Megan Baker and Joseph Whiting

Megan Alyne Baker and Joseph McCain Whiting, of Mobile, met in a sophomore year art class at McGill-Toolen High School. The couple dated for five years before Joseph proposed on Christmas Eve in 2009.

Megan and Joseph were united in the Sacrament of Matrimony on Oct. 15, 2011 at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Mobile. The Rev. Monsignor Warren Wall officiated the Catholic Mass. Altar servers were Justin Rollins and Seth Murphy.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent David Dumas and Mr. John Brarily Baker. She is the granddaughter of Ms. Mary Delery Boyd and the late Mr. Billy A. Boyd, Ms. Patricia Duff Dumas and the late Mr. Charles A. Dumas, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Neal Allen Baker Sr. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Claude Whiting and the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Walker Byron Stewart, the late Mr. Richard Webster Whiting and the late Mrs. Ozalyn Vitale Whiting, and Mrs. Jane Norwood Adams and the late Mr. Willie Claude Adams.

Given in marriage by her father and stepfather, the bride wore a tulle and satin gown draped all over in French alencon lace. She wore a fingertip veil trimmed in alencon lace, her hair was up and tied with a satin ribbon adorned with pearl and Swarovski crystals. The bride carried a bouquet of cream cymbidium orchids with soft pink centers, opened pink roses with sprays of creamy sweetheart roses, and ivory stephanotis blooms. She carried with her as something old a vintage silver rosary that belonged to her grandmother Dorothy Mount Baker and wore a vintage diamond bracelet borrowed from the groom’s family which belonged to grandmother Ozalyn Vitale Whiting. She wore soft pink open-toe shoes as her something new and wore an aquamarine and diamond ring gifted by her father as her something blue.

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The bride chose her cousin, Lindsey Ankersen Brabner as her matron of honor. She was also attended by her sister Miss Elizabeth Ann Dumas and Miss Margaret Meade Whiting, the sister of the groom, and cousin Sarah Catherine Cruthirds, all of Mobile. Other bridesmaids were Jessica Kate Pose, of Point Clear; Katie Hall Wittendorfer, of Huron, Ohio; and Sandra Gillot Bennett of Jasper, Ala.

The bridesmaids wore a floor-length strapless gown of blush silk organza and carried bouquets of cream sweetheart roses, blossoming pink roses and soft pink alstromeria lilies. Junior bridesmaid, Miss Dumas, wore a silk taffeta gown with ruffles at the waist and scoop neckline.

The groom was attended by his father as best man and Mr. James Paul Scoggins of Theodore, Ala., also as best man. Groomsmen were William Stewart Whiting, brother of the groom, Garner Lambert Mills, George Reynolds Brabner, IV and Gary Vincent Dodson of Mobile, and Justin Joseph Landry of Grand Chenier, La.

Ushers were Christopher Michael Dumas, Boyd Edward Connell. The flower girls were Miss Laurel Steiner and Miss Kaitlyn Ankersen, and they were accompanied by the ring bearer, Master Joseph Rollins. The readers of the Mass were Wyeth Claire Whiting and Leslie Ann McGowan. Ms. Patricia Baker Reeves offered petitions. Offertory was presented by Miss Anna Grace Dumas and Miss Leah Kate Dumas and Mrs. Patricia Dumas served as Eucharistic minister. Miss Anjanette Crawford cantored the Mass beautifully and was accompanied by Mr. Clinton Doolittle on the church organ.

Following the ceremony the celebration continued at the Bragg-Mitchell Mansion. The up-lit canopy of oaks and the antebellum mansion were aglow courtesy of Showbiz Lighting. Ron Barrett, of Zimlich Brothers Florist, orchestrated the extraordinary floral arrangements throughout the mansion, the highlight being the grand staircase garland, and over the top centerpiece in the mansion dining room. Ron also created a romantic tent on the front lawn where guests danced the night away to the sounds of the Andy Smith Band, of New Iberia, La. A buffet of Southern favorites was prepared and served by Chef Rob and Co. and Wintzell’s served oysters raw and grilled under the stars.

The afternoon and evening were captured beautifully by Jeff Tesney Photography. The wedding cake by The Pastry Shop was a five-layered dream of white pound cake with different fillings covered in a soft-pink rolled white chocolate. The cake was adorned with bows on the corners of the bottom layer accented with crystal brooches. Each layer was adorned with a unique design and topped with orchids in shades of pink.

The groom’s cake was especially entertaining as it was a yellow-fin tuna artfully created by The Pastry Shop. It was a red velvet cake, filled with buttered cream cheese icing, covered with rolled white chocolate and completed with sugared fins.

After the honeymoon cruise to the Western Caribbean, the couple will reside in Coden, Ala., on Fowl River.


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