Emma Elizabeth Liston and Thomas Austin Draughn were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. on October 10, at the Fairview Inn. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend Bruce Case.
The bride is the daughter of Sherry Cate Liston of Madison. She is the granddaughter of David Cate of Brandon and Dona Mitchell of Madison, and Brenda Liston and the late William H. Liston of Winona. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Louis Draughn of Madison. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Spears of Flora, and Shirley Draughn and the late Thomas L. Draughn of Byram.
Escorted and given in marriage by her mother, the bride wore an ivory fit-to-flare crepe gown featuring lace embroidery, a court-length train and sheer flutter cap sleeves adorned with floral lace patterns. The illusion neckline and scooped back were complimented by a fingertip-length veil and silver beaded belt. She wore crystal drop earrings with a foliage motif and a gold bracelet, a gift from the bridegroom, engraved with their initials and wedding date. Completing the bride’s ensemble was a hand-tied bouquet of white and blush garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, lavender and blue delphinium and greenery wrapped with organza ribbon.
Maid of honor was Ann Fairly Barnett. Bridesmaids included Laurel Leigh Bane, Katherine Walton Halliday, Sidney Elaine Lampton and Collins Mounger Hansen. They wore floor-length steel blue chiffon dresses featuring cascading ruffled v-cut necklines. Their bouquets complimented the bridal bouquet and were tied with plant-dyed silk ribbons.
The bridegroom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen included Griffin Layton Draughn and Mason Garret Draughn, brothers of the bridegroom, as well as James David Gilman, John-David Matthew Polk, and Alex Stephen Robinson.
A selection of ceremonial music was presented by Magnolia String Quartet. The reading of scripture was provided by Laura Catherine Potts.
A reception hosted by the mother of the bride followed the ceremony. After the couple’s first dance to the song “I Found You” by the Alabama Shakes, the couple danced with the bride’s grandfather and bridegroom’s mother to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable.” Guests were entertained by the Scott Steele DJ company. The wedding cake, a spice cake with white buttercream icing, featured a cascade of flowers that complimented the bride’s bouquet. The bridegroom’s cake, a German chocolate cake with chocolate icing, featured miniatures of his classic car and shop tools.
The newlyweds departed the reception under a shower of white rose petals, leaving in the bridegroom’s 1967 Lancia Fulvia decorated with banners and cans on string.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents honored the couple with a rooftop cocktail hour and rehearsal dinner at The Faulkner in downtown Jackson.
After a wedding trip to Sedona, Ariz., the couple is at home in Ridgeland.