Marriage Announcement Extracts
Navarro County, Texas


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Ramsey-Holcomb Married 

The Star, Frost Texas, December 4, 1914


On last Saturday night at 7 o’clock, at the home of the brides parents, in north Frost Mr. John Ramsey of Blooming Grove and Miss Rena Holcomb were united in marriage by pastor Alvin Swindell of the Baptist church. Those two fine young people are well known here and loved and honored by every body. We wish for them a happy and useful life. They will make their home in Blooming Grove.



Tatum-Templeton Married in Frost

The Blooming Grove Times, March 19, 1926


Mr. Max Tatum of Corsicana and Miss Ted Templeton of Frost were united in marriage Saturday afternoon in the home of the bride in Frost, with a very pretty double ring ceremony conducted by a Frost pastor.


Miss Templeton has been a student in Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and is a very popular society leader of Frost. Mr. Tatum is connected with his father in business in the Tatum Hardware Co. of Corsicana. The couple has many friends throughout Navarro County and neighboring communities.


They will be at home in Corsicana after a brief honeymoon trip to South Texas.



Johnson—George Wedding


The Blooming Grove Times, Friday July 2, 1943
Married Wednesday At Midlothian

A wedding of unusual interest to friends here was solemnized at Midlothian Wednesday June 23, at 3:30 p.m. when J.P. Johnson and Miss Lelia Ruth George, both of this city were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage by Rev. J. W. Whitefield, pastor of the Midlothian Methodist Church.

Mr. Johnson is the son of Mrs. Maggie Johnson and Miss George is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. George.

After the wedding the couple went to Dallas for a short wedding trip returning to their home at Blooming Grove Friday evening.

Scores of friends here join this paper in extending congratulations.




Pevehouse—Banks Wedding 
The Blooming Grove Times, Friday February 26, 1926
The marriage of Doyle Pevehouse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pevehouse of Corsicana and Miss Vera Banks, daughter of Mrs. J.B. Banks, West 5th Ave. Corsicana, solemnized at 7:00 o’clock Saturday evening in the home of the bride’s mother, Rev. Potter, pastor of the First Methodist church of Corsicana officiated with the ring ceremony in the presence of immediate relatives and friends of the bride and bridegroom.
Miss Louise McCormick was maid of honor. Mr. Walter Ramsey attended at best man. Both from Blooming Grove.
Mr. and Mrs. Pevehouse left immediately after the ceremony for Dallas, where they spent their honeymoon. Since their return they have made their home in Corsicana.




The week was given social prominence by the early morning wedding on Thursday of Miss Madie Thompson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Thompson and Mr. Claude S. Orr of Cincinnati.

Only the immediate family and a few intimate friends were asked to witness the quiet home wedding, but notwithstanding this fact the event bears interest to a host of friends, both here and in Cincinnati, the groom’s home.

Mr. and Mrs. Orr will be visiting Cincinnati, Ohio after Christmas.

The Blooming Grove Rustler, date unknown

Mr. K. Hartley and Miss Altie Nelson were married Wednesday night of last week, the marriage taking place at the home of E.C. Tillman. There were very few present to witness the ceremony. But it was a mighty pretty home wedding. Appropriate parlor decorations presented a lovely scene and the contracting parties never appeared to better advantage in their lives.

The groom is one of our most solid and influential young businessman.

As an employee at J. A. Smith’s grocery store he has well in hand all the clerical work and it is a known fact that he is the most painstaking and accurate bookkeeper in town. He has exemplary character and is a young man of established standing among the best circles of the town.

The bride is a Blooming Grove girl, but has been away for several years. She has been teaching at Winters where her father now lives, and it was the with of the Winter school board that she teach there again, but subsequent events changed her plans an she will remain in Blooming Grove. She possesses beauty of character and her sincere piety commends her to the best people of the land.

They begin life together with the best wishes of a host of friends and family.


  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs
  • The Blooming Grove Rustler, date unknown


Miss Anna Sue Melton and Lee Roy Moorhead Are Married

Mr. and Mrs. Zack Melton, Jr. announce the marriage of their daughter, Anna Sue, to MR. Lee Roy Moorhead of Fort Worth on Thanksgiving Day, at the home of Rev. A.J. Frank, pastor of the Riverside Baptist Church.

The bride is a 1946 graduate of the Blooming Grove High School.

