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Morgan Gayle Halford & Aaron Dain Poore

March 25, 2017 | Natchez, Mississippi

photography by Jenna Dickerson

Morgan Gayle Halford and Aaron Dain Poore were united in marriage at five o’clock in the evening on March 25, 2017, in Natchez, Mississippi, at Hotel Vue overlooking the Mississippi River. The bride is the daughter of Judges William J. and Debbra Killen Halford of Meadville, Mississippi. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Poore of Laurel, Mississippi, and Mr. and Mrs. Phil Kitchens of Laurel, Mississippi. Grandmothers of the bride are Mamie Ruth Halford and DeLois Killen. Grandmothers of the groom are Dean Soley and Hilder Houston.


The couple dedicated the ceremony to the memories of their grandfathers, Bill Halford, Sr., Grady Charles Killen, Thomas Leroy Poore, and Harold Riley. In addition, this occasion was the last one enjoyed with Clarence G. Soley, the groom’s grandfather, and Samuel M. Tumey, the bride’s uncle, who both have unexpectedly died since the wedding. To commemorate their memories of this last joyous occasion with them, Morgan and Dain further dedicate the ceremony.


The groom’s father and step-mother hosted a poolside crawfish boil after the wedding rehearsal. The bride’s grandmothers and aunts Sandra Dolan, Linda Gressett, Gayle Tumey, Kate Thomas, and Janis Watts hosted a brunch enjoyed by the bridal party as they dressed for the wedding while the groom’s mother and step-father provided refreshments for the groom’s party to enjoy throughout the day.


The wedding ceremony was officiated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River by longtime family friend Circuit Judge Al Johnson. Vocalist Todd Vance was accompanied by pianist Susie Kimbrough and violinists Matt Bird and Kelci Armstrong to provide traditional musical arrangements including “Amazing Grace,” “Ave Maria,” “Canon in D,” Trumpet Tune,” “Bridal Chorus,” “The Wedding Song,” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” The blessing of the marriage was given by Jimmy Torrey before the bride and groom were joined in the congregational hymn “The Doxology.”


For the ceremony, the bride wore her mother’s dress; and for her reception, she chose a ball gown from Magnolia Mariée, a Natchez wedding boutique. She carried a thoughtful sixpence in her shoe, given to her by her special friend David Alexander, prior to his death.


Anna Scarbrough of Meadville, Mississippi, served as maid of honor; and Lori Oglesby of Meadville, Mississippi, served as matron of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Beth Benson of Ripley, Mississippi; Heather Carter of Natchez, Mississippi; Sara Griffin of Roxie, Mississippi; Alexandra Peters of Oxford, Mississippi; Katherine Scarbrough of Meadville, Mississippi; Lindsay Slawson of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Samantha Smith of Roxie, Mississippi. The couple’s niece, Vivi Poore, served as flower girl; and Leslie Jeffus served as the bride’s proxy.


Chris Poore of Laurel, Mississippi, served as best man. Serving as groomsmen were Conrad Adams of Oxford, Mississippi; Conner Cockrell of Laurel, Mississippi; Witt Fortenberry of Mendenhall, Mississippi; Will Halford of Meadville, Mississippi; Adam Poore of Laurel, Mississippi; Chan Poore of Laurel, Mississippi; Tyler Roney of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; and Landon Woods of Starkville, Mississippi. The couple’s nephew, Colin Poore, served as ring bearer.


Following the ceremony, cowbells rang much to the bride’s delight and the groom’s surprise as the couple walked down the aisle together to Steve Perry’s famous lyrics “Don’t Stop Believin!” Guests were invited to a reception and celebration in the Pilot House and Ball Room with music provided by Sherman Lee Dillon and the Famous Frank Jones Corner Band.

 The couple was blessed with the help of many to make their special day so memorable. The Event Coordinator was Dusty Wilson with Deana Coffey, his assistant. Invitations were addressed by Hilda Peeler as wedding calligraphist. Event preservation was managed by Jenna Dickerson as photographer and Bubba Gabbert as videographer. Registry attendants were young cousins of the bride, Mackenzie Dolan, Lacey Dolan, Katelyn Hill, and Ava Claire Smith. The wedding was directed by Tammy Torrey. Floral Assistants were Linda Gressett, Lugenia Scarbrough, and Patsy Towles. Events Assistants were Stacye Campbell, Cindy Jones, and Becky Merrill. Jobea Magee provided hair styling and makeup for the bride while Doug McCoy provided hair styling and makeup for the bride’s family. The cakes were prepared by Janet Smith of Union Church, Mississippi, with the buffet provided by the chef and staff of The Vue.


The couple is now at home in Meadville, Mississippi.


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