Hilton & Holley.
Leslie Ann Hilton and Paul Maxwell Holley were united in marriage in a five o'clock candlelit ceremony on December 15, 2007, at Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in Brandon.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack David Hilton of Brandon. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hilton and the late Mrs. Joyce Hilton all of Laurel; the late Mr. Donald J Schutz of Evansville, Indiana; and the late Mrs. Norma Schutz of Pearl. Honorary grandparents of the bride were her great uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones of Evansville, Indiana. The groom is the son of Mrs. Denise Abernathy of Pearl. and Mr. Chester Holley of Jackson. He is the grandson of the late Mr. Chester L. Holley of Greenville; Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Newman of Clinton, Mrs. Sara Tompkins, and the late Mr. Dwight Breland both of Jackson.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown by Mori Lee with a beautifully sculpted strapless bodice with a sweetheart neckline. It was made of natural white silk satin overlaid with cascading lace, embellished with pearls and crystals, creating a modified basque waistline with extra long chapel-length train, edged with scalloped beaded lace. Her chapel-length, tiered illusion veil fell from a pearl and rhinestone tiara. She wore a diamond cross necklace given to her by her parents on her twenty-first birthday. She carried a bouquet of deep red roses, hand-tied with rhinestone embellishments and adorned with an antique rhinestone pin that belonged to her late great-grandmother, Mrs. Mildred Fulling of Princeton, Indiana.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was Katie King of Ackerman. Ashley Crisp of Flowood served as matron of honor. Her bridesmaids were Kimberly Abernathy of Pearl; Allison Holley and Anna Holley of Byram, sisters of the groom; Keri Wood of Brandon and Kelli Croyle of Stilwell, Kansas, cousins of the bride; Katie O'Brien of Madison; Mary Catherine Hoover of Winona; and Mrs. Heather Summerlin of Ridgeland. The attendants wore Bill Levkoff strapless red European satin gowns with white bands at the top edges and sashes at the empire waists that tied in the back. They carried hand-tied bouquets of red and white roses. Kylie Page of Brandon, second cousin of the bride, served as flower girl. She wore an ivory satin gown with an European red sash with an attached bow and carried an ivory basket of rose petals that she scattered on the aisle runner.
Attending the groom as best man was his brother, Dale Brewer of Raymond. Groomsmen were Nelson Byrd of Franklin, Tennessee; Kee Collins of Collins; Adam Hall of Madison; Jonathan McPhail of Flowood; Wyatt McEachern and Casey Weir of Brandon; Timothy Hilton and Matthew Hilton, cousins of the bride, both of Laurel. Honorary groomsman was Trey Dalhart of Utica, who was serving our country in Iraq. Master Cameron Wurm of Jackson, cousin of the groom, served as ring bearer.
The Christmas inspired ceremony was officiated by Rev. James Curtis of Gulfport. Music was presented by the Magnolia String Quartet. The sanctuary was filled with red poinsettias, a sparkling Christmas tree, festive arrangements fashioned from red and white roses, and evergreen wreaths. The aisle was covered with a hand painted white runner featuring the couple's names and wedding date and sprinkled with red silk rose petals. The center aisle was lined with fresh evergreen garlands tied with ivory ribbons and red and white roses.
As the mothers and grandmothers entered, soloist Cassie Rapp sang "Ave Maria" accompanied by the Magnolia String Quartet. The guests and wedding party were then serenaded with "The Prayer" performed by Cassie Rapp and Josh Black after the giving of the bride. Mark Brashier of Madison read the scripture I Corinthians 13:1-8. Light and sound was provided by Jeff Stewart of Brandon.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at The Capital Club of Jackson. Guests danced to the music of Peter Christian and Crew. Cuisine followed a classic Southern theme, featuring Mississippi fried catfish, a sausage and cheese display, L'amour pasta, seafood bisque, prime rib, and a mashed potato station. The four-tiered wedding cake, created by That Special Touch of Pearl, featured layers of strawberry cake and cream cheese icing. Red roses lined each layer and the couple's initials in Swarovski letters were set upon red roses on the top. The groom's cake, also by That Special Touch, was a chocolate-filled cake featuring the emblem of Mississippi State University, the couple's alma mater. Upon leaving the reception, guests were given a hand-painted, red heart-shaped glass Christmas ornament personalized with the bride and groom's names and wedding date to remember the occasion. Photography was provided by David Legg Photography. The evening was designed and directed by wedding coordinator Shanna Marie Lumpkin of A Southern Affair of Flowood.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom's father was held the evening before the wedding at Dennery's in Jackson. On the morning of her wedding the bride and her attendants were treated to a brunch held at the home of her parents and hosted by her aunts Kim Schutz and Sandra Hilton.
Following a honeymoon to Park City, Utah, the couple is at home in Brandon. The groom currently attends Mississippi College School of Law and the bride is employed in the IT Department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi.