Lovorn, Williams recite vows at B’nai B’rith Club

Published 12:00 am Sunday, November 9, 2008

Andrew William “Andy” Lovorn and Rebekah Renee Williams were married at 5 p.m. Aug. 30, 2008, at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club. The bride’s cousin, the Rev. Jimmy Henry of Macon, Ga., officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Randall and Shirley Williams of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Junius Williams and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Henry, all of Vicksburg. She is the great-granddaughter of Annie Anderson of Vicksburg.

The groom is the son of Ricky and Lee Lovorn of Martinsville, Va. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lovorn and Doris Hodge and the late Samuel Hodge, all of Mobile, Ala.

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The club’s portico was adorned with magnolias, smoke-blue chiffon bows and plant-filled urns. Classic pearl wreaths adorned the entrance doors, which were framed with topiaries and illuminated hurricanes trimmed in pearl strands and magnolias. The bride’s registry table, on the mezzanine level, held pictures of the bride and groom at their favorite Vicksburg spots. White-covered chairs tied with smoke-blue chiffon bows were placed in the ballroom; the family seats were marked with white bows and miniature calla lilies were tied into sashes on the back row. Hurricanes and votive candles, each draped with pearl strands, illuminated mirrors and windows throughout the room. Two massive arrangements in urns flanked the sides of the floor-to-ceiling window. Centering the altar area was a kneeling bench accented with hand-crocheted material and fresh flowers. Hand-carved wooden steps, prepared just for the occasion, led to the altar.

Classical and traditional selections were performed by Dorothy Brasfield, pianist; Sandra Shugars, violinist; Allan Lessem, flutist; and Darcie Bishop, trumpeter. Mothers, grandmothers and sisters were seated to an arrangement of songs. Soloist Jerry Studdard sang “Surely the Presence” as a call to worship. Soloist Dr. Leon Henry Jr. sang “Ave Maria” before the attendants entered to “Trumpet Tune.” A panel of oyster-colored satin was rolled out before the processional to create a center aisle. Following the chiming of the hour by Marie Cunningham and Dorothy McInnis on hand bells, “Trumpet Tune” was played for the bride’s entrance. “Be Thou My Vision” followed the giving of the bride, and “The Lord’s Prayer” was sung by Dr. Henry. Chris Bates, brother-in-law of the bride, performed “A Page is Turned”  before the exchange of vows. Susanna Hancock sang “How Beautiful” for the Lord’s supper. “Rondeau” was the recessional.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a designer gown of silk satin that draped at the shoulders and featured a V-neckline. Swarovski crystal, pearls and beading embellished the empire waist. The fit-and-flair design flowed into traditional lines. Covered buttons and loops descended the dress from the bottom of the V-back to the hem of the cathedral train.

Jewelry for the wedding party was custom made by a Washington, D.C., designer. The bride wore a necklace of genuine fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals with a hand-faceted, rock-quartz pendant drop. She wore diamond earrings, a gift from the groom, and an opal-and-diamond ring from the groom’s mother.

Her cathedral-length, designer veil was trimmed in thin, satin ribbon.

The bride carried a bouquet of green miniature hydrangeas, white miniature calla lilies, medium pink roses and stephanotis wrapped at the stems with white-satin ribbon monogrammed in the bride’s initials and wedding date. Tucked into the bouquet were an heirloom handkerchief from the groom’s mother; a fraternity pendant from the groom; and a locket received as a child from her paternal grandmother.

Maid of honor was Jocelyn Marie Gamble of Alexandria, Va. Bridesmaids were Rebecca Jessie Harden of Arlington, Va.; April Boyd Lovorn of Charleston, S.C.; Brady Allen Hall of Daphne, Ala.; Rebecca Frederick Studdard of Columbus; Aimee Woodrick Robertson of Gulfport; and Kristin Baber Pugh of Ocean Springs.

The attendants wore designer, floor-length, A-line gowns in smoke-blue silk de Chine. The strapless empire bodice and soft pleats were offset by a sweetheart neckline trimmed in crystal jewels.

They each wore custom blue crystal-drop earrings and carried handheld bouquets of white miniature calla lilies, white roses, pink roses and green miniature hydrangeas wrapped at the stems with monogrammed, white-satin ribbon.

Flower girls were Ryan Catherine Cannatti of Austin, Texas, and Kate Isabella Howe of Alexandria. They each wore designer, floor-length dresses of iridescent taffeta in diamond white. A custom-made blue sash and flowers, along with a full, ruched skirt, completed their ensembles.

They wore custom bracelets of freshwater pearls and Swarovski crystals. They carried rose petals in baskets and wore halos of assorted flowers with a flowing iridescent bow.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Samuel Scott Lovorn, brother of the groom, of Charleston; Gregory Licausi of Arlington; James Robert Forshaw of Greenville, N.C.; Stephen Ten Eyck Sheldon of Charlotte, N.C.; and Clifford Warrington Hatch of Mobile, Ala., and Nickolas Wayne Sanders of Sylvania, Ga., both cousins of the groom.

