Julia Catherine Lightsey and Douglas Bryant Chaffin were married on Oct. 4, 2014, at Saint Mary’s Chapel, Laurel Hill Plantation near Natchez.
Parents of the couple are Mrs. Robert G. Lightsey and the late Mr. Lightsey of Laurel and Mr. and Mrs. Philip R. Chaffin of Natchez.
Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William Donald of Louisville, Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Lightsey of Laurel, the late Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Stuart of Woodville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Philip Chaffin of Arizona.
The Rev. David Hagan of Life Church, Laurel, pastor and friend of the couple, performed the ceremony. Violinist David Troutman of Natchez played “In the Presence” during the seating of the mothers, and the bride entered to “Ave Maria” performed a capella by Mr. and Mrs. Landon Bryant of Laurel.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a tulle ball gown designed by Jenny Packham embellished with crystal detailing on the waist creating a natural silhouette and continuing to the shoulder enclosing the open back. Her bouquet of ivory blush roses contained a charm provided by her mother and sister inscribed with “To My Julia, I love you, Daddy” in her father’s handwriting. She wore crystal teardrop earrings and an emerald ring on her right hand, a gift of her father previously worn on the left until replaced by an engagement ring.
The bride’s sister, Caroline Lightsey of Laurel, served as maid of honor, wearing a silver chiffon and lace gown detailed with pearls, crystals and accented with a satin sash. She carried a nosegay bouquet of pale pink and ivory blush roses. John Heiter of Clinton, longtime friend of the groom, served as best man.
A reception was at 408 Main St., in Natchez, with music provided by Silvia Ritchie of Natchez and David Troutman. The couple shared their first dance to a simple arrangement of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed.” Following the celebration, guests gathered as the couple was whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage.
On the eve of the wedding, guests were treated to a barbecue at the Pig Out Inn hosted by the groom and his parents.
Following a honeymoon to the Turks and Caicos, the couple now resides in Hattiesburg.