McDonnell and Smith exchanged wedding vows May 6 at Fondren Church

Kathryn Lee McDonnell and Caleb Robert Smith were united in marriage at 6 p.m May 6, at Fondren Church. The wedding was officiated by Dr. Rob Futral.

The bride is daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Patrick McDonnell III of Madison. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Pouncey of Hattiesburg and Dorothy Sessums of Madison. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Allen Smith of Albany, Ga. He is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Fred Ruhlman of Atlanta and Anne Smith of Orlando.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a designer fit and flare gown of ivory lace and crystal beading with a mocha underlay featuring a sweetheart neckline. The gown’s chapel-length train was complete with silk buttons, a scallop-edged hem, and crystal beading. She wore a cathedral length veil adorned with ivory lace, crystal beading, and seed pearls which was worn by her mother. The bride carried a bouquet of white roses, white hydrangea, and blush peonies wrapped in ivory silk and accented with a family heirloom diamond broach. In keeping with bridal traditions, the bride wore something blue, teardrop earrings of blue topaz, given by her bridegroom before the ceremony.

Maid of honor was the bride’s sister Anna Margaret McDonnell of Madison and her best friend Savannah McDonald of Ridgeland. Bridesmaids were Rebecca Ashurst of Birmingham; Megan Gagliardi of Mountain Brook; Mackenzie Head and Alex Milstead, both of Madison; Lindsey Pearson of Memphis; the bridegroom’s sisters Margaret Grace Smith and Abigail Smith, both of Albany; and Mailande Vise of Ridgeland. They wore gowns of black tulle and lace embroidered with shimmering sequins on the bodice and a voluminous tulle skirt. Their hand tied bouquets featured white hydrangeas, white O’Hara and blush peonies tied with ivory silk. Austin Hasenmueller of Memphis was the bridal proxy.


The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Marty Bremer of Alto; Thomas Allen and Stephen Barnhill, both of Albany; Gardner Heaner and Will Hemby, both of Atlanta; Adam Johnson and Alex Snow, both of Nashville; David Wilhoite of Knoxville; and Scott Zimmerman of Kenner.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a black tie reception at the Country Club of Jackson with music provided by The Party Jammers.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a Cinco de Mayo-themed dinner for friends and family at The Iron Horse Grill.

Following a wedding trip to Cabo, Mexico, the couple is at home in Raleigh, N.C. where the bridegroom works for Align Technology and the bride for Surgical Care Affiliates.


Madison-Ridgeland Academy had a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the opening of the new middle school building and dining commons.