Marriage Announcement Extracts
Navarro County, Texas


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Sodd/Hollingsworth Wedding

Jourdan Nicole Sodd and Caleb Leddy Hollingsworth, both of Corsicana, were united in marriage at 7 p.m. July 26, 2003 at First Baptist Church of Corsicana. The Rev. B.F. Risinger performed the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Alan Sodd of Corsicana, and the granddaughter of Mrs. Jo Ann Ailshie and the late Mr. James Ailshie of Grand Prairie, and Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Sodd, Jr. of Arlington.

The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Jack Edward Hollingsworth, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Wayne Morris and the late Dr. and Mrs. John L. Hollingsworth, all of Corsicana.

For the ceremony the altar was graced with a magnificent floral arrangement of Titanic and Anna roses, belles of Ireland, hydrangea, larkspur and Casa Blanca lilies set before a backdrop of palm tree columns and sheer ivory draping. The center aisle was lined with stylized gold leaf palm trees in golden urns. Beaded crystal votive lanterns festooned each palm tree, creating candlelight for the sanctuary. An exquisite hand-painted aisle cloth embellished with garlands of roses and personalized with the bride's and groom's monograms was presented for the bride's entrance.

Music for the ceremony was provided by Joy Williamson, organist, and Sheila Herod, pianist. Vocalists Kay Watkins and Jason Manning opened the ceremony with Baerwald's "Come What May." Other musical selections performed by Mrs. Watkins included "One Hand, One Heart" and "The Lord's Prayer."

The bride, entering the sanctuary on the arm of her father to the accompaniment of Lohengrin's "Bridal March," carried a lovely nosegay of 200 ivory stephanotis, each centered with pearls, and tied up with ivory ribbon. For her wedding the bride chose a formal gown of bridal white silk taffeta designed by Amsale for Stanley Korshak. The strapless moulded bodice featured a gathered band of petal pink taffeta that defined the drop waist. The full ballgown skirt, which fell from inverted box pleats to a slipper length hem, flowed into an extended chapel length train. Back gathers enhanced the fullness of the skirt which was accented by pink taffeta streamers that extended beyond the length of the gown's train.

To complete her ensemble, the bride wore a square veil of pale pink silk illusion finished with a hand rolled edge of platinum thread and accented with square crystals. The veil extended from a tiara of delicate flowers fashioned in fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Matron of honor was Jody Sodd McSpadden, sister of the bride. Serving as maid of honor was Brooke Simon. Bridesmaids were Michelle Smith, Ellen Sodd, sister-in-law of the bride, Holly Hollingsworth, sister-in-law of the groom, Amber Finn and Kimmy Hollingsworth, both sisters of the groom, Haley Settle, Sarah Harper and Ashley Myller. The attendants were dressed in floor length gowns of petal pink silk taffeta which featured a beautiful strapless ruched bodice. They carried tied nosegays of miniature blush garden roses.

The groom's brother, Joshua Hollingsworth, served as best man. Groomsmen were Michael Dubois, Timothy Jackson, Jason Sodd, brother of the bride, Chris McSpadden, brother-in-law of the bride, Ryan Finn, brother-in-law of the groom, Blake Butler, Tony Siracusa, Chris Morris, Salil Naik, and Andrew Nugyen.

Serving as ushers were David Farrell, William Hardy, Jeff Jackson, Josh Kittley, John Miller, Peter Miller and Jonathan Richey.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Corsicana Country Club. Guests were greeted with gold leaf planter boxes overflowing with caladiums, hydrandeas, and azaleas in shades of pink, accented with ivy and lighted by hurricane lamps. A large European garden urn was brimming with roses, hydrangeas, larkspur and belles of Ireland centered in a bank of caladiums. Gold leaf frames with stretched brocade fabric panels of pink and ivory highlighted the ballroom walls. The chandeliers were adorned with crystal beaded shades and lush palm leaves.

The bride's cake table was skirted with a deeply pleated whisper pink French damask with a silk frog closure at each pleat and deep fringe at the skirt's hem. Her ivory multi-tiered cake was separated by gold leaf palm trees fashioned of icing. The intricately decorated layers were highlighted with the bride's and groom's monograms in gold leaf royal icing.

The groom's cake table was topped with cloths of palm fabric and burlap. His cake simulated a nine-hole golf course complete with sand traps and a waterfall with live goldfish set upon a foundation of stone.

A lavish buffet was provided for the guests and dramatically accented with tall dolphin epergnes holding massive arrangements of pale pink roses, lilies, hydrangeas, larkspur and belles of Ireland. The fireplace mantel held arrangements fashioned in gold camel candelabras. Guest tables were centered with elegant arrangements of roses in antiqued gold urns with belles of Ireland forming handles.

The Jason Manning Band played musical selections for the guests' dining and dancing pleasure throughout the evening.

Members of the house party were Cari Coy, Courtney Dennie, Lindsay Dowd, Leah Hay, Kelley Hester, Kristen Powers, Elizabeth Roman and Lauren Turner.

The newly wedded couple departed through a shower of rose petals for a honeymoon cruise to Nassau, San Juan and St. Thomas in the Caribbean. They will make their home in Corsicana.

Numerous parties and showers honoring the couple were hosted by friends and family members prior to the wedding. A rehearsal dinner was hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Jack Hollingsworth at The Cook Arts, Science and Technology Center on the eve of the wedding.

Mooneyhan/Aguado Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Freddy Mooneyhan are pleased to announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, LeaAnn to John Anthony (Tony) Aguado, son of Sherri Ross and Tommy Aguado.

The wedding is planned for Oct. 25, 2003 at the First United Methodist Church in Corsicana.

The future groom is a graduate fro Corsicana High School and is a Navarro College Fire Academy graduate. The future bride is a graduate of Corsicana High School and holds an associates degree in science from Navarro College and is employed with Brent Magness, DDS.

LeaAnn is the granddaughter of Gilbert and Lina Ruiz. Tony is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Alfredo Aguado and Mr. and Mrs. John Singleton.

Preston/Prince Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Preston of Corsicana and Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Prince of Trinidad are pleased to announce the engagement of their children, Alissa and Kevin.

Alissa attended Texas Tech University where she was a member of Alpha Chi Omega Sorority. Alissa graduated from Sam Houston University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a minor in Criminal Justice. Kevin received his Associate's Degree from Navarro College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a minor in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin University. While attending Stephen F. Austin, Kevin was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity.

The wedding is planned for early fall.

English/Stewart - 1877

Corsicana Observer, Aug 4, 1877

Married: By the Rev. Mr. Ashby, of Benton, at Lampasas Springs, Mr. John P. English to Mrs. Victoria Stewart, both of this city. [Corsicana]
We extend to the happy couple our heartfelt congratulations, and sincerely hope that they may glide down the river of life.
"Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one."



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