Gough, Harrelson are married at Highland Baptist

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2008

Preston Hampton Gough III and Bethany Ann Harrelson were married at 6 p.m. May 24, 2008, at Highland Baptist Church. The Rev. Brian Ivey officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel T. Harrelson of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Roark of Boyle and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hoyle Harrelson of Tupelo.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Preston Hampton Gough Jr. of Flora. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Otis Birdsong of Clarksdale and Preston H. Gough Sr. of Jackson and the late Mrs. Gough.

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The front doors of the church featured cones filled with larkspur, roses, lilies and aster. Family seats were marked with nosegays in mixed summer colors. Matching pairs of candelabrums, each accented with a cascade of summer flowers, were placed on each side of the altar area. A trio of ferns completed the setting. The unity candle, adorned in the bride’s chosen colors, was presented to the side of the altar.

Soloist Jenna McGee and pianist Steve Bennett presented selections for the ceremony. Mothers and grandparents were seated to Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary” was played for the processional, followed by Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” for the bride’s entrance. McGee sang “How Beautiful,” along with “When You Say Nothing at All” for the lighting of the unity candle. The recessional was Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.”

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a designer gown of diamond-white silk fashioned with a molded, strapless bodice draped to the side at the natural waist with panels of silk falling onto the A-line skirt and chapel train. The train was trellised with crystal buttons.

Her fingertip-length veil was edged in beading.

The bride wore diamond earrings, a gift from the groom.

She carried long-stemmed, bridal-white calla lilies caught with ivory-satin ribbon.

Matron of honor was Stephanie Harrelson Steed of Brandon. Bridesmaids were Martha Jeanette Ingels and Katie Jones Segers, both of Madison; Kathryn Leigh Fuller of Flowood; Kathryn Elizabeth John of Pass Christian; Jenna Leigh McGee of Fulton; Rebecca Gough Ueltschey of Flora; and Martha Marie LaFoe of Monroe, La.

The attendants wore tea-length dresses of black shantung created with strapless, sweetheart necklines and pick-up skirts. They each carried mixed bouquets featuring hot-pink gerbera daisies, green kermit mums, purple lisanthus and orange lilies.

Junior bridesmaid was Abbey Lane Steed of Brandon. She wore a tea-length dress of pink satin with spaghetti straps and a tie-sash at the waist. She carried a miniature version of the bridesmaids’ bouquets.

Flower girls were Anslee Kate Segers of Madison, Kylie Michelle Sutton of Brandon and Anderson Grace Ueltschey of Flora. They each wore tank-style dresses created with a satin bodice, organza skirt and sash and a snap-on, back bow. They carried pink rose petals in satin baskets.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Robert Lawton Gardner, Brian Higdon Gray, Claiborne Holmes Magee, John Scott Magee, Matthew Joseph Nassar, Michael Clark Satcher and William Garrard Ulmer, all of Madison; Michael Garret Shumaker of Starkville; Michael Brien Ueltschey of Flora; Henry Gill Gordon of Memphis; and Jonathan Maxwell Hart of Mountain View, Ark.

Junior groomsman was Brandon Lee Steed of Brandon.

Ushers were Dennis Lane Steed of Brandon and Austin Brady Pate, Justin Ross Pate and Winfred Joseph Roark, all of Cleveland.

Ring bearers were Dawson Blaine Oakes and Landon Walker Oakes, both of Vicksburg.

Lauren Gough served as the bride’s proxy.

The bride’s mother wore a black-lace-over-satin ensemble featuring a V-neckline and shirred cummerbund waist.

The groom’s mother wore a floor-length pink dress with a beaded bodice and jacket.

Both mothers carried clusters of roses, mini calla lilies and berries in mixed colors.

A reception followed in the ballroom at The Vicksburg.

Summer flowers filled cones on the front doors. A massive arrangement of snapdragons, roses, gerbera daisies and bells of Ireland adorned the four-tiered water fountain.

Guest tables held bright floral arrangements in bubble bowls. The food table featured a mixed arrangement of liatrice, roses, fuji mums and lilies.

Hostesses were Tawanna Buse and Cathy Monaghan of Tupelo.

Guests were entertained with music by KC and the Southside Rockers of Oxford.

The couple departed the reception in a limousine and honeymooned at Couples Swept Away in Negril, Jamaica.

They will make their home in Flowood. The bride is a second-year graduate student in speech-language pathology and will graduate in May. The groom is an underwriter for Farm Bureau Insurance Co. in Jackson.

Out-of-state guests were from Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee and Texas.

Engagement party

The couple was honored with an engagement party at the home of Cathy and Stan Carr. Assisting in hosting were Mr. and Mrs. Bill Barnett, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Fillingim, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Horseman, Dr. and Mrs. Maret Maxwell, Sarah Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Alan Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Nassar, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Ulmer.

Crawfish party

Drs. Tim and Grace Shumaker hosted a crawfish party at their home. Co-hosts were Mr. and Mrs. Garret Shumaker, Robert Gardner, Henry Gordon, Brian Gray, Jonathan “Jack” Hart, Clay Magee and Scott Magee.

Bachelorette weekend

The bride was honored by the bridesmaids and honorary attendants with a bachelorette weekend in Memphis, including a lingerie shower hosted by Stephanie Steed, Rebecca Ueltschey and Lauren Gough.


Angie McGee and Jenna McGee honored the bride with a Christmas shower.

Joan Bowen, Angela Davis, Denise Goree, Dara Hendrix, Rhonda Hendrix, Anya Henry, Dixie Henry and Emily Rut hosted a miscellaneous shower at the home of Bubba and Joan Bowen.

Katie Fuller, Kitty Fuller, Cheryl LaFoe, Martha LaFoe, Martha Ueltschey and Sarah Ulmer hosted a tea shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fuller.

Tammy Boolos, Kristy Goodson, Susan Kendall, Emily McClurg and Carrie Oakes honored the bride with a miscellaneous shower at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Boolos.

Rhonda Bagby, Susan Morgan, Linda Gail Newton and Linda Roark honored the bride with a miscellaneous shower at A La Cart Alley in Cleveland.

Employees of Farm Bureau Insurance honored the groom with a tool shower.