After a short wedding trip to Monterrey, Mexico, the couple will return to their home in Fort Worth


  • The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb. 19, 1943
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs


Miss Bobbie Jean Varnell Is Bride Of Mr. Isaac A. Beam

The marriage of Miss Bobbie Jean Varnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Varnell of Blooming Grove and Isaac A. Beam, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Beam of Masson, Texas, was solemnized at the Methodist parsonage Friday, November 14th at 8:00 P.M.

Rev. AR. Peterson officiated in the single ring ceremony.

The bride is a graduate of the Blooming Grove High School.

For the ceremony the bride chose a beige wool suit, a beige hat with brown veil, and her accessories were brown. She carried a corsage of orchids.

Miss Virginia Varnell of Dallas, a sister of the bride, was the only attendant. She wore a gray suit with green accessories.

Mr. and Mrs. Beam will make their home in Fort Worth.


  • The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb. 19, 1943
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs


Miss Willie Frederick And Billie Woodland Exchange Vows

Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock Miss Willie Frederick became the bride of Billie Woodland at the Methodist parsonage with Rev. A. L. Peterson performing the marriage vows.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Frederick and the groom is the son of Mrs. J. W. Woodland.

At present they are making their home here.


  • The Blooming Grove Times, Friday Feb. 19, 1943
  • Submitted by Dana Stubbs


Chrystal M. Johnson and Beau G. Janssen were united in holy matrimony in a beautiful double ring, candlelight ceremony at 6:30 p.m. June 12 at Central United Methodist Church in Corsicana. Performing the beautiful ceremony was Rev. Nancy Schusler of Central United Methodist Church. Rev. Schusler has known Beau since he was a young boy.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Deborah Johnson of Frost. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Odette May of Mertens, and the late James D. May. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. Glenn Janssen of Corsicana. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Norris Janssen of Grapevine, and Mr. and Mrs. James Cleven of San Antonio. His maternal grandmother is Mrs. Maona Scott-White of Karnes City, and the late John E. Scott, Jr. His step-grandpa was the late Charles "Charlie" E. White. Special friend in attendance was Mr. Cecil Mixon from Kenedy.

Upon entering the church, Chrystal and Beau featured a table with two lit tapers and a silver cross. This was in remembrance of their deceased grandfathers. Miss Shanna Osburn, cousin of the groom, greeted guests. She presided over their pictorial register, which featured the bride and groom's portrait with large matte for well-wishers to sign. The sanctuary was decorated in the couple's chosen colors of red, white and silver. Alternating pews were illuminated with hurricane lamp candles accented by red or white bows trimmed with contrasting red or white rose trios. Each stained glass window additionally had hurricane lamps and candles displayed. The communion and choir rails twinkled with votives of alternating red and white candles. Flanking each side of the pulpit were 15-taper spiral candelabras trimmed with white bows and bridal illusion. Behind the choir rail stood a nine-taper fan candelabra. Beautiful arrangements of red roses, yellow spider mums, white carnations and greenery in crystal baskets sat on the piano and the organ. Sitting atop the pulpit in a tall crystal vase was the large center arrangement of yellow gladiolas, red roses, yellow spider mums, purple stock and ferns.

Tina Skaggs of Corsicana played prenuptial selections. At 6 p.m., niece of the groom Miss Kierstyn Dumont of Pleasanton began the lighting of the candelabras. She wore a formal-length spaghetti-strap gown in apple red with embroidered bodice. "The Wedding Song" by Brian Adams was featured during this time. During the seating of the groom's grandmothers "Remember When" by Alan Jackson was played. When the mother of the groom and the mother of the bride entered the sanctuary, "Because You Love Me" by Jodee Messina was the music of choice. Each mother lit a taper next to the Unity candle representing the bride's family and the groom's family.

"Trumpet Voluntary" announced the entrance of Rev. Schusler along with Beau, his best man and groomsmen. The matron of honor and bridesmaids approached the front of the sanctuary accompanied by "Canon in D." As the flower girl and ring bearer entered, Lohengrin's "Wedding March" softly played.

Upon resounding chords of Lohengrin, the bride entered the sanctuary escorted by her uncle, Dwayne May. Chrystal chose a lovely white creation by PC Mary. Her strapless design featured a boned Basque satin bodice accented by mock lacing at the dropped waistline. Complimenting the sweetheart neckline and waistline was heavily re-embroidered lace accented by seed pearls. The organza skirt of this beautiful gown fell softly from inverted box pleats with self-chapel length train. Chrystal chose a semi-cathedral-length veil of bridal illusion. A pearl and crystal tiara completed her ensemble.

