Jane Anne Alford and Max Paul Meggs of Dallas were married April 12, 2014, at Highland Park United Methodist Church. The ceremony was officiated by Dr. John Fiedler. Wedding music was provided by organist Bradley Welch, the Dallas String Quartet, and a special musical arrangement was presented by Allan Mesko, pianist for the bride’s parents at their wedding 39 years ago. Accompanying vocalists for “The Prayer” were Jenni Rasberry and Stephen Carrell. A cocktail hour preceded the seated dinner and dancing that followed at the Dallas Country Club. Cocktail hour music featured the Justin Cash Trio who also performed during the seated dinner. The Matchmaker Band from Austin took the stage following dinner for an evening of dancing! On the eve of the wedding the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner on the terrace of the Joule Hotel.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Dale Alford of Fort Smith, Ark. She is the granddaughter of Mr. James Roy Gates Jr. and the late Mrs. Mary Helen Gates, and Mrs. Lorene Alford and the late Mr. Dale Mayo Alford, all from Fort Smith.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Douglas Meggs of Plano, Texas. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Max Howard Smith of Garland, Texas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Leroy Meggs, also of Garland.
For the ceremony, the bride wore a Carolina Herrera gown with a modified sweetheart neckline and a trumpet skirt that flowed into a chapel-length train. The skirt was highlighted with covered buttons and also had bands of ivory tulle that crossed at the waistline and continued down the length of the train. A chapel-length tulle veil complemented her gown. The pale pink and white bridal bouquet of French ranunculus, peonies, lily-of-the-valley, and greenery was bound with satin ribbon, entwining her grandparents’ family mementos: two golden wedding bands, a Marine Corps lapel pin and an heirloom brooch.
For the reception, Jane Anne wore a second couture gown, also by Carolina Herrera. The Chantilly lace gown’s sweetheart neckline and fit and flare skirt, were adorned with cut lace and taffeta flowers. Its fitted body, embellished with crystals and caviar beads, flowed delicately into a tulle sweep train.
Assisting the bride as maid of honor was Rachel Solley of Neenah, Wis. Bridesmaids were Chrissy Mantzuranis, Kristi Manning, Ali Wood, and Katie Young, all of Dallas, Beth Crawford and Ashley Pendleton of Austin, and Lana Good of Chicago. Junior bridesmaids were Camille and Emily Summers of Dallas.
Serving the groom as best man was Justin Arnett of Dallas. Groomsmen were Hayden Godat, Holden Godat, Geoff Eames, Brian Garoutte, James Mantzuranis, and Nelson Wood, all of Dallas, Brandon Bachner of Los Angeles, and John Hurd of San Francisco. The flower girl was Kennedy Wood of Dallas. Ring bearers were Stephen Summers Jr. and Hamilton Wood of Dallas. Haley Godat and sister of the bride, Cassandra Alford, attended the guest book. Will Allen, Chris Crosby, Zach Gates and Jason Landry served as ushers.
The bride received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kansas and a fashion design degree from the Art Institute of Dallas. She is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Jane Anne works as a personal assistant in Dallas. The groom received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He is a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and serves on the alumni board at the Cox School of Business. Max is the regional sales director of Texas at The Hartford.
Following their honeymoon in St. Lucia, the couple has made their home in University Park.