Mr. Ballard marries Miss Wood on July 31

Published 12:05 am Sunday, August 22, 2010

Richard Dane Ballard and Keli Louise Wood were married at 6 p.m. July 31, 2010, at Hawkins United Methodist Church. The Rev. Chris Young officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of John Dennis and Karen Wood of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Charles and Sidney Burgess, the late John Henry and Louise Wood and the late Hugh G. Rogers Jr., all of Vicksburg.

The groom is the son of Richard Preston and Beverly Ballard of Louisville, Miss. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Harvey Sullivan of Louisville and Mrs. Edward Stenson Ballard and the late Mr. Ballard of Pickensville, Ala.

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Given in marriage by her father, the bride’s chosen colors were coral, sage and yellow.

A program of nuptial music was presented by Georganne Swillie, organist and pianist. Soloist was Lauren Elisabeth Ballard, sister of the groom.

Maid of honor was Haley Haynes Hester of Hattiesburg. Matrons of honor were Melinda Hale Comans of Vicksburg and Jennifer Hale Chandler of Tupelo, both sisters of the bride. Bridesmaids were Amanda Brooke Monroe of Clinton; Sarah Katherine Garrick of Madison; Jamie Richey Ballard, sister-in-law of the groom, of Flowood; Lauren Elisabeth Ballard, sister of the groom, of Louisville; Kerri Guy Davis of Brandon; and Ann Christopher Peacock of Ridgeland.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Lucas Conerly Ballard of Louisville and William Edward Ballard of Flowood, both brothers of the groom; Jonathon Robert Stevens of Washington, D.C.; Caleb Derek Metts of Tupelo; Matthew Benjamin Skelton of Starkville; Blake Fulton Moody of Louisville; John Anderson Banahan of Jackson; Marcus Andrew Presley of Nashville, Tenn.; and Justyn Thomas Shelver of Bluffton, S.C.

Flower girl was Emilie Claire Chandler, niece of the bride, of Tupelo. Ring bearer was John Anthony Comans, nephew of the bride, of Vicksburg.

Sommers Elizabeth Richesin of Madison served as the bride’s proxy.

Serving as program attendants were Ansley Tollison Vanlandingham of Greenville and Lynzy Lantier Presley of Nashville. Guest book attendant was Abigale Sidney Chandler, niece of the bride, of Tupelo.

Special wedding assistant was Pat Engler.

A reception followed at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club. Guests were entertained with music by Coop d’Belle from Jackson.

For a honeymoon, the couple traveled to St. Lucia. They will make their home in Brandon.

The bride is a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital and is pursuing a degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center to practice as a family nurse practitioner. The groom is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Bridal breakfast

On the morning of the wedding, Jennifer Jackson hosted a breakfast for the bridal party and mothers at Roca in the Vicksburg Country Club.

Groomsmen’s lunch

The groom’s father hosted a lunch for the groomsmen at Goldie’s Restaurant on the day of the wedding.

Rehearsal supper

The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Duff’s Tavern and Grill. The couple chose this time to present gifts to family members and the wedding party.


The bride and groom were honored with a cookout at the home of Will and Jamie Ballard. Hostesses were Sarah Garrick, Haley Hester, Brooke Monroe and Ann Christopher Peacock.


The bride was honored with a miscellaneous shower at the home of Kerri Davis in Brandon. Hostesses were Dorothy Boone, Jennifer Crowley, Lauren Denley, Emily Guyton, Liza Maxcy, Olivia McCay, Anna Mims, Katie Nicholas, Lynley Shields, Laurie Stockton, Katy Rose White, Maggie White, Holley Yarber and Mary Allyson Young.

Jennifer Chandler, sister of the bride, honored her with a miscellaneous shower at the bride’s parents’ home in Vicksburg.

Pat Engler, Billie Skinner and Brenda Theriot honored the bride with a tea at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Engler.

The bride was honored with a shower at Mint Restaurant in Madison. Hostesses were Lindsay Clairain, Mandy Cooper, Alicon Johnson, Mollie McCormick, Wendi Nopper and Sara Watts.

The bride was honored with a Meet the Bride tea at the home of Melaine McNeel in Louisville. Hostesses were Helen Black, Kathy Bourland, Robyn Fulton, Vicki Hathorn, Nancy Peters, Linda Skelton, Sylvia Stevens, Dyanne Rigby, Amanda Taylor, Margaret Taylor, Carmen White, Pam Womack and DeLaine Woodruff.