O’Connell and Snapka repeat their wedding vows at the museum’s art garden
Ann Gillespie O’Connell and Nicholas Austin Snapka tied the knot on Oct. 9 ahead of a gathering of friends and family in a sunset ceremony on the terrace of the Art Garden at the Mississippi Museum of Art.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dewey O’Connell and the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. George Edward Gillespie, all of Jackson, and the late Thelma Turner O’Connell and the late Joseph Ambrose O’Connell Jr. of Hattiesburg.
The husband is the son of Mrs. Charles Dalton Snapka and the late Mr. Snapka of Madison and the grandson of Joe Fred Bramuchi and the late Mrs. Bramuchi of Shelby and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Snapka of Columbus.
The Reverend Joseph Leslie Hegwood Jr. of Calvary Episcopal Church in Cleveland officiated at the double ring ceremony.
Michael David Brann and Patricia Bramuchi Smith participated in scripture readings and blessings. Classical wedding music was presented by Shellie Brown Kemp on violin and Reverend William K. Wymond on piano. The flower arrangements were dedicated to the memory of the bridegroom’s father.
The matron of honor was the twin of Jackson’s bride Elizabeth O’Connell Green. She wore a long dress printed with English rose and champagne. Katherine Lindell Sells of Tysons Corner, Va., was the bride’s other attendant. She wore an identically styled dress in a coordinating color of cinnamon pink. Charles Tyler Snapka, brother of the groom, of Nashville, served as witness. Daniel Shane Jeter of Baton Rouge was his best man.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a sleeveless silk dress with a square yoke and a fitted bodice. The back of the dress was outlined with silk-covered buttons flowing into a full train. Her cathedral-length veil, which had been worn by her sister, was trimmed with Chantilly lace. The bride carried a bouquet of miniature white orchids and she wore a gold bracelet that belonged to her paternal grandmother. The groom’s wedding ring was remade from the gold of his late father’s wedding ring.
After the ceremony, a celebration was held at the Mississippi Museum of Art with dancing and entertainment by Ronnie Brown and later that evening by Ben Johnson and Scott Williams.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail buffet prepared by Jennifer and Derek Emerson. Instead of a traditional bride’s cake and groom’s cake, guests were treated to Chantilly cakes and cannoli.
After the evening of festivities, the couple drove off under an arch of sparklers and left the museum in a 1971 Chevrolet Malibu driven by family friend Jay Wiener.
The day before the wedding, the groom’s mother hosted a rehearsal dinner for family and close friends at Elvie’s home in the Belhaven neighborhood. The four-course dinner was followed by toasts and tributes to the couple.
After a honeymoon in Jamaica, the Snapkas are at home in Jackson.