The Beards were united Dec. 10

Angela Claire Duff of New Albany and Peyton Claybourne Beard of Tupelo were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on Dec. 10, 2011 at First Baptist Church in New Albany, Miss.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Shaw Duff III.  She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy M. Madderra and Mr. and Mrs. David S. Duff, Jr., all of Huntsville, Ala.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Travis Lee Beard of Tupelo. He is the grandson of Mr. Carl McKissick of Saltillo and the late Mrs. Frances Baker McKissick, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Travis Beard who were of New Albany. 

The Rev. Michael Shea, uncle of the bride, officiated the candlelight ceremony.  Selected Scripture was read by Joel Duff, brother of the bride.  Nuptial music was presented by pianist Mrs. Michele Smith, vocalists Mrs. Tina Barkley and Mr. Stephen Garrett, and The Grove String Ensemble. 

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a champagne and ivory gown of L’Amour satin with an overlay of English net that featured a strapless sweetheart neckline with hand beaded edging of Swarovski crystals.  The fitted bodice was appliquéd with heavily beaded Alencon lace, and a bias band of ruched L’Amoursatin wrapped the empire waist and fastened at the back closure with a charming double bow.  The A-line skirt was riveting with cascading appliqués of Alenconlace embellished with Swarovski crystals, pearls, bugle beads, and sequins which created an enchanting sparkle in the candlelight.  A dramatic chapel- length Watteau train extended from the empire waist and attention was brought to the hemline by the vintage inspired scalloped edging.  Her cathedral-length veil fell from a crystal and rhinestone encrusted hair comb.  She carried an elegant hand-tied bouquet of white roses and freesia with an heirloom handkerchief tucked into the ribbons.

Attending the bride as maid of honor was her twin sister, Erin Lee Duff.  Bridesmaids were Kalyn Michelle Beall, Evelyn Elise Cooke, Mary Louise Driscoll, Elizabeth Kinard Evans, Stacie Leigh Hood, Katherine Elise Jones, Morgan Ayers Lipscomb, Anne Elise Parks, and Meagan Cheryl Scott. They wore floor- length gowns of cranberry-colored luminescent taffeta with.  Honorary bridesmaids were Colby Anne-Marie Comish, Elizabeth Carroll Day, Mary Catherine McClinton, Simmons Renee Haguewood, and Kelsey Still. The bride’s attendants carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet with the addition of seeded eucalyptus and red hypericumberries.   Registry attendants were Kelsey Still and Dorothy Lyn Stewart, who also served as bridal proxy.  Program attendants were Laura Suzanne Creekmore, Maggie Creekmore, Natalie Creekmore, and Gracie Jane Mason.

Tyler Beard, brother of the groom, served as best man.  Groomsmen were Charles Bennett Baxter; Preston Lynn Clark; Joel David Duff, brother of the bride; James Kyle Duff, brother of the bride; John Tyler Duff, brother of the bride; Jeffrey Bryan Fikes; Curtis Weaver Monts; Adam HaguewoodStewart; and Benjamin Ray Stewart.  Ushers were Clinton David Alford, Quitman Brent Baxter, Martin Barrett Fisher, William Clay Fowler, and Derek Wayne Nassick.  

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosteda reception at the Tupelo Country Club.   Guests were greeted by dear friends of the bride’s family, Mr. and Mrs. John Didier and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Moore.   As guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and a beautifully prepared dinner buffet, lovely background music was provided by pianist, Mr. Lee Howell.  Upon their arrival, the newlyweds were announced and shared their first dance as husband and wife. Guests enjoyed an evening of dancing to a selection of classic hits performed by Jeff Houin and the Jam Band. The bride’s cake was a shimmering four-tiered confection of white cake with butter cream frosting and was decorated with cascading vines, tiny handcrafted sugar flowers,and edible pearls.  The tiers were separated by fresh rosesidentical to those used in the bridal bouquet.  Dark chocolate ganache dripped down the three-tiered chocolate groom’s cake which was garnished with chocolate curls, truffles, and mini Reese’scups.  As the night drew to a close, the couple departed the reception under a flurry of white confetti in a vintage white thunderbird.  

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Caldwell. Special friends of the bride and her mother hosted a wedding day bridal brunch at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Parks.

 Following a honeymoon in Utah at Sundance Ski Resort, the couple is at home in Alexandria, Va.  The bride is employed at the law firm of Novak Druce + Quigg, and the groom is a New Media Consultant with Human Equity.  

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