Pastor Brian Morgan officiated the sunset ceremony under an old live oak tree overlooking a marshy lake. Mr. Christopher Polk of Indianola, MS provided guitar music and sang “Hallelujah” during the ceremony followed by the Palmetto Singers Gospel Choir who sang “Down to the River to Pray” and “Oh Happy Day.”
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents honored the new couple with a reception of dinner and dancing, also held at Sewee Preserve.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Charleston Place Riviera Theater in Charleston, S.C.
The bride is the daughter of Ms. Marsha Rochelle Michell of Leland and Mr. Charles Vincent Michell Jr. of Cleveland. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Robert Lee Rochelle and the late Mr. Rochelle of Indianola and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vincent Michell of Greenville.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John William McPherson Jr. of Indianola and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Richmond Lewis Scott Poindexter Jr. of Inverness and Mrs. John William McPherson and the late Mr. McPherson of Indianola.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a Marisa gown of ivory lace over champagne charmeuse fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and scalloped lace straps edging her shoulders. Lace covered buttons closed the back of the bodice and the fitted skirt flared at the hemline and swept into a chapel train.
She carried a floral bouquet mix of antique white and yellow roses, peach ranunculus, and Dusty Miller wrapped in an antique Belgian handkerchief passed down from the groom’s late, great-great grandmother.
The bridesmaids wore v-necked, floor length wisteria chiffon dresses.
Miss Anna Kathryn Michell of Cleveland, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor.
Bridesmaids were Dr. Taylor McPherson Banahan of Birmingham, Ala., sister of the groom, Miss Mary Tyler Baird of Atlanta, Miss Margaret Lee Bobo of Boston, Mass., Mrs. Leila Burkhalter Ferguson of Hernando, Miss Elizabeth Ann Evans of Brandon, Miss Aryn Jane Kelly of Charlotte, N.C., Miss Kristina Makey of Jackson, Miss Mackin Elizabeth McKinney of Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Laura Burkhalter Newsom and Mrs. Lauren Vanlandingham McDavid, both of Memphis, Tenn., Miss Susan Ashley Richburg of Houston, Texas.
Miss Elizabeth Austin McRight of Oxford served as the bride’s proxy.
Mr. John William McPherson Jr., the groom’s father, served as best man.
Other groomsmen were the groom’s brother, Mr. Jones Poindexter McPherson of Indianola, brother-in-laws of the groom Dr. John Anderson Banahan Jr. of Birmingham, Ala., and Mr. Anthony Dalton Lambre and Mr. Andrew Peyton Lambre of Cleveland, cousins of the groom Mr. James Cooke Robertson lll and Mr. John Thomas Robertson of Indianola, Mr. Stephen Burton Arant of Nashville, Tenn., Mr. Don Robinson Baker ll of Leland, Mr. Patrick Johnson Berry of Dallas, Texas, Mr. Daniel Murray Mahoney of Austin, Texas, Mr. William Fitzhugh Randolph Smythe of Tribbett, Mr. Michael Soto of Miami, Fla.,, Mr. Patrick William D’Addabbo of Memphis, Mr. Hunter Borders Henry of St. Louis, Mo., Mr. Patrick Thomas Mason of Biloxi and Mr. Andrew Farrell Ueltschey of Jackson.
Mr. and Mrs. John William McPherson lll are at home in Memphis, where Mrs. McPherson is employed as a professional counselor at DeSoto Family Counseling Center in Southaven and Mr. McPherson is employed by FedEx and is a candidate of the Professional MBA program from the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis.