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On Saturday, May 22, 2010, at five o'clock in the evening, Edwina Eloise Elrod and David Jared Eley were united in holy matrimony at the historic Twin Oaks Bed & Breakfast in Natchez, Miss. Minister Mark Fenn officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Debi and Rod Elrod of Winnsboro. The bridegroom is the son of David Eley of Chase and Cindy Guillot of Jigger.
Grandparents of the bride are the late Mr. and Mrs. Norman Elrod of Winnsboro, the late Mr. Raymond Cox of Sterlington and the late Mrs. Nell Cox of Winnsboro.
Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Isaac and Aline Eley of Chase, Robert Hammons and the late Mrs. Marsha Hammons of Delhi.
At the chiming of the hour, the bride entered the sanctuary to "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring."
Escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a beautifully crafted opera gown designed my Monique L'Hullier. Made of ivory duchess satin, the formal gown featured a rouched bodice and a romantic alencon lace bust. The trumpet-style silhouette flowed into a chapel-length train and her ivory cathedral-length veil fell gracefully over the train. The bride chose a bouquet of white hydrangeas, white lilies and ivory roses, hand-tied in ivory satin ribbon and adorned with the wedding bands of the bride's grandmother and great-grandmother.
Attending the bride as matron of honor was her sister, Emily Elrod Shields of New Orleans. Emily wore a short dress of black satin featuring a round neck, pleated bust and rouched waist. She carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas and green roses wrapped with ivory satin ribbon.
Kaitlyn Paige Eley, of Chase, sister of the groom, served as bridesmaid and Maya Ann Rainwater, cousin of the bride, of Nashville, Tenn., served as junior bridesmaid. Kaitlyn wore a short dress of black satin featuring a pleated bodice of shantung silk with a surplice neckline and inset waist adorned with a bow. She carried a nosegay of while lilies and ivory roses wrapped in ivory satin ribbon. Maya wore a sleeveless ivory tea-length dress designed like that of the bridesmaid and carried a nosegay of white lilies and ivory roses wrapped in ivory satin ribbon.
The bride's attendants processed down the aisle to "Canon in D" by Pachabel.
Adam Romero of Winnsboro served as best man. Groomsmen were Norman Elrod of Winnsboro, brother of the bride and Adam Eley of Jigger.
The minister, groom, groomsmen and guests transitioned from the front lawn of the home to the lower gardens to the "Forrest Gump Theme Song" by Alan Silvestri.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held for the couple in the Main House of the Twin Oaks courtyard. Bouquets of blue and green hydrangeas served as centerpieces for guests' tables, which were covered with white linens and sheer ivory overlays. Tables were illuminated by soft candle lights hanging from white branches. The buffet table in the main dining room featured pewter candelabras and a menu of southern of favorites. Guests enjoyed dishes of shrimp and adouille creole, cheese grits, biscuits with smoked turkey and cranberry chutney, peppered beef brisket, tomato bacon canapés and smoked salmon torta.
The bride's table featured a white three-tiered confection with pearls of icing and an ivory band around each layer. The cake was topped with a bouquet of ivory roses and white lilies.
The groom's table followed a New Orleans Saints theme and held a round yellow cake with layers of chocolate butter cream icing and chocolate fudge topped with chocolate covered strawberries and a fleur de lis. The table was covered with black linens and displayed football autographed for the couple by Saint's player Garrett Hartley.
The couple plans to take their honeymoon trip in November during their military leave. The couple will make their home in Belleville, Ill.
Jared is a 2007 graduate of Franklin Parish High School and is currently employed by the U.S. Air Force. Edwina is a 2006 graduate of Franklin Parish High School and a 2009 graduate of Louisiana Tech University. She is currently employed as a registered nurs at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Belleville, Il.