Leigh Allyson Loper and Gilbert Wayne Brantley III were united in marriage on Nov. 18, 2017, in an evening ceremony at First Baptist Church of Philadelphia. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. Dan Howard.

The ceremony music was provided by Josh Peoples and Laurie Henderson, with solos performed by McKenzie Cranston. The wedding celebration was directed by OAK Weddings of Forest.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Loper and Ms. Sheila Loper, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Loper and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beckham, all of Philadelphia. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. Wayne Brantley II of Madden, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bilbro of Carthage and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Brantley of Madden.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an Allure gown with champagne underlay. The gown featured lace with crystal, bead and pearl accents at the top and a tulle skirt. The bride’s look was completed with a simple tulle veil and she carried a colorful jewel-toned bouquet wrapped with a piece of her grandmother Mrs. Linda Beckham’s wedding gown from over 50 years ago.

The maid of honor was Olivia Porter. The bridesmaids were Macy Loper, sister of the bride, MaryFrances Warren and Caroline Brantley, sisters of the groom, Mollie McKay, Alexa McGuire and Kendall Taylor. Junior bridesmaid was Layla Loper, sister of the bride. They wore matching floor-length dresses in burgundy and carried colorful jewel-toned bouquets. The flower girl was Kamryn Kabore, cousin of the bride. The program attendants were Julia Keeler, Danielle Pierce and Rebecca Barrier.

The best man was Grant Wilson. The groomsmen were Justin Warren, brother in law of the groom, Austin Terry, Zach McGarr, Kyle Hartman, Logan Adcock and Mitchell Montague. The ring bearer was Beckett Smith. Ushers were Sam Loper and Dylan Dubose, brothers of the bride, Allan Thomas Pickle and Christopher Pippin, cousins of the groom, Hank Owens and Will Landry.

Immediately following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a wedding reception at Bridges, The Venue. The venue was decorated with accents and floral arrangements, all completed by OAK Weddings. The guests enjoyed a dinner catered by OAK and dancing with music provided by DJ 51-50 of Jackson. The couple’s first toast was given with antique silver flutes also used by the groom’s parents. Guests received a jar of homemade jelly made by the bride’s grandmother Mrs. Linda Beckham as a wedding favor.

The couple honeymooned in the Dominican Republic and now resides in Madison. Ally works as a registered nurse in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Gib works as a civil engineer at Terracon. The couple’s special day was captured by Hannah Groat Photography and Outland Videography.