A Bridesmaid's Luncheon

Pictured from left are Melody Monts, Johnnie Cooper, Coy Farley,(bride) Connie Fondren, Jennifer Wilson Levesen, Jessica Wilson Mendheim.

 “We all want to fall in love. Why? Because that experience makes us feel completely alive. Where every sense is heightened, every emotion is magnified, our everyday reality is shattered and we are flying into the heavens. It may only last a moment, an hour, an afternoon, but that doesn't diminish its value, because we are left with memories that we treasure for the rest of our lives.” (Copied)
 The country estate of Paul and Robbie Gordon of Maben was the setting for the traditional bridesmaids’ luncheon for Coy Jean Farley prior to her wedding to the groom-of-her-choice: Brad Burgess. The beautiful summer sun graced the day as the guests arrived in twos, threes, alone, or with the mothers’ of the bride or of the groom. Lovely hostess Robbie Gordon greeted them with gracious hospitality and charm and invited all those that could attend into the cool sanctuary of southern living.  Soon the air was filled with talk that women talk preceding weddings: the horror tales of their wedding day.
 Because this is the most important day of their lives, many brides take wedding myths and superstitions to heart and do not want to tempt fate on their blissful day.  It was interesting to listen to those gathered discuss the various myths: rain on the wedding day - symbolic of good luck or not; seeing the groom before the wedding- luck or bad luck; crying on the wedding day is suppose to be good luck and that the bride will not have any tears left for her marriage; signing her new name before the wedding is suppose to be bad luck; wearing the complete bridal ensemble leads to heartbreak and tragedy. The list goes on and on.  But the stories that were told at the luncheon will stay at the luncheon.
 After a period of lively talk of weddings and such, Robbie and Sandra Gordon invited the bride-elect –Coy Jean Farley and her selected attendants to partake of the meal served on the lovely luncheon table located right of the foyer.  Mrs. Gordon chose a white linen cutwork cloth for her table covering. As a center piece she chose colorful spring flowers and crystal clear serving pieces for serving the meal.  The guests were invited to partake servings of chicken salad, fresh melons and strawberries, cheese straws, tomato bites, and cheesecake; all served with pink lemonade punch. The ladies repaired to the family room to enjoy the food and more memories of days gone by.
 After the meal, the bride and her maids moved out doors to the surround of the kidney shaped pool, which is graced with a rose garden, a three tiered fountain, many baskets of petunias, and many flowering shrubs indigenous of Mississippi for an informal photo shoot.  Those that were present for the noon event are as follows: Coy Jean Farley, Iris Farley, the mother of the bride, Jennifer Wilson Leveson, Melody Dewberry Monts, Jessica Wilson Mendheim, Tracy Tullos Anderson, Johnnie Sue Cooper, Connie Farley Fondren,sister and the matron of honor,  and Carolyn Burgess, the mother of the groom.  Mrs. Patricia Clark Corrigan could not be present for the affair.
 As the end of the afternoon’s luncheon, Coy presented her attendants with handmade earrings.
  “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”