Following tradition, she carried "something old," a 1935 silver quarter in her "something borrowed" handkerchief from her grandmother. Her "something new" was her wedding gown. The tradition was further maintained by "something blue" being the ribbon tied around the stems of her floral bouquet. Completed by "a sixpence in her shoe ..." the groom presented her with a true English sixpence at rehearsal dinner the night prior.

The bridal bouquet was a lovely cascading arrangement of beautiful red roses, baby's breath and delicate fern greenery. She chose for her jewelry diamond stud earrings and a lovely past, present and future diamond necklace, gift of the groom.

Mrs. Odette May of Mertens, grandmother, attended Chrystal as her matron of honor. She wore a lovely formal-length silver crepe sheath with complimentary silver hip-length jacket. A silver necklace completed her attire. Bridesmaids were Miss Ashley May, of Frost, cousin of the bride, and Mrs. Erin Reynolds of Frost. Their gowns were strapless formal-length apple red creations featuring embroidered bodices with irridescents at each floral center. An asymmetrical gathering of the bodice to the side waist was accented with crystal accent. Red satin shawls completed their look. Each wore a dainty chain necklace with small red roses alternating between the links along with matching red rose earrings, gifts from the bride. All three attendants carried identical bouquets of gorgeous red roses accented with baby's breath in a large nosegay design.

Flower girl was Miss Torey Dumont of Pleasanton, cousin of the groom. Her dress was a ballerina-length white organza design accented by apple red satin sash and tiny red satin rose buds appliqued on the skirt. She carried a lovely white satin-covered basket and scattered rose petals down the aisle.

Beau chose a white tux complete with white patterned vest. A double red rose and baby's breath boutonniere completed his attire. Serving his brother as best man was Nicholas Janssen, of Minot, N. Dakota. Groomsmen included Donnie Miller and Dustin Ross. They all wore black tuxes with contrasting black patterned vests. Nicholas had a white rose boutonniere accented with baby's breath while the groomsmen wore white carnation boutonnieres accented with baby's breath. Master Austin Volpi of Sterling, Virginia, cousin of the groom, was ring bearer. His tux was identical to the groomsmen. Ushers included Tab Dumont of Pleasanton, uncle of the groom, Dwayne May of Frost, uncle of the bride, and Don May of Frost, cousin of the bride. They wore tuxes identical to those of the groomsmen.

After exchanging vows, Chrystal and Beau lit their unity candle while Mrs. Christy Driskell sang "From This Moment" by Shania Twain. They each presented their mother-in-law a red rose. After returning to the communion rail, they knelt and "The Lord's Prayer" was sung by Mrs. Christy Driskell.

After the ceremony, reception was held at Star Hall. Miss Shanna Osburn of College Station greeted the guests. The registry table was covered with a crocheted lace tablecloth of Queen Anne's design that was handmade by the groom's maternal great-grandmother. It had been used in the same manner in his parents' wedding. The underlay was a floor-length apple red tablecloth. A bud vase with white and red roses along with the bridal portrait and the matte registry graced the table. The gift table was covered in a like manner with lace tablecloth of the groom's great-grandmother over a red cloth. Adorning one end of the table was a white wrought-iron birdcage and Beanie Bear bride and groom set. The opposite end of the table had a woven basket with red ribbon trim holding the bubbles for the couple's departure.

The bride's table was lovely with white tablecloth and apple red skirt. On either side of the large floral centerpiece burned white tapers in crystal holders. The cake was a beautiful three-layer confection with bubbling water fountain and fresh red roses below the first layer. White columns supported the first and third layers. The Irish Cream cake was trimmed with wedding scallops and red roses. A crystal heart with engraved double entwined hearts topped the third layer. Serving the cake was Miss Kelly Faulk of Corsicana. Silver coffee service complemented the opposite end of the table served by Mrs. Lajuana Kasprzyk from Kenedy, aunt of the groom.

