Susan Anna Southern and Russell Bennett Goodman were united in marriage in a small family wedding on Saturday, February 12, at 2 p.m. at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Inman White II of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Brent Eugene Southern of Denver. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Bill Rush Mosby Jr. and the late Mr. Mosby of Natchez, Kay Walker Southern of Monroe, and Jacquelyn Clarke White of St. Francisville.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Scott Goodman of Natchez. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Albert Sidney Johnson of Rosetta and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goodman of Ridgecrest.
The Reverend Buddy Stallings officiated the ceremony with nuptial music provided by Michael Beatty and symphony friends. For the ceremony, the altar was adorned with two arrangements of roses, delphinium, stock, tulips, and eucalyptus in shades of white and pink.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father and stepfather, the bride walked down the aisle in an ivory ballgown featuring beaded appliques. The bodice encircled her natural waist and featured off-the-shoulder straps. The appliques continued throughout the gown’s skirt and to the edge of her cathedral-length train. Her waltz-length veil was highlighted with sequined floral leaf appliques.
The bride’s bouquet of roses, tulips, ranunculus and seeded eucalyptus was hand-tied with satin ribbon and fastened with a brooch that belonged to her maternal grandmother. It was adorned with a locket containing a photo of her late maternal grandfather.
Attending the bride as maids of honor were her sisters Sarah Ellen Southern and Grace Anne White. Matron of honor was Emily Turbeville Thompson. Bridesmaids were Ginny Luckie Farmer, Bailey Madison Frady, Kristen Holaday Janes, Ellen Ross Kerce, Elizabeth Anne Murphy, Alyssa Rose Nuzzo, Betsy Kate Nicholas Swanson, Anna Claire Wammack, Caroline Westbrook Willcoxon, and Alex Lott White, Katherine Landry White, and Samantha Donahue White, sisters-in-law of the bride. The flower girl was Lillian James White, niece of the bride.
The bridegroom’s father served as best man. Groomsmen were Jacob Warren Brown, Trakilion Brion Shakir Gilmore, Tyler Ross Jones, Tyler Douglas Jordan, Adam Emanuel Kaiser, Thomas Avery Middleton, Jonathan Matthew Miles, Tyler Joseph Morrison, Benjamin Cavin Skidmore, Ryan Grady Strickland, and Semmes Raphael White, brother of the bride. Ring bearer was Lee Inman White IV, nephew and godson of the bride.
The bride had always dreamed of a huge wedding, however due to recent physical challenges the couple was unable to plan a big celebration. The bride’s parents took her big ideas and her love of all things pink, and gave her the Valentine’s Weekend wedding of her dreams. Many necessary changes ended up giving a more intimate and memorable wedding experience. Guests enjoyed dining on a Walker’s signature dish at The Courthouse on Capitol Street. Patrick Harkins set the mood with music as friends and family toasted the couple.
The almond buttercream bride’s cake and the bridegroom’s red velvet cake adorned either end of the front gallery of the former post office. The bride’s cake was displayed on linen lined with light and dark fuchsia flowers, which accented the watermelon cocktail tables. Touches of gold highlighted the table place settings and guests got to share the couple’s engagement photos on display.
The couple arrived in a 1957 Rolls Royce and left at the end of the evening from the same front entrance onto Capitol Street, accompanied by their wedding party to an after party at the Westin hotel.