Jessica Whitney Mitchener and Kevin Ray Smith were united in marriage Aug. 9, in an outdoor ceremony at Alton City Park, Alton, Mo.
The Rev. Harold Smith, of Willow Springs, grandfather of the groom, officiated at the 6 p.m. double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Mitchener of Alton, Mo. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Melton, Mrs. Charlotte Mitchener and the late Robert Mitchener of Couch, Mo.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith of Willow Springs, Mo. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith of Willow Springs and Mr. and Mrs. William Taylor of Mountain Grove.
Attending the bride's book was Caitlyn Melton of Point Lookout, Mo., cousin of the bride.
Kathleen Crigler, Alton, pianist, presented nuptial music. The song "When You Look Me In The Eyes" by The Jonas Brothers was played during the couple's sand ceremony.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a strapless, princess A-line gown of white satin. The full length gown was beaded with crystals and glass beads on the lace bodice. It had a floating full peek-a-boo organza overlaid skirt that brushed the floor and was appliquéd with corded lace motifs that were decorated with crystals and glass beads. The entire scalloped skirt hem was beaded with crystals and glass beads that flowed into a beaded chapel train. The bride wore a crystal tiara and fingertip tiered tulle veil that was adorned with crystal jewels. The bride carried a cascading bouquet of white day lilies, statice, Stephanotis, ivy, greenery and lavender satin and chiffon ribbons.
Amber Huddleston, of Rover, Mo., friend of the bride, was maid of honor. She was attired in a lavender crepe-back satin A-line gown. The tea-length dress had a square neckline and empire waist. She wore a sheer lavender bolero shrug adorned with silver jewels. She carried a bouquet of white day lilies, lavender carnations, yellow and lavender chrysanthemums, delphiniums, Stephanotis, greenery and lavender satin ribbon.
Bridesmaids were Crystal Doran of West Plains, Mo., cousin of the bride and Stephanie Hollis of Alton, Mo., friend of the bride. They were dressed in yellow crepe-back satin A-line gowns. The tea-length dresses had a square neckline and empire waist. They carried bouquets of white day lilies, lavender carnations, yellow and lavender chrysanthemums, delphiniums, statice, greenery and lavender chiffon ribbons.
Bethany Waggoner of Willow Springs, Mo., niece of the groom served as flower girl. She wore a tea length sleeveless, white satin dress with sweetheart neckline. Her dress was adorned with a lavender shirred banded sash and bow. The tulle overskirt was studded with crystal jewels. She wore a crown of flowers accented with ribbon, tulle and pearls.
Jacob Church of Springfield, Mo., friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Jeremy Mitchener of Alton, Mo., brother of the bride, and Nick Pruitt of Carlyle, Illinois, friend of the groom. The groom and his attendants wore white satin striped pearl snap button long sleeved shirts and black dress pants. The groom and his best man wore lavender silk ties and the groomsmen wore pale yellow silk ties.
Devin Waggoner of Willow Springs, Mo., nephew of the groom served as ring bearer. He wore identical clothing as the groomsmen.
The bride and her attendants arrived at the wedding ceremony site by Mustangs driven by aunts of the bride. Cindy Melton of Couch, Mo., drove a maroon '91 Mustang, Debra Holesapple of Alton, Mo drove a dark blue '98 Mustang and Denice Melton of Couch, Mo drove a black '05 Mustang.
Flowers were arranged by friend of the groom, Phoebe Wiles of Rolla, Mo.
A reception and dance followed the ceremony in the multi-purpose room at the Alton Elementary School where guests were served a variety of finger foods that included strawberries and a chocolate fountain, cake and punch. Reception servers were Caitlyn Melton of Point Lookout, Mo., Britteny Melton of Couch, Mo., and Tiffany Holesapple of Alton, Mo., cousins of the bride.
Birdseed bags were distributed by Brenna and Macoy Melton of Couch, Mo., cousins of the bride.
Following a honeymoon trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple will be residing in Springfield, Mo., where the bride is desk manager at Best Western Deerfield Inn and the groom is employed at Kum-N-Go gas station.