The groom's table was also covered with white tablecloth and skirted in red. A smaller arrangement of fresh flowers in crystal basket sat on the table with burning white tapers ensconsed in heart-shaped crystal holders. A large red column candle in crystal holder, which was a wedding gift, also graced the table. The groom's cake was a marbled chocolate confection with fresh strawberries topping each layer. The two layers were separated by clear columns and the third tier was decorated in a whimsical fashion -- the topper was of the groom attempting to "get away" with the bride snatching him back by the coat collar. Serving the cake was Miss Bethany Skaare of Minot, N. Dakota. Sherbert punch, the groom's choice, was served by Mrs. Kala Dumont from Pleasanton, aunt of the groom.

Guests also had their choice of fruit punch flowing from the lighted silver champagne fountain featured on a separate table. The table was decorated identical to the others. Behind the fountain was a bridal trellis trimmed with bridal illusion and featuring the three bouquets from the bridal attendants.

A buffet table, covered in like fashion to the other tables, featured a cold buffet of a variety of cheeses, meats, relishes, croissants or crusty rolls, fresh fruit salad in watermelon baskets, and chocolate covered strawberries.

Upon leaving for their honeymoon to the Bahamas, Chrystal and Beau were showered with bubbles by all their well-wishers. The couple will live in Corsicana.

Special thanks are due to Karyn Rebeck of Wicklow Inn for the beautiful cakes, Evening Shade Catering, Custom Florals, and Kay Cummins Photography. Out of town guests were from Minot, ND; Jacksonville, Runge, Yoakum, San Antonio, Grapevine, Cedal Hill, Karnes City, Kenedy, Pleasanton, Lubbock, Hillsboro, Frost, Mertens and Italy.


Boyd/McCollum Wedding 7/25/2004

Diana Boyd and Michael McCollum, both of Corsicana, were united in marriage in a garden wedding at the home of the bride's parents May 21. The double ring ceremony was officiated by Darren Boyd, brother of the bride, and Bobby McCollum, the groom's father.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Boyd of Corsicana and Donna Warren of Barry. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby McCollum of Corsicana.

Brandy Hines served as matron of honor, and Jason Webster was the best man.

The bride wore a designer gown by Moncheri featuring a fitted strapless basque bodice with diagonal pleating. The full French tulle skirt was trimmed with alencon lace and sprinkled with beads, pearls and swept with a cathedral train that bustled for the reception. She wore a crystal tiara in her hair. The bride's bouquet was pink roses, adorned with sheer white ribbon with pearls.

Wedding vows took place in front of a sprawling bed of impatiens, hydrangeas, agapanthas and azaleas back-dropped with redbud trees and framed by an arbor of wisteria. Lanterns and rose petals adorned the tables. Diane Webb sang "I Will Be Here," and soft piano music was played before and after the ceremony.

A poolside reception was held, with a bride's cake of amaretto decorated with fresh flowers. The groom's cake was chocolate topped with fresh-dipped strawberries. Dawn Whitfield served the bride's cake, Patricia Cantu served the groom's cake, and Jennifer Boyd served punch.

After a honeymoon in San Antonio, the couple will reside in Corsicana.

7/25/2004 Beck/Johnson Engagement

John Robert Johnson II and Marisa Carolyn Beck, both of Fairfax, Va., wish to announce their engagement and approaching marriage.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. Robert M. Beck and the late Mary W. Beck of Midland. She is the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. Ira Williams of Albuquerque and Helen Beck and the late Mr. Robert H. Beck of Abilene. Miss Beck is a 1998 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Midland and a 2002 graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her bachelors of science degree in exercise sports science. She is currently employed with Fitness Wise in Fairfax, Va.

The groom-elect is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Johnson of Barry. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Johnson and the late Mr. and Mrs. Leon Hennig, all of Corsicana. Mr. Johnson is a 1997 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 2003 graduate of Texas Tech University, where he received a bachelors of science degree in restaurant/hotel institutional management. He is currently employed with Uncle Julio's Restaurant in Fairfax, Va.

The wedding is planned for Oct. 16


7/25/2004 Jones/Russell Engagement

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Michael Russell of Corsicana proudly announce the engagement of their son, Joe Michael Russell II to Lauren Elizabeth Jones, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Don Jones of Junction.

Bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Barbara Jones of Highland Village, the late Dr. Homer Jones of Bonham, and the late Mrs. Mabel Kothmann of Junction. Lauren is a 1997 graduate of Temple High School, and a 2001 graduate of Abilene Christian College, and a 2004 graduate of Baylor Law School. She is currently employed with the District Attorney's office in Waco.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Mrs. Hattie Russell and the late Joe F. Russell, Jr., both of Prairie Hill, and the late J.W. Thomas and the late Joyce Thomas of Mexia.

