Mr. and Mrs. Eric William Tramel were united in marriage at 3 p.m. on December 12, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. The worship service was led by Rev. Dr. Paul Meints and Rev. Joseph Sherrard, VI, both of Starkville. The theme of the ceremony was “Christ and the Church,” with a homily from Hebrews and a reading from Matthew 7:24-27. A reception held at New Covenant Church followed the ceremony.
The bride is the former Laura Lorraine Foxworth of Starkville, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kerry Randell Foxworth also of Starkville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Scott Wofford and the late Mrs. Edith T. Wofford of Starkville, the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bagwell and the late Mr. M. K. Foxworth of Conway, S.C. She is a graduate of Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn. Laura is currently the children’s librarian at the Starkville Public Library.
The groom is Eric William Tramel of Starkville, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Mondell Tramel, Jr. of Raleigh. He is the grandson of Mrs. Pauline Adams Tramel and the late Mr. William Mondell Tramel of Jackson, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Hutz of Toms River, N.J. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University. Eric is currently pursuing a doctorate in computer engineering at Mississippi State University.
The nuptial service began with the seating of the grandmothers and mothers to the tune of “Great is Thy Faithfulness,” performed by pianist Dixie Clark, who also played the pre-service and prelude music. Before being seated, the mothers lit candles representing both families. Soloist Denise Wright then led worship with “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” by Paul Oakley.
Attending the bride as her matron of honor was Anna Ruth Ruhs of Starkville. Bridesmaids were Virginia Wall Foxworth, sister-in-law of the bride, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Amy Beth Hauschildt of Tucson, Ariz.; Kristie-Lynn Mattsson of Oviedo, Fla.; Sarah Louise Tramel, sister of the groom, of Raleigh; Jacqueline Olivia Updike of Manitou Springs, Colo.; and Rhonda Yates-Rogers of Chattanooga, Tenn. The bride’s attendants wore floor-length seafoam green satin dresses and carried hand-tied bouquets of mixed white flowers with Christmas greens and red holly berries. Flower girl Rachel Suhui Stewart, daughter of Tommy and Kim Stewart of Starkville, wore an ivory silk dress overlaid with flowery organza and carried a woven basket which the bride herself carried as a flower girl for her uncle and aunt, Tom and Tracy Wofford of Madison. Hannah Langley of Madison, MS, sang “Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle as the processional.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a luxurious ivory dupioni silk gown designed by Martina Liana of Australia and entered to the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The gown, adorned with Swarovski crystals and beading, featured a unique one-shoulder strap accented with floral embellishments as well as a chapel length train. She also wore her late maternal grandmother’s silver slippers and a chapel-length veil with rhinestone edging. The bride carried a hand-tied bouquet of white lilies, orchids, roses, stephanotis, and hydrangea. Tucked in her pocket was a handkerchief made from one of her baby bonnets.
The best man was Christopher Vincent Ruhs of Starkville. Groomsmen were John Daniel Dearing of Starkville; Forrest Wofford Foxworth, brother of the bride, of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; Stirling Randell Foxworth, brother of the bride, of Starkville; Wesley James Holland of Austin, Texas; Jeremy Ross Lewis of Starkville; and Josiah Phillip-David Meints of Starkville. The groomsmen wore traditional tuxedos and boutonnières of white roses and holly. The groom wore a traditional tuxedo with an embroidered cream vest and a white rose and stephanotis boutonnière.
After the exchanging of vows and rings and a congregational hymn, “On Christ the Solid Rock,” the fathers stepped forward and blessed the couple. Denise Wright subsequently sang “He’s Always Been Faithful” by Sara Groves as the couple lit the unity candle, signifying their new family built on Christ. The groom then surprised the bride with the news of their honeymoon destination! Silver candlesticks belonging to the bride’s late maternal grandmother were used in the ceremony.
After the presentation of the couple, the recessional hymn was “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” with the groom escorting his bride and carrying the unity candle to symbolize taking Christ, the Light of the world, with them wherever they go. The mothers were then escorted out after the wedding party, with the fathers following their wives and also carrying their respective family candles.
Pianist Dixie Clark, the bride’s high school piano teacher, guitarist Daniel Brown, and soloists Denise Wright and Hannah Langley blessed the couple and all in attendance with such magnificent musical worship. Cousins of the bride served as program attendants: Koby and Mary Scott Wofford, both of Jackson; Tarin Nicholas, of Camano Island, Wash.; and Ashton Peeler of Olive Branch, MS. Peggy M. Buckley, the bride’s junior high Sunday school teacher, directed the wedding.
As guests entered the reception and awaited the arrival of the bride and groom, they were encouraged by Ed and Debi Condra of Dallas, Texas, longtime friends of the bride’s family from their time in Papua New Guinea, to write a blessing or note to the couple and hang it on the blessing tree. The reception decorations included five Christmas trees, beautiful floral arrangements, and various bird ornaments. Music by the talented trio of Kenny Hodges, Charlie Murphey, and Jim Beaty filled the air as guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and fellowship. The bride’s table featured chocolate zucchini cakes (the bride’s favorite) baked in four different bundt sizes by the bride’s mother and lightly dusted with powdered sugar. The groom’s cake was a decorated carrot cake from the MSU bakery.
The night before the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a lovely rehearsal dinner catered by Ted Coggan of Starkville in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church. Along with a wonderful meal, friends and family were treated to a musical slide show created by the bride’s brother to celebrate the couple’s lives.
The couple enjoyed an adventurous two week honeymoon in Scotland, taking in the wonderful sights of Edinburgh and celebrating their first Christmas in lovely, snowy Inverness. Eric and Laura are at home in Starkville.
Eric and Laura spent two weeks in Scotland with their time divided evenly between Edinburgh in the south, and Inverness in the north. They had many adventures, including a harrowing drive from Edinburgh to Inverness the morning after the UK’s worst winter weather in a decade while the groom had only learned how to drive a manual upon their arrival.
In Edinburgh, they visited the National Museum of Scotland, the National Art Gallery, Edinburgh Castle, the Queen’s Gallery, and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where Queen Elizabeth II spends her summers. The couple enjoyed the fairs and decorations in Scotland’s capital city during the festive Christmas season, as well as the beautiful music, including outdoor bagpipers and a lovely “Lessons and Carols” service at St. Giles’ Cathedral.
Later, in Inverness, the couple visited Culloden battlefield (site of the last battle on British soil), took in Loch Ness by boat, and toured Urquhart Castle. On Christmas Day the bride and groom attended a morning service at Hilton Parish Church outside of Inverness, after which the pastor, Duncan MacPherson, and his family warmly welcomed the couple to their home for an exquisite Christmas dinner including the traditional figgy pudding.
The kind and generous people of this lovely winter wonderland made the happy couple’s honeymoon a fulfilling experience that will stay with them throughout their marriage.