Mary Hayes Brown and Stefan Rudolf Luger were married at 5 p.m. on Oct. 15, 2016, at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Greenwood. The Rev. Peter Gray officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Loraine Craig Brown of Greenwood. She is the granddaughter of Richard Emmett Moss of Greenwood and the late Jean Hayes Moss and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Pierce Brown Jr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Hartmut Franz Luger of Schaerding, Austria. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Luger of Schardenberg, Austria, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Scheuringer.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless couture gown of ivory taffeta featuring a draped crossover sweetheart bodice. With the gown, she wore a layered cathedral-length veil. The bride’s bouquet was made of cascading Phalaenopsis orchids and Delta cotton bolls nestled in an ivory handle of seed pearls and ivory ribbon.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was Amy Springfield Brown of Greenwood and maid of honor Katleen Jasmin Luger of Vienna, Austria. Bridesmaids were Valentina Leoni Luger of Bad Hofgastein, Austria; Meredith Stainback Brown of Schlater; Cecil Brown Patton of Covington, Louisiana; and Hope Brown Vickery of New Orleans. The bride’s attendants wore ivory, formal-length silk gowns and carried an array of white and champagne flora delicately laced with cascading jasmine vine and tucked with cotton bolls.
Rene Erik Kohlhauser of Budapest, Hungary, served as best man. Groomsmen were William Pierce Brown V of Schlater; Hamilton Moss Brown of Cleveland; Richard Craig Brown of Greenwood; Hannes Erich Koller of Vienna, Austria; Hartmut Franz Luger of Schaerding, Austria; Moritz Stefan Wagner of Bad Hofgastein, Austria; and Marcus Matthias Waclawik of Vienna, Austria. Each wore a boutonniere of white cotton bolls.
The bride’s proxy was Kelly Elizabeth Kuykendall of Atlanta. Flower girls were Mary Landry and Ann Morgan Brown of Greenwood and Anne Callaway Patridge of Hernando. Ring bearers were Hayes Chassaniol Brown and Louis McAllister Brown of Schlater. Scripture was read by Kelly Elizabeth Kuykendall of Atlanta and Lisa Hamilton Trotter Melton of Greenwood. Program attendants were Anne Craig Melton and Floyd Mortimer Melton IV, both of Greenwood. Shawna Malloy Young directed the wedding.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Ashland Plantation in Schlater at the home of the bride’s cousin. The canopied outdoor reception area was decorated with arrangements of ivory and champagne hydrangeas, tulips and Phalaenopsis orchids. The bride’s cake was six layers of tiered almond confection with gold leaf, and the groom’s cake was a confection mimicking stacked luggage topped with a world globe surrounded by small cupcakes iced with the flags of Austria and the United Kingdom. Complete Desire of Atlanta provided the entertainment, and the celebration concluded with a firework celebration and sparkler send-off.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. The dinner was followed by a champagne toast and cocktail reception held at The Alluvian hotel.
Following a honeymoon to Nevis, the couple is at home in London, England.