Mike is a 1996 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 2000 graduate of University of Texas at Arlington. He will graduate from Baylor Law School in November.

The wedding is planned for Aug. 14 at the First Christian Church in Temple.


7/25/2004 Berry/Frye Wedding

Lynn and Lana Berry and Mike and Elizabeth Frye announce the marriage of their children, Katie and Tom. The wedding took place in Austin on Oct. 5, 2003 at the Barr Mansion. Katie's attendant was her brother, Ross Berry, and Tom's attendant was his sister, Lisa Dornhofer. Tom's father performed the ceremony and Katie's father prayed for a blessing on their marriage.

Family members and friends from California, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas enjoyed the garden wedding and dinner reception. After a honeymoon in Ireland, Tom and Katie returned to California where Tom is an attorney, and Katie is finishing her Phd in English.

7/25/2004 Joplin/DuBose Engagement

Mrs. Nancy DuBose and the late Lance DuBose of Dawson are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Lance "Bubba" DuBose to Kimberly Ann Joplin, daughter of William and Thelma Sipes of Teague.

The bride-to-be is a 1996 graduate of Fairfield High School. She is employed by Russell Stover Candies.

The prospective groom is a 1994 graduate of Dawson High School, and is employed by Radco.

The wedding is planned for Sept. 25 at the Chasteen Ranch in Dawson. The couple plan to reside in Dawson following the wedding.

8/1/2004 Brown/Harris Wedding

Lynsey Rhea Brown of Corsicana and Gregg Lee Harris of Arvada, Colo. were united in marriage June 19 at Northside Baptist Church in Corsicana. The double ring ceremony began at 4 p.m. with the chiming of the hour.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Brown of Corsicana. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Virginia Linman of Midlothian and the late Mr. A.E. Cox of San Angelo, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Brown of Nacogdoches and the late Maxie Brown of Ballinger.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Harris of Steamboat Springs, Colo. and the grandson of Mrs. Virginia Harris of Fowler, Colo.

A topiary of yellow Asiatic lilies in a silver ice bucket and the Willow Tree statue, "Together," a gift to the groom by special friends, were featured on the registry table.

While the bride's and groom's mothers lit their respective family candles the bride's sister, Heather Wardrup, accompanied the groom's sister, Michelle Wilkie on the piano as she sang "Parent's Prayer." Heather also accompanied Michelle and Willie Sigler, a special family friend of the bride, of Corsicana, when they sang "Answered Prayer" as the bride and groom ascended the steps to the altar.

Entering to Pachelbal's "Canon in D," the bridesmaids descended the stairway from the balcony wearing floor-length matte satin, indigo blue dresses that featured spaghetti straps and dropped waistlines. They wore dark blue Austrian crystal earrings given to them by the bride. Each bridesmaid carried an antique silver tussy mussie with her personal monogram, also gifts from the bride, with yellow spray roses, blue love-in-the-mist, yellow and chartreuse button mums and bells of Ireland. They met the groomsmen at the center of the church and ascended the steps to the altar together. Heather Wardrup of Conroe assisted her sister as matron of honor. The groom's sister, Michelle Wilkie of Hayden, Colo. served as co-matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Katie Brown, cousin of the bride of Dallas, Michelle Baker, Stephen F. Austin college friend and sorority sister of Euless, Julie Fishero McGlamery, childhood friend and co-mischief maker since the fourth grade of Plano, Echo Storch, childhood friend and super soccer buddy of Chicago, Liz Spradly, SFA roommate and sorority sister of Nacogdoches, and Diana Tripp, SFA college friend and sorority sister of Austin.

Serving the groom as best man was his father and best friend, Robert Harris of Steamboat Springs, Colo. On his lapel, he wore a pin given to him by his mother, with a cross joining two rings, signifying that Christ is the center of a Christian home. Groomsmen were Joel Bundick, current pastor and friend, Joe Divito, childhood friend, Steve Heinin, church friend, and Rob Murray, roommate and church friend, all of Denver. Geoff Gill and Geol Weber were also childhood friends and fellow trouble makers now of Albuquerque, N.M. and Lakewood, Colo. and Rob Stith, a college friend, SFA roommate, and fellow Rosie O'Donnel fan, now of Grapevine.

