Riley, Howard exchange vows at Nativity

Rebecca Alison Riley of Greenwood and Noland David Howard of Sidon were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. July 11, 2009, during a candlelight service at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood.

The Rev. Matthew Rowe officiated at the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Taylor Riley Jr. of Greenwood.

She is the granddaughter of Ina Hinton of Clinton and the late John Hinton; and Rebecca Riley of West Point and the late Frank Riley.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William David Howard of Sidon.

He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Bridwell of Greenwood and the late Noland Howard.

Anna Margaret Pierce and Lacy Taylor Riley, both of West Point, served as program attendants.

The pews were lined with grapevine cones filled with hydrangeas, spray roses, ferns and ivy. The stained glass windows were lit with candles surrounded by greenery.

Nuptial music was provided by organist Gerald Claxton of Greenville.

Susan Lassiter of Clinton served as wedding director.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white strapless gown made of silk faced satin. The empire waist was embellished with crystals and seed pearls, and the skirt fell into a chapel length train. Her fingertip veil was sprinkled with sequins and pearls.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white peonies, hydrangeas, spray roses and hypericum berries. It was tied with satin ribbon and nestled with an embroidered antique family handkerchief.

Amanda Carol Riley of Starkville, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor.

Bridesmaids were Josephine Katherine Howard of Sidon and Elizabeth Howard Jones of San Francisco, Calif., both sisters of the groom, Emily Lauren Lassiter of Clinton, Ashley Nicole Thompson, Kelli Annette Lott and Katherine Ryan Kimmel, all of Greenwood, and Ann Kathleen Strain of Jackson.

The attendants wore tangerine strapless knee-length polished cotton dresses. They carried hand-tied nosegays of lilies, daisies and hydrangeas.

Sydney Lee Pierce of West Point served as flower girl.

Martha Raney Grantham of Greenwood served as the bride’s proxy.

William David Howard, father of the groom, served as best man.

Groomsmen were Walter Davis Makamson, Andrew Chassaniol Stainback, Scott Lane Wynne and Fraiser McLeod Smith, all of Greenwood, Donald Robert Toomey of Starkville and Phillip Richard Barbour of Bybee, Tenn.

Ushers were Tyler Harrington Gann and Doss Lowry Earnest, both of Greenwood, and Francis Shaw Barbour of New York.

After the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Thompson. Guests enjoyed a dinner buffet and danced to the music of the Mike Ellis Band.

Earlier that day, a bridesmaid luncheon at The Alluvian Terrace Room was hosted by Jenny Thompson, Susan Lassiter and Becky Riley.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted an elegant dinner in honor of the couple at Yianni’s.

Following a honeymoon to Jamaica, the couple is at home in Sidon.