Emerson Tate Holliman of Tupelo, MS, and Connor Jeffrey Paton of Atlanta, GA, were united in marriage on December 10th, 2016, in a ceremony surrounded by family and friends at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, MS. Reverend David Langerfeld of Tupelo, MS, performed the ceremony. Charlotte Foster, Christopher Thompson and Mignon Williamson of Tupelo, MS, provided music and Avery Ray, Jennifer Love and Josh Hardin were the soloists.
The bride is the granddaughter of Jim and Pat Thompson of Sherman, MS, and Mickey and Babs Holliman of Belden, MS.
The groom is the son of Jeff and the late Carol Paton of Atlanta, GA. He is the grandson of Jim and Ann Lortie of Atlanta, GA, Marcia Paton of Daytona Beach, FL, and the late Andrew Paton of Dalton, GA.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory Christina Wu fitted gown with a silver beaded veil and Bel Aire Bridal headpiece. She carried a bouquet with a lush garden, open nosegay style. The flower composition consisted of peonies, faith pink roses, vendela cream roses, heather and seeded eucalyptus with embellishments of gray lamb’s ear and succulents.
The Maids of Honor were Katherine and Sarah Holliman of Tupelo, MS. Bridesmaids were Jamie Ainsworth of Brandon, MS, Stephanie Bethea of Hattiesburg, MS, Whitney Hood of Birmingham, AL, Mary Holliman Lanphere of Washington, D.C., Claire Paton of Atlanta, GA, Kelsey Purvis of Jackson, MS, Sadie Smith of Tupelo, MS, Rebecca Steinman of Birmingham, AL, and Martha Kate Stratton of Tupelo, MS. They wore navy Christina Wu dresses and carried open style nosegay bouquets with faith pink roses, exotic purple callas, and nature’s peach roses with heather and Viking mums with seeded eucalyptus.
Jeff Paton of Atlanta, GA, was best man. Groomsmen were Anders Albertson of Alpharetta, GA, Kyle Holliman of Tupelo, MS, Munro Lortie of Atlanta, GA, Matt Mierzejewski of Atlanta, GA, Tate Mock of Atlanta, GA, Taylor Mock of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Alex Osborne of Suwanee, GA, Logan Paton of Atlanta, GA, and Michael Reighard of Montreal, Canada.
A reception followed at Southwind in Shannon, MS, where guests opened grand barn doors to be greeted with a variety of gourmet cheeses and fruit in layers of carved colors. There was plenty of comfort food presented with southern elegance to include childhood favorites of the bride such as truffle macaroni and cheese and romaine with cranberries, toasted walnuts and a sweet drizzle. Hot dips, cold vegetable dips, pastas and fried green tomato BLTs on buttermilk biscuits as far as the eye could see. Many made several rounds to experience the rosemary and sea salt crusted beef tenderloin with a side of low country shrimp and grits. Sweet Tea and Biscuits was honored to help prepare a custom table to suit all palettes. We were excited to be a part of pairing these two families. I have loved Emerson her entire life and cherished being a part of her perfect day.
At the reception, the guests enjoyed delicious cakes provided by Creative Cakes. The stunning bride’s cake consisted of five tiers of strawberry cake covered in a combination of butter cream rosettes and cream cheese frosting, with handmade pearls embellishing two of the tiers.
The groom’s cake was a chocolate lover’s dream as it consisted of chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting and drippy ganache, with “Buzz”, his college logo, on top.
The After Party Experience band from Atlanta, GA, provided the ultimate post wedding party for all guests in attendance.
After a honeymoon trip to St. Thomas, USVI, the couple returned home to Atlanta, GA, where the bride works for RaceTrac Petroleum, Inc. and the groom works for Foresite Group, Inc.