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Davis & Simpson.

Joylin Christiana Davis and Dr. Keith Warren Simpson were united in marriage at five o'clock in the afternoon on April 21, 2007, in Provine Chapel on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. Dr. Carl White officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. William L. Davis of Tallulah, Louisiana. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Vera Rozier and the late Mr. Malcolm Rozier, and Mr. Lamar Davis and the late Mrs. Ada Davis, all of Wewahitchka, Florida.

The groom is the son of Ms. Vonda Simpson of Clinton and Mr. Billy Simpson of Madison. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Hodges of McAdams and the late Mr. and Mrs. Coy Simpson of McCool.

The altar area was flanked with palms and pillar candles. In the center was a floral explosion of white snapdragons, Virginia roses, light pink lisianthus and pale blush stock in an English-styled urn.

The prelude and nuptial music was presented by the Magnolia String Quartet.


"Air on the G String" was played as the bride's paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother lit a single pillar candle in memory of the bride's and groom's late grandparents.

The mother of the groom and the mother of the bride lit the family candles as "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" was played. Each mother carried a nosegay of Eskimo roses and bridal white wax flowers in a silver Victorian tussie-mussie.

For the Call to Worship, an acappella trio sang "Be Thou My Vision." The vocalists were Kristy Brumfield, Meghan Buffington, and Beth Hooper, friends of the bride. The string quartet played "Canon in D" to begin the processional.

At the chiming of the hour, the bride entered to "Trumpet Voluntary." Escorted by her father, she wore a one-piece, strapless Maggie Sottero gown in diamond white. It featured lace over delustered satin sparkling with bugle beads, sequins, and seed beads. The bodice was accented with an empire satin sash that tied at the bottom of the back corset. The back of the gown featured beading at the chapel train.

The bride wore a single-layered, chapel-length veil trimmed with clear rhinestones and a tiara of Swarovski crystals accented with white pearls. She wore a pearl bracelet, her mother's pearl necklace and earrings, and a silver anklet borrowed from her matron of honor. She carried a hand-tied arrangement of pale pink peonies and creme rosebuds accented with rosemary. Tucked beneath the bouquet was the watch of the bride's late grandmother and a single-pearl necklace, a gift from her late grandfather.


The groom wore a black Calvin Klein two-button tuxedo with a platinum diamond-patterned vest and platinum Euro tie. His dendrobium orchid boutonniere was held in a miniature silver posy holder.

Serving the bride as matron of honor was Danielle Ervin of Clinton. She was attired in a sage, floor-length, A-line designer gown and carried a smaller replica of the bride's bouquet. Serving the groom as best man was Brian Ervin of Clinton.

Flower girl was Hannah Wray of Wewahitchka, Florida. She wore a diamond white tea-length, taffeta dress with an organza overlay and satin trim. The sage waistband had a hand-tied sash. She wore a wreath of gypsophila and tiny blush rosebuds in her hair.

Scripture readers were Randy Buntyn and Beth Gallaspy Churton. After the exchange of vows and rings, the couple lit the unity candle as Beth Hooper sang "I'll Always Be Right 3-here," accompanied by the bride's father on classical guitar. The single candles remained lit symbolizing that, while the bride and groom are now one in the Holy Spirit, each will maintain their own personalities and talents. The string quartet played "La Rejouissance" for the recessional.

Deborah Simmons directed the late-afternoon wedding. The reception in Jennings Courtyard was catered by Wendy Putt. the menu included Swiss almond chicken, smoked salmon, pork tenderloin medallions, grilled vegetables, hot artichoke dip and crabmeat mornay, Greek pasta salad, and bowtie pasta with grilled chicken and alfredo or tomato basil sauce.

The bride's three-tiered Italian cream and butter cake had buttercream icing embellished with scrollwork and accented with pale pink roses. The bride had chosen sterling silver charms for her close friends to pull from beneath the bottom layer. A handwritten note from the bride was attached to each charm explaining why she had designated a specific charm to symbolize her wish for each friend.


The groom's two-tiered chocolate cake was iced with chocolate ganache, decorated with chocolate mosaic tiles, and topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Both cakes were created by That Special Touch.

The couple's first dance was to Etta James' "A Sunday Kind of Love." The bride danced with her father to "Tupelo Honey" by Van Morrison.

Personalized tins of tea were favors to adults, and whirly lollipops tied with yellow ribbons were given to children.


The couple honeymooned at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. They are planning an extended stay in Italy for their first anniversary.

The couple and their dog Callie reside at their home in Purvis, where the bride is a freelance graphic designer. The groom is employed as a dentist at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center.

On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held at Gravity Gallery, Coffeehouse and Cafe in Clinton. The morning after the wedding, the couple hosted a brunch in Jennings Courtyard for out-of-town guests.
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