Ushers were Stratton Brown, cousin of the bride from Dallas, Drew Hall, church friend of the groom from Denver, Jamie Kubiak, the groom's college roommate and friend from SFA, Ryan Wilkie, brother-in-law of the groom from Hayden, Colo., and Keith Wardrup, brother-in-law from Conroe.

Ring bearer, Shane Carroll and cousin of the bride, was dressed in a classic black tuxedo matching the groomsmen and ushers. He entered barefoot carrying a white satin pillow created by three generations of the bride's family. Her sister initiated the task by cross stitching the bride's new monogram in indigo blue silk and embellishing it with pale yellow Swarovski crystals. The bride's mother attached lace from her wedding gown that had been hand-beaded with pearls by the bride's grandmother. Shelby Carroll, cousin of the bride and Grace and Hannah Wilkie, nieces of the groom were the flower girls. They wore white satin dresses with high waists with an overlay of silk organza. Indigo blue silk organza sashes with a white silk camellia securing the bow highlighted the backs of their dresses. They wore necklaces with a cross of blue Austrian crystals, which were gifts from the bride, that matched their sashes. They also entered barefoot, carrying white satin baskets filled with silk rose flower petals.

Aisle candles adorned with Italian ruscus and pale yellow organza ribbon softly lit the way as the bride entered on the arm of her father to "Trumpet Voluntary in D." Les Grayson, special friend of the bride's family, was trumpeter. The bride wore a white, strapless Cinderella ball gown with a satin-cuffed corset bodice, embellished with scroll embroidery and hand beading of pearls, beads and Swarovski crystals. The voluminous skirt was a cloud of multi-layered tulle with a French wired hem that flowed into a chapel-length train. It also was embellished with sparkling crystals and pearls, as was her fingertip-length veil. She wore a matching Swarovski crystal necklace and bracelet purchased for her by her maternal grandmother during a trip to Austria. She also wore a crystal guardian angel pin given to her by her mother-in-law. Her hand-tied bouquet of yellow Skyline roses was studded with Swarovski crystals.

The couple exchanged vows in front of an arch decorated with yellow Skyline roses, yellow Asiatic lilies, spray roses, and button mums blended with green Limbo roses, Shamrock Fuji mums, bells of Ireland, Italian ruscus, plumons and hanging amaranthus. Large sprays of blue hybrid delphinium and love-in-the-mist accented the arch. Ficus trees and ferns on either side of the arch were dramatically up lit while three dozen pillar candles glowed from behind in the choir loft. Reader, Alyce Todd, a friend of the bride and groom, read from the Song of Solomon. The Rev. Jason Brown, friend of the groom, officiated the ceremony.

During the lighting of the unity candle, Willie Sigler and Macy Phenix of Henderson, a Henderson High School Lady Lion Soccer player, sand "Who Am I." The groom surprised everyone in attendance by singing a song written especially for his bride. As he gently wiped tears from Lynsey's face, she passed her monogrammed handkerchief, a gift from her mother, back to her sister, Heather, and the groom's sister, Michelle. After being pronounced husband and wife, the couple left to applause and "Trumpet Tune and Air," also played by Les Grayson.

The Corsicana Swing Orchestra provided the music for the reception, which was held at the Cook Arts, Science and Technology Center. For the couple's first dance, they played "Don't Take Your Love From Me" featuring a surprise trumpet solo from the bride's father, who is a member of the orchestra. The bride's cake was a five-tier white cake decorated with white fondant icing, sugar pearls, and the couple's monogram. Blue and chartreuse hydrangeas, delphiniums, love-in-the-mist, and yellow spray roses adorned the top of the cake and cascaded down the side. Each guest could choose their own flavor from five dipping sauces served beside the cake. The centerpiece on the bride's table was a five-foot-tall silver trumpet vase filled with the same flowers that decorated the wedding arch. The groom's cake was German chocolate with coconut pecan filling. It was covered in turquoise fondant the color of the ocean. A larger than life "Nemo" floated on top along with silver-leafed seashells decorating the cake and the cake table. Because the groom is a senior aquarist at Ocean Journey Aquarium in Denver, a disclaimer was placed near the cake stating that "No sea creatures were harmed in the making of this cake."

