The marriage of Sarah Elizabeth Wilkins of Jackson and Andrew Frank Fair of Birmingham was held Saturday, April 17 at 4 p.m. The family home of the bridegroom’s grandmother, Rebecca Fair Giffin of Louisville, was the setting for the outdoor ceremony officiated by the Rev. Dr. Joseph Wheat. Nuptial music of cello and violin was presented by Nancy Bateman and Shellie Kemp.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Coles Wilkins Jr. of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Rose of Jackson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Coles Wilkins of Pine Bluff, Ark.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Love Fair III of Madison. He is the grandson of Rebecca Fair Giffin, the late Frank Love Fair Jr. and Dr. Felix Horton Giffin of Louisville and the late Colonial and Mrs. George Haynes of St. Augustine.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer gown made of ivory satin. The bodice featured a v-neckline and was finished with a satin belt. The back of her dress had a chapel length train with satin covered buttons that completed her look. She carried a collection of hand-gathered white flowers including peonies, garden roses, spray roses, astilbes, veronicas, sweet peas, lisianthus, accented with lilac and stephanotis. Queen Anne’s Lace and Israeli ruscus completing the bouquet which was wrapped with a lace handkerchief that belonged to her maternal grandmother.
Maid of honor was Winnie Elizabeth Moore of Madison. Bridesmaids included Anna Ballard Fair of Jackson, Mary Elizabeth Fair Santiago of Boston, and Kate Dollarhide Wilkins of Madison. The bridal party wore champagne colored gowns with a fitted bodice, deep neckline that mirrored the back with a low V that flows out to a full length. Their bouquets were also hand-gathered flowers wrapped in ribbon. The bouquets included garden roses, spray roses, astilbes, veronicas, and sweet peas mixed with touches of Israeli ruscus.
The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were William Haynes Fair of Jackson, Howard Coles Wilkins III of Madison and Robert Daniel Wilkins of Jackson. Howard Coles Wilkins IV was the ring bearer.
Nieces of the bride, Eliza Louise Glaser and Lily Frances Glaser of Dallas, were program attendants.
Camelia and Israeli ruscus made up a garland that served as a background setting for the wedding party. Two arrangements were located on either side of the porch. Hydrangeas, roses, snapdragons, Queen Anne’s lace, lisianthus, veronica mixed with Italian ruscus and Israeli rusus were surrounded by magnolia branches. Pew markers made of peonies, roses, lisianthus, freesia, and hypericum berries were attached to indicate family seating.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Louisville’s Market Café which included dinner as well as a three-tiered white almond bride’s cake with pearl piping and white flower embellishment. After the first dance, family and friends enjoyed the music of Groove Factor, a band from Memphis.
On the eve of the wedding the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Lake Tiak-O’Khata. The Rev. Dr. Ric Cannada Jr. of Madison began the evening with a prayer thanking God for bringing the couple together and prayed for their future lives together. Guest enjoyed toasts and stories of the couple’s romance.
The couple was showered with rose petals and sparklers as they left the reception for their wedding trip. They now reside in Birmingham.