Photos by Pound Photography
Madeleine Murray Peeples and William Patrick Nichols were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m. on May 31, 2014 at The South Warehouse in Jackson. The Reverend Elizabeth Wheatley-Jones officiated the double-ring ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Doctors Holly and Alan Peeples of Ridgeland. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Lloyd Gerald Hopkins and the late Dr. Lloyd Gerald Hopkins of Oxford and Dr. Raymond Earl Peeples and the late Mrs. Raymond Earl Peeples of Little Rock, Arkansas. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William McDonald Nichols of Jackson. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Parish Scott of Fayetteville, Arkansas and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Curtis Nichols of Jackson.
Nuptial music was provided by a string quartet led by Nancy Bateman. Guests were greeted with a bohemian-inspired bay leaf and seeded eucalyptus garland with floral swags at the tie backs. The altar was ordained with a hedge of lush seeded eucalyptus, white O’Hara roses, white hydrangeas, Vendela roses, ranunculus and Queen Anne’s lace flanked with floating candles on either side.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a Tara Keely by Lazaro gown. The A-line gown featured a full tulle skirt, an off-the-shoulder lace bodice with three quarter length sleeves and covered buttons down the back. Around her waist, the bride wore a blush, satin belt embroidered with opaline flowers. Serving as the bride’s ‘something borrowed’ was her mother’s chapel length veil with a crown made of silk roses. The bride carried a slightly cascaded bouquet in a teardrop of seeded eucalyptus, white O’Hara roses, white ranunculus, Eskimo roses, Vendela roses and maidenhair fern.
Caroline Peeples, the bride’s sister, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Selby McRae, Graham Stevens, Kirby Lee, Anna Drake, Ashton Ballard, Emily Knox Caldwell, Parker Capps, Hannah Foreman, and Hannah Ducote. The bridesmaids wore poppy pink floor-length chiffon dresses with off-the-shoulder sleeves and carried hand-tied bouquets of white hydrangea, Vendela roses, seeded eucalyptus, ranunculus, Queen Anne’s lace wrapped in a moss ribbon treatment. Hayley Hopkins, Ada Peeples, and Mary Winborne Peeples, all cousins of the bride, served as flower girls.
Will Fontaine, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Ben Nichols, Jeff Nichols, Sam Peeples, Douglass Peeples, Robert Rives, Jamie Mallinson, Alex Bondurant, Drew Hyatt, and Jerad Myers.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at The South. Guests were greeted at the reception with champagne and a specialty cocktail featuring muddled strawberries, basil and lime. Wendy Putt of Fresh Cut Catering and Floral created the garden feel of the reception using many varieties of flowers and greenery. Candlelit lanterns adorned with flowers were hung above the dance floor and large arrangements of fresh herbs, maidenhair fern, white hydrangea, Vendela roses, white ranunculus, seeded eucalyptus and white O’Hara roses with lose and airy textures in gold cast iron containers were set up throughout the venue. The five-tier wedding cake had alternating layers of almond, white chocolate, and strawberry with buttercream frosting. In between each layer of cake was a layer of roses and hydrangeas. The groom’s cake was chocolate with white icing and was designed with a heart rhythm line around each tier and topped with a caduceus to represent the groom’s recent graduation from medical school.
Guests dined on beef and pork tenderloin, mini BLTs, baby soft-shell crab, and much more. A Mediterranean food station and mashed potato bar were big hits with guests. Hot, delicious grilled cheeses were a late night snack.
Dancing was kicked off by a surprise performance from the groom singing “You Got It” by Roy Orbison followed by “An American Trilogy” made popular by Elvis, dedicated to the bride. Guests danced the night away to tunes provided by DJ Eddie Harvey. As guests were leaving they were able to take their choice of potted herbs that were grown from seed by the groom. The bride and groom were whisked away by a 1974 Volkswagen Westfalia while being showered in colorful sprinkles by friends and family. The couple is at home in Jackson where the groom will begin his residency in internal medicine and the bride will begin work as a nurse.