Kelli Anne DeFoe and Charles Macon McClanahan were united in marriage February 6 at six in the evening at the South Warehouse. The Reverend Frank Haynes officiated the ceremony.
Nuptial music was provided by George Strickland, pianist, Sarah and Caleb Cook, soloists. Erin Coggin was the scripture reader.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William James DeFoe of Ridgeland. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Aaron Lott of Jackson, the late Loretta Stampley DeFoe.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Malcom McClanahan of Olive Branch. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Deryal Wayne Crawford, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Glenn Clifft, all of Bolivar, Tenn., and Mrs. Franklin D Black Covington, Tenn. and the late Charles Elma McClanahan.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore an ivory designer gown with a mermaid silhouette. The strapless, sweetheart bodice featured a deep V plunging neckline, accented by Alencon lace appliques that cascaded down her sides and hips. The lace-covered illusion back fell into a cathedral-length train. Her veil, also cathedral length, was designed with a single thread rolled edge, highlighted by Alencon lace trim that began at her fingertips, and framed the dress. The bride carried a cascading style bouquet with traditional white roses, white hydrangeas, white mini calla lilies, white ranunculus and dendrobium orchids.
Matrons of honors and maid of honor were Kristen DeFoe Butler of Brandon, Courtney DeFoe Jones and Jamey Grace Pope both from Madison. Bridesmaids were Erin Ashley Cooper of Greenwood, Olivia Harlan Grant of Jackson, Madeline Kavanay Griffin of Jackson, Katherine Louise McClanahan of Starkville, Natalie Clair Morgan of Brandon, Lauren Haarala Noe of Clarksdale, Mary Helen Peden of Hattiesburg, Margaret McKenlee Perkins of Meridian, Laurel Brook Struss of Madison, Peyton Iram Walker of Madison. The bridal party wore black satin designer gowns, in various silhouettes and necklines and carried mound bouquets that complemented the bride’s flowers.
The bridegroom’s best men were Charles Malcom McClanahan and Hunter McGee Johnston, both of Olive Branch. Groomsmen were James Eugene Butler, III of Brandon, Chase Austin Dabbs of Hernando, Pallas Christian Fair of Caledonia, John Rubin Gann of Tupelo, Kyle Matthew Hughes of Austin, Ollie Demarre Jones of Madison, Robert Allen King of Brownsville, Tenn., Ryan Taylor Mann of Starkville, Daniel Reed Newman of Yazoo City, Tanner Shea Pitman of Millington, Tenn., Walter Harmon Via of Bells, Tenn., and Gaither Reed Williams of Olive Branch.
Nieces of the bride, Jetta Marie Butler and Molly Kate Jones were flower girls. Nephews of the bride, Knox Gabriel Butler and Charles Demarre Jones were ring bearers.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the South Warehouse. After the couple’s first dance, guests were entertained by Compozitionz from Jackson. The traditional bride’s cake was five tiered and featured a smooth buttercream frosting. The bridegroom’s cake was a two-layered cake cotton boll and topped with the shape of Mississippi.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party and family at River Hills Club. The bridal luncheon was hosted at Fairview Inn.
Following a wedding trip to the island of St. Lucia the couple is at home in Hernando.