Campbell, Phillips wed at Highland Baptist

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 25, 2009

Edward Wesley Campbell and Robin Lee Phillips were married at 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 2008, at Highland Baptist Church. The Rev. Brian Ivey, pastor, and the Rev. Larry Jenney of Wallingford, Vt., officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bo Phillips of Louin. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Otto Phillips of Louin and the late J.B. Newcomb and the late Hazel Newcomb Green of Hot Springs, Ark.

The groom is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bland H. Campbell Jr. of Columbus. He is the grandson of the late Sen. and Mrs. Hayden Campbell and the late Rev. and Mrs. H.M. Johnson, all of Jackson.

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The front doors of the church held grapevine wreaths adorned with cream hydrangeas and ivory bows. A table in the foyer, dedicated in memory of the groom’s parents, featured candles in crystal holders, cream peonies in a vase and a wedding portrait of the groom’s parents. Each sanctuary window held arrangements of wheat bundled with deep-purple ribbon and a small nosegay flanked by votive candles atop a cascade of pale-green organza. Family pews were marked with ivory satin ribbon and wheat stalks braided into a heart shape. Each side of the altar area was decorated with a wooden pedestal anchoring purple hydrangeas, cream and pink peonies, gladioli, mums, buddleia and ivory roses in a crackled-glass vase. The unity candle and Communion cup and plate were presented on a table clothed in purple with a sheer ivory overlay. Completing the setting were ferns, palms and cream pillar candles in a pair of large, five-branch, rust-iron candelabrums.

Liz Gullett presented a prelude of piano music. Vocal selections included Chapman’s “I Will Be Here” and Creamer’s “There is Love.” The bride’s mother and Evelyn Jenney of Wallingford were seated to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and the maid of honor entered to Thompson’s “Only God Could Love You More.” Escorted by her father, the bride entered to “Highland Wedding,” played by bagpiper Mary Rose Worthington. For the recessional, Worthington led the couple out to “Scotland the Brave.”

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory-satin gown featuring crystals, beads and seed pearls along the strapless bodice. The A-line skirt extended into a chapel train. Her long-sleeved, champagne-lace jacket was encrusted with seed pearls and curved from the clasp at the waist into a chapel train.

Her ivory, fingertip-length veil was edged in crystals, beads and seed pearls.

The bride wore her maternal grandmother’s pearl necklace, along with pearl earrings that were a gift from the maid of honor.

She carried a bouquet of pink peonies, ivory roses and buddleia.

Maid of honor was Christy Campbell, sister of the groom, of Cocoa Beach, Fla. She wore a floor-length gown of deep-amethyst satin and carried a bouquet of pink peonies tied with iridescent, pale-green ribbon. She wore an amethyst pendant and earrings, a gift from the bride.

Dr. Cecil Ferguson of Brandon served as best man. Ushers were Perry Beau Phillips, brother of the bride, of Louin; Jerry Marsh, Christopher Marsh and Tyler Marsh, brother-in-law and nephews of the groom, all of Columbus; Freddie Wicke of Jackson; and Clayton Jackson of Ridgeland.

Special wedding assistants were Sue Steen and Cynthia VanDevender, both of Vicksburg.

The bride’s mother wore a two-piece, floor-length gown of iridescent-purple satin featuring a beading-embellished jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves. She wore a corsage of pink and ivory rosebuds.

A catered reception followed in the fellowship hall of the church.

Guests were entertained with music by David Stinson, saxophonist. 

Hostesses were Debbie Bennett, Sandra Bilbo, Tracey Boyd, Felicia Jacobsen, Janice Nassour, Barbia Reeves, Joyce Shinn and Debbie Thurmon.

Special reception assistants were Steve and Jenny Bennett.

Out-of-state guests were from Arkansas, Florida, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.

Following a honeymoon to Eureka Springs, Ark., and Branson, Mo., the couple is at home in Vicksburg.

Rehearsal dinner

On the eve of the wedding, the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner for members of the wedding party, family and friends at Jacques’ Cafe.


The bridal couple was honored with an engagement party hosted by Freddie and Mary Jo Wicke at their home in Belhaven.

The groom’s Sunday school class of Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson honored the couple with a party at the home of Marti Richardson.


The bride was honored by her Sunday school class with a miscellaneous shower at Highland Baptist Church.

The ladies of Antioch Baptist Church of Louin honored the bride with a miscellaneous shower.

The groom’s co-workers at Clinton Alternative School honored the bridal couple with a shower at the home of Amanda and Bart Durst.

Lisa Langford and Ruth Green of Vicksburg honored the bride with a brunch and miscellaneous shower.

Elizabeth Ely and Julie Jordan of Jackson honored the groom with a tool shower.