Martha Lynn Hill and Justin VanDyke Tackett were united in marriage at six o’clock in the evening on June 26, 2010 at First Baptist Church in Tunica. The ceremony was officiated by Rev. Daniel Lawrence Smith.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Lynn Hill of Tunica. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen Pegram Sr., the late Shirley Earnheart Pegram and the late Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hill, all of Tunica.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Charles Tackett III of Olive Branch and Mr. Danny Wayne VanDyke of Decatur, Alabama. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Eugene Bloodworth, Mrs. Ann Tackett and the late Mr. George Tackett of Southaven and Mr. and Mrs. Troy Albert VanDyke Sr.
Beautiful nuptial music was provided by pianist Nancy Warren, the bride’s aunt, organist Martha Strong and guitarist Connor Alexander, cousin of the bride. Mrs. Lori Schumann, cousin of the bride, sang “Love Never Fails,” “Holy Ground” and “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”
Entering the church to “Holy, Holy, Holy,” the bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. The bride wore a strapless gown of silk taffeta by Emerald. The re-embroidered Alencon lace bodice featured a sweetheart neckline and was embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls. It had a wide gathered taffeta sash at the waist, and the ball gown skirt featured an extended cathedral train. Her extended cathedral veil was edged with crystals and silver embroidery. She carried a beautiful hand tied bouquet of white hydrangeas, calla lilies, white roses, and white Fuji mums.
Carrying on the tradition of brides in her family, she carried in the pocket of her wedding dress a Mother of Pearl Bible from the Holy Land that belonged to her great grandmother, the late Mrs. Louise Earnheart. She also wore a wedding ring on her right hand belonging to her grandmother, the late Mrs. Shirley Pegram.
Leslie Phillips McCormick of Taylor, Miss. served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Erin Williams Hill of Tunica, sister in law of the bride; Holland Pegram Roberts of Tunica and Kathleen Pegram Biggs of Madison, Miss., cousins of the bride; Shannon Ruth Ashburn and Anna Sutherland Dunlap of Nashville, Tenn.; Jenna Culpepper Benge of Brandon, Miss.; Mary Meagan Cariker of Cordova, Tenn. and Jessica Renee McHan of Memphis, Tenn.
The attendants wore strapless floor length gowns of cobalt blue. They carried bright, multi colored bouquets of sunflowers, gerbera daises and blue delphinium.
The flower girls were cousins of the bride, Reese Elizabeth Biggs, Rivers Kathleen Biggs, Dobbs Clark Roberts and Eleanor Claire Warren.
Serving as his brother’s best man was Taylor Ryan Tackett of Olive Branch, Miss.
Groomsmen were Kevin Wayne Tackett, brother of the groom from Southaven, Miss.; the bride’s brother, John Allen Hill of Tunica; James Allen Pegram III of Tunica, cousin of the bride,; Stephen Wade Cooper of Horn Lake, Miss.; Hunter Michael Maynard of Olive Branch, Miss.; Jason Laderal McCormick of Taylor, Miss.; Daniel Douglas Ray of Southaven and Jonathan Pierce Walker of Memphis.
The ring bearers were Troy Webb Barham, nephew of the bride, and Kaleb Charles Tackett, nephew of the groom.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. The couple and their guests enjoyed a night of dancing to the music of The Memphis Icebreakers.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tackett, hosted a rehearsal dinner honoring the couple at the Snowden House in Southaven. The couple, their wedding party and their families enjoyed a delicious meal catered by the Boiling Point and dancing to the music of KC Johns and Band.
Ms. Sylvia Alford of Senatobia served as wedding director. The floral designer for the rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, and reception was Mrs. Angela Morris of Tunica. Plants used at the reception were provided by Chris Tacker of Southern Exterior Landscaping in Hernando. Capturing every detail of the wedding day were photographers Meg Taylor Coker of Magnolia Photography and Elizabeth Woods of Tunica.
After their honeymoon to Montego Bay, the couple now resides in Southaven. Mrs. Tackett is a first grade teacher at Greenbrook Elementary in Southaven and Mr. Tackett is a registered polysomnographic technician with Methodist Healthcare in Memphis, Tenn.