Emma Elizabeth Liston and Thomas Austin Draughn tied the knot at 5:30 p.m. on October 10 at the Fairview Inn. The Double Ring Ceremony was performed by Reverend Bruce Case.
The bride is the daughter of Sherry Cate Liston of Madison. She is the granddaughter of David Cate of Brandon and Dona Mitchell of Madison, and of Brenda Liston and the late William H. Liston of Winona. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Louis Draughn of Madison. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Spears of Flora, Shirley Draughn and the late Thomas L. Draughn of Byram.
Escorted and offered to marriage by her mother, the bride wore a fitted, flared ivory crepe gown adorned with lace embroidery, a long train and sheer cap sleeves adorned with floral lace patterns. The illusion neckline and scoop back were completed with a fingertip veil and a silver beaded belt. She wore crystal earrings with a foliage design and a gold bracelet, a gift from the groom, engraved with their initials and the date of the wedding. The bride’s ensemble was completed with a hand-tied bouquet of white and blush garden roses, Queen Anne’s lace, lavender and blue delphinium and greenery wrapped in organza ribbon.
The maid of honor was Ann Fairly Barnett. The bridesmaids included Laurel Leigh Bane, Katherine Walton Halliday, Sidney Elaine Lampton and Collins Monger Hansen. They wore floor-to-the-floor steel blue chiffon dresses with cascading ruffle V-necks. Their bouquets complimented the bridal bouquet and were tied with plant-dyed silk ribbons.
The groom’s father served as a witness. The groomsmen included Griffin Layton Draughn and Mason Garret Draughn, brothers of the groom, as well as James David Gilman, John-David Matthew Polk and Alex Stephen Robinson.
A selection of ceremonial music was presented by Magnolia String Quartet. Scripture reading was provided by Laura Catherine Potts.
A reception hosted by the mother of the bride followed the ceremony. Following the couple’s first dance to the Alabama Shakes song “I Found You”, the couple danced with the bride’s grandfather and groom’s mother to Nat King Cole’s “Unforgettable”. The guests were entertained by the Scott Steele DJ company. The wedding cake, a spice cake with white buttercream frosting, featured a cascade of flowers that complimented the bridal bouquet. The groom’s cake, a German chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, featured miniatures of his classic car and tools from his shop.
The newlyweds left the reception in a shower of white rose petals, leaving in the groom’s 1967 Lancia Fulvia decorated with streamers and cans on twine.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents honored the couple with a rooftop cocktail party and rehearsal dinner at the Faulkner in downtown Jackson.
After a honeymoon in Sedona, Arizona, the couple are at home in Ridgeland.