Elizabeth McNair Mann and Christopher Spengler Rhodes were married at 7 p.m. on June 8, 2013 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Fla. The Reverend Jonathan B. Coffey Jr. officiated the ceremony with Reverend Barnum C. McCarty assisting. A reception followed at Timuquana Country Club.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Randall Mann of Jacksonville. She is the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. James Lee Baldwin of Highland Park, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Frederic Mann of Jacksonville.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Arthur Rhodes of University Park. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. John David Rhodes of Sewickley, Pa., and Mrs. Carl Frederic Spengler Jr. and the late Mr. Carl Frederic Spengler Jr. of Redmond, Wash.
The bride wore an ivory silk trumpet gown of Alencon lace designed by Liancarlo. The gown was fashioned with a scalloped V-neckline with delicate cap sleeves. The back silhouette featured a deep V of sheer scalloped lace and was accented with satin bridal buttons. The gown was completed with a tailored bow belt in silk satin by Monique Lhuillier. Elizabeth’s veil was full-length, of handmade ivory Brussels lace, brought back by the bride’s aunt from Belgium, and worn by her mother and aunts. The veil was adorned with intricate cascading flowers and floral edging, creating a scalloped effect which enhanced the gown’s lace. The bride wore her great-grandmother’s sapphire and diamond bracelet with platinum settings, an engagement gift from her great-grandmother’s fiancé in 1914. The bride carried a bouquet of cream peonies wrapped in a silk satin ribbon from her great-great-grandmother’s wedding gown from the nineteenth century.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Attending the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Caroline Giles Mann. Bridesmaids were Caroline Louise Head, Anne Lindsey Hunt, Ann Chesnut MacRae, Hannah Kathryn Mitchell, Cristin Elizabeth Quinn, Claire Corinne Rhodes, Megan Elizabeth Rhodes, Eleanor Albright Simmons, and Sarah Josephine Trimble.
Members of the house party included Marie Clark Baldwin, Sarah Pennington Baldwin, Elizabeth Grace Barnett, Anne Giles Langford, Catherine Marie McColloch, Kathleen Morphis Yabroudy, and Anna Stephenson Lloyd Sadler.
The groom’s brother, Andrew John Rhodes, served as best man. The groomsmen included David Wesley Bradt, Alexander James Kravitz, Daniel Timothy Liebetreu, Kyle Prather Luby, William Randall Mann Jr., Christopher Jarvis Munson, and Richard Zach Speyer.
The readers were David Lawrence Silverman and Anna Stephenson Lloyd Sadler. Serving as crucifer was Jack Kimble Quaritius, godson of the bride’s parents.
The bride graduated from The Bolles School and made her debut with the Jacksonville Debutante Coterie in 2007. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in art history. She studied abroad for a semester in Rome through International Education of Students. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She is employed by Dallas Auction Gallery as a Fine Arts Specialist.
The groom is a 2004 graduate of Highland Park High School. He attended Washington University in St. Louis where he played defensive end for the Wash. U. Bears and he was president of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University. He is employed as a senior consultant for Quorum Business Solutions.
Following their wedding trip to the Greek Isles, the couple resides in Dallas.