Matney and Dru started dating on June 26, 2012 when Matney was a senior and Dru was a freshman in high school. They had always planned on getting married the summer after Dru graduated college, which would be in the summer of 2020. 2020 finally came and the couple intended on having their ceremony and reception at Highland Park Baptist Church, but due to Covid-19 they had to change the venue at the last minute just a month before the wedding. Invitations had already been sent out and the bride and groom really wanted to get married on their date as planned with all of their family and friends gathered. The bride was in her last semester at U.N.A. and had built a close relationship with her Innovation & Entrepreneurship professor Mitch Hamm and his wife Susan. The Hamms lived ten minutes from the original venue and had a stunning residence. The Hamms graciously let Matney and Dru get married in their beautiful back yard allowing them to have their wedding on their original date as planned.
Drusilla Grace Peppers and Matney Ryan Clifft were married June 6, 2020 at 4:00 in the afternoon by Joshua Mosteller. The ceremony and the reception that followed were both held at the home of Mitch and Susan Hamm in Leighton.
The bride is the daughter of Jay and Dana Peppers of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. She is the granddaughter of Jimmie and Dianne Birdsong of Lester, Ala., and the late Bobby and Barbara Peppers of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
The groom is the son of Brian and Tina Clift of Lawrenceburg, Tenn. He is the grandson of Bud and Juanita Clifft and the late Jim and Nathalee Perry, all of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
The bride wore a Mikaella Bridal gown from Kathleen’s Bridal in Madison.
Maid of honor was Jacey Peppers, sister of the bride. Bridesmaid was Laney Clifft, sister of the groom. House party was Ann-Katherine Gobble, Gracee Curtis, Gracie Stanfield, Lauren Nuwayhid, Mackenzie Sanders, Maggie McKnight, Molly Kiel, and Rachel Hill. Flower girls were Ellen Hanbury, Elisabeth Hanbury, and Maisyn Kate Mitchell, all cousins of the bride.
Best man was Bryce Clifft, brother of the groom. Groomsman was Luke Peppers, brother of the bride. Ushers were Dawson James and Grant James, cousins of the groom. Ring bearer was Pacey Gobble.
Wedding director was Katie Beech of Katie Jewell Co. Floral designer was Danielle Hardison of By Danielle Wedding Florals. Wedding music was provided by Will and Mae Beth Allison. Caterer was the Pie Factory and the wedding and groom’s cakes were made by Donna Mitchell, aunt of the bride. Hair stylist was Gracee Curtis and makeup artist was Sydney Hallmark. Photographer was Laklin Messer of Laklin Brooke Photography. The bridal party got ready at the Gunrunner Hotel & Spa. The groom and groomsmen’s suits were from Coats Clothing Company. Oriental rugs provided by Caravan Imports in Huntsville. The iced coffee bar and charcuterie table at the reception were provided by the bride’s cousin, Hannah Hanbury The tent was provided by Purcell’s Tents & Events.
The couple spent their honeymoon in Panama City Beach, Fla., their favorite vacation spot. They are now residing in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Photos by Laklin Brooke Photography