Caulfield-Hembree Unite In Marriage
Bethany Summers Caulfield and James Robert Hembree, III were united in marriage Saturday, July 14, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church in Water Valley. The couple exchanged wedding vows at 5 o’clock in the evening. The double ring ceremony was officiated by the bride’s uncle, Reverend Richard Wiman and Rev. Les Newsom.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Barron Caulfield, Junior. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bess White and the late Col. Lloyd F. White. and Mrs. Dessie Caulfield and the late Mr. James Barron Caulfield, Sr. all of Water Valley. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Hembree, Junior and the grandson of Rev. and Mrs. James Robert Hembree, Senior all of San Antonio, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Guilford B. Herron of Hannibal, Missouri.
Molly and Courtney Anderson, violinists and cousins of the bride provided music as guests entered the sanctuary. Other musicians were Dr. Martha Hitch, organist and Suzanne Oakley, soloist who sang “Be Thou My Vision” and “the Lord’s Prayer”. Jennifer Dean was the wedding coordinator.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a Christina Wu strapless gown of ivory satin organza. The bodice was highlighted by a small gathering finished with a delicate bow. The mermaid skirt flowed into a chapel length train and was embellished with swirls of silver threading and embroidery with lace, crystal beading, pearls, and sequins. She wore a cathedral length veil of silk illusion and carried a hand-tied nosegay of cream roses with blush centers incorporating an heirloom handkerchief and necklace belonging to her great-great grandmothers.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was her cousin, Joy Elizabeth Steenkamp of Jackson. Bridesmaids were Ashley Marie Aldy and Cortney Brook Parsons of Tupelo; Mary Katherine Bertrand of St. Louis, Missouri; Jessica Kellie Burns of Memphis, Tennessee; Amanda Milner Eaton of Brandon; Kelley Pullen Hart of Water Valley; Ashley Parker Hood of Columbia, Tennessee; Carol Anne Kennedy and Valerie Baughn Morris of Madison; Tanya Odom Naramore of Oxford; Jennifer Ann Risley of Richmond, Virginia; and Lindsay Caroline Wiman, cousin of the bride, of Jackson. The attendants wore chocolate satin-faced taffeta, A-line gowns. The pleated dropped waist bodice was highlighted by a sweetheart neckline. They carried elegant tropical nosegays of orange, pink and red roses accented with green berries and bound with chocolate satin.
James Robert Hembree, Junior served his son as best man. Groomsmen were James Barron Caulfield, III, brother of the bride, of Water Valley; Lloyd Leland Caulfield, brother of the bride, of Breckinridge, Colorado; Edwin Tate Ervin of Monticello; Brian Gregory Hembree, brother of the groom, of Houston, Texas; Mark Phillip Hembree, brother of the groom, of San Antonio, Texas; Michael Dean Holliday of Hannibal, Missouri; Todd Louis Rhodes of Jackson; Jonathan Carl Sandburg of Madison; Steven Michael Sommers of Brandon; Marvin Daniel Waggoner of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and Vaughn Marcus Waggoner of Tucson, Arizona.
Flower girl was Caroline Woods Derby of Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She wore a tea length dress of ivory matte satin and her hair was adorned with a halo of thick greenery with cream accents and satin ribbon. She carried a satin and pearl basket filled with cream rose petals. Ring bearer was Bretton Payne Hughes of Belzoni. The registry and program attendants were Laura Leigh Northington of Windermere, Florida and Alexia Lawhon of Germantown, Tennessee. The bride’s proxy was Margaret Jeanne Patterson of Charlotte, North Carolina. All are cousins of the bride.
The entrance and sanctuary of the church were beautifully decorated with floral arrangements of roses, bells of Ireland, gladiolas, green hydrangeas, orange lilies, green goddess calla lilies, alstromeria, snap dragons, tulips, and gerberas. Pew markers were hand tied bouquets of roses in coordinating tropical colors.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at the Oxford-University Club. The focal point of the dining room was the bride’s four tiered cake displayed on a silver plateau with cascading flowers on the top and down the layers of the cake with petals around the base. Each layer was flavored with strawberry, lemon, and raspberry fillings. The groom’s cake was a devils food cake with chocolate buttercream icing and a dark chocolate ganache dripping down the sides. The cake was topped with chocolate covered strawberries and surrounded by greenery. After enjoying a full southern buffet the guests were entertained with music by DMP from Memphis, Tennessee. The couple departed the reception in a 1928 Model A Roadster under a shower of rose petals.
On the eve of the wedding the couple was honored with a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at the Downtown Grill in Oxford. Earlier, a wedding luncheon in honor of the bride and her bridesmaids was hosted by family and friends at Pearl Street Pasta in Oxford.
After a honeymoon to St. Lucia, the couple is at home in Jackson, where the bride is a Speech Pathologist for Jackson Public Schools and the groom is a CPA for Collins and Corbin, Ltd.