NORMAN — On Sept. 29, 2012, family members and close friends witnessed Pastor Rocky Walker perform an intimate ceremony uniting Morgen Rachelle Moxley, daughter of Chris and Laura Moxley, and Gareth Trevor Williams, son of Dr. T. H. Lee and Naïla Williams. The ceremony was especially touching because Pastor Walker had dedicated Morgen as a baby.
The outdoor ceremony took place at OU’s Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman. The steady rain fell gently, creating a beautiful ambiance as guests were seated to the classical music of harpist Jill Justice, accompanied by Joel McClung on the fiddle. Grandparents and parents were seated to a traditional Irish melody, “Gentle Maid,” and a traditional Gaelic melody was played during the processional.
Serving as maid of honor was Megan Reynolds, of Norman, and best man was Benjamin Smith, of Norman. Bridesmaids were Samantha Kahoe, sister of the groom, of Norman; Lindsey Williams, sister-in-law of the groom, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lauren Freie, cousin of the bride, of Norman; Megan Cash, of Oklahoma City; Lyndsey Jones, of Oklahoma City; Megan McCaffrey, of Boulder, Colo.; Kathryn Huddleston, of Albuquerque, N.M.; Krissy Anderson, of Norman; and Katharine Giffhorn, of Tulsa.
Groomsmen were Owen-John Williams, Capt. USAF, brother of the groom, of Colorado Springs; Todd Kahoe, brother-in-law of the groom, of Norman; C. Jorden Moxley, brother of the bride, of Norman; John Hill, of Norman; Brian Knotts, of Dallas; Jay Huff, Houston; Philip Schroedter, of Tulsa; Taylor Huff, of Houston; and Seellan Sivanesan, of Edmond.
The bride walked from the clubhouse down the pathway that was lined with white balloons on the arm of her father to “Canon in D” by Pachelbel.
Standing against a background of white Asian lanterns and an archway made of curly willow tree that was decorated with mason jars and flowers of all different colors, Morgen and Gareth exchanged vows that they had written for each other.
Flower girls were Leah Nation, cousin of the bride, from Pauls Valley, and Avery Williams, niece of the groom, from Colorado Springs. Caydn Williams, nephew of the groom, from Colorado Springs, served as ring bearer.
Readings were given by Samantha Kahoe, who read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8, and by Owen-John Williams, who read a Buddhist Marriage Homily.
The bride wore a champagne-colored gown covered with whimsical flowers designed by Maggie Sottero. She wore a hair piece made of fuchsia stock and light pink lisianthus flowers accompanied by a champagne-colored veil with a beaded trim. To complement the dress, the bride wore gold and crystal Nadri earrings and bracelet. She wore a mother-of-pearl ring as well as a ring with an emerald and cluster of pearls, both from her mother.
The bridesmaids wore strapless magenta chiffon knee-length dresses accented with a lavender gathered sash.
The bride carried a bouquet of hand-gathered hot summer flowers that included stock, larkspur, lavender garden roses, snapdragon, green hypericum berries, thistle, billy balls, circus roses and dusty wheat wrapped in satin binding. The bridesmaids carried a smaller version of the bride’s bouquet.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed the sounds of the University of Oklahoma’s Steel Band and Antiguan rum punch, chosen by the couple as their signature drink. As the sun went down and the rain continued through the night, guests celebrated and danced with hundreds of glow sticks to music provided by DJ Ian Rohrback.
Grandparents of the bride included Caroel Stanford, Margaret Stanford, from Anadarko, Nolan and Mary Nelms, from Pauls Valley, and Lynn and Priscilla Moxley from Norman.
Overseas relatives included the groom's maternal grandmother, Daphné Mendes from Antigua and paternal grandfather, Trevor Williams from Llandudno, North Wales, along with other relatives and friends from Wales, Fla., and Antigua. As a surprise, the groom’s cousin, Victoria Strong, flew in from the UK.
Ushers were Eric Carter, Ronald Elkin and Preston Bristow, all childhood friends of the groom. In the bride’s house party were Rachael Freie, cousin of the bride, and Laura Butler and Rachel Stone, both friends of the bride.
After a night of entertainment and happy celebration, guests gathered with umbrellas along the walkway to wave the couple off amid a bevy of glow sticks, sparkling firefly lights and illuminated balloons to a weeklong honeymoon in Riviera Maya, Mexico.