The Meridian Star
Jennifer Melton McDonnell and John Wesley Northam were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at 6 o’clock in the evening at Central United Methodist Church in Meridian.
The bride is the daughter of Mrs. John Melton McDonnell of Meridian and the late John Melton McDonnell. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Joseph Robinson Jr. of Starkville; Mrs. Archie Reeder McDonnell of Meridian and the late Mr. McDonnell.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Joseph Northam of Stella, Mo., and Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Hathorn of Collinsville. He is the grandson of Mrs. William Willis Hagwood of Meridian and the late Mr. Hagwood; Mrs. Tommy Earl Northam of Meridian and the late Mr. Northam; and Mrs. Frankie Sue Ladd of Meridian; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Junior Mowdy of Union.
The bride was escorted by her maternal grandfather, Victor Joseph Robinson, and given in marriage by her family. She wore an ivory French Alencon lace A-line gown with a dramatic high V-neckline and fitted three-quarter-length scalloped sleeves. The back of her gown was exposed lace to the natural waistline with covered buttons, and flowed into a full chapel-length train. She wore a chapel-length illusion veil.
The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of flowers in soft autumn colors adorned with ivory vintage French double-faced satin ribbon. Completing the bouquet were small silver-framed memorial photographs of the bride’s father, her paternal grandfather, a hand-written note by her father and her family’s beloved pet, Pepper.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Carrie McDonnell Wadlington of Madison. Bridesmaids were Katherine Isbell Dalstra of New Orleans, La.; Angela Estep Olvey of Pelham, Ala.; Meagan Elizabeth Metts of Huntsville, Ala.; Jessica Lauren Murphy of Birmingham, Ala.; and Christin Brooke Waters of Meridian.
The bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns of persimmon silk dupioni featuring a delicate sweetheart neckline and earrings which were a gift from the bride. The matron of honor’s bouquet incorporated the soft tones of the bride’s bouquet with the more vibrant colors of the bridesmaids’ bouquets. The bouquets were tied with persimmon taffeta ribbons.
The father of the bridegroom served as best man. Groomsmen were Michael David Hathorn, the bridegroom’s step-father, of Collinsville; Jeremy Ryan Jones of Joplin, Mo., and Walter Joseph Northam Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii, brothers of the bridegroom; Christopher Andrew Townsend of Hattiesburg; and James Warner Wadlington, brother-in-law of the bride, of Madison.
The double-ring ceremony was conducted by the Rev. Bob Rambo. Readers were Melissa Blair Love of Meridian and Katherine Isbell Dalstra. Serving as the bride’s proxy was Sara Elizabeth Love of Meridian.
Nuptial music was performed by Gail Fox, violinist; Charlie Gates, trumpeter; Benjamin Johnson, cellist; Susie Johnson, flutist; and Joyce Tillery, organist. Sharon Futch served as wedding director.
The ring, bestowed to John by Jenn, is the same ring that was given to Jenn’s father by Vicky on the day of their wedding. It serves as not only a symbol of the bride and bridegroom’s everlasting love for each other, but also as a symbol of John Melton’s everlasting presence in their hearts.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s family hosted a reception at Northwood Country Club, where guests dined and danced to the music of the soulful band, Brother 2 Brother of Tuscaloosa, Ala. Family friends Sara Emma Hall of SEH Designs of Meridian and Jon Davis and Ted Lange of Chesterfield Floral Company of Chesterfield, N.J., were the wedding event planners and designers. Photography was provided by Will Jacks of wiljax Photographic Design of Cleveland.
The wedding weekend was filled with celebrations honoring the happy couple. On the evening before the wedding, the bridegroom’s family hosted a dinner at the historical Riley Center’s Parlor Room. A wedding day brunch hosted by Mr. and Mrs. David Hall, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Hall and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Laurenzi was held at the Hall’s home. A luncheon honoring the bride and her attendants was hosted by Mrs. Elaine Isbell, Mrs. Lisa Love, Mrs. Donna Ulmer, and Mrs. Kim Waters at the Waters’ home.
Following a honeymoon in St. Lucia, the newlyweds are at home in Meridian.