Eley and Creson say vows at Cedarwood in Nashville service on October 6

Caroline Leigh Eley and Gibeault Cooper Creson were united in marriage October 6 at historic Cedarwood, a countryside farm, in Nashville. The double ring ceremony was officiated by Dr. Charles E. Poole, senior pastor of Northminster Baptist Church.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Howard Eley of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Clyde Hubert Gunn Jr. and Kathy Gunn, all of Moss Point, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John James Eley Jr. and Mrs. Nell Eley, all of Terry.

The bridegroom is the son of Elizabeth Donnelly and the late Larry Barkley Creson III and Shellie Ruoff Creson, all of Memphis. He is the grandson of the late Joanne Gibeault, Charlene Creagh Creson of Portland, formerly of Nashville, the Honorable and Mrs. Larry Barkley Creson Jr. of Memphis, and Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Gardner Boeh of Paducah, Ky.

The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, chose a strapless ivory silk designer wedding gown with architectural seam detailing. Accenting the back of the dress was a row of satin covered buttons.

She wore a custom made designer chapel length veil with a continuous border of Alencon lace. For jewelry she chose a pair of Italian sapphire and seed pearl cluster earrings, a diamond necklace given to her by the bridegroom, and a gold bracelet borrowed from her mother. She carried a bouquet of pink tulips.

Bridesmaids were Lucy Read Coolidge of Washington, D.C.; Julia Barkley Creson of Memphis, sister of the bridegroom; and Kaitlin Chase Dastugue of Nashville. Matron of honor was Madeline George Gibbons of Baltimore. They wore lapis blue tulle dresses with pleated sweetheart necklines. They carried bouquets of ivory tulips. The reader was Kathryn Selby Bell of Southampton, N.Y., and the bride’s proxy was cousin of the bride Katherine Elizabeth Travis, of McLean, Va.

Groomsmen were Alexander Edward Creson of Clemson, S.C., brother of the bridegroom; John Gordon Eley of Nashville, brother of the bride; and Patrick Curtis Manning of Nashville. Best man was Thomas David Harvell II of College Park, Ga. Ushers included Lee Jeffrey Cohen, Evan Ambrose Lengerich, William Patton Steele III and Paul Daniel Zettier, all of Nashville.

Following the ceremony on the lawn, the bride’s parents hosted a dinner reception, also on the grounds of Cedarwood. The Compozitionz provided the music.


On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s mother hosted a dinner for the bridal party at Merchants Restaurant in downtown Nashville followed by a welcome party for all of the guests at The Noelle Hotel hosted by Shellie Creson. After a wedding trip to Italy and Switzerland, the couple is at home in Nashville.


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