Meridian Star


October 9, 2011

Monroe, Ainsworth

MERIDIAN —     Leigh Ann Ainsworth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert David Huff of Meridian, and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Ainsworth of Helena, Ark., wed Mr. Michael Moore Monroe, the son of Ms. Donna Moore Monroe of Fort Morgan, Ala., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn Monroe of Ridgeland, on August sixth, at seven o’clock in the evening, at Central United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. William T. Rambo officiated the celebration of Christian marriage uniting the two in holy matrimony. 

    Special music selections during the ceremony included duets by Cheryl LuQuire and Ricky Braddy, both of Nashville, Tenn. Gary Beard, of Memphis, Tenn., was the organist and Ryan Anthony, of Dallas, Texas, was the trumpet soloist. The music was coordinated under the direction of Kirk Whiteside, a dear friend of the family who resides in Helena, Ark., the early childhood home of the bride.

    Given in marriage by her father and stepfather, Miss Ainsworth wore a designer gown of Alencon lace fashioned with a molded strapless neckline closed in the back with covered buttons and loops. A ribbon belt centered with hand-made organza flowers touched with pearls and crystals encircled the fitted waistline, and the A-line skirt and chapel-length train ended in a deep flounce of bias organza. Her accompanying chapel- length veil of silk tulle was modestly gathered on one end and affixed at the crown. She carried a large nosegay of Virginia roses and hydrangeas in shades of crème and white.

    Special guests at the wedding included the bride’s maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Earnest Lucas Sr. of Jackson and Mrs. John William Huff of Meridian. Mr. and Mrs. Lucas celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family members and old friends on the weekend of their granddaughter’s wedding.

    Wendi Michelle Frazier of Jackson served as Miss Ainsworth’s maid of honor. Additional bridal attendants were Sarah Katherine Akins and Libby Adelle Huff, cousin of the bride, both of Memphis, Sally Kate Archer of New Orleans, La., Andre Bryant Brantley and Emily Lynn Conrad, both of Birmingham, Ala., and Kristina Lynn Makey of Jackson. They wore floor-length chiffon dresses with ruched bodices, adorned with a cluster of flowers spilling over one shoulder in a shade of light green called pistachio.  

    Matthew Allen Taylor of Jackson served as best man. Other groomsmen were Lucas Connor Ainsworth, brother of the bride, of Meridian, Dylan Kraft Bradshaw of Charlotte, N.C., Bradley Ray Griffin, brother of the bridegroom, of Brentwood, Tenn., John Gregory Jones of Madison, Charles Wood Mangrum of Washington D. C., and Justin Patterson Sudduth of Nashville. Additionally, Nelson Bruce Ainsworth of Collierville, Tenn., brother of the bride, Tristan Ray Ainsworth of Helena, brother of the bride, Robert Cooper Huff of Meridian, stepbrother of the bride, and Bradford Kyle Plunkett, Jeffrey Scott Wilson and Thomas Mcllwain Wright Jr., all of Jackson, served as ushers.

    Elise Ray Johnson of Southaven, niece of the bridegroom, acted as flower girl and Leland Matthew Koestler of Oxford, cousin of the bride, acted as ring bearer.

    Greeting guests upon arrival and serving as house party for the wedding ceremony were Caroline Murphy Battle, Marissa Meredith Lucas, Meredith Clair Huff, Laura Brooks Huff and Sarah Margaret Huff. Reader and proxy bride was Sarah Semmes Ford. Dianne Johnson of Central United Methodist Church directed the ceremony.

    Following the wedding ceremony, the bride’s parents entertained their daughter and son-in-law’s wedding guests at a cocktail supper hosted at Northwood Country Club. 

    The wedding ceremony and reception were coordinated by the New York-based event and wedding planner, Delaney T. Bagwell, a close friend of the bride’s mother.

    After a wedding trip to the Royal Bahamien in Nassau, Bahamas, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe will make their home in Jackson.

    Mrs. Monroe is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences. She is currently employed by Centene Corporation as a community outreach coordinator for Magnolia Health Plan. Mr. Monroe is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a bachelor of science degree in biological sciences and is completing his fourth year of studies at the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry in Jackson.

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