Maley Olivia Lawrence and John Kyle O’Keefe were united in marriage on September 25 at 7 p.m. at Fondren Church. The Rev. Robert Green officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Franklin Lawrence of Brandon. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Maley Jr. of Jackson, and Mr. and Mrs. James Wright Lawrence of Fannin. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lynn O’Keefe Jr. He is the grandson of Shirley O’Keefe and the late Frank Lynn O’Keefe Sr. of Clinton, as well as the late Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Purser.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a matte satin ball gown featuring a sculpted, scoop neck bodice and silk covered buttons down the back to the hem. She wore a cathedral length veil with hand-sewn floral embroidery and beading. She carried a bouquet of all white playa, eskimo, and O’Hara roses and hydrangeas.
Cascading from the bouquet were dendrobium orchids and a hand-tied, sand satin looped ribbon. For the reception.
Maids of honor were Ann Maclain Lawrence, sister of the bride, Taelor Breanne Stokes and Hannah Leigh Wachter. Bridesmaids were Madison Lee Bennett, Caroline Keithler Gault, Hannah Leigh Hemphill, Carson Annette Luke, Jorie Long Hemphill, Carys Elisabeth Maley, Erin Ashley O’Keefe, Laurel Claire Williams, Bailey Madison Wood. Her proxy was Raigan Rachelle Stokes. The bridesmaids wore ivy, satin gowns with a strapless fit and flare silhouette. They carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet of hydrangeas and roses.
Flower girls, all sisters, were Allie Anne, Kate Marie and Maddie Rose Vandiver. The three wore princess gowns that were custom made by their mother. They had an empire waist and a full bodied tea length skirt.
The mother of the bride wore a strapless, column gown of black silk file. Draping the front and back of the dress were custom placed golden, bronze and silver, European appliqués. The mother of the bridegroom wore a gold shimmered, off the shoulder gown complete with a train. Both mothers carried silver tussie-mussie bouquets, a gift from the groom.
The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Blake Allen Bennett, Matthew Bradford Collum, William Browning Goehl, Matthew Garrett Jones, Stephen Henry Maulding Jr., William Bridges Skelton, and Tyler Shane Webb. Ring bearer was William Owen Campbell.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Old Capitol Inn with food, music and dancing. Guests were entertained by The Big City Rhythm band from Atlanta. The bride’s cake was a five- tiered strawberry and almond cake embellished with blush colored edible flowers and iced in a smeared buttercream frosting. Layered gold leaf platters were placed in between. The bridegroom’s cake represented his love for cookies. It was a chocolate and white two-tiered cake decorated with chocolate chip cookie crumbles. Also on the table, were cupcakes with specially made cookie dough icing displayed on an acrylic tiered stand.
Following the reception, the couple ran out into a skylit tunnel of sparklers and left in a white Rolls Royce Phantom. After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple is now at home in Ridgeland.
Mr. and Mrs. John Kyle O’Keefe