Piper Pecanty and Justin Tillman, both of Crystal Springs, Miss., were joined in the bonds of holy matrimony at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015, at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe with Dr. Trent Langhofer officiating.
The bride, formerly of Monroe, is the daughter of Darin and Amy Pecanty of Maumelle, Ark., and Joel and Kristy Stephan of Monroe.
The groom is the son of Tommy and Angie Tillman of Crystal Springs, Miss.
At the ceremony, a beautiful bronze arch embellished with pink and ivory fresh flowers and greenery stood on the stage with a bronze candelabra on each side. The full length of the aisle, on both sides, was decorated with flickering candles in all different size cylinder vases surrounded by pink rose petals. The entrance to the sanctuary was decorated with floral wreaths of pink and ivory and large green ferns.
The bride was given in marriage by her father, Darin Pecanty. She wore a stunning ivory organza ball gown. The bodice was elaborately adorned with lace, jewels and beading. The skirt of the gown was embellished with lace and beading around the hem. Covered buttons lined the back of the dress. She wore an ivory double layered veil and an intricate jeweled comb in her hair.
The bride carried a large pink and white bouquet made of hydrangeas, roses, peonies, lilies, and greenery of berries and leaves. She also carried a handkerchief give to her by the groom’s mother. It belonged to the groom’s great-grandmother.
The bride’s closest friend and sorority sister, Alyssa Barnhill from Savannah, Ga., served as maid of honor.
The bride’s lifelong friend, Katie Baugh of West Monroe, was matron of honor.
They wore elegant floor length, blush colored lux chiffon gowns. Their dresses were one-shoulder and had a simple pleated bodice. They each wore monogrammed pearl bracelets that were gifts from the bride. Their bouquets were pink and white with green berries and leaves, and made of hydrangeas, roses, peonies and lilies.
Bridesmaids were sorority sisters of the bride’s: Blair Thompson from Allen, Texas; Courtney Beville-Matina from Ocean Springs, Miss.; Megan McBeth from Brandon, Miss.; and a hometown friend, Karissa Humphries from Monroe.
They wore elegant blush lux chiffon floor length gowns. Their dresses were strapless with a simple pleated bodice. They each wore monogrammed pearl bracelets that were gifts from the bride. Their bouquets were pink and white with green berries and leaves. It was made of hydrangeas, roses, peonies, and lilies.
Flower girls were sisters of the bride, Annika Pecanty and Ashlynn Pecanty from Maumelle, Ark. The girls wore beautiful ivory and champagne dresses made of satin and organza. They each carried pink and ivory pomander balls of fresh roses.
Sister of the bride, Adley Stephan of Monroe, served as Messenger. She wore a beautiful ivory and champagne dress made of satin and organza. She carried a sign announcing the coming of the bride.
Best man was lifelong friend of the groom, Eric Ervin from Crystal Springs, Miss.
Groomsmen were fraternity brothers Blake Biddy from Canton, Miss.; Jonathan Perry from Meridian, Miss.; and hometown friends, Wil Ervin and Matthew Gaddy from Crystal Springs, Miss. The groomsmen wore grey tuxes with blush colored bowties and monogrammed cufflinks that were gifts from the groom. The groom wore a grey tux with a black bowtie.
Ring bearer was brother of the bride, Noah Stephan from Monroe. He wore a grey tux with a blush bowtie and also wore monogrammed cuff links. He carried the rings in a gold jewelry box belonging to the great grandmother of the groom.
The reception was held at The Howard Center in West Monroe.
The bride’s cake was made by Thurman’s Food Factory in Monroe. It was a stunning four-tiered white cake with cream cheese filling and buttercream icing. Each tier was hand decorated with piped icing and the tiers were separated by layers of pink and ivory roses. The cake was topped with pink and ivory roses.
The groom’s cake was also made by Thurman’s Food Factory. It was an elaborate football themed chocolate cake. It was a life-size replica Ole Miss football helmet completely made of cake and icing atop a sheet cake decorated like a football field.
The festive reception was catered by Thurman’s Food Factory and music and entertainment was provided by JJ’s Entertainment. Both are from the Monroe area. Favors were specially made for the wedding by the bride’s grandfather, Alton Pecanty. They were adorable small jars of homemade jelly in a variety of flavors. They were decorated with lace and ribbon and a sticker that read “Spread the Love.” Bubbles were handed out for the exit of the bride and groom for guests to blow “kisses” to the new Mr. and Mrs.
The wedding and reception was directed by the Marianne Sidders from West Monroe.
The bride and groom honeymooned for a week on the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. They stayed at a resort on the beach and enjoyed a boat tour of the island, a mud bath in the volcano, a swim in a natural waterfall, a taste of the local food, and many other exciting experiences.
The couple is making their home in Crystal Springs, Miss.