Baird and Gardner wed in June 24 ceremony

Elizabeth Douglas Baird and Robert Seth Gardner were wed June 24, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mark Darden Baird of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Earl Douglas of Brookhaven, and Dr. and Mrs. James McKenzie Baird of Brandon. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Joe Gardner of Dallas, Texas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Joe Gardner of Little Rock, and James Lyle Milstead and the late Nona Cook Milstead of Tyler, Texas.

The ceremony was officiated by the bride’s grandfather, the Rev. Dr. James McKenzie Baird and the Rev. David L. Felker, in the church that Dr. Baird served as pastor before his retirement. Nuptial music was presented by Martin Antoon, guitar; John Sinclair, cello; William Wymond, organ; and Clint Pride, vocalist.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, wore a crepe designer gown. The sheath-style silhouette featured a veed front neckline that draped at her natural waistline. Complementing the gown was a cathedral-length scalloped edge lace veil, an heirloom passed down by the Gardner family. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of solid white peonies, garden roses, freesia and seeded eucalyptus wrapped in a custom embroidered handkerchief, gifted by her friends.


Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Macey Baird Benton. Bridesmaids were Rachel Barton Crim, Laura Walton Fenelon, Chappell Laird Gaw, Anna Waggoner Gray, Virginia Boyd Tyson James, Cameron Burgess Martin, Caroline Cleo McCormick, Frances Norfleet Phillips, Sarah Gardner Roberts, Virginia Haynes Tracy, Anne Claire Thompson, Hattie Grace Wheeler and Julia Hall Wright.

The bride’s “Something Blue” were her first cousins Leslie Ann Aker, Alexandria Elizabeth Baird, Grayson Elizabeth Baird, Megan Christina Baird, Allison Aker McCaffrey and Bella Louise Ozier. Program attendants were Jane Gray Barbour and Meg Barbour.

The bridegroom’s brother, James Reed Gardner was best man. Groomsmen were Richard James Baird, brother of the bride, Troy Michael Alexander, Matthew Rush Benton, Paul Carson Coon, Adam John Foster, Clayton Bradley Freels Robert Barnard Kupchynsky, Hayden Kyle Molberg, Bonner Bell Morren, David Douglas Owens, Jonathan Samuel Perlman Jr., Louie James Swope, and Ryan Paul Swoope. Ushers included John Arthur Barnes, Benjamin Paul Bredthaur, Philip Michael Dollar, Ryan Grant Dollar, James Holland Page and Christopher Mitchell Meyers.

Following the ceremony the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Mississippi Museum of Art. DMP Band from Memphis presented the music.


On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Parlor Market. Earlier that morning, bridesmaids gathered for a luncheon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Phillips. An engagement celebration hosted by friends of the bride’s parents was held in the spring in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Thompson.

Following a wedding trip to Antigua, the couple is now at home in Dallas, where the bridegroom works in insurance and the bride is developing a custom line of fine jewelry.


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