The Meridian Star
Haley Elizabeth Heard and Richmond Lavern Alexander IV were united in marriage at six o’clock in the evening on Nov. 17, 2012, at Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian. The candlelight ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Dan Lanier.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Melvin Heard, Jr of Meridian. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Leonard Rawson Jr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Melvin Heard, all of Meridian.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richmond Lavern Alexander III of Meridian. He is the grandson of Mr. James Saul and the late Lillian Saul of Laurel and Mrs. Delores Heflin Alexander and the late Dr. Richmond Lavern Alexander Jr. of Butler, Ala.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a couture gown by designer Rita Vineris for Rivini of ivory alecone lace over an ivory lining fashioned with an organza strapless crumcatcher neck that veed in the back and an empire waistline embellished with jeweled appliqué. The fit and flair skirt swept into a chapel train. With her gown she wore a cathedral lace edged veil of illusion. She carried a bouquet of peach Juliet roses wrapped in double faced satin ribbon with a vintage diamond broach.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was her cousin, Ashlie Rawson Hopkins of Meridian. Bridesmaids were Kameron Brook Agerton, Jamie Terese Albanese, Bethany Spidle Garrett, Brookley Knight Gibson, Ashley Peavy Luke, Susan Stokes Rawson, Kalyn Stokes Street, and Kylie Smith Temple, all of Meridian; and Mary Heflin Alexander and Meagan Elizabeth McNeil of Starkville.
The bridesmaids wore formal gowns of pewter chiffon with rouched-draped bodices, asymmetrical one-shoulder strap with chiffon floral accents and floor length skirts.
Flower girls were Madelyn Brooke Gibson, Hollyn Camille Gibson, and Landrye Kate Hopkins all of Meridian. They wore satin sleeveless ankle-length dresses with monogrammed sashes tied around their waists.
Serving as best man was brother of the groom, William Saul Alexander of Starkville. Groomsmen were Bradley Allen Futch of Midland, Texas; John Phillip Garrett, William Scott Gibson, Christopher James Moffett, William Shawn Stewart, Daniel Bailey Whitehead, and Walter Gavin Whitehead, all of Meridian; Charles Alexander Hensleigh of Alexander City, Ala.; and William Charles Ledbetter of Birmingham, Ala.
Timothy Cade Hopkins of Meridian served as the ring bearer.
Music for the wedding ceremony was performed by Missy Davis and Rev. Paul Davis. Vocalists were Judith Beesley and Michael Phillips. 1 John 4:7-19 was read by Jamie Ainsworth. John David Ainsworth served as media specialist for the ceremony.
The aisles were lined with moss covered pew markers tied with bouquets of jewel-toned florals and topped with a pillar candle. The choir loft and the baptismal were filled with hundreds of jewel-toned florals and seven candelabra.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Northwood Country Club in Meridian. Guests were entertained by The Tip Tops and dined on a southern menu prepared by Northwood Country Club. The site was transformed with billowing ivory sheer organza and illuminated with romantic amber uplighting. Tufted silver settees, ottomans, and crystal chandelier floor lamps created an intimate area for guests to gather.
Carol Fanning created the bride’s six-tier wedding cake fashioned from layers of buttercream rosettes with rhinestone centers. The cake sat upon a full rhinestone cake stand on a mercury glass topped farm table and featured flavors of vanilla, strawberry, mocha, chocolate, and spice.
The groom had two cakes, a two tier chocolate cake surrounded with chocolate covered strawberries and a chocolate “A” and an oversized red velvet cowbell with the Mississippi State bulldog MSU logo embellishing the front.
A personalized coffee and hot chocolate station was the perfect way for guests to celebrate the crispy fall weather.
The bride and groom danced their first dance upon a white dance floor with their new couple’s monogram, under a canopy of ivory sheer organza and six crystal chandeliers.
Guests enjoyed capturing the joy of the night in a photobooth by Followell Fotography.
Upon their exit, the guests were treated with farewell favors of personalized coffee cups with gourmet hot chocolate and handmade bride and groom brownie pops.
The evenings memories were captured by photographer Followell Fotography of Clinton and cinematographer Films by Flint of Oxford. The wedding weekend was styled and coordinated by Shanna Lumpkin of Shanna Lumpkin Events in Jackson.
The day before the wedding, the groom and his groomsmen were treated to lunch and a game of golf at Northwood Country Club.
The bride and her bridesmaids celebrated at a Bridesmaid’s Brunch the Sunday before the wedding at Weidmann’s Restaurant hosted by Ann Alexander, Rhonda Poole and Cathy Raley.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom and the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Soulé Steam Feed Works in Meridian.
An Engagement Party was held in honor of the bride and groom at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Hales; a Bridal Shower was held at the home of Jennifer Taylor; a Family Shower was held at the home of Ike and Kathy Armistead; a Couple’s Shower was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Bob Cater; a Christmas themed shower was held at the home of Ashlie Hopkins; a Miscellaneous shower was held at Northcrest Baptist Church and hosted by the bride and groom’s church family; and a shower was held at Poplar Springs Elementary School by the bride’s colleagues.
Following a wedding trip to Sandals, Grande St. Lucian, the bride and groom are at home in Meridian where the bride is a teacher at Poplar Springs Elementary and the groom is a Professional Engineer with Engineering Plus.