Madison Ledbetter and Jared Hood

Madison Ledbetter and Jared Hood

Madison Lynn Ledbetter and Jared Allen Hood were united in marriage on June 1, 2012, at 7:00 in the evening. The ceremony was held at First United Methodist Church, Marshall, with the Rev. Rodger Garbs officiating. The bride is the daughter of Honorable and Mrs. James H. Ammerman II and Mr. and Mrs. James David Ledbetter, all of Marshall. Madison is the granddaughter of Sylvia Duette of Mooringsport, La., Robert Dewey Dossett of Woodlawn, Texas, and the late Norma Jean Crooms and the late Scotty Ledbetter. She is a 2005 graduate of Marshall High School, a 2008 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Government and a minor in Spanish. Madison graduated in December 2011 from South Texas College of Law and is an Assistant District Attorney in Gregg County, Longview, Texas.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph David Hood and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Hood of White Oak, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dymke of San Augustine, Texas. Jared is also a 2005 Marshall High School graduate and a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler with a degree in Kinesiology. He is employed as an assistant baseball coach at East Texas Baptist University.
Prelude music encompassed a variety of music hand-picked by the bride encompassing music from the 1930’s to the 1950’s era and was provided by organist Glennda Abraham, pianist Luanne Clark Neely, violinist Maestro Leonard Kacenjar and trumpeter Doug Lockard. Vocalists were Ashley Dossett Stoker, cousin of the bride, and Joe Buck Crisp. The grandmothers and mothers were seated to the sounds of “La Vie en Rose” by Louiguy & Piaf and the bride’s cousin Ashley Dossett Stoker offered “Ave Maria” by Beyonce Knowles. The attendants’ processional music was “Moon River” by Mercer & Mancini. The bride processed to “Simple Gifts: Arr. Copeland.” The benediction song, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” was sung by Joe Buck Crisp.
The pews were decorated in bows of cream, white and black; placed under the cross was an elegant array of red and white roses intertwined with the bride’s favorite flower, lilies, along with white hydrangeas. Two large sprays of these magnificent flowers were placed on both sides of the altar. Entering on the arm of her father, Jim Ammerman, Madison was presented in marriage by her fathers, Jim Ammerman and David Ledbetter. The bride wore an elegant Matte Satin fit-to-flare contour-tucked gown with beaded bodice and satin banding at the hem completed by off the shoulder straps with a scoop back beaded with Swarovski crystals and designed by Priscilla of Boston. The bride’s veil cascaded to the bottom of the elegant scooped back of her dress. The bride carried a bouquet of high and majestic orange roses intertwined with lilies, white and red roses; she wore a blue garter with a rhinestone heart. Madison’s sisters, Jamie Leigh Ledbetter Benson and Marisa Lee Ammerman Hayes, attended the bride as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Mary Carol Thornton of Marshall, Letty Aguilar of Houston, Megan Hartman of Carthage, Kelli Shipley Hooper of Longview, Sherika Morrow of Fort Worth and Anna Redmon of Fort Worth. The matrons of honors and the junior bridesmaids (cousins of the bride) wore strapless fringe-trim dresses in red and the bridesmaids wore strapless fringe-trim dresses in black, all attendants adorned black bird cage hair pins which draped the top right side of their face to accent the old Hollywood theme of the wedding. All bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets of red roses surrounded in white roses. The bird cage hair pins and all flowers were designed by the mother-of-the-bride’s cousin, Penny Paulk. Jackson Hood, brother of the groom served as best man. Erik Ammerman, brother of the bride served as a groomsman, along with friends, Scott Hartt of Longview, Chris Rateike of Hillsboro, Chris Goss of Waco, Jon Shell of Austin, Corey Brown and Casey Brown, both of Marshall, Texas. Addison Benson, niece of the bride, served as flower girl and wore an ivory and lace satin vintage dress. Holden Hayes of Fort Worth, Texas, nephew of the bride, served as ring bearer. Honor attendants were Blair Bayliss of Dallas, Jayme Pemberton of Terrell, Sunny Lin of Houston and special guest, Kema Scheer of Guymon, Okla. Ushers were Kolby Ledbetter, brother of the bride, of Shreveport, La., Brock Lemire of Tyler and Jacob Lovelace, cousin of the bride, of Elysian Fields.
The couple were driven from the church to the reception in a striking red and white 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible provided by Gene and Patsy Ponder from the Ponder Collection.
The reception was held at the Marshall Depot and was decorated in an old Hollywood theme. To set the theme, guests entered through the tunnel, where they walked the red carpet and had their photograph taken in front of movie posters starring the bride and groom. The tables were decorated with red knock out roses which were donated to the Marshall Depot in honor of the marriage of Jared and Madison and of longtime depot activist Claire Evans. The stairways and rails of the walkways were decorated with white, red and black satin ribbons. The bride and groom’s cakes were set atop the 2nd floor balcony of the porches of the depot. Tables were set up under a large tent on the lawn of the depot where guests enjoyed food prepared by Central Perks. A slideshow featuring the Bride and Groom played throughout the evening as well as the movie “Casablanca.” The bride’s table was skirted in black and was covered with pearls and vintage decorations. The bride’s cake was a stunning 6-tiered candlelight white chocolate fondant and butter cake filled with ol’ fashion southern butter-cream icing. The base layer was dressed in draped and pleated folds just like fabric of a wedding dress. The layers consisted of hand piped scroll work patterns accented with pearls, diagonal impressed patterns and hand beaded edible pearls bordered the base of each layer of this edible art masterpiece. Attached to middle of the cake was a monogrammed oval appliqué with their initials. The final touch was the application of high shimmer dust to soften the white and give a glow to this elegant design. The design was a “Cinderella” representing a princess cake of a true fairytale dream wedding.
The groom’s table was also skirted in black and his cake was a two-layer half sheet cake iced in fondant with a baseball theme, Hood was written in white fondant and a huge baseball rested on the top of the second layer; behind the cake was a beautiful photograph of the bride.
The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents, was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Matt Futrell in Marshall.
Following a wedding trip to Jamaica, the couple will make their home in East Texas.
Special thanks to Penny Paulk for making this day gorgeous and so special to all of us. Also thanks to Bo Ellis and the Marshall Depot Board.