March 18, 2012
Laura Marylea Hooks of Starkville and Joshua Stanley Thornton of Waynesboro were married Oct. 22, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. at Old Waverly in West Point, with Dr. Kennon Alexander Vaughan officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Webb Hooks Jr. of Starkville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Webb Hooks Sr. of Columbus, and Alma Morgan Shaw of Tupelo and the late Olen Wimberly Trapp of Millport, Ala. The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a satin ivory strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline and court-length train. She wore an ivory birdcage veil and carried a bouquet of hydrangeas, mini callas, anemones and roses banded with ribbon and a pearl and rhinestone broach belonging to her mother. Beverly Kathryn Vaughan and Morgan Elizabeth Trotter, sisters of the bride, served as matrons of honor. They carried bouquets accented with brooches belonging to their maternal grandmother. Serving as bridesmaids were Sommer Thornton Dyess, sister of the groom, Sarah Spengler Compton, Madison Rae Gartman and Erin Alecia Wood. Carey Lynn Carson, cousin of the groom, served as flower girl. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Pat Thornton of Waynesboro. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carey Fredrick Stanley of Shubuta, and Pat Thornton of Waynesboro and the late Pat Thornton. The groom’s brother, Patrick Shane Thornton, served as best man. Serving as groomsmen were Jacob Stephen Bynum, Nicholas Lee Roll, Tyson Davis Stark, Barrett Austin Tynes and Michael Bradley Wood. Ringbearers were Caleb Cole Vaughan and Luke Hooks Vaughan, nephews of the bride. Following a wedding trip to La Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the couple resides in Foley, Ala. The groom is vice president of Baldwin Economic Development Foundation, and the bride is employed as a clinical dietitian with the Mobile Infirmary.