Clayborne and Counts celebrate wedding


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Kayla Elise Clayborne of Nashville and Donald Lloyd Counts, III of Nashville were united in marriage on March 19th 2016, at Church of the Holy Trinity in Nashville. The Reverend William Dennler officiated. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Kelly Clayborne of Tupelo, Miss. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Buford Fowlkes of Amory, Miss., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Leland Kelly Clayborne of Amory, Miss. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Griffin Williston of Lafayette, Tenn., and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lloyd Counts, Jr. of Carriere, Miss. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Lloyd Counts, Sr. of Madison, Miss., the late Mrs. Frances Alleine Newton Counts of Yazoo City, Miss., the late Mr. and Mrs. Harry Eugene Peery of Oxford, Miss., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hamlin Lapham Williston of Oxford, Miss.

The bride wore a Monique Lhuillier design wedding gown of hand sewn ivory French Alencon lace with a silk, latte underlay. She wore her sister’s ivory chapel-length veil with lace scalloped trim. The bride’s bouquet was a garden style spray of quicksand roses, dusty miller, eucalyptus, white freesia, white peonies, garden spirit roses, white sweet pea, and seasonal greenery. The matron of honor was Kelsey Flanagan, sister of the bride, and the maid of honor was Natalie Finley, both of Nashville. The bridesmaids were Arma de la Cruz of Starkville, Miss.; Samantha Elliott of Ft. Worth, Texas; Lynda Jarreau of Nashville; Erica Reed of Nashville; Courtney Wilemon of Tupelo, Miss.; Katherine Williston and Sara Williston, sisters of the groom, both of Lafayette, Tenn. Griffin Williston of Denver, Colo., brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Justin Bishop of Germantown, Tenn.; Caleb Brock of Nashville; David Irwin of Memphis, Tenn.; Randall Gentry of Ridgeland, Miss.; Michael Shinn of Nashville; Daniel Sparkman of University Place, Wash.; Charles Trayal of Cordova, Tenn.; and Caleb Yates of Nashville. The groom and his groomsmen wore two-button navy framed notch lapel tuxedos.

A reception followed the ceremony with dinner and dancing at Avenue in the heart of downtown Nashville. On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Griffin Williston, at Homestead Manor, a pre-Civil War plantation estate in Thompson’s Station. After a honeymoon in Paris, France, the couple resides in Nashville. The bride is employed as an event planner at the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the groom is employed as an executive chef by A. Marshall Food Group.

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