Matelyn Rivers Countiss and Richard Adam Keyes were united in holy matrimony at half after six o’clock in the evening on June 26, at First Christian Church in Meridian. The Reverend Doctor Mark Benson performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Richard Countiss IV of Meridian. She is the granddaughter of the late Beth Burns Hudson, Betty Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Henry David Burns Sr. and Mr. Joseph F. Miller of Meridian, as well as the late Honorable and Mrs. John Richard Countiss III of Jackson.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Earl Keyes of Jackson. He is the grandson of Mrs. James L. Terry, and the late Mr. Terry of Stringer, the late Hallie Houston Keyes, and Earl Rogers Keyes of Jackson.
The prelude and nuptials music was presented by Teodora Mitze-Curciumaru, organist and pianist; and Blake Barham and Levi Mitzi-Curciumaru, soloists.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father. She wore an ivory gown featuring a plunging neckline, and an open back with a fitted body accented by French lace and hand-beaded crystals. The dress was finished with satin covered buttons and a cathedral length veil. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of peonies, Patience garden roses and ranunculus in shades of pink and ivory. Affixed to the bouquet was a piece of her mother’s wedding gown hand-sewn with bride’s initials and wedding date.
Attending as maid of honor was Mary Margaret Tardy of Nashville. Bridesmaids were Isabella Jane Allen of Cordova, Tenn.; Cathryn Brooke Bidgood, Brynn Katherine Chesney, Ellen Ann Countiss and Alexander Lauren Elliot, all of Meridian; Regan Leigh Bounds and Sadie Elyse Wilkinson, both of Memphis; Vallie Beth Castle of Jackson; Olivia Elaine Enger of Hattiesburg; Krysten Keyes Jernigan of Ridgeland; Marla Kaye Miller of Oxford; Courtney Danielle Smith of Seattle; and Rachel Ann Smith of New Orleans. Each bridesmaid wore a white, dupioni silk gown in varying styles. They carried bouquets of peonies, Patience garden roses and ranunculus in shades of pink and ivory mirroring the bouquet of the bride.
The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Robert Lyon Brown of Columbus; Ross Christmas Caver, Houston Rogers Keyes, Will Carter Edgecomb, Paul Michael Rice and Peter Franklin Keyes Jr., all of Madison; Henry Harrison Countiss, John Richard Countiss V, and Dallas Thornton Hannah, all of Meridian; Daniel Fox Haas of West Point; James Priest Jernigan of Ridgeland; Jacob Temple Land of Dallas; William Hamilton Lunsford VII of Hoover, Ala.; and Matt Arnold Taylor of Flora.
Flower girls were Scarlett Ann Countiss, niece of the bride; Mary Lynnon Jernigan, niece of the bridegroom; and Mildred Manning Gowdey, cousin of the bridegroom. The ring bearer was James Harris Jernigan, nephew of the bridegroom. The bride’s proxy was Ross Blake. Hayden Burns, cousin of the bride; Madeline Rose Collins; and Caroline Melancon read the scripture and were program attendants. Lauren Raye Goodman, George Ballou and Jack Rush served as acolytes, torch and crucifix bearers.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Northwood Country Club. Guests were greeted with butler-passed champagne and jazz music provided by the band, Azz-IzZ. An array of foods and cocktails were provided for the guests. A five-tiered white wedding cake, accented by cascades of flowers, was displayed on an acrylic box filled with flowers atop a piece of the mother of the bride’s veil. The bridegroom’s cake was a three-tiered chocolate ganache cake along with chocolate covered strawberries. Guests lined the driveway of Northwood with sparklers when the couple departed in a 1941 black Cadillac.
On the eve of the wedding, Mr. and Mrs. Keyes hosted a cocktail reception and rehearsal dinner at The Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience, The MAX.
After a wedding trip to Antigua, the couple is at home in Madison.