Heather Renee Huff & William Calhoun Carter
May 28, 2016 | Natchez, Mississippi
photography by Capture It, Remember It Photography and HT Photography
Heather Renee Huff and William Calhoun Carter were united in marriage at half past six o’clock in the evening on May 28, 2016, in Natchez, Mississippi, at Brandon Hall Plantation on the historic Natchez Trace. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Darwin Huff of Gloster, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Edward Carter, Sr., of Vidalia, Louisiana. Grandparents of the bride are Walter Ola Teel and the late Neva Teel of Ponchatula, Louisiana, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Alcus Huff of Gloster. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. John Lambert of Rotonda West, Florida; the late Mr. and Mrs. Nathan M. Calhoun of Vidalia; and the late Malcolm L. Carter of Natchez.
The wedding ceremony on the grand veranda of the plantation home was officiated by the Reverend Michael Carter, and traditional musical arrangements were provided by a classical music duo on trumpet and piano. During the ceremony, the groom’s aunt and uncle, Patti and Michael Carter, along with Drew David accompanying on piano, sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Following the exchange of vows and final blessing, the couple recessed to the strains of “La Vie En Rose.”
The bride, escorted by her father, wore an Allure A-line gown, with a lace cap-sleeved bodice having a key-hole back, and soft tulle skirt. She customized the dress by adding a Swarovski crystal belt and had the wedding date monogrammed in blue on the bottom of the inner lining. To complete the look, she wore the groom’s mother’s diamond earrings and a mid-length veil with lace reflecting that of the dress.
Jenna Dickerson of Brookhaven, Mississippi, served as maid of honor; and Anna Blythe Guess of Monticello, Mississippi, served as matron of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Meghan Ozburn of Natchez; Morgan Halford of Meadville, Mississippi; and Courtney Ervin, Kacy Fuller, Kamilla Cowart, and Brittany Myers, all of Brookhaven, Mississippi. The couple’s nieces, Felicity Anne Ballard, Olivia Grace Ballard, and Macy Elizabeth Carter served as junior bridesmaid and flower girls, respectively.
Mark Edward Carter, Sr., served his son as best man. Groomsmen were Mark Carter, Jr., and Chase Laukhuff of Vidalia, and Sam Kirby, Drew David, Will Godfrey, Matthew Hall, and Alex Middleton, all of Natchez. The floral décor for the wedding ceremony was by family friend Trinity Vanderford, and Rachel Dale of Brandon Hall Plantation coordinated the wedding.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the courtyard and the Tracings Ballroom at Brandon Hall. Heirloom Cuisine of St. Francisville, Louisiana, catered the event; and both the bride’s and groom’s cakes were made by the Bakery Cottage in Vidalia. The toasting flutes were hand painted to reflect the alma maters of the bride and groom. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed dancing to music by the band Rewind of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
On the evening before the wedding, the groom’s parents entertained the wedding party, family, and friends at a dinner honoring the couple at the Castle Restaurant on the grounds of Dunleith Historic Inn in Natchez. The newly-joined families and friends concluded the wedding weekend celebration with a Sunday luncheon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Carter, Sr., in Vidalia.
Following their honeymoon in Great Exuma, Bahamas, the couple now resides in Natchez where both are employed by Silas Simmons, LLP.
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