Published 7:12 pm Saturday, March 12, 2016
Miss Ann Kirkpatrick Jacobs and Mr. Cornelius Block Harris were united in marriage on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Russell Cameron Hightower.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Orton Jacobs of Brookhaven. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. William Polk Alexander Jr. and the late William Alexander, both of Dyersburg, and Mrs. Charles Robinson Jacobs and the late Charles Jacob, both of Brookhaven.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maddox Harold Harris Jr. of Tunica. He is the grandson of Mr. Cornelius Henry Block and the late Evelyn Hood Block and the late Mr. and Mrs. Maddox Harold Harris Sr. all of Tunica.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride entered to the majestic strains of Clarke’s “Prince of Denmark’s March” wearing a classic couture strapless gown of ivory silk shantung taffeta, trimmed in delicate Alencon lace. The fit-and-flare silhouette flowed into a chapel length train and was paired with the designer’s own long sleeved removable overblouse of ivory Point d’Alencon lace. She complemented her gown with a chapel length oval cut veil of illusion into which was worked from her mother’s own heirloom veil. The veil, of handsewn petit reseau Alencon lace, was purchased in Florence, Italy, by the bride’s maternal great-grandmother, Mai Alexander, for the bride’s mother who was 2 years old at the time. It was worn on March 22, 1980, at the wedding of the bride’s parents in Dyersburg, Tennessee. The bride wore her mother’s pearl and diamond earrings. She carried a cascading bouquet of white Dendrobium Orchids and Mondial White Roses into which was nestled a vintage gold bar brooch shared with her by dear friends and to be worn at each one’s wedding.
Miss Meredith Alexander Jacobs of Nashville, Tennessee, attended her sister as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sheree Catherine Carty of Memphis, Tennessee; Lauren Smith Case of Pensacola, Florida; Ashley Rebecca Church of Nashville; Dr. Layson Lawler Denney of Richmond, Virginia; Helene Stadler Harris, sister-in-law of the groom, of Memphis; Anna Christilles Moak of Jackson; Emily Walker Ragland of Memphis; and Mary Mitchell Todd of Washington, District of Columbia. They wore floor-length sleeveless dupioni silk gowns in pink pearl accented with a self-tie bow at high neck and a self-belt at the natural waist. The gowns featured a full-shirred skirt with side seam pockets. They carried wreath bouquets of Garden Roses in tints of corals and pinks, Buplerum and Italian Ruscus from which flowed narrow satin ribbon streamers to the floor in hues of pinks, corals and ivory. Each attendant wore matching earrings of pink and cobalt blue gemstones, which were gifts from the bride. The flower girls were Miss Mira Skye Alexander, niece of the bride, of Nashville, and cousins of the groom, Miss Jane Evelyn Moody and Miss Mae Elizabeth Moody of Indian Springs, Alabama. They wore white heirloom dresses embellished with a square collar and ivory ribbon woven through ivory entredeaux and lace. They carried and twirled flower hoops, an old English tradition, handmade and decorated with satin ribbon, ivy and flowers accenting those of the bridesmaids.
The groom’s father, Maddox Harold Harris, served as best man. Groomsmen included Mark Douglas Gregory of Covington, Tennessee; Watson Curtis Harris, brother of the groom, of Memphis; John Bradley Harrison of Richmond, Virginia; Stewart Jennings Hood of Jackson; John Houston Love of Nashville; Thomas Read Meadows of Madison; Warner Graves Russell of Memphis; and Robert Clinton Rosenblatt of Jackson.
The bride’s proxy was Kathryn Braden Robertson of Washington, D.C. Scripture was read by Brooke Elizabeth Adams of Nashville and Alexandra Bucaciuc of Washington. At the register was the bride’s cousin, Victoria Gould Alexander Johnson of Estes Park, Colorado. Program attendants were Miss Jane Shannon Guthrie, cousin of the bride, of Port Gibson, and cousins of the groom, Miss Evelyn Gates Smith of Oxford, and Miss Eleanor Bates Moody of Indian Springs.
A very special and endearing part of the ceremony included the attendance of the bride’s maternal and paternal grandmothers and the groom’s maternal grandfather, all nonagenarians.
Accomplished musicians and friends of the bride’s family, Mr. Steven Morgan Russell — pianist, Ms. Cynthia Gill Hunter — organist, and Mr. Geoffrey Thomas Philabaum — french hornist of New Orleans, provided a gifted performance both as prelude to and throughout the ceremony. A massive arrangement of Garden Roses, Snapdragons and Buplerum interspersed with shoots of Elaeagnus flowing from an Italian blue and white porcelain fishbowl provided the focal point of the Chancel area. Additional Elaeagnus, alternately turned on their reverse and cut from the bride’s home garden, draped the wainscoted rear wall. Brass candelabra with glowing white tapers interspersed with greenery and ribbon illuminated the aisles of the church.
Directing the wedding were dear friends of the bride’s family: Mrs. Joseph Samuel Moak Jr., Mrs. Michael Madison Taylor Sr. and Mrs. Harold Owen Carty, all of Brookhaven.
The bride’s parents hosted a garden reception at their lakeside family home, Catalpa, where guests were welcomed on the front veranda with refreshment. A garden walkway lined with easels of enlarged wedding portraits, in black and white, of both the bride’s and the groom’s parents and grandparents led the way to the rear terrace where the wedding cake and winding buffet tables awaited. The six-tier white butter cream frosted lemon poppyseed cake with lemon curd filling was adorned with a winding cascade of fresh roses echoing those used throughout the ceremony. The groom’s multi-layer cake was prepared with his late grandmother’s beloved carrot cake recipe in the shape of the state of Mississippi and featured towns of special significance to the couple. It was served from a covered well pavilion decorated with greenery and a handsome chandelier. Guests enjoyed dinner and dancing to the high energy show band, the Tip Tops of Mobile, Alabama, beneath a central tent. Tables were adorned with assorted blue and white pottery vases displaying floral arrangements carrying out those used at the ceremony. Guests lined the drive waving long sparklers as the couple departed for New Orleans in the bride’s father’s antique white 1959 Triumph named Sidney. The bride wore her maternal grandmother’s vintage ivory lace suit.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents honored the couple and a host of family and dear friends with a beautiful seated dinner at The Caboose in McComb. Amidst candlelight and an array of exquisite white floral arrangements, the happy couple both received and gave toasts to their future.
After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple is at home in New Orleans, where the groom is employed as an assurance manager with Ernst and Young and the bride is employed as an assistant district attorney with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office.