The celebration and blessing of the marriage of Allyson Gayle Perkins and James Davenport Jacobi was performed Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson.
The Rev. David Earl Cox conducted the double-ring candlelight ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Davis Hayden Perkins Jr. of Jackson and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Albert Jacobi of Ridgeland.
The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. Leland Dean Gebhart Sr. of Meridian and the late Mr. Gebhart; Maynette Perkins Stephens of Greenwood and the late Davis Hayden Perkins Sr.
The bridegroom is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Yale Stansbury of New Orleans and the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis John Jacobi of Bay Saint Louis.
Nuptial music was provided by Mrs. Lemuel Owen Smith, pianist; James Arrington Goff, organist; and Christy Roby Matens, soloist.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a formal gown of ivory Duchess satin. Bands of pearl and crystal beading trellised around the strapless bodice of Venice lace. The back of the A-line skirt was centered at the natural waistline with a bow of satin and beaded lace, from which fell the detachable chapel-length train of satin. Her veil of tiers of illusion, edged in bias satin cording, fell from a tiara of pearls and rhinestones. Tied onto the stem of the bride's bouquet was the handkerchief her great grandmother carried in her wedding in 1902.
Each daughter and granddaughter has since carried the handkerchief. The sixpence her father placed into her shoe was placed into her mother's shoe on her wedding day.
Attending the bride as matrons of honor were Elizabeth Cummins Perkins, sister-in-law of the bride, and Jennifer Leigh Gamble. Bridesmaids were Sheila Boyd Dukes, Jennifer Leigh Hassell, Brandy Alexandra Jacobi, Jennifer Garrett Richardson, Leigh Chapman Shoemaker, Laura Suzanne Stroble, Bethany Laura Tompkins and Blair Jacobi Weiss.
Flower girls were Emma Porter Irby, Heather Lynn Neilson, Amanda Hart Pierce and Payton Leigh Pierce.
The father of the bridegroom served as best man. Groomsmen were Niles Gregory Buchanan, Juan Carlos Cuadra, Todd Hayden Perkins, William Sherman Quinn, Brian Patrick Ramsey, John Dustin Ruffin, Darrell Kirkland Scoggins, James Tucker Shannon and Robert William Stedman.
Following the ceremony, the wedding party was transported by the Steel Magnolia Trolley to a reception given by the bride's parents at Lakeover Center. Music was provided by Meet the Press.
On the eve of the wedding, the bridegroom's parents honored the couple with a rehearsal dinner at the Country Club of Jackson.
Following a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple resides in Atlanta.