By Dr. Gary Bachman
The Meridian Star
Elise Lorraine Burton and Jacob Martin Graham were united in marriage on the evening of March 12, 2011, at First Baptist Church of Laurel.
The bride is the daughter of Stan and Sheree Burton of Ellisville and Drs. Bobby Graham and Sharon Martin of Jackson.
Grandparents of the bride are Mrs. Leola Burton of Little Rock and the late Mr. Ivan Burton, and Mrs. Eleanor Warnick of Union and the late Dr. Rex Warnick.
Grandparents of the bridegroom are Mr. Bobby Graham Sr. of Toomsuba and Mrs. Eva Jo Graham of Meridian, and Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Martin of Jackson.
The double-ring ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Randy Turner. Nuptial music was provided by Leshia Taylor, pianist; Matthew Pickering, organist; Jonathan McKenzie, soloist; and a trio consisting of the bride’s sister and the bridegroom’s brothers.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory gown of lace and tulle, which featured a ruched sweetheart neckline, fit-and-flare silhouette and cathedral-length train. The bride wore a cathedral-length veil with lace appliqués, her mother’s pearl necklace, and a ruby and diamond ring given to her on the wedding day by the bridegroom. She carried a cascading bouquet of ranunculus, deep pink alstroemeria, white roses, green hypericum berries and dendrobium orchids.
Attending the bride as her maid of honor was her sister, Ellyn Elane Burton.
Bridesmaids were Lakyn Williamson, Melissa Bonner, Lindsay Atkins, Shannon Taylor and Makenzie Warnick, cousin of the bride.
The father of the bridegroom served as best man.
Groomsmen were Aaron Graham and Caleb Graham, brothers of the bridegroom, Christopher Weeks and Justin Qualls.
Ushers were Will Jones, Matt Maready, Scott Prechter and Jay Songcharoen.
Jan Goodwin served as wedding director.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the historic Laurel Train Depot featuring a jazz trio.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner in honor of the bride and bridegroom at the Laurel Country Club.
The bridegroom planned a surprise honeymoon to New York City, where the couple enjoyed art museums, fine restaurants and Broadway shows.
Dr. and Mrs. Graham reside in Jackson, where the bridegroom is a resident physician and the bride is a fourth-year dental student, both at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.