Weddings & Engagements
Leslie Nicole Harrison and Edwin French DeMoss III were united in marriage in a service of worship at 6:30 p.m. on February 23 at First Baptist Church, Jackson.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ernest Harrison Jr. of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Loyce Freeland Brown of Cleveland, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ernest Harrison of Jackson.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin French DeMoss Jr. of Nashville. He is the grandson of Mrs. Edwin French DeMoss and the late Mr. DeMoss of Nashville, and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Burleigh Kaster of Louisville, Ky.
The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Alan Loving, who served as the bride’s youth minister at First Baptist Church. Nuptial music was presented by Eva Hart, pianist; James Arrington Goff, organist; and Cassie Means Long, soloist, who sang “How Great Thou Art.” The couple took part in The Lord’s Supper while Long sang “Wonderful, Merciful Savior.” Meghan Authement Williams read scripture.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a custom gown that featured a mock neck of ivory Venise lace over satin with scalloped edging, high cut shoulders, and satin buttons down the back. The Mikado satin, ballgown overskirt was pleated at the natural waistline and featured satin buttons cascading down the length of her cathedral train. She wore a cathedral-length mantilla veil trimmed with beaded Alencon lace. The veil fell from a crystal, beaded comb her sister wore on her wedding day.
She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white playa roses, hyacinth, and lisianthus, complemented with greenery. The stems were wrapped in ivory lace from her mother’s wedding dress. The bride carried her maternal grandmother’s mink fur stole with anticipation of colder temperatures. Sewn inside her dress was a handkerchief the bridegroom wore as a baby bonnet when he was baptized.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister, Lauren Harrison Ledbetter. Bridesmaids were Mallory Alyse Britt, Elaine Holtzman Brown, Andrea Lange Carey, Austin DeMoss Janaitis, sister of the groom, Haley Childers Jones, Haley Huerta Kelly, Blair Fullilove Ladner, Cameron Elise Laster, Douglas Strahan Loftin, Cassie Means Long, Paige Noble Mitchell, Caitlyn Brown Moore, Camille Worley Pittman, Jess Heppenstall Ragsdale, Blakeley Carra Roberts, Amy Marie Sutton, and Avery Buffington Truitt.
They wore gowns of black velvet or satin in three different styles. The bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets, styled as smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet.
The flower girls were Frances Lynn Ledbetter and Louise Jane Ledbetter, nieces of the bride, who wore ivory and white French hand-sewn dresses. The bride’s proxy was Bailey Briggs Roberts and program attendants were Sommer Richesin Ballard and Allison Joy Wells.
The bridegroom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Stefan McCrea Berklacich; Dustin Andrew Dawes; James Kenneth Efinger; Charles Henry Geny Jr.; Carl August Grote IV; Andy Jasper Janaitis, brother-in-law of the bridegroom; Timothy Hayes Johnson; Shane Roseborough Kaster; Spencer Stanley Kennard; Wilson Scott Nealy; Robert Martin Alexander Odom; George Dacus Parrish; R. McClain Porter; John Brandt Sutton; and Cory Allen Vaughn.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents honored guests with a reception at The South Warehouse. Throughout The South, the white floral and greenery décor was continued. An array of food was provided for the guests. The bride’s cake, a traditional, six-tier confection, was embellished with fresh flowers and featured a backdrop of gold leaf sconces floating on a boxwood wall. The bridegroom’s two-tier cake featured his love for duck hunting and was topped with cattails.
The guests enjoyed dancing throughout the evening to the tunes of Bobby and The Aristocats from Atlanta.
As the celebration concluded, the bride’s satin overskirt was removed to reveal the short lace dress for her departure. Guests lined the walkway with sparklers and tossed white rose petals as the couple departed in a white 1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud.
After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple is at home in Hollywood, Fla., where the bride is in business development with IBM Watson Health, and the bridegroom is a project manager with Layton Construction.