Morris, Arnett wed at Dunleith Inn June 3

The marriage of Michelle Lynne Morris and Samuel Weller Arnett was celebrated June 3, at Dunleith Historic Inn in Natchez.

The bride is the daughter of Judy Kell Morris of Jackson. The bridegroom is the son of Ann Weller Arnett and the late Robin Oral Arnett of Yazoo City.

The Rev. Ken Ritter performed the ceremony. NOLA Dukes Band of New Orleans presented the nuptial music for the double-ring ceremony. Soloist was Kathryn McCall Morris of Little Rock, niece of the bride. Robin Oral Randolph Arnett Jr., brother of the bridegroom, and Thomas Webster Autrey III read the Scriptures.

Given in marriage by her twin brothers, Christopher Kell Morris and David Mandeville Morris, and her mother, the bride wore a designer strapless dream taffeta and misty tulle full A-line wedding gown. The gown had a sweetheart neckline trimmed with crystal and pearl hand beading, beaded lace appliques down the skirt, and chapel-length train. The veil was made of chapel-length illusion with a crystal-beaded edge. She carried with her bouquet, an antique Victorian lace handkerchief carried by her mother in her wedding. She also wore an antique lace garter made by her mother. Her bouquet was Victorian influence of coral and blush pink peonies, clustered hydrangeas, David Austin roses, layers of pale lavender roses, mother of pearl roses, and Vendella varieties. Also included were weeping podocarpus and pristime magnolia foliage nestled with salmon tulips, open tea roses, and dendrobium orchid sprays. Silvery eucalyptus leaves and jasmine foliage completed the design. The sapphire and diamond earrings were a custom design by the bridegroom’s brother, Randolph Arnett.


Maid of honor was Anna Catherine Arnett, daughter of the bridegroom. Bridesmaids were Hannah Kathleen Hoover, Isabella Grace Overby, Avery Myatt Overby, Kathryn McCall Morris, Lindsey Carolyn Morris, Natalya Elizabeth Salvo, and Olivia Quinn Salvo. They wore aqua tea-length dresses and carried a garden-style European clutch bouquet composed of colors of blush pink, creamy ivory, and soft peach and coral tea roses and tulips with tucks of lavender blends of hydrangeas. They were completed with Dusty Miller foliage and natural silver eucalyptus.

The flower girl, Katherine Lee Kern, of Norfolk, Va., wore an antique French-lace gown, which the bride wore when she was four years old. She carried the bride’s great-grandmother’s small egg basket wrapped in satin ribbons and rosettes filled with rose petals.

The bridegroom’s son, Samuel Weller Arnett Jr., was best man. Ushers were Tolar Wood Purvis, William Thomas Purvis, and Luke Robinson Sorrels. The ring bearers, John Lachlan McLean and James Patrick McLean, carried a double-ring pillow made by the bride’s mother with the bride’s great-grandmother’s antique lace.


Following the ceremony, the couple walked from the tent to the music of the NOLA Dukes Second Line Band to the house and courtyard where the mother of the bride honored the couple with the reception where guests were entertained by music and food.

On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom entertained the wedding party, family, and friends at the historic inn of Twin Oaks in Natchez.

Following a reception, the couple took a trip to French Polynesia and traveled the islands of Moorea and Bora Bora.



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