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Kuntz & Crawford.

Gretchen Clare Kuntz and James Martin Crawford Jr. were united in the sacrament of holy matrimony on Saturday, June 14, 2014, at the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle in Jackson. The evening ceremony was officiated by Father Anthony Quyet.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Allen Kuntz Sr. of Brandon. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lorraine Sanchez Stahl and the late Mr. John Bernard Stahl and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thornton Austin Kuntz, all of New Orleans, Louisiana.

The groom is the son of Mrs. Leta Farmer Crawford and the late Mr. James Martin Crawford Sr. of Greenville. He is the grandson of Mrs. Nan Stone Shepherd, the late Rev. Frederick Theodore Shepherd, the late Mr. James Kimble Farmer, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lester Crawford, all of Greenville.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory Monique Lhuillier gown featuring French Alencon lace over a Chantilly lining. The gown was fashioned with a portrait neckline and keyhole back The elongated corset bodice extended into a modified split-petal trumpet skirt which drifted into a sweep train. The bride's waist was accented with a sash of ivory satin. Her chapel-length veil, which had been worn by her sister, was trimmed in Alencon lace. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of cream spray roses and hydrangeas created by Lynette McDougald.

Kristin Kuntz Gorney served as her sister's matron of honor. Bridesmaids were sister of the groom Emily Grace Crawford, sister-in-law of the bride Amber Ferraez Kuntz, Stephanie Rachel Aurand, Mary Eleanor Loftin, Delaini Michelle Moreau, LeeAnn Katherine Rudman, and Mackenzie Pittman White. The attendants wore lemon one-shoulder crinkle chiffon floor-length gowns.

Flower girls were Adison Kelli Kuntz and Ella Grace Gorney, nieces of the bride. Ring bearers were Brady Allen Kuntz and Miller Stanley Kuntz, nephews of the bride. Proxy to the bride was Chandler Erin McLemore.

Emil Nick Crawford, uncle of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were brother of the bride Johnny Allen Kuntz Jr., brother-in-law of the bride Andrew Michael Gomey, Samuel Justin Ammon, Gayton Charles Cascio Jr., Brian Wilson Groves, Charles David Hogue, Robert Andrew McDougald, Charles Gregory Nichols, and John Alden Patton. Ushers were James Nicholas Crawford, Cameron Bryce Farmer, Henry Frederick Gruetzemacher IV, Richard Ross Gruetzemacher III, all cousins of the groom, and Trevor Light Edmondson and Jonathan Wesley Parrish.

Music was presented by organist Jimmy Scoggins and vocalist Angel Azzarra. Scripture readers were Jane Elliott Crawford, aunt of the groom, and Lisa Stahl Petagna, aunt of the bride. Catherine Grace Frank and Ashlyn Isabel Kuntz, cousins of the bride, served as program attendants.

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted a reception at The Old Capitol Inn where the band Musical Fantasy entertained guests.

On the eve of their wedding, the groom's mother honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at the Fairview Inn. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the garden room before dinner. On the morning of the wedding, the bride's aunts and friends of her mother hosted a bridesmaids' brunch at Julep.

Following a honeymoon trip to the Bahamas, the couple is at home in Starkville.

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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 2015
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