Kacey and Baron
There were stars in the sky—and stars in the eyes of Katherine Lesley Marshall and Baron Danzey Matthews when they met at Millsaps College. Kacey, as she is known, was at his fraternity party—that in itself is not the most romantic of places, however that night there was a meteor shower, which created the perfect moment for this duo to meet under an auspicious sign.
Years later, Baron escorted Kacey back to the camp where she was a counselor for 10 years—Camp Monterey in Tennessee—and took her by the camp’s lake, Craft Park and proposed to her. After that, Baron gave Kacey an envelope which held a Polaroid of her family at lunch with him a week before, celebrating the impending engagement.
The duo chose Oct. 28 as their wedding date. For her big day, Kacey went to Wedding Belles, where she found her dress and bridesmaids dresses. Kacey’s Madina Vadache white silk taffeta strapless gown had a swagged bodice with a silk flower that “tied” it together in on the side. The bridesmaids looked picture perfect in Charsa, knee-length dresses made in a melon silk dupioni with ecru sashes. Finishing off the ensembles were the bouquets: Kacey carried mini white calla lilies, and the bridesmaids held mini yellow calla lilies that were bordered in a coral color.
The ceremony was held at Christ Church Cathedral, which was where Kacey’s sister, grandmother and great-grandmother were married. Also tying in tradition, Kacey wore her mother’s diamond and pearl bracelet as her “something borrowed.” In that vein, her “something old,” was a pearl necklace given to Kacey by her grandparents for her eighth-grade graduation and her “something new” was pearl and diamond stud earrings, a gift from Baron. The “something blue” was her garter.
The reception was held at the Orléans Club, which was transformed by Louise Heebe, who did the floral arrangements for the wedding. Even though it was fall, Heebe took her cues from Kacey, who wanted flowers in hues of yellow, pink, peach and coral. There were some concessions to the season as there was green and white pumpkin vases used throughout. The night’s cuisine consisted roast tenderloin, smoked salmon with caviar, boiled shrimp, mini Cajun crab cakes, grilled duck with raspberry coulis, and crawfish cheesecake, to name a few of the dishes served. The four-tier traditional wedding cake was made by Swiss Confectionary and family friend Epsie Hennessey made the groom’s cake: two-tiers accented with Texas-themed white chocolate cookies (Baron is from Texas) in shapes of boots, cactus, longhorn steers and the state. Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters was the band, and Kacey says that one of her favorite moments was when, “Rockin’ Dopsie pulled Baron and me up on the stage and we got to dance and sing.”
At the end of the night, the couple left in a horse-drawn carriage. Soon they were on their honeymoon to Puerta Vallerta, Mexico. Baron and Kacey returned to Jackson, Miss., where she teaches third grade at St. Richard Catholic School and he is a systems manager with Saks Fifth Avenue.
Benjamin Matthews Jr., Suzette Matthews, Kacey and Baron, Colette Matthews and Benjamin Matthews III
Tuck Marshall, Allison Marshall, Charlie Marshall, Kacey, Lesley Marshall, Carter Marshall, Charlee Williamson and Richard Williamson
First row: Allison Marshall, Adrienne Laborde, Katie Witt, Ann Tompkins, Charlee Williamson, Kacey, Grace Matthews, Baron, Benjamin Matthews III, Dustin Noe and Jeremy Litton with (second row) Lacey Smith, Lisa Anglin, Suzette Matthews, Alexa Katz, Lyndsey Berryman, Marty Seib, Jay McCoy, Tuck Marshall, Ned Jabour, Carter Marshall and Richard Williamson
Kacey with her grandmother, Charlotte Smith
Kacey and Baron dancing