Alexander and Eaves wed at St. Andrew’s

Millie Rives Alexander and Christian Andrew Eaves were united in marriage on the evening of June 4, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral. The Reverend Canon Zabron A. Davis officiated, as he did at the marriage of the bride’s parents in 1993 in Como. 

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Heard Alexander of Jackson. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Gerald Alton LeCroy of Franklin, Tenn. and the late Mr. LeCroy, the late Jan Blackwell LeCroy, and Mrs. Robert Heard Alexander of Greenville and the late Mr. Alexander.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur Eaves Jr. of Madison, and the late Karen Lindley Eaves. He is the grandson of the late Patricia Dair Lovorn Eaves and the late John Arthur Eaves, and the late Kathleen Catherine Cook Lindley and the late Sterling Thomas Lindley. 

Nuptial music was presented by organist Jessica Nelson and trumpeter Wayne Linehan. 

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer strapless dimensional brocade ball gown with a natural waist and full gathered skirt. Her bouquet was hand-tied, wrapped in satin ribbon, and adorned with a pin of flowering branch seed pearls belonging to her paternal grandmother that was also carried by the bride’s sister in her wedding bouquet. The textural bouquet displayed blush pink bridal roses, white veronica, white Majolica spray roses, peonies, marzipan roses, white freesia, and white scabiosa with variegated curly pitt around the edge. 

She wore diamond earrings with sapphire jackets that belonged to the bridegroom’s paternal grandmother and are traditionally worn by brides in the Eaves family. The bride also wore a diamond and gold bracelet given to her by her parents on her wedding day.

Claire Sykes Fowler, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Bridget Ann Betts, Peyton Barnett Poole, Savannah Lauret Sanders, Cecilia Grace Trotter, and Mary Frances Ward. Ava Leigh Eaves was junior bridesmaid. They wore eucalyptus colored gowns and carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet. 

Scripture readings were given by Shelton Sykes Quantz, first cousin of the bride, and Elizabeth Sansing Eaves, sister-in-law of the bridegroom.

John Tucker Mitchell was best man. Groomsmen included Christopher Brady Eaves, John Arthur Eaves III, and Sterling Overton Eaves, brothers of the bridegroom, and William Nolan Morris and George Parke Eshleman Thornton. 

Following the service, the cathedral bells pealed, and guests exited the church to join in a second line parade with music provided by the Mississippi All Star Brass Band. The parade was a gift to the couple from Andrew Mattiace. Guests processed along the bricked streets of West Capitol and Congress and arrived at the Capital Towers building where they proceeded to the 19th floor Capital Club for a champagne and hors d’ouevres hour. 

Following the seated dinner, guests were entertained with music by Party Beat by Groove Factor Live.

The traditional three-tiered bride’s cake featured a smooth butter-cream frosting with hand piped, pearl beading around the base of the bottom tier and was adorned with florals on each tier. The cake knife used was a family piece belonging to the bridegroom’s mother and used at his parents’ wedding. After cutting the cake, the couple shared a champagne toast in antique sterling silver goblets belonging to the bride’s family. The bridegroom’s cake was a custom two-tiered cinnamon cheesecake topped with a handmade figurine of the couple’s dog Livvy Doo. Mini cheesecake cupcakes were also served.

Guests were treated to a late-night snack of honey butter chicken biscuits from Whataburger, which was a favorite spot of the couple when they were young. After enjoying a tunnel of sparklers held by their friends and family, the couple departed in a white 2001 Silver Seraph Rolls Royce, which was custom made for the bridegroom’s late paternal grandfather.

The wedding weekend began with a bridal luncheon at the Living Room at Cultivation Food Hall in the District at Eastover hosted by Marian Sykes Alexander, Kelli Ann Collins, and Dorothy Elizabeth LeCroy. On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a seated rehearsal dinner at the Old Capitol Inn featuring acoustic guitar by Patrick Harkins.

Following a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple is at home in Oxford where the bride is an accountant at GranthamPoole PLLC, and the bridegroom is a third-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law.