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Anna Rose Drake & Thomas Michael McIntyre, Jr.

May 7, 2016 | Church Hill, Mississippi

photography by Lauren F. Liddell

Anna Rose Drake and Thomas Michael McIntyre, Jr., were united in marriage on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at half past five o’clock in the afternoon at Christ Episcopal Church in Church Hill, Mississippi. The Reverend Walton Jones officiated the double-ring ceremony.


The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Turpin Drake III of Jackson, Mississippi. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Moody Manning Culpepper of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Mrs. Joseph Turpin Drake, Jr., and the late Mr. Drake of Port Gibson, Mississippi.


The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Michael McIntyre of Columbus, Mississippi. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Andrew Hardin and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry McIntyre, all of Columbus.


Founded in 1820, Christ Episcopal Church is the oldest Episcopal congregation in Mississippi with the present church building having been erected in 1857. Among Church Hill’s early settlers were the bride’s ancestors whose home place is still enjoyed by the family as a hunting camp. Growing up, she visited the church often and fell in love with its beauty.


Vince Massimino, violinist, and Emily Baker, cellist, provided music for the ceremony. After the wedding party processed to “Come Thou Fount,” the bride entered to “For the Beauty of the Earth.”  Evelyn Claire McIntyre, sister of the groom, sang “Ave Maria,” which had been sung by the groom’s paternal grandmother at weddings for many years; and at the conclusion of the ceremony, the wedding party left to “Ode to Joy.”


The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, was elegant in an organza gown with a cap-sleeved lace jacket. The bride’s veil was loaned by her cousin, who was married on the same date five years earlier. She wore the groom’s grandmother’s earrings, and her pearl bracelet was a gift from the groom. She carried a bouquet of flowers featuring roses, peonies, and lavender.


Attending the bride were maid of honor Claire Fahey and bridesmaids Jane Anderson, Selby Graepel, Madeline Knowles, Evelyn Claire McIntyre, Madeleine Nichols, Leslie Johns Ray, and Samantha Riddles.


Flower children were Eleanor Anderson, Annie Burrell, Drake Burrell, Amelie Fahey, and Anna Kinsley Cline. The children carried flower-filled baskets made by the bride’s maternal grandmother.


Best man was Mike McIntyre; and groomsmen were Jesse Geer, Chandler Gillespie, Tyson Jeffers, Drew Lick, John Lucas, Cole Richardson, and Ken Sullivan.


Following the ceremony the bride’s parents hosted a reception at Brandon Hall Plantation.


The bride’s cake was adorned with cascading flowers and Wolfe lovebirds. The Groom’s table was decorated with Mississippi State University bulldogs and cowbells from the families and a chocolate cake enhanced with peanut butter cups.


The couple departed through a cascade of lavender and left in a blue vintage convertible.


Before the wedding, friends and family members hosted a bridesmaids luncheon at antebellum Dunleith in Natchez, Mississippi, and a groomsmen luncheon at Bowie’s, also in Natchez.


On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a dinner in Natchez at the Carriage House on the grounds of antebellum Stanton Hall.


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