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Miltette & Bryant.

In celebration of Christ's love, Frances Lindsey Millette and Brett Allen Bryant were united in marriage at four o'clock in the afternoon on September 21, 2013, at Destin United Methodist Church. The Blessing of Marriage was officiated by Pastor Steve Vaggalis, Senior Pastor of Destiny Worship Center of Destin, Florida.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Martin Millette Jr. of Destin, Florida, formerly of Pascagoula. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Samuel Martin Millette and the late Sue Riggan Millette and the late Mr. and Mrs. Theophilus Wibum Crutcher Jr., all of Charlotte, North Carolina.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Allen Bryant of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lewis Bryant from Morganton, North Carolina and Colonel, and Mrs. Donald Boyd Argersinger of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and the late Mrs. Nancy Argersinger Cahill of Baldwinsville, New York.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. The bride wore a couture gown created by Monique Lhuillier. The elegant gown featured a modified A-line silhouette, enhanced with ivory re-embroidered French Alencon. The classic dress included a scalloped V-neckline and plunging back, accented by covered buttons and fine lace details. A bespoke cathedral-length veil with matching re-embroidered French Alencon lace completed this one-of-a-kind bridal look She wore a strand of pearls from her mother and borrowed a double-strand pearl bracelet with an antique sapphire clasp from her godmother. An English sixpence was tucked into her Oscar de la Renta shoe for luck The bride carried a bouquet of ivory garden roses and green hypericum berries wrapped in lace. Attached to the bouquet was her great grandmother's baby-blue rosary.

Attending the bride were maid of honor, Leslie Waring and matron of honor, Tess Costigan. Lindsey's cousins, Emily Crutcher, Emily Millette, Elizabeth Mix, and Catherine Lawhom were bridesmaids, as were Courtney Dutton, Brittany McElhaney, Caroline Mitchell, Lauren Taylor, and Martha Wasp. The bridesmaids' formal gowns had off-white backless halter bodices with feminine ruffle collar silhouettes and full-length, slightly gathered skirts in champagne silk dupioni. The bridesmaids carried a cluster of old-fashioned pink and coral roses and hypericum berries, which were tied in ivory satin ribbon.

Madison Dupuy, Hardy Vance, and twins, Anna Katherine and Nicholas Hodgins, served as flower girls and ring bearer. The flower girls were dressed in white French lace hand-sewn white dresses accented with ivory lace collars. They carried nosegays of coral roses and wore a halo of petite off-white roses. The ring bearer wore an ecru blouse with lace insets and matching shorts and carried a hand-sewn, embroidered ivory pillow.

Mr. Carl Bryant served as his son's best man. The groomsmen were Chadd Bryant, brother of the groom; Gates Barry; Christopher Conley; Christopher Flow; George Johnson; Martin Millette, brother of the bride; William Mitchell; Ryan Orbe; Rich Rubio; and Prentiss Williams. Ushers were Matthew Christ and Drew Percival.

The guests enjoyed uplifting music that glorified God. Rev. Kim Cannon and Pam Loper, vocalist and pianist, were accompanied by a stringed quartet Mrs. Loper sang "Ave Maria" and "In His Presence" Jessica Uzarski and Jordan Medley read Bible verses. Antique prie-diewx were used for kneeling during prayer and for the blessing of the couple. The parents of the bride and groom came to the altar for the blessing of their marriage, after the soloist sang 'The Lord's Prayer."

Mr. and Mrs. Brett Allen Bryant recessed to Antonio Vivaldi's "La Primavera" from "Le Quattro Stagioni."

Following the ceremony, the bride's parents hosted an "Old Southern Elegance" reception at the Hilton Sandestin Resort and Spa. "Faith, Family, and Football" were foremost in planning the wedding. In an ode to the love and heritage of the Millette and Bryant families, the reception was filled with family heirlooms. The groom's great-great grandmother's wedding dress was beautifully featured next to a memory table filled with historical family wedding photos and memorabilia The five-tiered wedding cake was displayed on the bride's family's antique silver plateau. The ivory cake was adorned with the bride's monogram, bridal lace, and bows and swags from the plateau. The bride and groom cut the cake using her grandfather's Knights of Columbus sword.

Lush arrangements of white hydrangeas and stock, Bells of Ireland ivory and coral roses, Queen Anne's lace, and greenery accents were uniquely arranged in family heirloom silver pieces. The bridal table was set with a lace tablecloth, white hydrangeas, magnolias, and French antique ballroom chairs.

The couple shared their first dance to "Crazy Love" by Van Morrison. Guests danced the night away to the Funk Monster Band from Tampa, Florida. Coral flip-flops were the dancing shoes of choice.

The Hilton provided a spread of Gulf delicacies, including shrimp, raw oysters, crab claws, scallops, mini crab cakes with remoulade sauce, and coconut-encrusted lobster. Guests feasted on grilled Iamb lollipops, Peking duck rolls with chili sauce, country ham biscuits, shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, deep fried turkey breast and a pasta bar.

In keeping with the football theme, the groom's chocolate cake was decorated with the Florida State Seminole and chocolate-covered strawberries, resembling footballs. Televisions were located in the ballroom for guests to watch their favorite team play. The groom placed the garter on a football with Ole Miss and FSU logos and then tossed it out to the eligible young men. Ole Miss and FSU pompoms were waved by guests, as the bride and groom descended the staircase to the vintage Rolls Royce.

The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom's parents at Marina Cafe, overlooking Destin Harbor. Other guests attended a welcome party given by the bride's parents, family, and friends. The bridal luncheon given by friends honoring the bridesmaids was held at The Vue, with a view of Santa Rosa Beach.

After a honeymoon trip to Kauai and Maui, Hawaii, the couple resides in Destin, Florida.

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DESTIN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH * DESTIN, FLORIDA * MEG BAISDEN PHOTOGRAPHY
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Publication:Mississippi Magazine
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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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