July 8, 2012
Erica Michelle Cummings of Winona and Dr. Jay Michael Culpepper of Madison were married May 19, 2012, at 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwood, with Dr. Rusty Douglas officiating. The bride is the daughter of Mr. Robert Henry Cummings of Alachua, Fla., and Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Charles Martin of Spring Hill, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jean Nanney Beggs of Tupelo and the late Mr. Robert Howard Beggs, the late Mr. James Weaver Smith, and the late Mr. Henry Oliver Cummings and Mrs. Dollie Harkins Cummings. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore an off-white gown with a strapless crescent neckline and fitted bodice, and a fingertip silk veil. She carried a bouquet of white roses and hydrangeas banded with her great-grandmotherís lace handkerchief and her grandparentsí wedding rings. Smith Greer McIntosh of Madison served as matron of honor. Lauren Lorraine Jones of Madison served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Melissa Lambert Austin of Pensacola, Fla.; Jenna Cullpepper Benge of Brandon, sister of the groom; Dr. Anna Biggers of Memphis, Tenn.; Meighan Leigh Hobbs of Pensacola; Laura Elizabeth Martin of Kosciusko, stepsister of the bride; Lindsey Griffin McKinney of Watkinsville, Ga.; and Ellise Lyn Taylor of Stuart, Fla. The bridesmaids wore black one-shouldered, floor-length gowns and carried bouquets of white hydrangeas. Ella Wilson of Shreveport, La., served as flower girl. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Michael Culpepper of Clarkesville, Ga. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pauline T. Powers of Lavonia, Ga., and the late Mr. Thomas Owens Powers, the late Mr. James LaGrande Culpepper and the late Mrs. Betty Andrews Harrell. The groomís father served as best man. Groomsmen were Dustin Bradley Benge of Brandon, brother-in-law of the groom; Dr. Marcus Daniel Biggers of Memphis; Adam Patrick Brooks of Athens, Ga.; Dr. Thomas Matthew Harmon of Olive Branch; Jeremy Ryan James of Shreveport; Dr. Gary Monroe Nash Jr. of Greenwood; Dr. Brett Jon Person of Greenwood; and Casey Myrick Summerhill of Madison. Collin McKinney of Watkinsville, Ga., served as ring bearer. Following a wedding trip to Sandestin, Fla., the couple resides in Bossier City, La. The groom is an orthopedic surgery resident at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. The bride is a speech-language pathologist in the geriatric rehabilitation facility.
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