Anna Catherine Hays and Tyler Jordan Zachary were wed Saturday, September 19 at 4 p.m. in the chapel at First Baptist Church of Jackson. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Pastor Bruce Warf.
The bride is the daughter of Pastor and Mrs. Julian Brite “J. B.” Hays Jr. of Raymond. She is the granddaughter of the late Lillian Florence Taylor Hays and Julian Brite Hays Sr. of Bowling Green, and the late Geraldine Stanford Goudelock and Leander Bayne Goudelock of New Albany.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley “Stan” Ray Zachary of Sulphur, La. He is the grandson of the late Marie Thonton Zachary and James Ray Zachary of Randlett, Oklahoma, and the late Faye LaVerne Mixon McDougald and Walter Lester McDougald of Sulphur.
Nuptial music, including Sagar and Foster’s “The Prayer,” was presented by pianist Eva Hart and instrumentalists of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra: violinist Milena Rusanova and cellist Nancy Bateman, all of Jackson. Scripture readers were Sheila Renee McDougald Garner of Sulphur, the bridegroom’s aunt, who read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, and Christina Morris of Jackson who read Colossians 3:12-17.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a custom-designed white satin trumpet silhouette gown featuring a Chantilly lace bodice with scalloped off-shoulder neckline and half-sleeves. The back was highlighted with satin-covered buttons cascading the length of the gown and sweep train. She chose a fingertip length illusion veil with pencil edge and carried a round clutch bouquet of ivory moonstone roses, ivory lisianthus and blush ranunculus, with Italian Ruscus.
For “something old,” in her bouquet the bride carried her great-great-great grandmother Catherine Bishop Allen Barner’s Swiss-made gold pocket watch and chain from the 1870s.
Matron of honor was Erin Danielle Morgan Grady of Saltillo. Maid of honor was Haley Marie Winningham of Brandon. Bridesmaids were Rachel Marie Zachary of Sulphur, sister of the bridegroom; Hannah Elizabeth Wilson of Pauls Valley, Okla., cousin of the bride; and Sarah Beth Fouts of Madison. Holly Elise Brassel of Tupelo was the rehearsal’s proxy bride.
The attendants carried posey bouquets of blush Anna roses and pink lisianthus, with Italian Ruscus, wrapped with satin ribbon. They wore royal blue flowing gowns featuring a sleeveless tank with pleated bodice and a v-neckline with a swooping cowl back detail.
Best man was Dr. Raphiel Frank Heard of Richmond. Groomsmen were Phillip Stephen Zachary of Sulphur, brother of the bridegroom; Joel Stanford Hays of Raymond, brother of the bride; Gregory Brent Garner, and Daniel David Garner, both from Sulphur and cousins of the bridegroom.
The bride’s mother wore a traditional, dusty-blue chiffon and lace gown with a matching lace jacket. She gave the bride the satin and lace-trim covered Bible she had carried in her own wedding. The mother of the bridegroom, Beverly McDougald Zachary, wore a navy-blue, lightly navy-sequined gown. They wore corsages of ivory roses and baby’s breath.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents honored a reception and seated dinner at Char Restaurant. The bride and bridegroom’s cakes were displayed at opposite ends of the room, with framed photographs of the couple highlighted by Ecclesiastes 4:12b. The bridegroom’s cake was a two-tiered chocolate ganache topped with his favorite, Reeses. The father of the bride offered the blessing.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted the wedding party with a rehearsal dinner at Table 100. The day before the wedding a bridesmaids’ luncheon was hosted by Tammy Lane, Anne Lewis, and Laurie Davidson at the Lane home in Madison. On the day of the wedding, Scarlett and Brent Johnston provided lunch for the wedding party. On August 14, a wedding shower was given to honor the couple by the leaders of the young adults Sunday school class at First Baptist Jackson: Tammy and Jack Lane, Anne and John Lewis, and Laurie and Stacy Davidson, also hosted at the Lane home.
COVID-19 rules limited attendance.
The bride is chief operating officer of Omega Group Advertising Agency of Ridgeland. The bridegroom is an endocrinologist with Imperial Health in Lake Charles.
Following a wedding trip to Seaside, the couple is making their home in Lake Charles.