Elizabeth Anne Woody and Henry Walton Vaughan were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on May 20, 2017, at St John’s United Methodist Church in Greenwood. The Rev. Dr. Billy Ray Stonestreet officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Joe Woody of Greenwood. She is the granddaughter of Wilma Killebrew Gnemi of Ebenezer and the late William Rebello Gnemi and the late Mr. and Mrs. Melvis Clyde Woody.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford Vaughan Jr. of Houston. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob T. Perkins of Maben and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford Vaughan Sr.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore an A-line Heidi Elnora gown of off-white silk Dupioni and organza. The gown featured a French Alencon lace bodice with a halter neckline and keyhole back and a Sara Gabriel belt made of Swarovski crystals and pearls. The elegant look was completed with a Sara Gabriel chapel-length veil of tulle and French Alencon lace. The bride’s bouquet was made of white hydrangeas, white stock and mini peonies.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was Allison Jones, sister-in-law of the bride. Vaughan Avant and Elizabeth Tribble served as maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Fran Armistead, Caroline Beach, Mary Lauren Brunson, Virginia Douglas, Courtney McNeer, Emily Monsour, Bethany Stanfill, Claire Sims, Alyssa Steelman and Ellen Thomas. Jennifer Rawson served as bride’s proxy.
The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Caleb Alford; Austin Fratesi; Will Hart; Parker Jones, brother-in-law of the groom; Thad Oswalt; John Russell Penick; Colton Prather; Chad Rawson; Nathan Rowell; Trey Sansing, cousin of the groom; Thomas Woody, brother of the bride; and Cole Young.
Serving as flower girl was Kate Douglas, and Landon Jones, nephew of the groom, was the ring bearer. Ann Carol Gnemi and Matthew Gnemi, cousins of the bride, served as acolytes.
Program attendants were Ansley Bottcher and Leah McMahon, and scripture was read by Caroline Bobinger, Spencer Jennings and Katie Webb. Wedding music was provided by vocalist Stacy Douglass and organist Vicki Morgan.
Ellen Thomas of Ellen Thomas Event Design served as the wedding director with assistance from Summer Jones and Katie Sterrenberg.
Following the ceremony, guests were welcomed to a reception by the bride’s parents at the Greenwood Country Club. An elegant Ivory and gold theme was carried throughout the reception area with gorgeous floral designs of green and white hydrangeas, blush roses, white stock, mini white peonies and magnolia leaf created by Bob Wilbanks of Grand Design.
The reception featured some of the couple’s favorite foods prepared by Chef Chris Reed.
The bridal cake was adorned with flowers complementing the bridal bouquet, while the groom’s chocolate cake was surrounded with chocolate covered strawberries and topped with a Mississippi State bulldog. Both cakes were designed and created by Karyn Burrus of Grapevine Cakes, Catering and Florals. The evening’s musical entertainment was provided by Bamboo Forrest of Memphis, Tennessee. As the night concluded, the couple departed in a 1958 Chevrolet convertible after being sent off with sparklers held by family and friends. The day and night were captured in photography by Ann-Marie Wyatt of Taylor Square Photography and videography by Revival House.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a lovely rehearsal dinner in honor of the couple at The Historic Elk’s Building in downtown Greenwood.
A breakfast and cooking demonstration honoring the bride and her attendants was given by friends and family at the Viking Training Center on the day of the wedding.
After honeymooning in St. Lucia, the couple resides in Greenwood.