Claire Profilet Cothren & Eustace Harold Winn IV
October 28, 2017 | Benoit, Mississippi
photography by Jamie Hardin Photography
Claire Profilet Cothren of Natchez, Mississippi, and Eustace Harold Winn IV of Benoit, Mississippi, were married on October 28, 2017. The wedding ceremony was held at Grace Episcopal Church in Rosedale, Mississippi; and the reception was held at the groom’s family home, The Burrus House, in Benoit, Mississippi. The Burrus House is also known as “The Baby Doll House” as it was the filming location for the 1956 movie Baby Doll, adapted from a Tennessee Williams’ play.
The bride is the daughter of Ms. Frances Burns Cothren and Mr. David A. Cothren of Natchez. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. H. Paul Cothren and the late Mr. H. Paul Cothren and the late Mr. and Mrs. Patrick P. Burns, Sr., all of Natchez, Mississippi.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Eustace Harold Winn III of Greenville, Mississippi. He is the grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. Eustace Harold Winn, Jr., of Greenville, Mississippi, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hilliard Lawler of Rosedale, Mississippi.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a Mikado silk, strapless, mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline and detachable tulle train. On her bridal bouquet, she placed a handkerchief that had belonged to her mother along with a monogrammed broach that belonged to her late grandmother Mrs. Patrick P. Burns, Sr.
The bride’s sister, Emily Cothren White, served as her matron of honor. Bridesmaids were the bride’s two cousins, Christine Burns Boothe of Greer, South Carolina, and Lindsey Bush Lewis of Starkville, Mississippi. Also serving as a bridesmaid was the groom’s sister, Anne Elise Winn of Birmingham, Alabama. They wore floor-length, blue satin dresses by Sorella Vita. Meredith Clay Roberts of Oxford, Mississippi, and Ann Reeves Romano of Savannah, Georgia, nieces of the groom, were flower girls for the occasion. Readers for the ceremony were the groom’s sisters, Frankie Winn Wilson of Oxford, Mississippi, and Meri-Winston Winn Romano of Savannah, Georgia. Devin Lackey Gammill of Natchez, Mississippi, and Jennifer Emfinger Haile of Natchez, friends of the bride, served as proxy bride.
Attending the groom as his best man was his father, Dr. Eustace Harold Winn III. Serving as groomsmen were John Christopher Kisalus, Jr., of Houston, Texas; Henry Hilliard Lawler IV of Atlanta, Georgia; and Dr. Graham Stephens Milam of Dallas, Texas. Ushers were William Jeffery Kisalus of Oxford, Mississippi, and Francis Brown Lawler of Washington, D. C. Jack Bishop White, nephew of the bride, served as ring bearer. They wore charcoal grey suits with matching blue, cotton-print ties, and cotton boutonnieres.
Bob Willbanks of Grande Design in Cleveland, Mississippi, furnished floral decorations throughout the church and The Burrus House for the reception. He was also the caterer for the evening. Prior to the bride and groom’s arriving at the reception from the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres with Dr. Alphonso Sanders providing musical entertainment. Upon arriving at the reception, the newly married couple, standing on the front porch, was announced to a lively round of applause. At the request of the bride, guests were treated to signature drinks of margaritas from Fat Mama’s Tamales in Natchez, Mississippi.
Throughout the reception, guests danced to the music of the band Music Dude Loud PaQ of Memphis, Tennessee. During the reception, the groom’s sister, Anne Elise Winn, presented a video and narration of the groom’s life up to and including when the couple met and became engaged. Guests enjoyed a variety of food during the night including wild game, cheeses, and the groom’s cake, all in the groom’s room. Freshly fried catfish and hushpuppies were served later during the reception.
The evening before the wedding, the groom’s family hosted a seated dinner at The Burrus House for the wedding party and guests. Family and friends celebrated the couple’s wedding weekend with toasts, accolades, and interesting stories. The day of the wedding, the bride’s aunts held a brunch at The Burrus house while the wedding party dressed for the evening.
The morning after the wedding, friends and family of the groom’s parents held a brunch at The Downtown Grille in Greenville, Mississippi, for all to visit with the new couple prior to their leaving for a honeymoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The couple is now at home in Benoit, Mississippi.
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