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Malpass & Wilkerson.


At seven o'clock in the evening of May 5, 2007, Kelly Lee Malpass and Benjamin Wade Wilkerson were united in marriage at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral in Biloxi. Rev. Patrick Mockler and Monsignor Francis Farrell officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boise Ray Butterfield Jr. of Biloxi and the late Mr. Robert Lee Malpass. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Alvin Paul Vallo Sr. and the late Mrs. Wilhelmina Vallo, Mrs. Catherine Butterfield and the late Mr. Boise Ray Butterfield Sr., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Albert Malpass, all of Biloxi. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Frank Wilkerson of Meridian. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Deloyce Cowart of Meridian and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Elton Wilkerson of Canton.

Nuptial music was presented on the Cathedral's pipe organ by John Rosonet. Scripture was read by Kathleen Byrne, Rita Murray, and Anna Quinlan.

Given in marriage by her stepfather, the bride wore a handmade strapless gown of silk overlaid in organza with a sweetheart neckline. The fitted bodice and hem of the A-line gown featured heirloom re-embroidered Alencon lace with hand-beaded pearls from her mother's wedding gown. A cathedral-length veil of illusion complemented the gown. As the bride's stepfather escorted her, he kept a photograph in his pocket of the bride with her late father. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of Virginia roses and green hypericum berries adorned with a Waterford pendant that belonged to her grandmother.


Jessica Malpass, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Karyn Dew was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Janet Bradley; Meghan Butterfield, sister-in-law of the bride; Ahna Whitt, cousin of the bride; Shelley Wilkerson, sister of the groom; and Betsy Williams. Attendants wore espresso floor-length gowns of silk satin dupioni and carried hand-tied bouquets of jade roses and green hypericum berries. The program attendants were Mary Ashley and Natalie Murrah, cousins of the groom.

Joe Wilkerson, father of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Damon Darsey, Christopher Fairey, Paul Joiner, Brian Ladner, Gordon Mason, and Michael Rabalais. Ushers were Jonathan Butterfield, brother of the bride; Chad Hosemann; Paul Moore; Judson Penton; and Joe Pressler.

Following the ceremony, the couple departed in an antique Chrysler and joined the wedding guests at a reception hosted by the bride's parents at the Walter Anderson Museum of Art in Ocean Springs.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at Mary Mahoney's Old French House Restaurant in Biloxi.

Following a trip to Peter Island in the British Virgin Islands, the couple is at home in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
Date:Jan 1, 2008
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