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Vows at Stanton Hall Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi, united in marriage Miss Danielle Nicole Jenkins of Monroe, formerly of Wisner, and Mr. Andrew Todd McGuffee of West Monroe. The ceremony was performed at 6:30 p.m. on September 12 with Reverend Stanley Thrift officiating.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Jenkins of Wisner. The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. Todd W. McGuffee of West Monroe. Grandparents of the bride are the late Mr. Grover Jenkins of Wisner, the late Mrs. Juanita Jones Jenkins of Little Rock, Arkansas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dan Heath of Lockhart Texas. Mrs. Melba Thrift and Mrs. Gale Ferrington served as honorary grandmothers to the bride. Mrs. Essie Mae Jenkins Gwatney of Little Rock, Arkansas, served as the matriarch of the Jenkins family. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Wade Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. Doyce McGuffee, and Mrs. Patricia Valentine.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, Danielle wore a strapless mermaid gown in cream pearl with French lace. The bride wore a shrug made from the same lace and a fingertip-length veil trimmed in satin. She wore a cream accent rose in her hair and a pearl necklace and earrings. Danielle carried a nosegay of red roses with champagne satin ribbon.
The mother of the bride chose a champagne dress with a matching lace and sequined jacket. The mother of the groom chose an ecru-colored satin dress.
Serving the bride as her Matron of Honor was Jenifer McDuffie, wearing a strapless champagne dress with an empire waist and flowing floor-length skirt. The three other bridesmaids wearing like dresses were Hannah McGuffee, sister of the groom; Daphanie Curry; and Bethany Noble. All attendants wore pearl accessories. The groom's youngest sister, Jewell McGuffee, served as the junior bridesmaid. Their bouquets were nosegays of long-stemmed red roses tied with champagne satin ribbon. Honorary bridesmaids were Joy Pardo, Breanne Wagner, Jessica Nobles, Tricia Hawkins, Amber Crabill, Becky Buchanan, Kimberly Fallin, Rachel Rugg, and Erin Easterling. Angie Boggs served the bride's cake.
The groom wore a black tuxedo and vest with contrasting champagne shirt and tie. Serving the groom as his best man was his brother, Sam McGuffee. Other groomsmen were Matthew and Daniel George and Ben Minter, cousins of the groom, each wearing coordinating tuxedoes of black and champagne. Serving as ushers were Seth McDuffie and Cody Zaunbrecher, and named honorary usher was Ryan Jenkins, brother of the bride.
Mrs. Mary Kiper, Mrs. Dorothy Young, and Mrs. June Young Jennings provided the floral decorations, bouquets, and corsages. Mrs. Vicki Head served as the wedding director, and Brandon Loman coordinated the wedding music. The parents were escorted in as "Thank You" by Bon Jovi played. The wedding party entered to the music of "This Year's Love" by David Gray. The bride entered to "Canon in D" by Johann Pachelbel. "When God Made You" by Newsong with Natalie Grant played as the couple celebrated the uniting of life's sands. The couple exited to "At Last" by Etta James.
The bride and her father arrived at the front gate of Stanton Hall riding in an open horse-drawn carriage with red tufted upholstery. The front fence and entranceway was decorated with white grapevine wreaths and swags. They were highlighted with sprays of white sago palm branches with golden monogram letters representing the groom and the bride. The swags were covered with white tulle with clusters of red roses. The gas lamppost was adorned with white wreaths decorated with white sago palm branches, red roses, and a golden "M" monogram letter. Danielle was escorted along the stone walkway flanked by wrought iron and glass luminaries decorated with champagne-colored satin ribbon and bows. The aisle was adorned with antique lanterns mounted on lampposts and draped with swags of champagne-colored satin with sprays of red roses. The side landings of the front steps of the estate were adorned with white urns topped with arrangements of red roses and green sago palm branches. From the second floor veranda, a focal point was established by a large rose ball suspended by satin cords from a white wreath with a smaller rose ball placed in its center. Following the exchange of vows and rings, the couple celebrated by pouring gold and red sands into a crystal vase. At the conclusion of the ceremony as the groom saluted his bride with a kiss, one dozen white doves were released. Bells and chimes rang out as the guests cheered in celebration. The couple exited through the throng of family and friends amidst a shower of rose petals to their waiting carriage. While the couple took a brief ride, the guests were ushered into the parlor and music room to view the interior of the antebellum home and to be attended with hors d'oeuvres. The bride's book rested on a marble top table that held an arrangement of red tea roses in a sterling silver dish. The bride's portrait was displayed on an antique iron easel.
Upon returning, the couple celebrated with their guests in the formal dining room as they cut the bride's cake using a pearl-handled cake knife and server previously used at the bride's parents' wedding and made salutes to each other with champagne from long-stemmed crystal flutes. The guests were then invited to the Carriage House Restaurant where a banquet buffet was set. They passed beneath an arbor of lights and ivory tulle, suspended and draped from white columns that lined the courtyard. The tables of the wedding party were set with gold chargers and gold-rimmed china. Table centerpieces of glass vases topped with nosegays of red roses and crystal teardrops suspended through each vase adorned each table. Guests were seated at round tables, draped in white cloths with satin champagne square toppers marked by miniature birdcages serving as placeholders with designated names. Dinner was provided at buffet tables graced with large iron and crystal stands topped with an abundance of curly willow and sprays of red roses.
The bride's table held an ivory four-tiered square confection with satin ribbons enclosing each tier embellished with sugar pearls, while red roses clustered at the top and cascaded down the corners atop an antique silver plate. Two silver candelabras and roses atop silver candlesticks accented the bride's table. The groom's table held a chocolate confection, a replica of a mallard duck nestled in a marsh grassland.
Easy Eddie and the Party Rockers provided evening entertainment as the couple took the floor for the first dance.
The couple will take a fall honeymoon to a ski resort in Vail, Colorado. The bride is a graduate of Ouachita High School and the University of Louisiana at Monroe, with a degree in mass communications-public relations. The groom is a graduate of West Ouachita High and the LSU Firefighters Academy. They have made their home in West Monroe, where Andrew is a firefighter, and Danielle is an enrollment counselor/recruiter for ULM.