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Courtney Nicole Watts & Austin Carter Berry

November 11, 2017 | Brandon, Mississippi

photography by Sully Clemmer Photography

Courtney Nicole Watts and Austin Carter Berry were united in marriage in Brandon, Mississippi, on November 11, 2017. The bride is the daughter of Heather and Jason Watts of Brookhaven, Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of Debbie and Clinton Ratcliff, and of Barbara and Pete Watts, and the great-granddaughter of Gertie Ratcliff, all of Brookhaven, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Alton Berry and Renee’ Carter of Benton, Mississippi, and the grandson of Priscilla and Carl Williams and of David and the late Ruby Berry.


The sunset wedding under the oaks at McClain Lodge was officiated by the bride’s uncles, Benji Pyeatt and Owen King. Classical violinist Rona Barrett and classical guitarist Greg Smith provided the backdrop of ceremony music with vocalist Hope Ratcliff, the bride’s aunt, performing two special songs.


Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a custom fit-and-flare Martina Liana gown of ivory lace from Elle James Bridal in Ridgeland, Mississippi. The gown featured a sweetheart bodice with off-the-shoulder lace straps and a sable-color underlay to accentuate the two layers of ivory lace. It was finished with clear beading and a cathedral-length train paired with a Martina Liana cathedral-length veil of ivory beaded lace. The bride’s bouquet, created by Bertha’s Flower Shop in Brookhaven, featured mother-of-pearl and white roses, wine dahlias, gravilla, white lisianthus, and seeded eucalyptus, accented with white satin roses taken from the wedding dress of the bride’s mother.


Attending the bride as maid of honor was Jessi Burt and as matron of honor was Abbie Martin. Bridesmaids were Anna Lea Ables, Lauren Ayers, Danielle Clark, Kate Gelston, Hailey Ratcliff, Anna Scroggins, Alayna Smith, Delaney Taylor, Carly Young. Junior bridesmaid was Madeline King, and the flower girl was Brantley Berry.


Serving as best man was the groom’s brother, Michael Berry. Groomsmen were Jason Berry, Andrew Ayers, Andrew Howell, Joshua Gelston, Tim Rodgers, David Stewart, Hunter Scroggins, Cal Henderson, Shane Ables, and Sawyer Watts. Ushers were Tucker and Tanner Watts. Ring bearer was Huntley Berry, and the miniature groom was Cohen Watts.


The ceremony director was Mrs. Carolyn Stevens. Program attendants were Aria Ratcliff and Gracie Pyeatt. Honorary junior ushers were Grayson Pyeatt, Braxton Ratcliff, Anderson Bloomquist, and Cooper Bloomquist.


Following the ceremony, friends and family enjoyed a cocktail hour and reception catered by McClain Lodge. The bride’s five-tier wedding cake, made by Janet Smith, was filled with caramel layers and cream cheese icing and decorated with white lisianthus, wine mini carnations, pink spray roses, ivy vine, and seeded eucalyptus. The groom’s cake, made by Amanda Havard, was a chocolate cake decorated with dark chocolate drizzle and chocolate covered strawberries. Chess squares, a favorite of the groom, were also included on the groom’s table.


After the presentation of the bride and groom and first dances, guests danced the night away to music by the band Lucky Town and enjoyed the fun of a photo booth provided by MS Photobooth. To say thank you, custom koozies and bagged mini-s’mores awaited guests as they left. At the end of the reception, guests lined the walkway for a sparkler send-off to celebrate the couple’s departure for a honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas.


Since returning, the newly-weds have made their home in Madison, Mississippi.


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