mikado roses, white dahlias, and peach tulips accented with sheer melon and gold ribbons. Cousins of the bride, Meredith Haden Pitts, Emily Grace Holland, and Katherine Elizabeth Carter served as program attendants and Debbie Halley was the wedding director.

The groom chose the bride's father, Joey Carter, as the best man. Groomsmen included John Clayton Calhoun, John Clifford Wood, Donald Scott Berry, Stuart Russell Fuller, and Clayton Alan Luckie, all of Fairhope; Andrew Jacob Hollinghead of Leakesville; Michael Brandon Turner of Cleveland, Tennessee; and Richard Russell Bowen Jr. of Jasper, Alabama. The groomsmen wore casual attire of ivory Polo oxford shirts tucked into khaki pants with boots of their choosing. The groom and best man wore brown patterned blazers to complement the earth tone color scheme.

Following the sunny afternoon ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception in the Oak Hollow Farms' rustic barn. Guests mingled, ate, and danced to music provided by Jerry Byrd. Guests enjoyed an array of southern food, which happened to be favorites of the bride and groom--including carved meats, venison, a grits bar, mashed potato bar, peas and okra, roasted vegetables, and shrimp gumbo.

The wedding cake was a traditional white cake with raspberry filling and buttercream icing. The design on the cake was a textured stucco look with a gold ribbon around the base of each layer and flowers similar to the bride's bouquet adorning each layer. The groom's cake was a devil's food chocolate cake with dark chocolate fudge icing. Shavings of milk chocolate adorned the cake to further enhance the rustic setting of the reception. On top of the cake was a baseball with the MSU logo to pay tribute to the groom's years as a Mississippi State baseball player. To imitate baseballs, white chocolate dipped strawberries with a red stitching design were placed on each layer of the chocolate cake. As the evening came to an end, the bride and groom left under an archway of sparklers and a shower of sunflower seeds.

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On the eve of the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope, Alabama. On the morning of the wedding day, Joan Holland, Leigh Holland, Stephanie Casto, Courtney Casto, Bonnie Wiggers, and Jane Gray Bledsoe hosted a bridesmaids' brunch. After a honeymoon in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the couple resides in the minor league affiliates of the Colorado Rockies organization.
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Title Annotation:Wedding Register 2010: A Mississippi Tradition
Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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