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Valentine & Vonder Haar.

Mary Lela Valentine and Adam Lance Vander Haar of Brandon were united in marriage on May 17, 2014, at half past six o'clock in the evening at Central United Methodist Church in Meridian. Rev. John Branning and Rev. Jim Davis officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs, James Lee Valentine of Meridian. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Edward Patton Jr. of Nitta Yuma, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Clyde Valentine of Decatur.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Lawrence Vonder Haar of Brandon. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert West of Mount Olive, and Ms. Nellie Vonder Haar of St Louis, Missouri, and the late Mr. Lawrence John Vonder Haar of St Louis, Missouri.

Wedding guests entered and were seated to musical selections by Barry Germany, organ and piano; Suzie Johnson, flute; Benjamin Johnson, cello and piano; Jenna Johnson, guitar; KK Johnson, violin; Ismal Brandao, trumpet; and Adam Stark, piano. Vocalists were Cheryl Luquire Stark and Steven Darden.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore a gown of Alencon lace, fashioned with a strapless sweetheart neckline. The fitted lines of the bodice were detailed with tonal embroidery and hand-beading of seed pearls and crystals, continuing into the A-line skirt and chapel train. With her gown she wore a notched fingertip veil of illusion with lace that matched her gown. She wore a pearl and diamond necklace, a gift from the bridegroom. The bride carried a traditional hand-held bouquet of Patience garden roses, Snowflake spray roses, freesia, nerines, tulips, and hydrangeas, all French tied and wrapped in lace from her mother's wedding gown.

The bride's two best childhood friends, Hallie Majure Phillips and Sunny Caliste Rush, attended her as maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Lauren Victoria Vonder Haar, sister of the bridegroom; Frances Elizabeth Carter Valentine, sister-in-law of the bride; and Jane Lloyd Brown, Merry Grace Coffin, Elizabeth Anne Conner, Eleanor Eden Fouche, Laura Alice Freeman, Alise Darnell Gregory, Sarah Margaret Huff Carol Oakes Stout, Sarah Blake Vogelfanger, and Caroline Robertson Ward. The bridesmaids wore Adrianna Papell gowns in a flowing mist chiffon. With spaghetti straps and overlay tops, they were completely embellished with tiny crystals. They wore sterling silver earrings with quartz crystals, given to them by the bride to accentuate the color of their gowns.. Their bouquets were white hydrangeas, nerines, tulips, peach Juliet garden roses, and white Snowflake spray roses, French tied with satin ribbon. Honorary bridesmaids were Margaret Lowry Cady, Kelsea Alyssa Johns, Rachel Joy Moritz, Jamey Alexander Sharman, Taylor Rae Thompson, and Charlotte Elizabeth Williams. The proxy bride was Katherine Gresham Hodges.

Nicholas Daniel Vonder Haar and Wilson Lee Vonder Haar, brothers of the bridegroom, served as best men. Groomsmen were Nelson Lee Valentine and Patton Thomas Valentine, brothers of the bride, and Michael Drew Crenshaw, John Kyle Davis, Levi Parker Dunagan, Joshua David Gregory, Benjamin Gibbs Hurston, Brock Therrell Hurston, Hunter Owen Nicholson, William Ryan Young and Joseph Zegel. Ushers were Justin Blake Belcher, Richard Zachary Holyfield, Derek Wayne Nassick, Richard William Walters, and Bobby Brent Wilkerson.

Flower girls were Gloria Marie West, cousin of the bridegroom, Mary Bennett Phillips, and Anne Lockeridge Waller. The ring bearer was John Houston Waller. Scripture was read by Tate Conerly Davis and Mary Grace Toler. Program attendants were Laura Faye Blankley and Emma Kate Uithoven.

Following the ceremony, the parents of the bride hosted a reception at Northwood Country Club. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a Prosecco cocktail, garnished with a frozen fruit skewer. At the top of the stairs from the entryway was the bride's table covered with an heirloom Belgian tablecloth, which had belonged to the bride's great grandmother. The bride's cake was a traditional five-tiered white wedding cake with elegant swirls, alternating between layers, and embellished with fresh flowers. The groom's cake was chocolate with peanut butter filling, drizzled with chocolate and garnished with Reese's cups. The cakes were designed by That Special Touch of Pearl. The reception flowers all echoed the buffet centerpiece of white delphinium, white hydrangeas, Yelloweem lilies, Maureen French tulips, Oceana peach roses, white snapdragons, and Bells of Ireland. All of the wedding and reception flowers were beautifully arranged by David Naron of Oxford Floral. Guests enjoyed an array of delicious food prepared by the staff of Northwood and presented by Pretty Presentations.

Party Planet from Memphis provided the evening's musical entertainment Their first dance was to "Forever Like That" sung by bridesmaid, Sarah Margaret Huff, and accompanied by groomsman, Ben Hurston. Later in the evening the bride changed into her mother's re-designed bridal gown for more dancing and fun. As the night came to a close, the bride and groom led everyone in a final "Hotty Toddy" before leaving. Through a shower of rose petals, they departed in a vintage 1938 Packard.

On the eve of the wedding the bridegroom's parents hosted a lovely rehearsal dinner at The Riley Center in downtown Meridian.

An engagement celebration was held in March at the beautiful home of Dr. & Mrs. Sonny Rush and hosted by friends of the bride's family. The bridesmaids were treated to a delicious luncheon the day before the wedding at the home of Kyle and McCall Waller. A wedding day brunch for family and wedding party was hosted poolside at the lovely home of Mrs. Hallie Phillips.

After a honeymoon to a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic the couple is at home in Flowood.







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Date:Jan 1, 2015
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