Drinkwater, Swanson exchange vows June 10 at Burrus House

Jennifer Dement Drinkwater and Aaron Lee Swanson were married at 6:30 p.m. June 10 on the grounds of the Burrus House in Benoit. Ann Sobiech Munson of Ames, Iowa officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wayne Drinkwater Jr. of Ridgeland. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kevin Swanson of Anamosa, Iowa.

Given in marriage by her mother and father, the bride wore a sheath designer gown. The fitted bodice featured a deep V neckline and cap sleeves edged in scalloped lace. Pearl buttons highlighted the lace and illusion back. A sash of Swarovski crystals adorned the natural waist. Lace appliqués were scattered across the skirt to the scalloped lace hemline, which ended in a chapel length train. She carried a loose whimsical bouquet of Queen Anne’s lace and white astrantia, gathered with heirloom lace and pearls. The bouquet was banded with a vintage handkerchief, trimmed in blue, which was a gift to her maternal grandmother from her grandfather during World War II.


Attending the bride were her brother and sister-in-law, Katherine Elizabeth and William Woods Drinkwater of Nashville. Katherine carried a summer clutch of sunflowers, purple allium, blue delphinium, orange freesia and yellow craespaedia, banded with birch twine.

Program attendant was Angela Diane Goetter of Pensacola, the bride’s first cousin. Flower girl was the bridegroom’s niece, Mira Margaret Swanson of Kirkland, Wash.

The bridegroom’s nephew, Emery Michael Swanson of Kirkland was best man. The bridegroom, best man, fathers and brothers of the wedding couple wore boutonnieres composed of natural feathers bound with thin copper wire.

Following the wedding, guests attended a reception on the grounds and inside the Burrus House, ca. 1858 Greek revival home. The Blue Silk Band of Memphis delivered the music. 


On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom’s parents hosted a beer and barbecue dinner, with music provided by bluesman Bill Abel, at The Shack Up Inn for guests staying in Clarksdale. Guests staying in Greenville were welcomed to the Delta on Saturday at a reception at the Greenville Inn and Suites, hosted by friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thackston and Mr. and Mrs. Hal Winn, all of Greenville, and Kitty Cox of Oxford.

After a wedding trip to the San Juan Islands, an archipelago in the state of Washington, the couple is at home in Ames, where the bride is an associate professor at Iowa State University and the bridegroom is a student.


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