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Alexandra Crimens Clifford & Joshua Grant Lankford

December 10, 2017 | Natchez, Mississippi

photography by Anne McDaniel

Alexandra Crimens Clifford and Joshua Grant Lankford exchanged vows of holy matrimony December 10, 2016, at six o’clock in the evening at Saint Mary Basilica in Natchez, Mississippi. Father David O’Connor officiated at the ceremony. Nuptial music was presented by Dr. David Goldblatt on the organ and Neil and Rausa McManus, vocalists.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keith Clifford of Sanford, North Carolina, formerly of Natchez. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lawrence Kimbrell of Natchez; the late Mr. Charles Alvin Clifford of Vidalia, Louisiana; and Mrs. Charles Alvin Clifford of LeCompte, Louisiana. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Hart Lankford of Biloxi, Mississippi. He is the grandson of Mr. Thomas Merlin Necaise and Ms. Margaret Ann Necaise, both of Long Beach, Mississippi; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Robert Lankford of Long Beach.


Given in marriage by her father, the bride donned a fit-and-flare gown of designer lace over Lustre Satin with a sweetheart neckline, lace illusion back, scalloped hem, and cathedral train by Martina Lian; and she wore a satin-edged, waltz-length veil. She carried a cascading bouquet of champagne roses, white peonies, white spray roses, dusty miller, white lisianthus, and greenery. The bouquet was placed in a tussie mussie and featured an heirloom handkerchief stitched by her great-great grandmother.


The bride’s sister, Tildsley Clifford McManus, was matron of honor; and maid of honor was Chelsea Ann Knight. Serving as bridesmaids were Natalie Bridges Phillips, Kasey Junkin Howell, Chelsea Ashton Krone, Carly Alysse Hummel, and Hillary Fowler Cloud. Junior bridesmaids were the bride’s cousins, Ella Haynes Kimbrell and Marron Kimbrell McCown.


William Timothy McMillan was the best man. Groomsmen were Gary Michael Schimmer, Jr.; Millard Bland Morrison; Benjamin Hammond Satyshur; John Franklin Penn, Jr.; Christopher Michael May; and Richard Hunter Yancey IV. Ushers were James Hansen McCown, Jesse Eugene Malone Clemons, and Kendall Desporte.


The groom’s cousin, Kourtland Ann Desporte, was the flower girl while the best man’s son, William Truett McMillan, served as ring bearer. Program attendants were Riley Jean Cozart and Kennedy Loren Kuntz.


Following the ceremony, directed by Teresa Risher Burns, the bride’s parents hosted a cocktail hour in Stanton Hall followed by a reception at the Carriage House. Pam Harriss created an enchanting floral atmosphere accompanied by Bingo Star’s southern and coastal-themed dishes. Cuisine The Band, of New Orleans, provided the evening’s musical entertainment during which the couple shared their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”


At the end of the evening, the happy couple exited under waves of red and blue pom poms and departed in a 1960s Bentley. Following a honeymoon to San Jose del Cabo, the couple is at home in Madison, Mississippi.


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