Jones and Emerson wed October 13 at Christ United Methodist Church

Kelsey Brooke Jones and Joseph Webb Emerson were wed October13 at Christ United Methodist Church. The Rev. Frank Haynes and the Rev. Stan Buckley officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. Van Jones of Madison. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wolsey VanHoose Jones of Jackson, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lloyd Eymann.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Joseph Emerson of Memphis. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Jarratt and the late Dr. S. Roland Jones of Starkville and Janis Vezzoso and Les Briggs, of Waveland.

Music was presented by the Rev. George Strickland, organist; and Sarah Pope Cook, soloist.

Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a fit and flare designer gown of pearl and crystal beaded ivory lace featuring cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline, along with a second layer of sequined lace. The back of the gown had a cameo lace panel with pearl buttons that led down to the chapel length train. The bride’s look was finished with a cathedral length designer veil of ivory beaded lace. Her bouquet was tighter in style using white and ivory florals. The flowers included white hydrangea, white freesia, Tibet roses and ranunculus. Bridesmaids bouquets featured a smaller version of hers.

Maid of honor was Keely Grace Kennedy of Birmingham. Matron of honor was Victoria Russell Brewer of Memphis.

Bridesmaids were Whitney Taylor Thorns of Houston, Texas; Annaleigh Elizabeth Coleman of Jackson; Lauren Frances Sledge of Madison; Haley Butler Magee of Brandon; Katie Camille Berry of Oxford; Carolyn Tess Emerson of Lexington, Ky., sister of the bridegroom; and Marley Leann Gill of Memphis. They wore midnight blue crepe gowns with off the shoulder details.

The flower girl, Lee Alston Hassell, wore a hand tatted collar which was made from the bride’s father’s great-grandmother’s veil on a round yoke dress made of Swiss batiste with a lace band in the skirt which included lace beading with ribbon.


The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Kyle Aiston Jones, brother of the bride, of Jackson; Chase Dennis Gibson of Starkville; Gregory Alan Moore Jr., of Brandon; Everette Estus Ladner IV, Adam Prescott Buckley and William Timothy Brewer, all of Memphis; John Aydin Beyan of Denver; and Mitchell Murphy Sexton of Nashville.

The day before the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at River Hills Club. The day of the wedding, the bride’s aunts and family friends hosted a bridesmaid’s brunch. The bridegroom, groomsmen and friends enjoyed a catered lunch while watching football.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The Old Capitol Inn. Compozitionz  presented the music.

Following a wedding trip to Jamaica the couple is at home in Memphis where the bridegroom is a project manager for Montgomery Martin Contractors and the bride is a labor and delivery registered nurse at Methodist Hospital.


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