Jessica Ann Taylor and Dustin Williams Brown exchanged marriage vows Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 in White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ located in West Monroe.
The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rev. Larry West and Father Robert Dandridge.
The bride is the daughter of Eddie and Cindy Taylor of Clinton, Ill., (formerly of West Monroe) and the granddaughter of Betty W. Johnston & the late Marvin R. Johnston of Monroe. Jessica is also the granddaughter of Don and Sharon Taylor of Homer, and the late Morris L .Taylor of Monroe. She is the great granddaughter of Katy Woodard and the late R C Woodard of Arcadia, and the late James T. and Willie B. Johnston of Archibald. She graduated from Clinton, Ill. High School and is currently attending the University of Louisiana-Monroe. She is employed by CenturyLink of Monroe.
The groom is the son of Tim and Becky Brown of West Monroe and the grandson of Rosemary Williams, the late Hugh Williams, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown, all of West Monroe. Dustin is a graduate of West Monroe High School and Northeast (Delta) Technical College. He is employed by Byrnes Mechanical Contractors of West Monroe.
The wedding ceremony decorations featured warm fall colors consisting of sunflowers as the main floral theme with background colors of eggplant purple, natural wood, and burlap highlights. A lighted archway decorated in sunflowers and tulle was the center focus in which the bride and groom gathered during the ceremony.
Setting the tone of the wedding, the mother of the bride presented a video she created highlighting the bride and groom’s different stages of life that included honoring family members who have influenced their lives. The video illustrated the story of the bride and groom’s history with their families, phases of their lives from birth to current, their engagement, and ending as a story “to be continued.” Music accompanying the video included the “Forrest Gump Suite” by Alan Silvestri and Nashville’s “When The Right One Comes Along” by Justin Davis, Georgia Middleman, and Sarah Zimmerman. The song “The Prayer” was sung by the bride’s Aunt, Amy Johnston Gill, during the Unity Candle and Sand ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, Eddie Taylor. Her gown was made of soft ivory satin and featured a sweetheart neckline with a strapless satin lace-up corset bodice. The ballroom gown with a chapel train was highlighted with stunning lace applique and gleamed with clear crystals within the floral etchings. Continuing a family tradition, her mother pinned a white laced and embroidered handkerchief to her under corset which was worn by herself and each of her grandmothers for over six generations during their own wedding ceremonies. The bride carried a fresh cut bouquet of sunflowers with accents of purple and wheat steams embedded as filler.
Megan Delaune of West Monroe served as the bride’s maid of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were: Rebekah Sloan, Lauren Cobb, Breanna Stapleton, Francis Eneman, all of West Monroe and Delaina Wertz of Clinton, Ill. Laela Simmons and Bailey Brister of West Monroe were Junior Bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore sleeveless eggplant purple floor length satin dresses and carried a smaller sunflower bouquet. Isabella Hall, the daughter of Aletta Hall of Conway, N.H., was the flower girl and wore a miniature bride’s ball gown designed and created by Dale Woods of Kaufman, Texas. It was made with a layer of shimmering satin with a chiffon over lay trimmed in lace and ribbons, Victorian neckline and fitted lacy sleeves.
Best man was Josh Womack of West Monroe. Serving as groomsmen were: Jeff Harris, Craig Delaune, Lance Stapleton, Jordan Ellis, of West Monroe and Kelbey McMath of Clinton, Ill. Ushers were Brian Woods of Sanford, N.C., Geoff Eneman, Charlie Wardlow, Logan Simmons, and Shannon Goforth of West Monroe. Ring bearer was Brett Goforth of West Monroe.
Following the ceremony the guests enjoyed a light buffet in the church’s Alton and Jean Howard Family Life Center served by Dan's BBQ and Catering of West Monroe.
Guests enjoyed a tiered bridal wedding cake and an LSU theme groom’s cake served on large wooden spools while guest tables were decorated with theme colors of purple and gold centered with sunflowers. Cakes were provided by Idream of West Monroe, and Rubys of Monroe. To compliment the reception theme, guests were invited to enjoy fresh lemonade served from mason jars decorated by the bride (J-Tay Glasses) and were rewarded the jars as a gift from the bride and groom for attending the celebration.
The day was photographed by Dale and Suhon Wallace (Dale Wallace Photography) of Monroe. Sandy Kinard Morehead of Benton, Ark., was the florist designer and Jana Osterland Norton of Monroe was the hair dresser for the bridal party.
The couple will make their home in West Monroe.