Thursday, May 8, 2008
Jones-Thomas vows said in double-ring ceremony March 15 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD
United in a lovely ceremony Saturday, March 15 were Lora Louise Thomas of Bowie, Md., and LTJG William Powell Jones of Holly Springs. The Rev. William Vance Kemp, grandfather of the groom, officiated at the double-ring ceremony. The event was held at the United States Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Md., at 12 noon.
For her wedding, the bride wore an exquisite designer dress by Sottero and Midgley. The strapless, A-line gown was made of white godarvi dupioni silk and lace that featured a corseted back and a chapel train with folds of fabric wrapped asymmetrically from the bodice to the side hip and trimmed with a bow. The bride carried a lovely bouquet of flowers that included fuchsia and white roses, light pink peonies and stephanotis.
The matron of honor wore a lovely floor-length jacketed gown which matched gowns of the bridesmaids. Each wore a strapless, fitted, fuchsia beaded taffeta formal-length and carried bouquets that were complimentary to the bride.
The attendants were Jan Thomas, mother of the bride and matron of honor from Bowie, Md.; Katherine Thomas of Crownsville, Md.; Nicole Rodman of Bowie, Md.; Kylee Thomas, niece of the bride and flower girl, of Crownsville, Md.
Giving the bride in marriage was her brother, Brad Thomas from Crownsville, Md.
For her son’s wedding Susan Jones selected a designer, beaded, silk, two-piece Hawaiian blue gown by Marisa Baratelli. The top was styled in a sweetheart neckline complimented by a formal length fish tail skirt. She wore a white rose corsage and enhancing her attire was a matching formal clutch.
Assisting his son as best man was John H. Jones, D.D.S. of Holly Springs. Groomsmen included John Brian Jones of Hattiesburg, and Thomas Fowler Jones of Holly Springs, both brothers of the groom. All of the groom’s attendants were suited in formal attire of black tuxedos.
Music for the wedding was provided by the USNA chapel organist and entailed sacred selections played on the stunningly beautiful pipe organ.
Concluding the wedding service, the bride and groom exited the chapel under a sword arch. The sword bearers were as follows: LT Jed Young, USCG, of Pleasant Ridge, Mich.; LTJG Brett Johnson, USN, of Virginia Beach, Va.,; LTJG Matt Bayer, USN, of Jacksonville, Fla.; LTJG Jason Pettit, USN, of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; LTGG Matt Boyce, USN, of Norfolk, Va.; LTJG Chris Armas, USN, of Jacksonville, Fla.; LTJG Nik Bouchette, USN, of Norfolk, Va.; and 1st LT Alan Zarracina, USMC, of Surf City, N.C.
The reception was given at Paul’s On the River in Riva, Md., immediately following the wedding service. The bride and groom rode by limousine to the reception. Music, dance and a seafood menu was enjoyed by friends and family of the bride and groom. The military tradition of cutting the wedding cake with the groom’s sword was honored. After the tossing of the bride’s bouquet and garter, the happy couple left for a brief honeymoon in the mountains of Maryland.
They are currently making their home in Jacksonville, Fla. This summer they will be moving to Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, where the groom will be flying helicopters for the United States Navy.
The grandparents of the groom are the Rev. and Mrs. William V. Kemp of Holly Springs and the late Claiborne Powell Jones and Mrs. DeEtte Jones of Forest.
Mrs. Jones is the daughter of Jan Thomas and Ralph Atticks and of the late Russell Thomas of Bowie, Md. LTJG William Jones is the son of Dr. and Mrs. John H. Jones of Holly Springs.
On the afternoon of Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, a lovely engagement party was given for Will and Lora at the beautiful antebellum home, Montrose, in Holly Springs. It was hosted by John, Susan, Brian and Fowler Jones. Friends and family took the opportunity to visit with the couple and to celebrate their engagement. Beautiful white arrangements of roses and lilies adorned Montrose.
Attending the party were many out of town guests including the parents of the bride, Jan Thomas and Ralph Atticks of Bowie, Md. Also in attendance was the honorable Judge and Mrs. Allan Pepper of Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Williston and their children of Lafayette, Tenn.; Dr. and Mrs. William West and their daughter Meg of Memphis, Tenn.
Sunday, Jan. 20, from 2-4 p.m., at Kate Freeman Clark Art Gallery in Holly Springs, a bridal tea was given for Lora Thomas, bride-elect of Will Jones. The hostesses were Ruby Bowie, Betty Burch, Pam Bray, Frances Gatewood, Mary Walker Gatewood, Diana Moore, Irene Strickland, Cora Jean Tomlinson, Susan Warren of Holly Springs, Rita Robbins of New Albany and Carole West of Memphis, Tenn. Assisting the hostesses was Avery Robbins of New Albany.
The old fashioned tea was a wonderful time for friends to meet Lora and to greet her with a warm reception. For the tea, the gallery was decorated with lovely hydrangeas and the serving table was set with a delicious array of foods that were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.
On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was given in the Leyte Gulf Room at the United States Naval Academy Officers’ and Faculty Club in Annapolis, Md., by the parents of the groom, John and Susan Jones. The wedding party, along with friends that traveled to the wedding, attended.
Following the dinner, toasts and good wishes were made to the couple and a joyful time was had by all.
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