Makenzie Sarah Hawkins and Dalton Dowe Sullivan of Nettleton, Mississippi, were united in marriage on June 18, 2016. They were surrounded by family and friends at First Baptist Church in Nettleton. Reverends Donald Pounders and Thomas Magers II performed the ceremony. The wedding music was a collection of the bride’s favorite Disney-themed selections provided by pianist and aunt of the bride, Sharon Rouse, along with Patrick Renfroe, violinist, and Jeff Short, vocalist.
The bride is the daughter of Tommy and Patti Hawkins. She is the granddaughter of Billy and Peggy Rouse and Pauline and the late Billy Hawkins.
The groom is the son of Melissa and the late Chuck Sullivan. He is the grandson of Bobby and Brenda Alexander and late Clovis and Barbara Sullivan. All family is from the Nettleton area.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore an elegant ivory-colored gown. It was floor-length and made of pristine white satin covered in beautiful taffeta lace tailored to sculpt her body. It flared to the floor and was further enhanced by the bride’s sweep wedding dress train, along with a beautiful veil. The bodice was delicately designed to intermingle lace with windows of sheer voile. She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas laced with small peach-colored rose buds, baby’s breath, and succulents – the perfect accompaniment to her elegant aura.
The Matron of Honor was her sister-in-law, Kayla Ponds Hawkins and the Maid of Honor was her best friend, Michele Hester. Bridesmaids were Anna Kent, Hayley Parker, and Holly Schlicht of Nettleton, Cecilia Lawn of Meridian, Mississippi, and Sarah Rouse of Harrisburg, Illinois. They wore mint blue, floor-length gowns and carried small bouquets that mirrored that of the bride. The bride’s niece, Addie Hawkins, and the groom’s sister, Mylee Sullivan, both served as flower girls, while Bowen Kidd served as a miniature groomsman.
Dylan Sullivan, the groom’s brother, was best man. The groom wore a slate-colored tuxedo with a peach rose boutonniere. Groomsmen were Jesse Gillentine, Login Gillentine, Devan Richardson, Sawyer Scruggs, Garrett Sullivan, Alex Stratton, and Charlie Sullivan of Nettleton, and Austin Stanfield of Pontotoc, Mississippi. The groomsmen wore similarly colored tuxedos with ivory-colored rose boutonnieres that complimented the softly muted mint green color of the bridesmaids’ court.
A reception followed in a beautiful outside country setting at the home of the bride’s parents under a canopy of thousands of lights and stars. Bishop’s Catering of Nettleton provided the food, flowers, and decorations for the venue. The tables and chairs were set up under the trees and night sky. They were decorated with white tablecloths, flowers, and candles. The bride’s grandmother Pauline Hawkins also prepared a selection of family favorites served at what was affectionately called “Granny’s Table.” The music and entertainment for the reception was provided by The Gents, a favorite local band. The couple left this gala affair under the canopy of sparklers waved by family and many, many well-wishing friends.
The couple currently resides in Nettleton, where the bride attends Mississippi University for Women pursuing a career in speech pathology while the groom teaches and coaches for the Okolona School District.