Parsons and Hughes celebrate marriage October 6 in Nashville at Cheekwood Estate

The celebration and blessing of the marriage of Virginia Nell Parsons and Paul Jarlath Hughes was held at 5 p.m. on  October 6 at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens in Nashville.

The bride’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Donald Parsons of Jackson. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Jarlath Hughes of Galway, Ireland.

The bride is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers Brashier of Indianola, and Mrs. Alex Ames Hogan and the late Donald Parsons of Jackson.

The bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hennessy of County Tipperary, Ireland, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hughes of County Mayo, Ireland.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a silk dupioni gown with French Alencon lace. The V-neckline bodice was custom designed with lace straps and scalloped detail. It featured ruched silk dupioni at the waist and a gathered skirt with side pockets. Fabric covered buttons trickled down the back of the bodice. The bride wore her mother’s Brussels lace veil. Her hand tied bouquet of hydrangea, orlaya, anemones, garden roses and ranunculus was wrapped in ivory silk ribbon and was accompanied by an antique handkerchief that belonged to her great-grandmother Nell.

Claire Louise Hughes, sister of the bridegroom, was maid of honor. Elizabeth Parsons Jack served her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Morgan Gomez DeVita, Emily Sharp Jimenez, and Kendel Todd Parks. Her attendants wore floor length column dresses of mayan blue tulle and carried bouquets of blush florabunda roses, lamb’s ears, hydrangea, orlaya, anemones, dusty miller and garden roses. Laura Elizabeth Jack, niece of the bride, was the flower girl.

The bridegroom’s brother, Ronan Michael Hughes, was best man. Groomsmen were Joseph Thomas Kelly, Seamus Joseph Lyons, Barry Martin McGrath and Allen Donald Parsons, brother of the bride. Thomas Pratt Jack, nephew of the bride, was ringbearer.

The couple exchanged their vows in the Wills Perennial Garden. Ceremony music was presented by a flute, guitar and violin trio. Program attendants were Anne Hall Brashier and Mary Rodgers Brashier, cousins of the bride. Readers were William Rodgers Brashier, cousin of the bride, and Margaret Hennessy, aunt of the bridegroom. Samuel McLean Lane delivered the marriage homily and the officiant was Mary Griggs. Lauren Allen Briscoe, cousin of the bride, served as the bride’s proxy.


Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a seated dinner at the Frist Courtyard. The Number One Party Band presented the music.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom entertained the wedding party and family at the Harding House on the grounds of Belle Meade Plantation. A bridesmaids luncheon was given on Friday by family and friends at Mere Bulles Restaurant in Brentwood. The couple hosted a farewell party on Sunday at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery in downtown Nashville.

After a wedding trip to New Orleans and Destin, the couple is at home in Nashville.




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