Fly and Bowden wed at Rosemary Beach

Virginia Conway “Ginny” Fly and Graham Collins Bowden exchanged wedding vows September 10, on Saint Augustine Green at Rosemary Beach, Fla. The Rev. Gary Wingo performed the double-ring ceremony.

Gabrielle Taylor Bowden, violinist, cousin of the bridegroom, and David Allen Shivers II, guitarist, accompanied the wedding with traditional nuptial music in memory of the late Paul Gibert Bowden Jr.

 The bride is the daughter of Ruth Conway Fly and Dr. James Douglas Fly II.  The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gibert Bowden III of Jackson.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer gown with diamond white silk crepe fitted bodice, accented with French, Tulle and Chantilly lace with diamond and illusion back detail and chapel train. The look was completed with matching illusion veil edged in lace. The bride carried a loose, hand-tied bouquet of fresh white flowers, including garden roses, creamy polar star roses, spray roses, ranunculus and hydrangea. The exposed stems were bound with ivory ribbon overlaid by lace with a simple pearl closure. She wore her mother’s bracelet, repeating the pearls in a double strand.

Ann Fly Howard of Jackson was her sister’s matron of honor. Laura Leighton Blair of Jackson was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mary Margaret Bowden Fontaine of Jackson, sister of the bridegroom; Jaclyn Alberta Bethany of Los Angeles; Sarah Wells Byram of Birmingham; Victoria Lee Lott of Hattiesburg; and Victoria Augusta Cannon, Margaret Lee Jones, and Emily Clark McLaurin, all of Jackson. They wore two-piece neutral gowns of silk chiffon. The sweetheart necklines accented bodices of delicate white lace, flowing into wrap skirts descending from the waists with soft pleats. They carried miniature duplicates of the bridal bouquet.

Flower girl was Posey O’Neal Howard, niece of the bride, who carried a green moss covered basket with taupe and white streamers filled with white rose petals.


The bridegroom’s father was best man. Groomsmen were Paul Gibert Bowden IV of Nashville, brother of the bridegroom; William Latimer Fontaine of Jackson, brother-in-law of the bride; William Garrett Arbona of Huntsville; O’Conor Hall Bailey and Benjamin Peters Nix, both of New Orleans; John Morris Nix of Washington, D.C.; and Jacob Nameh Salem II and James Luther Warren IV, both of Jackson. 

Following the wedding ceremony, sunset photographs were taken on the beach, a favorite spot of the couple. The bride’s parents hosted a reception on the open lawn of St. Augustine Green. The couple and their guests danced and were entertained by the vocals of the bridegroom’s father and cousin along with the repertoire of Meet the Press.

On the eve of the wedding at Shark’s Tooth Golf Club near Rosemary Beach, the bridegroom’s parents hosted cocktails on the deck by the green prior to the rehearsal dinner in the lodge. The bridesmaids’ luncheon was held at Eagle-Hoo Cottage.

Following the wedding the couple had a wedding trip to Rosemary Beach and New Orleans. They later enjoyed an August trip to Aruba, and now live in Jackson, where the bride is a physical therapist at Baptist Hospital and the bridegroom is affiliated with Bowden Benefits Group.



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