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Gong & Rollins.



Jocelyn Christine Gong and Thomas Carl Rollins Jr., both of Jackson, were united in marriage at half past five on Saturday, December 20, 2008, at North Greenwood Baptist Church in Greenwood. Rev. Ricky, Wheat of Greenwood officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Gong of Greenwood. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gong, formerly of Duncan, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Way T. Jue, formerly of Rosedale.

The groom is the son of Thomas Carl Rollins Sr. and Mildred Proffitt Rollins, both of Columbus. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John Proffitt of Coker, Alabama, and Florence Rollins of Columbus and the late Jimmy Carl Rollins.

Trisha Walker and her daughter Bert Walker Fuller, both of Jackson, served as wedding directors.

The nuptial music was provided by soloist Connie Black; pianist Dr. Richard J. Gong, uncle of the bride; cellist Karis Gong, cousin of the bride; and organist Patricia Ethridge.

Two Christmas wreaths with large red bows adorned the doors at the front of the church. Garlands of fresh holiday greenery decorated the double doors. Inside the foyer, a beautiful table arrangement of white poinsettias with a mosaic candle surrounded a large Nativity scene decorated with jewel tones. Under each stained glass window in the sanctuary was green foliage with jewel tone ornaments enhanced by lighted hurricane candles. Between each window were large wreaths decorated with art mesh-ribbon in jewel tones. Each side of the sanctuary was decorated with two-tiered Christmas trees covered in clear lights. The altar centerpiece was red Christmas poinsettias and greenery with a large hurricane candle in the center. A Christmas garland with art mesh-ribbon and enhanced with jewel-tone ornaments surrounded the stained glass baptism wall. The square columns in the choir loft held gold mesh cones filled with gold-tone ornaments, foliage, and clear lights.

The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, wore an original wedding gown custom designed by Stephen Yearick of New York. The gown featured a modified crescent neckline enhanced with a scallop of petals embellished with hand beading. The elegant formfitting bodice was embellished with hand-beading of teardrop and round Austrian crystals and appliques of hand-beaded English net with bugle beads and antique white and gold threads in a lattice pattern. The basque waistline, encircled by beaded petals was accentuated by knife pleating at the back. The elegant full skirt was hand-embellished with a cascading floral motif of English net with the hem enhanced with a scallop of hand-beaded petals flowing into a beautiful semi cathedral-length train. Clusters of beading, rhinestones, and iridescent Austrian crystals were hand beaded in the embroidered English net. The illusion veil fell from a comb to fingertip-length and was adorned with teardrop and round Austrian crystals and appliques of embroidered English net, hand-beaded with bugle beads and antique white and gold thread in a lattice pattern. All the beads on the dress were hand-sewn. The bride's bouquet was an arrangement of white roses with green berries hand-tied with a white ribbon.

The mother of the bride wore a long navy-blue designer dress of iridescent shimmery taffeta and organza. The dress had a sleeveless beaded bodice with a sheer long sleeve organza jacket with beading at the collar.

Bett Walker Fuller of Jackson served as matron of honor. Andrea Komm of Southaven served as maid of honor. The bridesmaids included Angelica Jue, cousin of the bride; Jessica Jue, cousin of the bride; JoBeth Gilmer Lee; Lacy Crumrine; Danielle Lacy of Hickory Flat; and Mandy Nelson Gong, sister-in-law of the bride. The bridesmaids wore slate-colored luminescent taffeta dresses by Watters & Watters, featuring strapless draped bodices and V-backs. They carried bouquets of pink Stargazer lilies and Gerbera daisies with greenery, pink wax flowers, and gold ting-ting fillers.

John Michael Rollins, brother of the groom, served as best man. Other groomsmen were Jason Brewster; Harry D. Gong Jr., brother of the bride; MatthewScottGong, brother of the bride; Tyler Lee of Flowood; Chris Loschiavo; Jonah Taylor; and Jeremy Winders. Honorary groomsmen were Thomas Cooper of Fort Walton, Brad Holley, Parke McManis and Aaron Rice.

Ariane Fong was the flower girl and ring bearer was Master Philip Macke, both cousins of the bride.

During the nuptials the groom surprised his bride by singing to her his rendition of her favorite song, Sister Hazel's "This Kind of Love."

After the ceremony, a reception was held at the Greenwood Country Club. Decorations included lighted reindeer along the driveway leading to the club house and sparkling lights on the bushes surrounding the fountain. Two large Christmas trees covered with lights flanked the front and back entrances.

The foyer was decorated with a Christmas tree covered in white lights and crystal ornaments. Pictures of the couple were on display in the foyer along with the guest book and a red "Double Happiness" signing cloth. Ms. Amy Gee attended the guest register.

The ballroom was adorned with green wreaths with gold bows on sconces around the room. The bride's cake was in the ballroom under the chandelier. On each table were centerpieces made of Stargazer lilies in black wooden trays filled with ornamental rocks and an off-white candles tied with red and gold Chinese "double happiness" ribbons. The four-tiered cake was made by Chow Cakes of Clarksdale. The cake with lemon filling was covered with buttercream icing and decorated with dots and stripes on the separate layers and the couple's monogram in the center. To the side, between the main ballroom and the food tables, were four groom's cakes, each displaying different emblems/logos including that of the United States Marine Corps, Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Mississippi State University, and Mississippi College School of Law. There was another table on the side which displayed a four-tiered 50th wedding anniversary cake to honor the groom's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Proffitt. The anniversary cake was surrounded by pictures of the grandparents' wedding day on December 20, 1958. The cakes were made by family friend of the groom, Deanna Watkins. The bride and groom used the groom's Marine Corp sword for the cutting of the cakes. The couple toasted each other using two giant champagne flutes.

Guests danced to the music of the April Cole Band of Memphis, Tennessee. Everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet catered by the Country Club.

After the festivities, the bride and groom left by limousine. After making a stop at Webster's Food & Drink to join close friends, the couple traveled by limousine to the airport in Memphis, Tennessee, for their honeymoon trip to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

On the night before the wedding, the groom's mother hosted the rehearsal dinner at Giardina's Restaurant at the Alluvian Hotel. The party was moved to the Delta Room for after-dinner cocktails and the couple's slideshow.

On the morning of the wedding, a bridesmaids' luncheon was hosted at the Crystal Grill in Greenwood.

Their engagement party was held on December 28, 2007, (the night before Mississippi State University played in the Liberty Bowl) in the Forest Ballroom at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee. A surprise event for the bride, close family and friends were present for the happy occasion.

The couple is at home in Jackson where the bride is a registered nurse at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the groom is in his third year of law school at Mississippi College School of Law.


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Title Annotation:Wedding Register 2010: A Mississippi Tradition
Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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