The house party was made up of the Henderson High School Lady Lions Soccer team. They wore corsages of royal blue and red, the colors of Henderson High School. At one point during the reception, to honor the girls, the bride, who was also their head coach, donned a pair of her own soccer shoes that her sister had decorated with blue and white crystals, white lace, tulle and satin roses.

A life time video of Lynsey and Gregg, from birth to the present, was shown continuously on the dome of the planetarium during the reception. As a thank you, Lynsey and Gregg presented each guest with a CD containing songs from their wedding as well as songs that were special to each of them and their parents.

The couple left in a flurry of bubbles as trumpeters Les Grayson and Jerry Ballew played the "William Tell Overture." After a trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will be at home in Arvada, Colo. Guests were present from Washington, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas.


8/1/2003Smith/Uresti Engagement

Benjamin and Sue Smith of Sheridan are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Aimie Elizabeth, to Koleman Mark Uresti, son of Michael and Keena Uresti of Corsicana.

The bride-elect is a 1996 graduate of Rice High School in Altair, Texas and graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a bachelor of business administration in finance in 2001. She is currently employed by URS in Austin as a project accountant. She is the granddaughter of Earl and Marie Zimmermann, the late J. Orville Smith and the late Minnie Smith Spittler, all of Hallettsville.

The prospective groom is a 1995 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 1999 graduate of Texas A&M University with a bachelor in environmental design majoring in architecture. He is currently employed by SHW Group in Austin as an assistant project manager. He is the grandson of Dr. Merrill and Maxine Ranck of Corsicana and Alline Uresti and the late Arthur Uresti of Houston.

The couple will be married Sept. 18 at St. William's Catholic Church in Round Rock.


12/19/2004 Smith-Uresti Wedding

Aimie Elizabeth Smith and Koleman Mark Uresti were united in marriage Sept 18 at St. William's Catholic Church in Round Rock with Joel McNeil officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Benjamin and Sue Smith of Sheridan. She is the granddaughter of Earl and Marie Zimmerman of Hallettsville, and the late Minnie Smith Spittler and the late Jasper Orville Smith of Sublime. She is a 1996 graduate of Rice High School and a 2001 graduate of Southwest Texas State University. Currently she is employed by URS Corp. in Austin.

The groom is the son of Michael and Keena Uresti of Corsicana. He is the grandson of Dr. Merrill and Maxine Ranck of Dubois, Ind., and Alline Uresti and the late Arthur Uresti of Houston. He is a 1995 graduate of Corsicana High School and a 1999 graduate of Texas A&M University. Currently, he is employed by SHW Group, Architects & Engineers.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless satin A-line gown trimmed with metallic beaded embroidery and a low asymmetrical back adorned with three rosettes. To complete her attire, she wore a two-tiered veil along with a diamond-encrusted tiara. She carried a tight round bouquet of ivory and pink Porcelina and Holland roses.

During the ceremony, Heather Ulcak, a friend of the bride, provided scripture readings, and music was provided by Joe Scutti and Pat Pietrasik.

Nikki Fuller, the bride's best friend attended as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Shannon Smith of Columbus and Kimie Smolik of Albuquerque, N.M., both sisters of the bride and Kelty Ferguson of Houston, the groom's sister, along with Tami Pausewang of Sheridan and Leslie Soucek of Houston, both friends of the bride.

Jordyn and Kayleigh Pausewang of Sheridan handed out programs.

The maid of honor wore a two-piece pink iridescent taffeta gown with a black satin bow tied at the waist.

Attendants wore strapless two-piece black iridescent taffeta gowns with slim-fitted skirts and a pink satin bow tied at the waist. They carried a tight round bouquet of pale pink Porcelina Roses with black satin tied around the stems, and wore jewelry given to them by the bride. The mothers wore corsages of pink Porcelina roses with pink satin ribbon.

Todd Lockwood of Dallas, the groom's best friend, served as best man. Groomsmen were Keaton Uresti of Myrtle Beach, S.C., brother of the groom, Scott Ferguson of Houston, brother-in-law of the groom, and friends Reid Crocker of Frisco, Steven Mar of Dallas and Stephen Flores of Austin. The men wore black tuxedos accessorized with black satin vests and ties, with boutonnieres made from one medium-pink Porcelian rose.

The groom wore a black tuxedo with an ivory satin vest and tie, along with a double pale-pink rose boutonniere.

Ushers were Russell Waldrup of Frisco, friend of the groom, Andrew Stilwell of Houston, a friend of the couple and Scott Smolik of Albuquerque, N.M., brother-in-law of the bride.

