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Story Archives: Killingsworth-Walker wedding
Mari-Kate Killingsworth and James Ryan Walker were united in marriage in an evening ceremony at Holly Grove Baptist Church in Wisner on December 5, 2009. Minister Micky Gallup officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Sissy and Gary Killingsworth of Tallulah. The groom is the son of Dottie and Keith Walker of Wisner.
The windows in the sanctuary of the church held dove figurines reflected in antique patina and illuminated with soft candlelight atop red ribbons. Soft white lights and tulle adorned the side banisters of the altar area, highlighted by fresh green ferns to create an ambiance of reverence and romance.
Given in marriage and escorted down the aisle on the arm of her father, the bride entered the sanctuary to Mendelsson's classical wedding march. She wore a strapless, A-line ivory gown of satin trimmed with a red beaded cuff accenting the top of the bodice. The split back featured a red train cascading into a circular pattern embellished with elegant beading to match the gown. A nosegay of ivory satin roses accented with red roses was the perfect accessory to the bride's ensemble.
Ashley Emfinger of Winnsboro attended the bride as her matron of honor. She wore a strapless dress of soft red featuring a sweetheart neckline. The split skirt of chiffon flowed to the knee and draped into a demi-train in the back.
Brandi Ezell of Gilbert and Harlee Ellerbe served as bridesmaids. Each attendant wore a dress like that of the matron of honor.
Ryley Emfinger, daughter of Ashley and Ryan Emfinger of Winnsboro, served the wedding party as flower girl. She wore a miniature version of the bride's gown.
Trey Carroll of Wisner served the groom as his best man. Groomsmen were Chris Pierce of Baskin; Justin "J-Rod" Girod of Hebert; Hunter Walker, brother of the groom; and Gary Killingsworth, brother of the bride, of Tallulah. Josh Matthews of Fort Necessity served as the ring bearer.
A reception for the couple immediately followed the ceremony in the gymnasium of the church. The bride's table held a three-tiered square confection topped with silver interlocking hearts and accented with a band of red fondant icing around each layer. The groom's cake featured a replica of his favorite duck blind with teal and mallard ducks floating in the simulated brake water.
Suzanne Bryan welcomed guests at the bride's registry table. Dianne Pruitt assisted with the wedding cake, Gail McKee served the groom's cake and Susan Wall served punch.
The couple exited the reception in casual attire amid an arch of sparklers held by well-wishers. A fireworks display lit up the sky as the newlyweds drove away.