Published 12:05 am Sunday, June 14, 2015

Mrs. Phillip Davis Washington  (Abagail May McCary)

Mrs. Phillip Davis Washington
(Abagail May McCary)

Kathryn Marie Marchesini and Jonathan Doyle Slack were united in marriage at 7 in the evening, May 30, 2015, at St. Mary Basilica in Natchez.

The Rev. David O’Connor performed the nuptial mass.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Mario Marchesini of Greenville and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Noland Edward Biglane of Natchez and the late Mr. and Mrs. Juan Clelio Marchesini, also of Greenville.

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The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Slack and the grandson of Mrs. Earl Vest Slack and the late Mr. Earl Vest Slack, all of Chapin, S.C., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles James Schovanec of Fox River, Ill.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride was escorted by her father and wore an intricate lace fit-and-flare gown with Diamante beading; romantic cap sleeves; jeweled, customized grosgrain ribbon sash; and fish-tail train. She wore her mother’s cathedral-length lace veil, sister’s earrings worn on her own wedding day and a silver and pearl bracelet that was a gift from the groom.

The bride carried a bouquet of white calla lilies, hydrangeas, peonies and roses accented with her late maternal grandmother’s broach, her late paternal grandmother’s wedding ring and a rosary from her mother.

Attending the bride as her matron of honor was her sister, Megan Marchesini Napier of New York City.

Bridesmaids included Jasmine Amina Abbas, Katie Ross Bilek, Alexis Cannon Chappell and Neaha Pradip Raol, all of the District of Columbia, and Nicole Rosales Lee of Huntsville, Ala.

Bridesmaids wore full-length, sleeveless Windsor-blue chiffon gowns with a ruched net top and center-front slit. They carried bouquets of white hydrangeas with several blue delphiniums intricately spaced on top of the bouquet.

Serving as groomsmen and donning tuxedo tailcoats were Michael Albert Wellens of Huntersville, N.C., as best man, Richard Jose Gomez of Westwood, N.J., John Noland Marchesini, brother of the bride, of Los Angeles, Timothy Rama Ofril of Atlanta, Matthew Charles Slack, brother of the groom, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Matthew Paul Dudevoir of South Bend, Ind.

The bride’s godson, Jonathan Walker Hill, and his sister Kennedy Carol Hill, both of Nesbit, served respectively as ring bearer and flower girl.

Groomsmen wore red poppy and cotton-boll boutonnières in remembrance of the veterans who, having given their last full measure of devotion, could not be present at the celebration.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the antebellum mansion Dunleith where guests dined on flavorful, locally-inspired Southern cuisine prepared by The Castle Restaurant and danced to classic Motown and soul music by the New Orleans-based band Bobby J and Stuff Like That.

The bride’s multi-tiered cake featured layers of almond, carrot, red velvet and strawberry flavors. The groom’s chocolate-chip cake was designed to resemble a garden topped with a greenhouse and eatable, realistic-looking vegetables surrounded by a fence. Shipley’s donut holes were also served as a late-night sweet-treat for guests.

On the day of the wedding, friends of the bride’s family hosted a Southern celebration brunch at Magnolia Hall where out-of-town guests dined on southern fare.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner and dancing in honor of the bride and groom at The Carriage House on the grounds of antebellum Stanton Hall where guests were entertained by a slide show about the couple and sing-and-dance-along music by the dueling piano group Piano Punch.

Following a honeymoon to the French Polynesian Islands, the couple is at home in St. Louis.