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On Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, Landy LeAnn James and Jarred Lee Evans were united in holy matrimony during a double-ring ceremony at two o'clock in the afternoon. The ceremony was held at the First United Pentecostal Church in Minden with the Rev. Jeff Ramsey, uncle of the bride, officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Lisa and Jr. Thrash and Larry and Tonya James, all of Minden. The groom is the son of Carl and Carolyn Sue Evans of Winnsboro.
The couple exchanged vows beneath a bridal canopy draped with tulle and rose petals. Hot pink rose bouquets and rose petals accented the canopy with Boston ferns flanking each side of the altar.
Music selections for the ceremony included "At Last," "That's What I Love About My Baby" and "When You Say Nothing At All." A slideshow depicting photos of the bride and groom as children and as an engaged couple was presented during the ceremony. The bridal party exited the sanctuary to "Sugar Pie Honey Bunch."
Escorted by her father, the bride chose a gown of white satin with sheer illusion overlay. The fitted bodice of the ball gown was lavished with crystal beading, sequins and seed pearls. The train was adorned with crystal and seed pearl appliqués. She carried a fresh bouquet of hot pink roses and stargazer lilies gathered and wrapped with white satin and gold ribbon.
Laura Neeham, sister of the bride, served as the bride's matron of honor. She wore a gold gown with an empire waist accented with a hot pink sash. She carried a bouquet of hot pink roses with gold accents and white pearls tied with a gold ribbon. LaDonna Harrell, also sister of the bride served as maid of honor. Serving as junior maid of honor was Lacie James, sister of the bride. Jana Evans, sister of the groom, Laura Mercer, Sumar Chanler, Britanny Jordan, Hannah Barnette and Gabrielle Tyler served the bride as her bridesmaids. They each wore gowns like that of the matron of honor.
Kaitlyn and Ashlyn Evans, nieces of the groom, served as flower girls. They each wore matching hot pink dresses. Valarie Needham and Erica Needham, nieces of the bride, served as aisle runners. They each wore matching cream dresses accented with a hot pink sashes. Chance White served as ring-bearer. Aubrey Gray, miniature bride, wore a gown identical to that of the bride. Alan Bankston, brother of the bride served as miniature groom. Lacey Winters, Carmen and Angelique gray served as tea girls distributing bubbles and heart-shaped boxes filled with mints and various candies.
Quinn Turnage of Winnsboro served the groom as his best man. Groomsmen were Alan Shirley, Wade Williamson, Billy Talbert and Evan McMurray, all of Winnsboro, Preston Gray, Braxton Gray, Jefferey Ramsey, all of Minden, and Corey Miller of West Monroe. Ushers included Cody Moore and Justin Gray.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held for the couple in the fellowship hall of the church. The wedding cake was a four-tiered confection covered with fondant icing and hot pink ribbon around each tier. The cake was topped with two intertwined gold hearts. The groom's table featured a John Deere 3-D tractor cake with a separate cake covered with green icing and strawberries. John Deere tractors with their front-loaders filled with strawberries completed the theme.
Guests' tables were covered with white linen tablecloths and topped with hot pink floral arrangements. White candles and rose petals decorated each table. Guests were treated to trays of various meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, a chocolate fountain with strawberries, pretzels and marshmallows, as well as cake and punch.
The bride is a graduate of Minden High School and currently attends the University of Louisiana at Monroe. The groom is a graduate of University High School and is currently employed by United Automation.
The couple will reside in Winnsboro.