Anne Tatum McPherson and Michael Bennett Yerger were united in marriage November 7 at six in the evening at the Fondren Church. The Reverend Nick Crawford officiated the ceremony.
Nuptial music was provided by Patsy Simpson, organist; Donna Reed, pianist; Lauren Luckey, soloist; and Nancy Bateman trio, strings.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Tatum McPherson of Madison. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thaddeus Austin Harrell Jr. of Kosciusko, the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sanders Peeler of Meridian, and the late Dr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor McPherson of Vicksburg.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Graeme Yerger of Madison. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bailey Braswell of Brandon and Dr. and Mrs. Louis Buford Yerger of Madison.
Given in marriage by her parents, she wore a custom white strapless designer gown which featured a fold-over neckline, a fitted bodice and A-line skirt, and off the shoulder sleeves. On the back of the dress, pearl covered buttons were extended to the end of the train. She wore a cathedral-length veil with Bennett lace. Escorted by her father down the aisle, the bride carried a cascade style bouquet featuring orchids, white hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, playa roses, Tibet roses, ranunculus and freesia.
Matrons of honor and maid of honor were Mary Margaret Donahoo of Madison, Parker Webb Bowling of Madison, and Nicole Suzann Healy of Madison. Bridesmaids were Laura Jane Cole of Madison, Julialeigh Marguerite Healy of New Orleans, Anna Claire Henderson of Dallas, June Clare Hukill of Memphis, Kathryn Allen Lee of Nashville, Laura-Read Lee of New Orleans, Mary Margaret Little of Memphis, Sarah Frances Matheson of Nashville, Susan Taylor Grogan Peoples of Madison, Mary Nelson Robertson of Starkville, Shelby Hedgepeth Usry of Jackson and Britton Yerger Vaughn of Water Valley.
They wore taupe, silk sleeveless dresses and carried clutch bouquets that complemented the bride’s flowers.
The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were John David Bishop of Houston, Austin Morgan Booth of Chattanooga, Michael Thomas Boulanger of Cleveland, Jesse Halbrook Donahoo of Madison, Stephen Scott Douglas Jr. of Madison, Jonathan Tyler Klaas of Starkville, James Bradley Peoples of Madison, Alec Kennedy Rawlings of Madison, William Cooper Simmons of Jackson, Adam Christian Sims of San Antonio, Stewart Summers of Madison, Jeremy Royce Vaughn of Water Valley, Joseph Tyler Williamson of Pearl, and Robert Tyler Wilson of Nashville.
Nephews of the bride, Rhett Halbrook Donahoo and Townes Harris Donahoo, and nephew of bridegroom, Jeremy Royce Vaughn Jr. were ring bearers.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The Railroad District. After the couple’s first dance to “Stand by Me,” guests were entertained by Az Izz from Atlanta. The traditional bride’s cake was five-tiered and featured a smooth buttercream frosting. It was displayed on a large acrylic pedestal with white roses and hydrangeas highlighted by an empire crystal chandelier and chinoiserie fabric panels. The bridegroom’s cake was a two-layered chocolate ganache cake surrounded by succulents.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner for the wedding party at Reunion Country Club. The bridal luncheon was hosted at Annandale Golf Club, and lunch honoring the bridegroom and groomsmen was held at Georgia Blue.
The newlyweds have postponed their wedding trip to Italy until global travel restrictions are lifted. Following a week at Watercolor Resort on Santa Rosa Beach in Florida, the couple is at home in Madison. The bride is a senior associate, Private Company Services, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the bridegroom is a Hospital Patient and Services Manager with Fresenius Kidney Care.