Allison Young just needed a place to stay while completing her college internship in Nashville. With a steady boyfriend and a summer internship, the Ole Miss student had everything all planned. But like the best laid plans….

“I was dating someone. And Barrett was actually one of his friends. When he found out I needed a place to stay in Nashville, he told me his parents lived here and offered up their home. It sounds crazy, but I accepted,” says Young, who felt immediately at home with her now in-laws.

By summers end, Allison and Barrett were dating. (The boyfriend, by the way, is happily engaged to a friend of Barrett’s.)

At the end of her senior year, she and Barrett were engaged and the real planning began.

“I got married in Oxford because I was very involved with my church throughout college,” she said.

The church, College Hill Presbyterian Church, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was also the site of William Faulkner’s wedding, one of Allison’s favorite authors.


The wedding involved another historic site, but this time only for the bride and bridesmaids.

“We rented out a bed and breakfast, The White House, for the weekend, and all my bridesmaids stayed with me there. I loved having all my family and friends around me,” Allison explains.

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The wedding party stayed at historic bed and breakfast, The White House, in Oxford MI.

From a lace handkerchief her mother bought years ago in Belgium with an eye toward Allison’s wedding day, to choosing flowers that suited her artist soul, Allison says the day “was magical.”


White hydrangea and orchids made a stunning bouquet.

Allison’s wedding dress is from designer Kate McDonald in Charleston. It featured three-dimensional lace and a sheer overlay at the decolletage.


The bridesmaid bouquet was an eclectic mix of roses, dusty miller, and orchids.


The historic church, College Hill Presbyterian Church, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The reception was held at the Power House and featured a BLT station, root beer and doughnuts, favorites of the bride and groom.


The first dance for the newlyweds.

Groomsmen wore dapper evening coats and bow ties.


Groom Barrett Jacques and his groomsmen.

A sea of sparklers sent the newlyweds off.


Thank you, Allison and Barrett, for sharing your special day with Style Home Page!