Thomas, Ruff marry at First Presbyterian

Published 1:01 am Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mark Benjamin Thomas and Laura Carolyn Ruff were married at 4 p.m. June 25, 2011, at First Presbyterian Church, Vicksburg. The Rev. Timothy B. Brown, pastor, officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Greg and Jessica Ruff of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Ben and Bernice Ruff of Plantersville and the late Jay and Carolyn Schilling of Vicksburg.

The groom is the son of John C. and JoAnn Thomas of Starkville. He is the grandson of Earl and Dorothy Thomas of Starkville and the late Norvel and Lucy Burkett of Columbia.

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The bride was given in marriage by her father. A program of nuptial music was presented by Barbara Tracy, organist; David Demirbilek, violinist; and Sharon Penley, vocalist.

Matron of honor was Blair Trusty McBride of Vicksburg. Bridesmaids were Laura Katherine Johnston, Whitney Saxon Clardy and Catherine Thomas, all of Starkville; Michelle Mayer of Meridian; and Michelle Lee Ruff of Baton Rouge.

The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Jake White of Madison, Tyler Hardy of Brandon, Heath Serio of Leland, T.J. Reece of Starkville and Tim Ruff of Baton Rouge.

Ushers were Davis Hunt of Starkville, Scott Mckinnie of Brandon, Cody Arnold of Pearl and Landon McCaskill of Birmingham, Ala.

Special wedding assistant was Sara Leach of Vicksburg.

A reception followed at The Duff Green Mansion.

For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They will make their home in Alexandria, La.

The bride is a process improvement engineer at Rapides Regional Medical Center, and the groom is project engineer with Pan American Engineers.


Prior to the wedding, friends of the couple hosted several events in Vicksburg and Starkville in their honor.