September 3, 2017
Karigan Marie Johnston and Christopher Bryant Bonner were married March 11, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Columbus, with the Rev. Shawn Parker officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Johnston Jr. of Hamilton. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Velma L. Bowen and the late Mr. Phillip L. Bowen of Aberdeen, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Johnston Sr. of Columbus. She was given in marriage by her father. The bride wore an ivory strapless gown accented with intricate hand beading of pearls and Swarovski crystals. Swarovski crystals also trimmed her chapel-length veil. She also wore a pearl necklace, earrings and bracelet given to her by her maternal grandmother. She carried a bouquet of white and lavender roses secured by military dog tags of her maternal grandfather. Kari Thomason of Columbus served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Caitlin Kelly of Olive Branch, Carley Carruth of Tupelo, Karley Watts of Northport, Alabama, and Katie Walls of Houston. Attendants wore lavender floor-length dresses featuring a lace bodice, illusion neckline and ribbon-defined waist. Peyton Thomas of Olive Branch served as flower girl. The groom is the son of Mr. Chris Bonner of Columbus and Mrs. Eva Jo Surunis of Columbus. He is the grandson of Mr. Sammy Byrd III and the late Mrs. Mavis Byrd of West Point, and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Bonner of Starkville. The groom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Will Bonner, brother of the groom, Brendan Bailey of Brownsboro, Texas, Thomas DeGrange of Auburn, Alabama, and Jonathan Thomas of Olive Branch. Zachary Thomas served as ring bearer. Following a wedding trip to Sea Grove Beach, Florida, the couple resides in Columbus, where the bride is a senior in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program at Mississippi University for Women and the groom is pursuing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree.
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