Ring bearer was Andrew Mackin Cannatti of Austin.

Scripture readers were Katie Ann Fanning of Birmingham, Ala., and Heather Hatch Hodge, cousin of the groom, of Mobile.

Greeters were Nancy Jean Gamble of Northeast, Md., and Debra Lou McKellips and Oliver Ian Green McKellips, both of Alexandria.

Serving as program attendants were Cate Lovorn, cousin of groom, of Mobile; and Sarah Williams and Amanda Williams, cousins of the bride, of Shreveport, La.

Special wedding assistant was Lori Flanagan of Vicksburg.

A reception followed on the bottom floor of the club.

Each room of the reception area held a different hors d’oeuvre. Pictures of the bride and groom adorned inlets of the large windows.

The fruit, cheese and bread table featured Mississippi State cheese, and the cheesecake table offered various flavors of cheesecake.

Beverages included specialty frozen cocktails and champagne on a multi-tiered table, as well as tea and water served in the library.

Centering the main hall was the bride’s cake, which was presented atop a silver-plated platter on a round table with a monogrammed runner. The four-tiered buttercream confection was completely covered in pleated white chocolate and accented with miniature, white-chocolate calla lilies.

The library held the crudités table and an antique table topped with small bells featuring the names of guests and table locations for a seated dinner. An oversized menu card bordered with blue ribbon was situated beside the table on an easel.

Guests tables, covered in smoky-blue chiffon and illuminated with white votive candles, were centered with massive arrangements of gerbera daisies, hydrangeas, pink roses, white roses, stargazer lilies and other seasonal flowers atop pearls in large trumpet vases. Favorite wines of the couple completed the tables, along with white-covered chairs tied in blue-chiffon sashes. Each table carried out a theme representing places that were special to the bride and groom. 

Following the seated dinner, guests were entertained with a Coke float station and music by Riverwind. 

Guests rang bells and tossed rose petals as the couple departed, and each was treated to a donation in their honor by the bride and groom to the charity No Greater Sacrifice.

For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Gulfo de Papagayo, Costa Rica.

They will make their home in Alexandria. The bride is staff director for the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration, and the groom is senior associate of executive consulting at MCR Federal.

Out-of-town guests were from Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C.


Ashley Cannatti treated the bridal party to hair stylings at Hair Envy on the day of the wedding. She also provided catered treats as bridesmaids readied for the wedding.


As part of a family tradition, the groom’s parents provided donut holes and personal notes on the morning of the wedding for members of the bridal party, family and close friends. 

Rehearsal dinner

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a Southern gathering after the rehearsal for members of the wedding party, family and out-of-town guests at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club. The dining room was decorated in a plantation theme, and guests were treated to a slideshow presentation assembled by the groom.

The bride and groom chose this time to present gifts to the wedding party.

Pool party

The groom’s parents hosted a late-night pool party at Cedar Grove Mansion following the Southern gathering.

Bridesmaids’ luncheon

A bridesmaids’ luncheon was held at Walnut Hills the day before the wedding. Hostesses were Melanie Bates and Melissa Thomas, sisters of the bride.

Golf outing

The groom’s father honored the groom, his attendants and close friends with a round of golf at Clear Creek the day before the wedding.

Bachelorette party

Close friends of the bride honored her with a bachelorette weekend in Washington, D.C. Special guests were from New Orleans, Birmingham and Ocean Springs.

Bachelor party

The groom’s attendants honored him with a weekend bachelor party in Washington, D.C.

Engagement celebration

The couple was honored with an engagement celebration and poolside crawfish boil at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Howe in Alexandria. Co-hosts were Alison Williams, Keshia Woods, Rebecca Harden, Tina Tran, Jocelyn Gamble, Marta Murray and Greg Licausi. Special guests were the parents of the bride and groom and the groom’s sister-in-law.

Champagne toasting

The bride’s co-workers honored her with a surprise champagne toasting at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City.


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lovorn, uncle and aunt of the groom, and Cate Lovorn honored the bride and groom with a shower at their home in Theodore, Ala.

The bride was honored with a miscellaneous shower and New Orleans luncheon at Bowmar Baptist Church. Hostesses were Linda Carnes, Dolly Claypool, Lorrayne Cox, Katherine Duggins, Beverly Ellis, Rita Goldman, Denise Goree, Jeanine Hall, Faye Jeffers, Judy Jones, Judy Patrick, Nancy Puckett, Donna Rowland, Mary Sullivan and Sharlott Valentine.

A miscellaneous shower honoring the bride was given by Modena Henry, Sherry Henry, Leigh Davis, Florence Reames, Cindy Henry, Dixie Henry, Anya Henry, Fay Thomas and Lanette Henry at the Thomas Henry home.

Jocelyn Gamble hosted a lingerie shower for the bride in Alexandria.

Shirley Collins, Carolyn Douglas and Marjorie Kinnebrew honored the bride with a miscellaneous shower at the Collins home.

A set-the-table shower for the bride was hosted by Andrea Woodrick, Aimee Robertson and Holly Porter at the Woodrick home.