Rogers, Tullos are wed at Cedar Grove Mansion

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 2, 2008

Maj. Matthew Byrne Rogers and Rachel Elizabeth Tullos were married at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 2008, at Cedar Grove Mansion. The Rev. T. Ed Hightower officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Tony Lawrence Tullos and Mary LeClair McNair of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late O.W. Tullos and Avanelle Tullos of Greenwood and the late Henry J. and Louise W. LeClair of Augusta, Ga.

The groom is the son of John and Cathy Rogers of Anthem, Ariz., and Phillip Murphy of San Jose, Calif. He is the grandson of Patricia Byrne and the late Robert Byrne of Phoenix, Ariz., and the late John and Genevieve Murphy of San Jose.

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Classical, nuptial music was presented by the Magnolia String Quartet of Jackson. Schubert’s “Ave Maria” was sung by the bride’s mother. Malotte’s “The Lord’s Prayer” was sung by Dorothy McInnis. “Claire de Lune” by Debussy was performed by the string quartet, followed by the seating of mothers to “Largo” from Vivaldi’s “Winter.” The wedding party processional was to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and the bride entered to Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary.” The bride’s mother sang “One Hand, One Heart” by L. Bernstein for the lighting of the unity candle. McInnis and the bride’s mother performed “The Irish Blessing” for the benediction. The recessional was “Hornpipe” from Handel’s “Water Music,” followed by Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” for the postlude.

Elegant lantern arrangements of loquat and bells of Ireland adorned with ivory organza and candles were placed at the columns on each side of the garden arbor. Ivory bows with loquat and cypress greenery cascaded the black, wrought-iron stairs leading from the mansion’s second story. The bride descended the stairs to her father, who placed wedding slippers on her feet. Fern, orange breesia and freesia adorned the unity candle, which was tied with an ivory-ribbon bow. The area featured asparagus fern, macho ferns and autumn mums. Family aisles were marked by ivory organza wrapped around the front chairs and tied into bows along the inner walkway.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a fitted, strapless gown of ivory with a sweetheart neckline and open back. Delicate lace netting formed an overlay with intricate beading and embroidery. A pleated silk cummerbund, along with a chapel-length train embellished with beading and embroidery, completed her tapered gown.

The bride wore designer wedding shoes, a gift from the groom.

She carried a bouquet of ivory and orange roses, flame calla lilies and orange varieties of breesia, dahlias and freesia gathered on an ivory-ribboned holder.

Maid of honor was Maury Wolfe of Vicksburg. Bridesmaids were Alexandrea Murphy and Melissa Spinogatti, sisters of the groom, of Anthem; Gina Aviles of Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Alicia Bester of Columbus, Ohio.

The attendants wore sleeveless, tea-length black dresses in styles of their own choosing. They each carried bouquets featuring orange varieties of breesia, dahlias and freesia collected on ivory-ribboned holders.

Flower girl was Makena Murphy, cousin of the groom, of Maui, Hawaii. She wore a satin-trimmed, floor-length dress of cream cotton and carried rose petals in a cream-satin, pillowed basket.

Marcus Monte of Aptos, Calif., served as best man. Groomsmen were Bobby Tullos, brother of the bride, of Jackson; James Lipscomb of Boston, Mass.; Bo French of Raleigh, N.C.; and Derek Watkins of James-town, N.Y.

Ring bearer was Dane Spinogatti, nephew of the groom, of Anthem.

The mother of the bride chose an ivory-and-black pleated, layered dress, featuring a V-neckline and across-the-shoulder draping.

The mother of the groom wore a navy dress, similar in design to the ensemble worn by the bride’s mother.

Both mothers wore wrist corsages of dark-orange ranunculus.

The couple departed the mansion’s steps in a shower of rose petals. A reception followed at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club.

The front of the club was adorned with deep-orange mums and macho ferns. The first landing featured a large, framed photo display of the bride and groom matted in white for guests to sign, and the guest book was displayed on a pedestal stand.

Centered on the top stage in the banquet hall was a three-tiered, buttercream wedding cake accented with cascading roses, dahlias, lilies and freesia. The table was topped with a white cloth and skirted with a green organza overlay.

The groom’s German chocolate cake, presented just below the stage on the main floor, was topped with chocolate-dipped strawberries and bittersweet chocolate curls.

Flanking the sides were trays of cake-cutting utensils, along with framed pictures of the bride and groom taken throughout their courtship.

Following the first dances and toasts, dinner was served on tables centered with orange ranunculus atop frosted glass blocks on mirrors surrounded by votive candles and scattered petals.

Guests were entertained with music by Peter Christian and Crew, who played favorites pre-selected by the bride and groom.

The couple will delay their wedding trip until Christmas break. They departed for West Point, N.Y., where they will make their home. The bride attends Rutgers School of Pharmacy, and the groom is a mathematics instructor at the U.S. Military Academy.

Out-of-town guests were from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, Germany and various areas in Mississippi.

The bride and groom chose the wedding day to present gifts to their attendants.

Bridesmaids’ brunch

Mille and Maury Wolfe hosted a bridesmaids’ brunch on the wedding day at the home of Maury Wolfe.

Rehearsal dinner

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at T’Beaux’s.


The bride’s mother and stepfather honored the couple with an engagement party.

The groom’s parents hosted a going-away party and miscellaneous shower at their home in Anthem.