Family and friends gathered at Sidney Baptist Church in Sidney, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 21 to witness the exchanging of wedding vows by Elizabeth Cooper of Melbourne and Justin Daigle of Mount Pleasant.
Fall colors of deep burgundy, rich browns and celedon green transformed the church into an enchanted setting for the November wedding. The pews were draped with ivory tulle and ivy. Tall wrought iron candle stands with winding ivy and celedon green pillar candles outlined the marriage platform in the front of the sanctuary. Silk arrangements in fall colors graced two white Greek columns behind the wedding party.
The guest book was attended by Victoria Rush. Guests were seated to soft traditional wedding music by ushers Aron Owens and Dusty Goff.
The groom and his best man, Jacob Goff, were dressed in black on black tuxedos with deep celedon green ties and matching handkerchiefs.
The bride wore a candlelight white satin, halter-style, floor-length dress embellished with embroidery, pearls, white sequins and a 6-foot train. Completing the bride's ensemble was a satin and pearl trimmed veil cascading from a pearl studded hair comb.
Choosing not to see the bride in her dress before the wedding ceremony, the groom's face lit up as she walked down the aisle to the traditional wedding march. As she approached the platform, the groom stepped down to take her hand and returned to the platform with his bride.
Rev. Alvin Wiles performed the ceremony which included the exchanging of rings and a Sand Ceremony. The Sand Ceremony represents the joining of two lives and was read by NiKole Muncy Owens, matron of honor. The couple ceremoniously poured two different colors of sand from their individual vessels, representing the two individuals being married, into one special container with white sand as the foundation symbolizing their coming together as one in Christ.
After the ceremony, the couple received guests in the foyer leading downstairs to the reception area.
Gracing the bridal table was a four layer square wedding cake made by Mary Woodruff, with white on white buttercream icing, filigree, and pearl mint trim, and topped with a "D" monogram among bronze and celedon cascading beads atop an ornate silver footed cake stand.
The groom's table showcased his love for hunting using a round chocolate cake monogrammed with the couples initials placed on a cake stand crafted from a 16-inch diameter piece of a hardwood tree trimmed with ivy around the base. A bronze statue of a 12- point deer also added to the nature theme.
Included, as part of the reception décor, was a "Blessing Tree." Guests were invited to write a special blessing, prayer, or words of advice for the couple and to hang them on the tree. Blank cards with tie-on ribbons were provided on a small antique table in front of the tree to receive the blessings.
The servers for the reception were college friends of the bride, Erin Hall, Danny Langer, Leslie Latting, Kim Parmer and Danny Stalnaker. Music was coordinated by Elizabeth Smith. The wedding was directed by Loretta Johnson.
After a honeymoon in Branson, the couple resides in Melbourne.