Leah Dyess and James Rawson, both of Meridian, were married Saturday, May 11, 2002, at Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barry Skelton officiating.
Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dyess, and Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Rawson, all of Meridian.
Grandparents of the bride are Mary Jane Mosby and the late Joe Mosby Sr., and the late Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Dyess.
Grandparents of the bridegroom are the late Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Rawson, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Covington.
Nuptial music for the ceremony was provided by Susan Copeland, pianist and organist; and Jenifer Kemp, vocalist.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a gown of white satin with a satin sheath skirt. The sleeveless princess-line bodice was embellished with floral beading. The back featured pearl buttons extending to the waistline and the semi-cathedral train accentuated with beading. Her veil was anchored by a tiara with tiers of illusion dotted with pearls.
Matron of honor was Amanda Henderson of Meridian. Other attendants were Sally Meadows, sister of the bridegroom, Betty Faile, sister of the bridegroom, and Stacy Carpenter, all of Meridian.
Courtney Meadows and Danielle Faile, both of Meridian, was flower girls.
The father of the bridegroom served as best man. Groomsmen and ushers were Stephen Dyess of Meridian, brother of the bride, Brad Burrell and Josh Sanford, both of Zachary, La.
Mason Terry of Meridian was ring bearer.
Rice bag attendant was Kristen Henderson and Lauren Webb served as program attendant.
A reception was held in the church fellowship center following the ceremony.
Assisting at the reception were Amanda Caperton, Marla Crenshaw and Dana Dyess.
After a honeymoon in Saint Thomas, the couple resides in Denham Springs, La.