Mr. and Mrs. Colton Mark Cranford

Anne Louise Muckleroy and Colton Mark Cranford exchanged covenant marriage vows at the Dixie Gin in Shreveport, Louisiana, on November 15, 2014. The 5 o’clock ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Michael Wood of First Baptist Church of West Monroe.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Paul (Laura) Muckleroy of West Monroe. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Gene Wilton (Vivian) Muckleroy of West Monroe and the late Gene Wilton Muckleroy and Mr. and Mrs. Harold (Helen) Shrell of Ruston and the late John Roland Evans.

Anne is a 2011 graduate of West Monroe High School and anticipates a May 2015 graduation with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design with a Business Administration Minor from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, where she was a Kappa Delta.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Albert (Jo Ellen) Cranford, also of West Monroe. He is the grandson of the late Reverend and Mrs. Albert Jimmie (Retha) Cranford, formerly of Farmerville, and Mr. and Mrs. Don Carlos (Carol) Antley of Downsville.

Colton is a 2011 graduate of West Monroe High School and also anticipates a May 2015 graduation from Louisiana Tech University. He will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and has accepted a job in the Engineering Solutions Department of The Dow Chemical Company in Plaquemine, Louisiana.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a fitted, strapless, all-over lace gown with a sheer plunge at the sweetheart neckline, accentuated by eyelash lace. The scalloped lace dress featured a chapel length train and a belt composed of rhinestones in an oval design, to complement her oval engagement ring.

Her veil was handmade of ivory tulle, hand-beaded by the bride with freshwater pearls. Anne carried a blush, ivory, and blackberry bouquet comprised of garden roses, peonies, and chrysanthemums, surrounded by seeded eucalyptus. She wore a necklace of her own creation of freshwater pearls and a pearl bracelet given to her as a child by her paternal grandmother. A beautiful ivory stole of rabbit fur completed her look. The fur stole was originally worn in her cousin’s wedding in 2006 in El Dorado, Arkansas.

The bride’s sister, Claire Marie Muckleroy Justus of West Monroe, served as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were childhood friend Kelsey Savannah Tatum of West Monroe, Kappa Delta Big Sis Jeanne Eugenia Thibodeaux of Sulphur, Kappa Delta Sister Ashton Taylor Sistrunk of Converse, and childhood friends Emily Ann Hinton and Briana Maria Antis, both of West Monroe. The ladies were adorned with Badgley Mischka floor-length, sequin dresses with capsleeves. The rose gold column gowns featured draped low backs and jewel necklines. The bride’s attendants carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet and wore rose gold teardrop earrings.

The groom wore a black classic tuxedo with ivory shirt, vest, and bow tie. His boutonniere was composed of a sprig of fresh rosemary and ranunculus, accented with gold ribbon.

The groom’s brother, Luke Joseph Cranford of West Monroe, was Best Man. Paul David Muckleroy, brother of the bride, childhood friend Zachary Blakney Tubb, Brandon Clay Justus, brother-in-law of the bride, and childhood friends Joshua Brennan Thompson and Samuel Ross Keeton, all of West Monroe, served as groomsmen. Childhood friend Joseph Patrick Mims and college friend Roddey Wilkes Frost, both of West Monroe, were ushers. The male attendants wore black slim-fit tuxedos with ivory shirts and black vests and bow ties. Their boutonnieres matched the groom’s.

Cousin of the bride, 5 yr. old Cole James Muckleroy of Tyler, Texas, was ring bearer. He carried the same white satin pillow that bore the rings in Anne’s parents’ wedding in 1980. Cole’s sister, 2 yr. old Caroline Ann Muckleroy, was the flower girl and carried the satin basket made by the bride’s grandmother that was used in the bride’s sister’s wedding in 2011.

Brandi Brownlee Howard of Ruston read verses 31 through 39 of Romans Chapter 8 during the ceremony. Joshua Green of Houston, Texas, was the pianist, and Penny Millhollon of Shreveport played the cello. Justin Cobb of the Betty and Leonard Deaf Action Center of Shreveport provided American Sign Language interpreting. Anne’s cousins, Courtney and Julianne Cousans of West Monroe served as candlelighters and program and guest book attendants.

A reception followed in the renovated cotton gin. Guests were entertained by live music courtesy of the Port City Big Band. Live Artist Hillary George painted a canvas capturing the first dance and the beautiful three-tiered wedding cake, created by the bride’s paternal grandmother. The groom’s cake was a German Chocolate Cake baked by the mother of the bride. A caramel apple bar, provided by two of the bride’s aunts, Charlotte Evans McCall of North Richland Hills, Texas and Melba Evans Campbell of Denton, Texas, offered scrumptious apples and assorted toppings to guests. The couple drove away in a convertible dark grey Mercedes Benz SL550, lent to them by Mr. and Mrs. Donald Neal (Kelli) Riley of Southlake, Texas.

The couple honeymooned in Banff, Alberta, Canada. After graduation, Anne and Colton will make their home in the Baton Rouge area.

The wedding festivities began on Thursday with a Rehearsal Dinner hosted by Jo Ellen and Mark Cranford, parents of the groom, at the Magnolia Room in Bossier City. A Bridesmaids’ Luncheon on Friday morning was hosted by the bride’s aunt Judy Muckleroy Cousans at her home in West Monroe.

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