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Kahistorf & Finnerty.

Mary Ellis Kahlstorf of Tupelo and Sean Thomas Finnerty of West Chester, Ohio, were united in marriage at half past six o'clock in the evening on July 27, 2013, at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. The church was both the setting of the bride's parents' wedding and where her maternal grandparents were longtime members.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Jack Harold Kahlstorf of Tupelo and the late Dr. Kahlstorf. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Frances Kahlstorf Gowdy of Tupelo, the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert Byron Ellis of Oxford, the late Mr. Skovel Kahlstorf of Greenville, and the late Mr. Willard Palmer Gowdy of Tupelo.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Michael Patrick Finnerty of Mason, Ohio, and the late Mr. Finnerty. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne G. Toms and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Allan Finnerty, all of Mansfield, Ohio.

The wedding was of classic Southern design, incorporating rich vibrant summer flowers of purple, raspberry, and chartreuse hydrangeas, Bells of Ireland, vibrant summer zinnias, Cayman coral and bright fuchsia Gerbera daisies, purple and magenta Vanda orchids, purple lisianthus, and citrus orange and Lady Red roses that were used throughout the wedding and reception. Beautiful arrangements lined the sanctuary aisle as the bride was escorted by her brother and given in marriage by her family. She wore a Rivini ivory strapless gown featuring tiers of Alencon lace alternating with bands of Fortuny pleated tulle and silk organza. It cascaded into a sweeping train and featured a hand-cut organza flower adorned by a pearl brooch belonging to her paternal grandmother. Her veil was an ivory cathedral-length Amsale veil with a scalloped lace edge. Mary Ellis carried her mother's beaded bridal purse and a European garden gathered bouquet of White Diamond garden roses, ranunculus, lisianthus blossoms, and Southern hydrangeas. Tucked into the stems were her handkerchief bonnet and a charm with pictures of the couple's fathers, a gift from the groom.

The church walls were adorned with banners painted with favorite family scriptures and hung in memory of the couple's fathers. Nuptial music was chosen in memory of the bride's grandmother, Frances Grant Ellis, organist at Oxford-University Methodist Church for thirty-four years. Several of the selections were a part of her sister's, parents', and maternal grandparents' wedding services. The musicians were organist Jason Derrick, trumpeter Charles Gates, and a string quartet including Robert Riggs, Irwin Bell, and Yan Mao as violinists and cellist Susan Gaston. Singers included Helen and Carrie Hancock Catherine Hancock McMahan, Summer Young and the bride's uncle, Bill Kahlstorf.

The wedding ceremony was officiated by Mary Ellis's childhood pastor, Rev. David Langerfeld Amanda Jones Johnston read Scripture. Program attendants were Kimberly Corbett Jeffares, Keeley Corbett Hardin, and Kayla Sulzer. Special contributors were Marsha Clark, wedding director; Rosemary Gaines of Jody's, florist; Rita Robinson, wedding day coordinator; Stephanie Rhea, photographer; Steven Polley of InFocus, videographer; and Lynn Corbett, special assistant.

Mary Ellis's sister, Melissa Kahlstorf Sutherland of Rogersville, Missouri, attended the bride as matron of honor while her sister-in-law, Catherine Leech Kahlstorf, and cousin, Ashley Kahlstorf Owens, both of Tupelo, served as bridesmaids. Other A fift bridesmaids were childhood friends, Haley Howell Pate of Franklin, Tennessee; Lauren Pumell Ridgway of Jackson; Elise Young of Tupelo; Summer Young of Birmingham, Alabama; college friends, Kelly Rawlings Edwards of Madison; Carter White of Jackson; Morgan Pennington and Kristen Jernigan Power both of Oxford; and Washington D.0 Friends Natalie Buchanan, Courtney McCrea, and Holly Thurmond. The bridesmaids wore long, one-shoulder sangria dupioni dresses and carried bouquets similar to the jewel-toned arrangements used throughout the church.

The bride's nieces, Anna Grant Kahlstorf, Caroline Boyd Kahlstorf, and Frances Claire Sutherland, served as flower girls. Their heirloom dresses, handmade by Cynthia Caldwell, were made using laces from the bride's maternal grandmother's trousseau. The girls' petal baskets were used in the bride's parents' wedding.

The groom's brother, Casey Patrick Finnerty of Liberty Township, Ohio, served as best man. Groomsmen were childhood and college friends and included Mike Jackson of Blacksburg, Virginia; Robert Lyons, Michael Munafo, Patrick Murphy, Michael Oakley, Kelly Cronin, Jackson Garn, and Nicholas Domsitz, all of Cincinnati, Ohio; Michael Senich of Washington, D.C.; Gregory Macksood of Austin, Texas; and Andrew Edwards of Madison, a special friend of the couple. The bride's brother, Robert Brannon Kahlstorf of Tupelo, and her brother-in-law, Thomas McCurry Sutherland Jr. of Rogersville, Missouri, also attended the groom.

The bride's nephews, Thomas McCurry Sutherland Ill and Jack Walker Sutherland, served as Bible bearer and ring bearer. The Bible belonged to the bride's maternal great-grandmother, and the ring pillow was made from handkerchiefs belonging to the bride's grandmothers.

Following the ceremony, the double-decker bus chauffeured the wedding party around the historic Oxford Square to the reception at the Lyric Theater. Brilliant flower displays and life-sized posters of the bride and groom welcomed guests to the elegant Southern celebration, where large, glowing Japanese lanterns and strands of twinkle lights hung from the ceiling and highlighted an elegant monogrammed banner. The bride's five-tiered cake, adorned with vibrant flowers, featured various layers of cake flavors, including the bride's favorite, mint-chocolate. The groom's three-tiered chocolate peanut butter iced cake was crowned with buckeye candies and featured words representing the couple's special memories.

The atmosphere was alive with photo booth fun and music by The Memphis Soul Revue. Guests enjoyed special selections of delicious Southern cuisine and were treated to an ice cream and sundae bar featuring Graeter's ice cream from the groom's native Cincinnati. The night was made complete when Colonel Rebel made a surprise appearance, and guests were given favor jars of Tupelo honey in honor of the bride's hometown.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom's mother entertained guests with a country-chic catfish dinner at Taylor Grocery.

Following a honeymoon to the Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Washington, D.C., where the bride works for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the groom is employed by General Motors.







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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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