Neely and Menist wed October 5 in garden ceremony
Dr. and Mrs. Walter Poole Neely announce the marriage of their daughter Margaret Taylor Neely to John Tyson Menist, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl David Menist.
The bride is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Taylor Neely of Jackson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Thomas Rowland of Charleston. The bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Milton Butler of Raleigh and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Isaac Menist of Jackson.
The wedding was celebrated October 5 in a garden ceremony at the couple’s new home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a silk fitted gown with a scoop neckline designer gown featuring a cut out in the back with covered buttons that extended down the length of the train. She wore a chapel length veil trimmed with satin.
The bride’s matron of honor was her sister, Katharine Morgan Neely Pulvere of Birmingham.
Flower girls were the bride’s nieces, Mary Cecilia Neely and Alberta “Birdie” Taylor Neely, daughters of Mrs. and Mrs. Walter Andrew Neely of Jackson, and Virginia Graham Pulvere, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Ross Pulvere of Birmingham. The bride’s dog, Maddie, adorned with a collar of white roses and greenery, was the pup of honor.
The bridegroom’s father was best man. Ushers included the bridegroom’s brother, Joshua Tanner Menist of New Orleans, brother-in-law, Parker Clarkson Grunkemeyer of London, the bride’s brother, Walter Andrew Neely of Jackson, and bride’s brother-in-law, Graham Ross Pulvere of Birmingham.
Ring bearers were the bridegroom’s nephew, William Clarkson Grunkemeyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grunkemeyer of London, and nephews of the bride, Miller Stiles Pulvere, Macon Henry Pulvere and James Morgan Pulvere, also sons of Mr. and Mrs. Pulvere.
Guests enjoyed classical music by a string trio, played during the ceremony, officiated by the The Reverend Hailey Allin. Scripture was read by Skylar McKenize Menist, sister of the bridegroom, and Natica Chapman Neely, sister-in-law of the bride.
After the couple were announced man and wife, a surprise group of gospel singers sang ‘Oh Happy Day’ as the couple recessed.
Parents of the bride hosted a cocktail hour, complete with a champagne toast and music from the string trio on the front lawn of the couple’s home, followed by a reception at the home and candlelit backyard. The band for the evening was Brother to Brother of Tuscaloosa.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at Parlor Market.
After a wedding trip to Napa Valley, the couple is at home in Jackson.