Vicksburg Living Wedding Edition: Memorable details
Published 11:10 pm Monday, January 22, 2024
It was during the cherished first look a father shares with his daughter on her wedding day when Cameron Curtis was presented with a lapel pin that had belonged to another special man who had been in her life — her grandfather Bill Curtis.
“When my dad and I did our first look, he gave me my grandfather’s lapel pin signifying he was a colonel in the 412th engineer command Army reserve. I pinned it to my bouquet, and it was definitely a very emotional moment for me,” Cameron said. “My grandfather was my whole heart. He was born in 1921 and had an amazing life. He was in Normandy on D-Day during World War II. He then came home and worked for the Mississippi River Commission until he retired. He passed away in 2017. Having his pin on my bouquet made me feel a little closer to him on my special day.”
That special day was March 4, 2023, when she and Lane Hynum became man and wife.
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Cameron and Lane first met when they were in junior high school at St. Aloysius. Being part of what Cameron called “the same friend group,” they had always been close. However, they didn’t officially start dating until Lane was a senior in high school and Cameron a freshman at Mississippi State University.
Upon his graduation Lane, too, became a student at MSU. The couple remained together the entirety of their undergraduate studies and even on until they were both in dental school at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson — Cameron in her fourth year, Lane his third – before they became engaged.
“We had been dating for seven years,” Cameron said, before Lane proposed on July 30, 2022.
The proposal took place at Grey Oaks Plantation. Lane had enlisted the help of one of Cameron’s friends, who was an event planner, to pull off the surprise.
“Lane and I had had plans to go to dinner with some friends,” she said. But before they met up at the restaurant, Cameron’s friend asked her to drop by the antebellum home under the guise that she needed to take photographs of the venue for an upcoming event she was planning.
“Little did I know we were actually there for one of the best days of my life,” Cameron said.
CREATING THE PERFECT WEDDING DRESS
Cameron said she found a simple, strapless dress she “loved,” but felt like there was just something “missing.” That was until it was suggested she add rhinestones to a belt that could be made from extra fabric from the dress and a bow.
“I said ‘yes’ to the dress once they showed me how it would look with the added belt and bow,” she said, adding, “the bow was my favorite part.”
Cameron’s something borrowed was the veil she wore with her wedding dress.
“It was a simple, long veil that I really loved. I didn’t want the veil to take away from the dress, but I also wanted a long veil. I borrowed it from one of my bridesmaids, which made it even more special,” she said.
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
Cameron and Lane’s wedding ceremony was held at First Presbyterian Church, which they had both attended since childhood, and the reception was held at the B’nai B’rith Literary Club, also known as the B.B. Club.
“It (B.B. Club) is my favorite building in downtown Vicksburg, and I have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to have my reception there,” Cameron said. “It is beautiful with all of the arched windows lining both sides of the room, and I also love the first-floor rooms with all the wood. I love the vibe of the whole building, as well as the rich history that comes with it.”
The B. B. Club was built in 1916 and was originally used as an event venue for Vicksburg’s Jewish community.
Cameron said one of her favorite aspects of the reception was their wedding cake displays.
“My cake was displayed in the first room when you entered the B.B. Club. I had this idea in my head of how the cake would be displayed, and I really wanted there to be a backdrop behind the cake with beautiful wallpaper, sconces, and our monogram,” she said. “Lane and I decided that we would build the backdrop ourselves so it would be exactly what we were envisioning. I drew it up, and Lane built it. I found the beautiful wallpaper and sconces online, and I painted the monogram that was hanging directly behind the cake.
“Building that together was really fun, but also challenging, and it was special seeing it when we walked into the reception,” Cameron said.
The groom’s cake was displayed on a long table, also located on the main level of the historic building.
“Lane’s favorite dessert is banana pudding, so there were banana pudding shooters displayed on both sides of the cake,” Cameron said.
The table was also decorated with MSU, duck hunting and dentistry memorabilia, as well as photos of Lane’s dogs Chief and Ace.
“It was all of Lane’s favorite things,” Cameron said.
AFTER THE WEDDING
For their honeymoon the couple traveled to the island of Barbados in the West Indies.
They are at home in Jackson and upon Lane’s graduation from dental school in May and their dental residencies, Cameron said their goal is to begin working in a private practice.