Mr. Matthews marries Miss Ditto at St. Michael Catholic Church

Published 1:00 am Sunday, March 25, 2012

David Batte Matthews and Ashley Elizabeth Ditto were married at 3 p.m. Oct. 29, 2011, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Vicksburg. The Rev. Patrick J. Curley officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Susan Kolb Ditto and Clifford Anthony Ditto, both of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Francis Kolb and the late Mr. and Mrs. Francis Ditto Sr., all of Vicksburg.

The groom is the son of Keith and Shellie Matthews of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Mrs. C.D. Matthews and the late Mr. Matthews and the late Mr. and Mrs. O.K. Batte, all of Jackson.

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Presented in marriage by her mother, the bride wore a couture gown of ivory luxe taffeta. The bride carried a hand-gathered bouquet of Wimbledon roses and Bells of Ireland wrapped at the stems with ivory satin ribbon trimmed in pearls. The bride also held a linen embroidered handkerchief that belonged to her maternal grandfather. The bride’s chosen colors were pewter and chartreuse in a rustic theme.

Maid of honor was Erica Ditto, sister of the bride, of Vicksburg. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Gay, Regina Renot, Christin Matthews of Vicksburg, Lucy Matthews, Jordan Gunter of Hattiesburg and Amanda Ardoin of Baton Rouge. The attendants wore designer tea-length gowns of pewter European satin. They each carried hand-gathered bouquets of Bells of Ireland and green hypericum berries tied in pewter satin ribbon.

Best men were Keith Matthews and Aaron Matthews of Vicksburg. Groomsmen were Carey Price, Chris Middleton of Vicksburg, Wade Acuff, Adam Daniel and Zach Prichard of Ridgeland.

A prelude of music was presented by Trevor Hunt of Hattiesburg. Readers were Jennifer Harjes of Jackson and Donna Kolb of South Carolina. The bride and groom were escorted from the church to the reception in a 1966 Bentley Continental.

Special wedding assistant was Dianne Wilder of Vicksburg. The bride’s proxy was Jennifer Harjes.

An outdoor reception followed at Wilsonwood Lodge. Guest tables, covered in white cloths and chartreuse table runners, were arranged beneath cafe lights. Each table featured Bells of Ireland in antique glass bottles and iron lanterns with candles. Guests were entertained by Sound Design of Jackson.

For a wedding trip, the couple traveled to Mexico Beach, Fla. They will make their home in Madison, Miss.

The bride is a kindergarten teacher at McWillie Elementary School in Jackson. The groom is a director of photography at Mad Genius film production/advertising agency in Ridgeland.

Rehearsal dinner

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Wilsonwood Lodge.

Engagement party

The couple was honored with an engagement party at the home of Jane Flowers. Hosts were Toby and Mike Burnett, Sharon and Michael Harden, Bonnie and Justin Henry, Kay and Bruce Lee, Candace Logue and Alice and Randy Shelton.


Jane Flowers and Christin Matthews hosted a miscellaneous shower for the bride at the home of Jane Flowers.

Lindsey Gay hosted a lingerie shower at her home.

Susie Ditto, Erica Ditto and Joan Muirhead hosted a miscellaneous shower, with a Cajun theme, for the bride at the home of Jack and Joan Muirhead.

The couple was honored with a couples shower/fish fry at the All Saints’ Episcopal School rectory. Hosts were Susan and Richard Price, Cassandra and Jim Price, Amanda Ardoin and Carey Price.

Bachelor party

Aaron Matthews hosted a weekend bachelor party at Mule Jail Hunting and Fishing Club in Jackson.

Bachelorette party

Lindsey Gay, Lauren Gay Rohrer and Roxanne Gay hosted a Halloween-themed bachelorette party at their home in Vicksburg.