The ceremony was followed by a reception with dinner and dancing at Berry Creek Country Club in Georgetown.

The club was decorated with ivory candles trimmed with pink and black satin ribbons. Vases containing three pale-pink Porcelina roses surrounded by four tea lights and pink rose petals formed centerpieces on the guest tables. The head table was decorated with ivory pillar candles with pink and black ribbon placed inside a tall glass holder. Also adorning the head table were clear rectangular vases filled with rice and the bridesmaid's bouquets. An ice sculpture engraved with the bride's and grooms names and the initial "U" decorated the hors d' oeuvres table.

Dinner, which consisted of Chicken Marsala served over fettuccini, green beans, potatoes, garden-fresh salad, warm rolls, tea and coffee, was catered by Berry Creek Country Club.

The bride chose a four-tier white cake with strawberry filling and butter cream icing. The cake was made up of four square layers with smooth ivory icing, and topped with pink roses. Rose petals cascaded down the sides.

The groom chose a chocolate sheet cake decorated with a miniature lighted tent, a stream with fish, a forest and the Coleman logo because he loves to camp out.

His cake was made by Michelle Brinkmeyer, a friend of the bride, as a wedding gift to the couple.

Music was provided by Val Ramirez of M.I.B. Productions in Moulton. The grand march was led by Donnie and Nora Rollins of Columbus.

The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom's parents at Carlos 'n' Charlie's in Lake Travis in Austin where a fajita buffet was served.

Following a honeymoon in Kauai, the couple resides in Cedar Park

8/1/2004 Chaney/Lewis Wedding

Lindsay Chaney and Keith Lewis, both of Corsicana, were united in marriage July 16 at Memorial Baptist Church. The Rev. Darin Wood officiated the double ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Carmel George of Manhattan, Kansas. The groom is the son of Raylon and Clowie Lewis of Corsicana.

The bride was given in marriage by Steve Lewis, brother of the groom. Julie Wood sang "I Will Be There." The bride wore a white two-piece lace over silk gown, and carried multi-colored blush and white roses.

A reception was held at Memorial Baptist Church immediately following the ceremony. The couple honeymooned in Shreveport.

The groom is employed by Morgan Corporation in Corsicana. The bride attended Overland High School in Aurora, Colo. and Kansas State University. She is an office coordinator for Firestone Building Products in Corsicana.

10/31/2004 Farmer-Clarkson Wedding

Crystal Elaine Farmer and Casey Lynn Clarkson, both of Corsicana, were united in marriage Sept. 14 in Dawson. George Meniam officiated at the double ring ceremony.

Paula Thompson, the bride's best friend, attended as the maid of honor, and friend Gina Farmer served as matron on honor.

The groom's best friend, Jeremy Joles, acted as best man, and Bill Clarkson II was the groomsman.

Following the ceremony, guests celebrated with the bride and groom at a reception at Liberty Hill in Dawson.

The bride and groom are both graduates of Corsicana High School.

After a honeymoon at South Padre Island, the couple made their home in Corsicana.


10/31/2004 Beaty-Bibb Wedding

Susan Lynn Beaty of Red Oak and Steve Bibb of Corsicana were united in marriage Sept. 10 by the Justice of the Peace in Waxahachie in a single-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Garland and Linda Beaty of Red Oak, and the groom is the son of Jesse and Betty Bibb of Corsicana.

Members of the house party included the groom's children, Joshua and Matthew, and the bride's children, Dawson and Chelsea.

The bride wore a street-length v-neck dress with a floral pattern on a pale mauve background. She carried a bouquet of blue and white flowers.

At an evening reception in Lancaster following the ceremony, the bride wore a floor-length short-sleeved white lace gown. The groom wore a black vested suit with a long-sleeved white shirt.

The couple's parents, family members and friends attended from Corsicana, Ennis, Red Oak and Lancaster. Tables were decorated with mirrored tiles, candles with flowers, greenery and tulle-wrapped candelabrum, with music accompanying the event. Guests enjoyed a food buffet, cake and punch, and the couple danced to their favorite songs, "My Only Hope" by Mandy Moore, and "Now That I Have Found You" by Terri Clark.

The bride is employed at Baylor Family Medical Center in Red Oak, and the groom is employed by RSM in Ennis.

Following a honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Red Oak.


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