Clifford and Lankford exchanged wedding vows December 10 in Natchez

Alexandra Crimens Clifford and Joshua Grant Lankford exchanged vows of holy matrimony December 10 at 6 p.m. at Saint Mary Basilica in Natchez. Father David O’Connor officiated the ceremony. Nuptial music was presented by Dr. David Goldblatt, organist; and Neil and Rausa McManus, vocalists.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Keith Clifford of Sanford, N.C., formerly of Natchez. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Lawrence Kimbrell of Natchez, the late Charles Alvin Clifford of Vidalia, La., and Mrs. Clifford of LeCompte, La. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jarvis Hart Lankford of Biloxi. He is the grandson of Thomas Merlin Necaise and Margaret Ann Necaise, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hart Lankford, all of Long Beach.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride donned a designer lace over Lustre Satin fit-and-flare gown with a sweetheart neckline, lace illusion back, scalloped hem, and cathedral train by Martina Liana. She wore a satin edged waltz length veil as her “borrowed” item from her older sister. She carried a cascading bouquet of champagne roses, white peonies, white spray roses, dusty miller, white lisianthus and greenery. The bouquet was placed in a tussie mussie and featured an heirloom handkerchief stitched by her great-great-grandmother.

The bride’s sister, Tildsley Clifford McManus, was matron of honor. Maid of honor was Chelsea Ann Knight of Maidson, N.C. Bridesmaids were Natalie Bridges Phillips, Kasey Junkin Howell, Chelsea Ashton Krone, Carly Alysse Hummel, and Hillary Fowler Cloud. Junior bridesmaids were the bride’s cousins, Ella Haynes Kimbrell, and Marron Kimbrell McCown.


William Timothy McMillan was best man. Groomsmen were Gary Michael Schimmer Jr., Millard Bland Morrison, Benjamin Hammond Satyshur, John Franklin Penn Jr., Christopher Michael May, and Richard Hunter Yancey IV. Ushers were James Hansen McCown, Jesse Eugene Malone Clemons, and Kendall Desporte.

The bridegroom’s cousin, Kourtland Ann Desporte, was the flower girl. The best man’s son, Truett McMillan, was ring bearer. Program attendants were Riley Jean Cozart and Kennedy Loren Kuntz.

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a cocktail hour in Stanton Hall followed by a reception at the Carriage House on the grounds of Stanton Hall. Pam Harriss created a floral atmosphere accompanied by Bingo Star’s, the Carriage House chef, southern and coastal themed dishes.

Cuisine The Band, of New Orleans, provided the evening’s musical entertainment where the couple shared their first dance to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”

At the end of the evening, the couple exited under waves of red and blue pom poms into a 1960s Bentley.

Following a wedding trip to San Jose del Cabo, the couple is at home in Madison.



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