Emily Hall & Baxter Billingsley

Dede Edwards Photography
Dede Edwards Photography

Emily Blair Hall and Baxter Wilson Billingsley were united in marriage on April 5, in Sandestin, Fla. The ceremony was officiated by the Very Rev. Martin Luther “ML” Agnew Jr. of Tyler, Texas. The evening service was followed by cocktails and a reception of dining and dancing at The Grand in Sandestin. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at Bistro Bijoux on the eve of the wedding, where Emily wore her mother’s wedding dress, which she altered in length for the occasion.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Baker Hall of Dallas and Tyler, Texas.  She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Larry Blair Hall and the late Mr. Larry Blair Hall of Muleshoe, Texas, and San Angelo, Texas; the late Col. and Mrs. Robert Joseph Standley of San Antonio; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lauchheimer Schloss Jr. of Sandestin; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Newman Kahn Jr. of Kennebunkport, Maine.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Green Millsaps Jr. of Starkville, Miss., and Mr. Ralph Martin Billingsley of Columbus, Miss.  He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Charles Billingsley Jr. of Winona, Miss.; the late Mr. and Mrs. Rueben Jacob Hoover of Winona; and the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul Green Millsaps Sr. of Starkville.

For the wedding, the bride wore an elegant, sleeveless, Carolina Herrera gown of silk faille from Bergdorf Goodman in New York. Its sleek silhouette was adorned with lace flower embroidery at the neckline, extending all the way down to the lower back. This romantic, floor-length creation included covered buttons down the back. An ivory, cathedral-length veil framed her face and traced the length of her wedding train.

Hallye Hall Perkins served as matron of honor.  Bridesmaids included Hallye Sue Fulgham, Mallory Leeann Miller, Alexandra Garonzik Reichek, Meagan Ann Trampe, Megan Elizabeth Upah, and Ashley Elizabeth Warmack.  Members of the house party included Jean Simmons Arnold, Megan Lansford Hernandez, and Frances Smith Jackson.  Readers, close friends of the bride, were Allison Marie Pearson and Ann Warmack Brookshire.

The groom’s best man was Russell Turner Bowie.  Groomsmen included Adam Canant Cook, Philip Kennard Young Downer, Brent Lee Maupin, Jordan David Musgrove, Jonathan Wesley Parrish, and Stephen Joseph Perkins.

The bride is a graduate of All Saints Episcopal School in Tyler. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin where she was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.  The bride, a seventh-generation Texan, was presented as a Lady in Waiting at the Texas Rose Festival in Tyler in 2006 and as a visiting Tyler Duchess at the Austin Admirals Club Coronation Ball in 2006.  Emily is employed by Goldman Sachs, New York as an associate in private wealth management.

The groom is a graduate of Starkville High School, and a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received a Bachelor of Accountancy and a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.  He is employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers, New York as a senior associate.

Following their honeymoon in the Virgin Islands, the couple will reside in New York until the fall.  The couple’s permanent home will be Dallas, where the bride will work for Goldman Sachs as a Private Wealth Advisor, and the groom will pursue a Master of Business Administration at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.


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