In the presence of family and friends, Britney LaShon Rowan and Paul Lee Tranum, Jr. were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Dec. 11, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Senatobia.
The candlelight ceremony was officiated by Reverend R. Clay Moore and directed by Sylvia Alford.
Special music was provided by vocalist, Lori Shumann, pianist, Johanna Pepper, organist, Martha Strong, and flautist, Sheri Mealer.
The sanctuary was decorated with a 15-foot Christmas tree covered in white lights and crystal ornaments with evergreen and red poinsettias placed throughout the baptistery.
Floating candles placed within large cylinder vases provided the remaining light for the evening ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mike and Kathy Rowan of Senatobia, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Frances Rowan and the late Mr. Bill Rowan, Mrs. Leona Thompson and the late Mr. Alton Thompson.
The groom is the son of Paul and Judy Tranum of Starkville, and the grandson of Mr. Bronell Bradford, the late Mrs. Inez Bradford, and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Tranum.
Carly Weeks of Olive Branch, served as matron of honor and Brandon Rowan of Little Rock, Ark., served as man of honor.
The bridesmaids were Lacey Dunlap of Hernando, Meagan Lucius of Senatobia, Shannon Pruitt of Maryville, Mo., Amanda Simmons of Booneville, Katie Stigler of Oxford, and Katrina Ricks of Coldwater.
The flower girl was Emma Grace Speck, cousin of the bride.
Jessica Tranum, niece of the groom, and Camille Rowan, cousin of the bride, served as program attendants and assisted the guests with signing a Norman Rockwell Christmas novel as they entered the church for a keepsake for the bride and groom.
The groom’s father, Paul Lee Tranum, Sr. of Starkville, served as best man and Mike Maykowski of Memphis, Tenn., served as man of honor.
The groomsmen were Jay Langston of Nashville, Tenn., Kevin Rose of Tupelo, Austin Shafer of Katy, Texas, Brian Tranum of Starkville, Patrick Tranum of Starkville, and Bobby Weeks of Olive Branch.
Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at 211 Main Hall and Gardens in Como.
The banquet hall was decorated as a “White Winter Wonderland” theme with two large Christmas trees located in the main entrance embellished with white lights, crystal ornaments, and silver snowflakes to be provided as wedding favors for the guests.
The remainder of the banquet hall was decorated with tall floral centerpieces positioned on each table with white roses, evergreen, and silver ornaments decorating the vases.
Hundreds of white lights and white branches placed throughout the building provided the final touches of a winter wonderland inside the banquet hall.
The catering was provided by Simply Sullivants from Batesville, and included an assortment of favorites from the bride and groom’s request.
The bride’s cake was a five tier vanilla and strawberry combination with vanilla butter cream icing.
The cake was decorated with white snowflakes and a crystal Waterford ornament served as the cake topper.
The groom’s cake was a two tier chocolate and vanilla cake with chocolate icing. The cake was decorated with the Mississippi State logo, representing the groom’s favorite collegiate team.
Music was provided by the uplifting eight piece band, DMP, of Memphis, Tenn. The band kept the bride, groom, and guests on the dance floor with a variety of old classics and new hits played throughout the night. The couple left the reception in a white limousine after being showered by snowflakes from the guests.
On the eve of the wedding the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner honoring PJ and Britney at The Boiling Point Oyster Bar and Grill in Southaven.
Forty of the bride and groom’s closest family and friends attended and participated in the pre-wedding festivities.
After a honeymoon trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica, the couple is at home in Southaven.