Killen, Paxton are wed May 29

Published 12:03 am Sunday, June 20, 2010

Miss Carlyle Valeria Paxton of St. Joseph, La., and Mr. William Bryant Killen of Waterproof, La., were united in marriage Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Ga. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Michael Batten of Brunswick, Ga.

Carlyle is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Theo Paxton Sr. of Tallulah. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Henry Paxton Sr. and the late Valeria Logue Paxton and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry King, all of Tallulah.

Bryant is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Knight Killen Jr. of Waterproof. He is the grandson of Mrs. Kenneth Knight Killen Sr. and the late Dr. Kenneth Knight Killen Sr. of Lake Saint John and the late Mr. and Mrs. Captan Jack Wyly Sr. of Lake Providence.

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The bride was escorted by her father, Mr. William Theo Paxton Sr. of Tallulah. Cousin of the bride, Miss Mary Madeline Gusky of Baton Rouge, served as her maid of honor. Mrs. Melissa Fonner Paxton of Fort Worth, Texas, and Mrs. Lillian Luffey Paxton, of Baton Rouge, sisters-in-law of the bride, were escorted by their husbands preceding the seating of the mothers and the groom’s grandmother, Mrs. Kenneth Knight Killen Sr.

The bride wore an Allure Couture custom gown of re-embroidered Alencon lace. The fitted bodice with cap sleeves and key-hole back was encircled at the empire waistline with a cummerbund of satin centered in the front with a beaded bouquet of rhinestones, ivory petals and tiny silver bugle beads. The A-line skirt ended in a scalloped border and drifted into a chapel train trellised with covered buttons and tiny rhinestone flowers.

Her veil of corded-edged illusion fell from a cluster of silk flowers touched with feathers. The bride carried a bouquet of white hydrangea and white roses.

Mr. Kenneth Knight Killen Jr., father of the groom, served as best man. Serving as ushers were the bride’s brothers, Mr. William Theo Paxton Jr. of Fort Worth, Mr. Albert Henry Paxton of Baton Rouge and Mr. Matthew King Paxton of Baton Rouge.

An ensemble of musicians played the flute, violin and cello for the wedding ceremony. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvre under the oaks near the Jekyll River followed by a seated dinner reception in the Club Ballroom. A jazz trio provided ambient music during the dinner.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a Low Country boil for the bride and groom at the Beachview Club that was enjoyed by all guests of the wedding weekend. All the ladies joined the bride in the Federal Reserve room of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel on the day of the wedding for a luncheon hosted by the bride’s aunts. Friends and family of the bride and groom honored the couple with several engagement parties in the months prior to the wedding.

Carlyle is a graduate of Tallulah Academy and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where she received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She is also a graduate of LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she received a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law. Carlyle is a private practice attorney in St. Joseph.

Bryant is a graduate of Tensas Academy and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he received a degree in general studies and was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity. Bryant is the co-owner of Big River Feed Mill and AgriLife Protein Solutions in Waterproof, which focus solely on nutritionally enhanced supplements for whitetail deer.

The couple honeymooned at the Regent Palms in the Turks and Caicos Islands and will reside in St. Joseph.