Mr. Merrill, Miss Matson marry July 5 in Madison

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 31, 2008

Matthew Curtis Merrill and Christina Huang Matson were married at 11 a.m. July 5, 2008, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison. The Rev. Jeffrey Waldrep officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Kady Matson of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Yun-Lan and the late Cheng-Fang Huang of Taichung, Taiwan, and Norman Matson and the late Henrietta Matson of Bellevue, Wash.

The groom is the son of Christopher and Amelia Merrill of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Joe and Anita Green of Willburton, Okla.; J.C. Merrill and the late June Merrill of Sand Springs, Okla.; and Jeff and Barbara Hutchison of Flower Mound, Texas.

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Floral arrangements in shades of pink and green adorned the area. Pews were marked with bows created from pink and green ribbon.

Organist Rob Robertson presented a program of nuptial music. Prelude selections included Rosania’s “Ubi Caritas” and Franck’s “Panis Angelicus.” Mothers and grandmothers were seated to “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” by Bach. The bride entered to “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God” by Marcello, and the recessional was “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven.

The bride wore a designer, white ballgown-style dress with a caviar-beaded bodice and a chapel-length train. She wore a fingertip-length veil trimmed in white-satin ribbon.

She wore sapphire-and-pearl earrings, a gift from the groom, and a strand of pearls, a gift from her mother.

The bride carried a handtied bouquet of pink and white roses accented with greenery.

Maid of honor was Angela Matson, sister of the bride, of Vicksburg. She wore a tea-length dress of sage-green satin with a wrap bodice and sash.

Bridesmaids were Julia Matson, sister of the bride, and Sarah Merrill, sister of the groom, both of Vicksburg; and Kylene Cepeda of Carrollton, Ga. They each wore tea-length, designer dresses of meadow green tied with matching sashes.  

The attendants carried handtied bouquets of pale-pink roses.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Carl Upton of Vicksburg; Jeffrey Wilson of Hickory, N.C.; and Blake Fehl of St. Louis, Mo.

The bride’s mother wore a steel-blue satin gown with copper sequins and beading and a matching jacket. She wore a corsage of pink roses.

The groom’s mother wore a lavender, beaded gown with a matching bead-fringed shawl. She wore a wrist corsage of pink roses.

A reception followed in St. Clare Hall.

The guest-book table featured votive candles and the bride’s tossing bouquet.

Guest tables were adorned with floating gerbera daisies and votives.

The buffet table held a massive arrangement of lime-green mums and pink gladioli.

For a wedding trip to Traverse City, Mich., the bride wore a traditional Chinese gown of burgundy satin-brocade with heirloom Chinese jewelry belonging to her mother.

The couple will make their home in South Bend, Ind.

The bride is a graduate student in bioengineering at the University of Notre Dame, and the groom is a quality engineer for U.S. Steel in Gary, Ind.

Out-of-state guests were from Oklahoma, Washington and Texas.