Wilkins and Kruger exchange wedding vows at First Presbyterian

Emily Holland Wilkins and James Edward Baxter Kruger were wed November 25 at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Wiley Potter Lowry III performed the double-ring ceremony. A string quartet and trumpeter provided the nuptial music.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tyson Wilkins III of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Harris Holland of Columbus and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tyson Wilkins Jr. of New Albany.

The bridegroom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Baxter Kruger of Brandon. He is the grandson of Hon. and Mrs. Jack Burkett Weldy of Hattiesburg, and Mrs. Donald Glenn Kruger and the late Brig. Gen. Kruger (Ret.) of Prentiss.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer gown of diamond white silk mikado. The gown featured a strapless sweetheart neckline with covered buttons down the chapel length train and a designer off-the-shoulder lace topper. The ensemble was finished with a thin jeweled belt and a chapel length illusion veil of tulle. The bride carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, bridal white roses, Eskimo spray roses, white stock, and snow lisianthus.

Matron of honor was Allison Wilkins Alford. Bridesmaids were Kathryn Elizabeth Kruger, Arabella Montgomery Moore, Laura Kruger Moore, and Sara Martin Ball Robertson. They wore gowns of dark mallard green silk chiffon. The off-the-shoulder necklines were accented with a layer of draped chiffon. Honorary bridesmaids were Amelia Bartlett Gamble, Elizabeth Campbell Griffin, Melissa Blair Love, Anna Christilles Moak, and Claire Frances Stamm. They wore cocktail length black dresses of their own choosing. The bridesmaids carried small duplicates of the bridal bouquet.

The bride’s niece, Shelby Anne Alford, was the flower girl. She carried a small flower ball made of white roses and wore a halo of babies’ breath and white rosebuds.


The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Blake Ederington Bell, William Lee Crim III, Kyle Cameron Moore, Joseph Tyson Wilkins IV, and Edward Scott Yoste III. Ushers were Westley Earl Brewer, John Brooks Griffin, Brett Chapin Moore, Aaron Patrick Moores, Justin David Kopf and Jordan Andrew Wilson.

Following the wedding ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Mississippi Museum of Art, where guests were entertained by music provided by the Memphis Soul Revue.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a dinner at Fairview Inn.

The month before the wedding, an engagement celebration hosted by friends of the couple’s parents was held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Nation. A bridesmaids’ luncheon was held the Friday before the wedding at the home of Mrs. Kyle Ball, and co-hosted by Allison Alford, Vada Montgomery, Arabella Moore, and Sara Martin Robertson.

Following a wedding trip to Maui, the couple is at home in Ridgeland, where they are both attorneys. The bridegroom is currently deployed to the Middle East with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Spartan Shield.


The University of Mississippi recently released the Fall 2018 Dean’s List. Students must earn a semester GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 to be listed on the Dean’s List.