Raphael and Sigh exchange vows March 3

Lauren Alexandra Raphael and William Blake Sigh were wed March 3, in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church of Jackson.

The bride is the daughter of Jan Allen and Harold Lane Thornton and Mark Edward Raphael of Madison. She is the granddaughter of the late Jean Haughton and Charles Irvin (Ci) Allen of Jackson, and the late Claire Nassar and William Joseph Raphael Sr. of Madison.

The bridegroom is the son of Deborah Blake and Aaron Edward Henderson of Madison, and William Ray Sigh of Jackson. He is the grandson of Robert Paul Blake and the late Juanita Sue Blake of Memphis, and Virginia Sigh Thornton of Madison and the late Dennis Thornton and William Sigh.

Escorted by both her father and stepfather, the bride wore an ivory satin designer gown. With a fit and flare silhouette, the bodice was bestrewn with beaded embroidery. The V-shaped neckline was enhanced with a scalloped edge that continued to the back of the neck. Beading extended around the bodice over illusion netting, to connect at the middle of her back with satin-covered buttons that cascaded down the bottom of the chapel- length train. She wore her hair in a classic updo. The bride’s cathedral length veil, encrusted with hand-placed pearls, was borrowed from her mother. She carried blush and cream peonies with accents of white ranunculus in a bouquet designed by the bridegroom’s father.


Morgan Rachel Bishop of Nashville and Claire Madison Pride of Madison were maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Danielle Elizabeth Kastner, Madison Scott Loflin, Diana Arnold Martin, Rachel Denise Sigh and Hilary Brown Winters of Madison; and Sarah Beth Parks of Biloxi.

Honorary bridesmaid was the late Parris Michelle Wallace of Madison. A red heart made from one of Parris’s favorite shirts was pinned on the bride’s petticoat in remembrance of this dear friend.

The bridesmaids wore full length sateen twill dresses with a jewel neck and keyhole back. Their bouquets were blush nena roses with accents of pale blush spray roses. Mothers and grandmothers each held a tussie of porcelena pray roses. All of the flowers were designed by the bridegroom’s father.

Best man was the bridegroom’s father. Groomsmen were Jeffrey Lyndale Davis Jr. of Dade City, Fla.; James Connor Goodspeed of Nashville; Robert Blake Graves, Davis Cameron Johnson, Kyle Morgan Little, Robert Stephen Rogers, and Tucker Webb Sigh of Madison. Ushers were Charles Christopher Crutcher, Devon Thomas Desper, Schuyler Ellis Jones and John Tyler Fanning of Madison; Brock David Hunt of Aspen; and Brandon Sutton Slay of Nashville.

During the ceremony, a scripture reading was presented by Sarah Frances Horan of Grenada. Meredith Ann Monroe served as the proxy bride. James Arrington Goff presented both piano prelude music and the organ music for the ceremony. Thomas Laird, cousin of the bridegroom, officiated.


Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at the Jackson Yacht Club. DJ5150 provided the music. Leaving the reception the couple boarded a yacht captained by Mac Wimbish.

On the eve of the wedding, the rehearsal dinner was hosted by the bride-groom’s parents at River Hills Tennis Club.

After a wedding trip to Punta Canna in the Dominican Republic, the couple is at home with their white English Labrador, Magnolia, in Nolensville, Tenn. The bride is an account manager with Insight Global and the bridegroom is an account manager with Artisent Floors, both in Nashville.

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