Mr. Driver, Miss Pecanty are wed June 21 at First Baptist Chapel

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2008

Adam Ray Driver and Mandi Michelle Pecanty were married at 4 p.m. June 21, 2008, at First Baptist Church Chapel of Vicksburg. Pastor Mickey Bounds officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dan and Kelly Townsend of Clinton and Ken and Christy Pecanty and Lori Simrall of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Bob and Bonnie Townsend of Hickory, N.C., and Jim and Connie Kegerreis, Jane Pecanty and the late Mitch Pecanty, Hugh and Frankie Wilkinson and the late Billy and Ruby Hackler, all of Vicksburg.  She is the great-granddaughter of Elmer and Loretta Bachman of Elkhart, Ind.

The groom is the son of Johnny and Susan Driver of Oak Grove, La. He is the grandson of William and June Driver and the late Thomas and Dorothy Bagbey, all of Lake Providence.

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Two grapevine wreaths with turquoise bows featuring rhinestone horseshoe inlays decorated the chapel’s front doors. Handtied pew bows were created from white tulle and turquoise satin adorned with antique crystals. Centering the sanctuary was a massive white pedestal urn overflowing with pink snapdragons, larkspur, Alstroemeria, stargazers, pink filler and bridal greenery. Ferns and a single, white remembrance candle completed the altar setting.

A prelude of instrumental selections was presented by Julia Blake, pianist. Mothers and grandmothers were seated to “Wind Beneath My Wings,” sung by soloist Kacie Suber. Bridesmaids and groomsmen entered to “Canon in D,” followed by the “Bridal Chorus” for the bride’s entrance. Suber sang “From This Moment,” and “My Last Name” was played before the exchange of vows. “The Wedding March” was the recessional.

Given in marriage by her brother and father, the bride wore a designer gown of diamond silk fashioned with a molded, strapless neckline. The shirred, fitted bodice was appliqueed with beaded, Alencon lace motifs and closed in back with covered buttons. The flared skirt, which fell from a dropped waist, draped to the side and featured lace appliqués that drifted onto the chapel train.

She wore a pearl-and-crystal necklace with matching earrings, all borrowed from her mother.

Her fingertip veil of white illusion, trimmed in white satin, fell from a pearl-and-crystal tiara.

The bride carried a hand-gathered nosegay of Vendela roses and hot-pink and light-pink spray roses tied with French sheer ribbon accented in memorable handkerchiefs from family members.

Maid of honor was Danielle Pecanty, sister of the bride. She wore a sleeveless dress of chocolate satin featuring a high neckline and a pick-up skirt sashed in turquoise.

Matron of honor was Morgan Pecanty, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Sheri McBride, Ashley Boland and Ashley Kelly, stepsister of the bride, all of Vicksburg. They each wore chocolate-satin gowns featuring strapless tops and pick-up skirts encircled at the waist with turquoise-satin ribbon.

They each carried a hand-gathered nosegay of fuchsia spray roses and Alstroemeria lilies tied with hot-pink, sheer ribbon.

Flower girl was Elaina Madison Bailey, cousin of the bride, of Vicksburg. She wore a sleeveless, tea-length dress with a chocolate-colored bodice over a layered mocha skirt of taffeta and chiffon. The empire waist was encrusted with gold-thread embroidery. She carried rose petals in a white basket.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Draven Driver, nephew of the groom, of Oak Grove; Whit Driver, cousin of the groom, of Delhi, La.; Kristopher Pecanty, brother of the bride, of Vicksburg; and Dustin Monier of Sibley, Iowa.

Ushers were Joseph Pecanty III, cousin of the bride, and Josh Mathes, both of Vicksburg; and Lathan Shivers, cousin of the groom, of Monroe, La.

Ring bearer was Luke Driver, nephew of the groom, of Oak Grove. He carried a white-satin pillow with satin ribbons.

Scripture and a special reading was done by Robin Greer.

Special wedding assistant was Helen McGehee of Vicksburg. Courtney Towne of Vicksburg served as the bride’s proxy.

The bride’s mother wore a celadon-green, floor-length gown of raw silk with a matching, longsleeve brocade jacket.

The groom’s mother wore a floor-length gown of toast-colored antique silk with a longsleeve jacket trimmed in opalescent beading.

Both mothers wore corsages of cymbidium orchids.

A reception followed at The Vicksburg. White tulle and turquoise-satin ribbon decorated the stair railing.

The buffet tables, covered with white linen cloths, were centered with chocolate organza and small, white lights. The tables also held white tapers in trios of tall crystal candelabrums.

The large fountain was topped with a massive arrangement containing mixed white and pink flowers.

White linen cloths covered the guest tables, which were adorned with candles and flowers handmade by the bride’s grandmother in shades of chocolate, turquoise and pink.

The bride’s four-tiered, square cake of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla was presented on a silver plateau. Iced in white buttercream, the confection was decorated with the couple’s initials and elegant scrolls and was topped with a creation custom-designed for the bridal couple that featured a miniature tiara and cowboy hat.

The groom’s table featured assorted cheesecakes in blueberry, strawberry, double cheese and turtle.

Arranged photographs of the couple completed the setting.

Guests were entertained with music by DJ Billy Crabtree.

The couple departed the reception in a shower of birdseed. They will travel to Orange, Texas, where both are employed with Members Pipeliners Union 798.

Out-of-state guests were from Louisiana, Indiana, Texas, Iowa and North Carolina.

Rehearsal dinner

The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner featuring a smoked pig at the Knights of Columbus. Special guests were members of the wedding party and out-of-town guests. The bride and groom chose this time to present gifts to their attendants.


Ricky and Robbie Bagbey, Debbie and David Fortenberry, Sarah and Tim Holt, Sharyn and Cooter Marsh, Stephenie and Lance Marsh. Stephanie Marsh, Pattie and Evan Shivers and Shannon and Bart Wood honored the couple with a barbecue at the Marsh home in Sondheimer, La.

Bachelorette party

Sheri McBride hosted a bachelorette party at El Sombrero, with karaoke following at Jacques’ Cafe.


The bride was honored with a miscellaneous shower at Bovina Methodist Church. Hostesses were Linda Guthrie, Mary Ann Haley and Mary Ann Wright.

Susan Driver honored the bride with a miscellaneous shower at Corbin Ferry Freewill Baptist Church in Lake Providence, La.

Lori Simrall hosted a lingerie shower for the bride.

Morgan and Marsha Pecanty hosted a miscellaneous shower at the Jane Pecanty home.