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Cox & Dehmer.

Katherine McLaurin Cox and Joseph Steele Dehmer were united in marriage in a candlelight service of worship at six o'clock in the evening on August 9, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Lowrey Cox of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of Norma Flora Bowen and the late Mr. Ernest Gray Flora Jr., formerly of Macon, and Mr. and Mrs. William Harold Cox Jr. of Jackson.

Mr. Dehmer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Theodore Dehmer Ill and the late Ashleigh Arnold Dehmer of Jackson. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Steele Arnold Jr. of Madison and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Theodore Dehmer Jr. of Jackson.

The ceremony was officiated by Rev. William E Dempsey. Nuptial music was presented by Dr. William K. Wymond, organist; Marta Szlubowska and Julia Kirk violinists; and Jeffery Clinton Pride, vocalist

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a Tara Keely gown of lace and tulle fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and an Alencon lace off-the-shoulder overlay with three-quarter sleeves. A belt of freshwater pearls and floral designs of organza defined the natural waistline. From the waistline fell a full skirt of layers of tulle with a horsehair-detailed hemline that swept into a chapel-length train. With her gown, the bride wore a long veil edged in lace matching that of her bridal gown. The bride carried a hand-tied, French clutch of Creme de la Creme roses, white hydrangea, and Vendela roses. An heirloom handkerchief, given to the bride by her grandmother, was tucked into the clutch. The bride's earrings were a gift from the groom and featured a pearl drop with diamonds set in 14-karat white gold

Attending the bride as maids of honor were her sisters, Bonney Flora Cox and Norma Caldwell Cox. Bridesmaids were Rachael Jordan Burrow, Holly Virginia Davis, sister of the groom Sydney Elizabeth Dehmer, Kelsey Powell Griffin, Jordan Clark Jaggers, Anne Caroline King, Catherine Donald Montgomery, Laura Cate May Permenter, Anna Pollock Rayner, and Jeane Carroll Shillito. They wore floor-length Amsale gowns of champagne silk crinkle chiffon featuring lovely sheer straps and criss-crossed bodices. The bridesmaids carried European bouquets of Porcelina roses, Vendela roses, bridal blush roses, and white hydrangea hand-tied with cream silk dupioni ribbon.

The flower girl was Rimes Whittington Dehmer, cousin of the groom. She wore a sleeveless dress of ivory organza with a full skirt sashed in ivory satin. She carried a flower ball of white Porcelina spray roses. Amanda Leigh Griffin Conner served as the bride's proxy, and program attendants were Lilla Grace Flora, cousin of the bride, and Kristina Abbott Roberts.

The groom's father, Joseph Theodore Dehmer III, and John O'Connell Knight served as best men. Groomsmen were William Carothers Boone,

William Lee Crim Ill, Paul Flemming Eason, Sean Michael Farrell, Martin Phillip Jeliffe, James Henry Jones IV, Lawrence Dillon King III, William Mabry McGowan, Matthew Coleman Smith, and Richard Leroy Yelverton. Ushers were Samuel Stribling Hunter, William Parker Litchliter, and Wesley Holmes Rayner.

Guests were met at the doors of the church by sprays of white hydrangeas, white stock, and Jackson vine. Once inside, two large arrangements of white beauty eremurus, white gladioli, cream snapdragons, white hydrangeas, white mountain lilies, and Creme de la Creme roses flanked the entrance to the sanctuary. A massive arrangement of white hybrid delphinium, white Virginia alstromeria lilies, white beauty eremurus, white gladioli, cream snapdragons, white hydrangeas, white mountain lilies and Creme de la Creme roses was positioned at the back of the altar. Dozens of ivory pillar candles lined the front edge of the altar. Two additional arrangements of white hybrid delphinium, white Virginia alstromeria lilies, white beauty eremurus, white gladioli, cream snapdragons, white hydrangeas, white mountain lilies, and Creme de la Creme roses were positioned on either side of the bridal party.

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents honored guests with a reception at the Mississippi Museum of Art The walk to the art museum was lined with handcrafted iron towers holding arrangements of white mountain lilies, Creme de la Creme roses, and white hydrangeas. The food table was enhanced with a rusted iron urn holding a significant display of mixed cream flowers accented with an array of pastel peach, blush pink, and pale blue flowers. The lobby of the museum was centered with a towering arrangement of white beauty eremurus, white gladioli, green hydrangeas, white mountain lilies, Creme de la Creme roses, blush roses, buttercream stock, and white hybrid delphinium. Up-lighted ten-foot palm trees filled the corners of the ballroom.

At the end of the evening, the couple left the reception under a spray of sparklers and departed in a vintage Rolls Royce.

The wedding was directed by Crisler Boone. Floral design was by Keith Winchester of Macon. Photography was provided by Patrick Remington of Jackson, and videography was provided by Ashley Zieger Peak of Nashville.

On the eve of the wedding the bridegroom's parents and grandparents hosted the wedding party, family, and friends with a rehearsal dinner at the Country Club of Jackson. The day before the wedding a bridesmaids' luncheon was held in the home of Dr. and Mrs. George May Jr. On the day of the wedding, a brunch was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hu Meena for the bridal party and out-of-town guests.

After a wedding trip to the island of Grenada, the couple is at home in Madison.

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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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