Williams, McWilliams wed in spring

Ann Ross Williams and Jack McGregor McWilliams were united in marriage at 4 p.m. on April 30, 2011, at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood.

Dr. Jim Phillips officiated at the double-ring ceremony, assisted by the Rev. Rickey Wheat.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Flowers Williams Jr. of Greenwood.

She is the granddaughter of Mr. William Leon Shute and the late Mrs. Shute, and Mrs. Harry Flowers Williams and the late Mr. Williams.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes McWilliams of Indianola.

He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes McWilliams Sr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas McGregor.

The bride entered the sanctuary on the arm of her father as Paul Hankins played “Trumpet Voluntary.”

The bride wore an Allure designer sleeveless gown of ivory laencon lace with a gold satin ribbon adorning the waist with an organza flower.

The fit-and-flare skirt fell into a chapel length train featuring a scalloped hem of laencon lace. The gown featured covered buttons down the back.

The bride wore a single silk flower in her hair that matched the one at her waist.

She carried a bouquet of confetti roses and variegated pittosporum. Around her bouquet was lace from the mantila worn by her mother on her wedding day and was fastened with the McWilliams family crest.

The bride’s attendants wore black taffeta gowns in similar styles.

Their bouquets were bright pink gerbera daisies and variegated pittosporum.

The bride’s attendants were her sisters, Barra Williams Easley and Jeanne Williams Holland, both of Greenwood, and her sister-in-law, Lena Purvis McWilliams of Memphis.

The flower girls were her nieces, Madeline Alexandra Holland, Mimi Ledet Easley and Elise Catherine Holland, all of Greenwood.

They wore matching French hand-sewn dresses with a wedding ring collar and carried kissing balls.

The ring bearer was Matthew Chase Bradley of Hamilton.

He wore linen short pants and shirt and carried a French hand-sewn pillow made by the bride’s mother.

Serving as program attendants were Amanda Bush and Ragan Brown.

John Holmes McWilliams was his son’s best man, and groomsmen were Mason Holmes McWilliams of Memphis, the bridegroom’s brother; and Christopher Lance Osborn of Hamilton.

Ushers were Haley Thomas Easley of Greenwood and Thomas Forrest Hightower of Jackson.

On the altar of the church, roses, belles of Ireland and greenery were arranged in antique brass altar vases.

Pews were marked with cones tied with ribbon and held arrangements similar to those on the altar.

Ceremonial music was provided by organist Patricia Ethridge, pianist Janice Shanks, trumpeter Paul Hankins and soloist Cissye Gallagher. The wedding was directed by Mary Jo Givens.

The bride’s cousin, Thomas Hightower, read the Scripture from I Corinthians 13.

The bride and groom greeted their guests in the church parish hall and patio.

Pictures of the couple were displayed on the baby grand piano.

The tables were covered with bright green toppers over white cloths and grouped in a clover.

The food was served on McCarty and Peter’s pottery.

Three large arrangements of bright spring gerbera daisies, yellow lilies, belles of Ireland and purple larkspur topped large cylinders filled with goldfish centered on the tables.

Large round tables were set throughout the room for guests.

There were also tables on the patio with large terracotta pots of begonia, ferns and potato vines.

The bride’s cake was a four-layer vanilla cake designed with swirls, dots and the couple’s initial.

Adorning the top were gerbera daisies and purple larkspur. Elizabeth Hightower served her cousin’s cake.

The groom’s cake was chocolate and covered with Reese’s peanut butter cups. Kim MacIntosh served the groom’s cake. Musical instruments belonging to the bridegroom were featured on his table.

Punch was served by the bride’s cousin, Allie Shute, who was also her stand-in bride at the rehearsal the evening before.

The guests enjoyed the music of Dr. Alphonso Sanders throughout the afternoon.

The evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents entertained the wedding party, family and friends at a dinner at The Alluvian. During  the dinner, guests enjoyed a slide presentation of the couple throughout their lives.

After a wedding trip to the Jewel at Dunn’s River Fall in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the couple resides in Drew.

The groom is employed by the B.B King Museum in Indianola and the bride is employed by Gillbow’s Pharmacy in Drew and the Carlyle House in Ruleville.