Kemp, Elmore wed Jan. 13

Published 11:52 am Monday, May 7, 2018

Caroline Derivaux Kemp and David William Alexander Elmore were married Jan. 13, 2018, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Vicksburg.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomas Kemp III of Vicksburg. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. William Thomas Kemp, Jr. of Noxapater and the late Mr. Kemp, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Allen Derivaux, Sr. of Vicksburg.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Wallace Elmore of Greenwood. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Marvin Alderman and the late Ms. Jessie Lee Elmore and the late Mr. Shurden Alexander Elmore, all of Greenwood.

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The Reverend Father Thomas Lalor presided over the candlelight ceremony. Soloist Sonya Loper provided beautiful music and was accompanied by the pipe organ. John Jeffery Nelson and Kathryn Maria Rust were the readers.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory silk organza designer dress. The elegant, drop waist A line gown with sweetheart neckline was adorned with a champagne center point belt. The gown had traditional pickups cascading from the natural waist. The bride’s cathedral length veil was a center-designed masterpiece made of clear crystals, sequins, and silver embroidery detailing. She also wore a silver crystal barrette with an abstract, floral design. For jewelry, she wore a unique, etched rose cuff bracelet inlaid with sparkling crystals along with a beautiful necklace, originally her great grandmother’s engagement ring. She also wore a pair of custom designed, cobalt blue Angela Nuran shoes, adorned with a Deco brooch. 

The bride carried a hand tied bouquet of red roses, bordered with baby’s breath. The bouquet was wrapped with champagne ribbon and surrounded with a red wedding rosary.

Margaret Lee McDonald was the Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Kathryn Fulghum, Molly Jo Graves, Katherine Ashley Greer, Mary Margaret Halford, Veronica Ann Herrin, Laura Elizabeth McCann, and Catherine Foerster Schully. They wore black V-neck gowns of chiffon with pleating details and carried white, hand tied European bouquets of white tea roses, spray roses, Peruvian lilies, chrysanthemums, and baby’s breath.

Ann Avery Burrell, Katherine Halpin DeRossette, Kathryn Maria Rust, Lindsay Elizabeth Slawson, and Adrian Jean Elizabeth Smith made up the House Party. Mattie Carlyle Derivaux served as the Proxy Bride.

Maxwell Calvin Seage and David Wallace Elmore stood by the groom as his Best Men. Groomsmen were Austin O’Keefe Brewer, Wesley Cole Edwards, Thomas Wailes Kemp, William Carter Kemp, Charles Jeffrey Brock McKnight, and Steven Guy Winstead. They wore traditional white tie tuxedos and boutonnieres of white tea roses wrapped with a silver wire.

Ushers were Kristopher Dallen Dunn, James Fred Jacks IV, John Franklin Jacks, and Dalton Bryce Winstead.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The B’nai B’rith Literary Association. Storycook Favorites Catering created a delicious spread of the bride and groom’s favorites, including salmon dip, a boiled shrimp display, and Vicksburg tomato sandwiches.

The bride’s cake was five round tiers, with alternating tiers of strawberry cake and white cake. The cake was decorated with the bride’s new monogram and a hand piped pattern of buttercream dots and rolling swirls. The family heirloom cake topper was a traditional bride and groom, originally used by the bride’s grandparents when they got married at St. Paul in 1952. The bride’s parents and cousins also used the special topper. The cake was displayed on a mirrored plateau custom made by the bride’s brother, Carter Kemp, and the table was decorated with an antique tablecloth from the bride’s great-grandmother.

The groom’s cake was a two tiered Ole Miss themed yellow cake iced with chocolate buttercream in a stripe motif. The cake was adorned with the groom’s monogram and border of his cake was decorated with edible chocolate footballs. His table was decorated with pictures from Ole Miss games and the Grove. His cake was displayed on an Ole Miss red cake plateau, custom made by the bride’s brother.

The Chill provided musical entertainment for the evening. The newlyweds entered the reception to an upbeat version of Otis Redding’s, “Can’t Turn You Loose,” then danced to Ray Lamontague’s, “You Are the Best Thing.” The bride and her father danced to, “Isn’t She Lovely,” by Stevie Wonder and the groom and his mother danced to Waylon Jennings’s, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys.” 

The couple left the reception through a tunnel of sparklers held by friends and family, then drove away in an antique Rolls Royce.

Claiborne Bryant Cooksey created a beautiful, live painting to commemorate the reception. Katelyn Hambick of Katelyn Anne Photography did a wonderful job capturing the special day.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a dinner at The B’nai B’rith Literary Association.  Following the dinner, family friends of the bride honored the couple with a post toast party at the home of Dr. and Mrs. David Halinski. A wedding day brunch was held at the home of Mr. and Mr. Jim Peay.

Following the honeymoon, the bride and groom are at home in Oxford.