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Fish-Usry exchange vows

Monday, November 10, 2003

Audrey Nichole Fish and Joshua Wayne Usry were united in marriage by the Rev. Vaughn Wright on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2003, at the Cape Elks Lodge by the Lake. Nichole is the daughter of Steve and Susan Fish of Dexter, and Josh is the son of Darwin and Eldonna Reed of Union.

Friends and family were greeted by the guest book attendant Rachael Pointer, friend of the bride. Ushers were Wes Mullins of Ellsinore, brother-in-law of the bride, and Troy Iverson of Silverdale, Wash., friend of the bridegroom. Four fern-tiered white columns lined the front of the banquet hall overlooking the wooded lake. The altar was draped with white satin and a sheer overlay with white Shasta daisies underneath. The white unity candle sat in a ring of daisies with floating candles in large circular vases. A pearl and silver cross sat above the candles. The candles were lit by the mothers.

The mother of the bride wore a mock two-piece ankle-length dress that featured a pastel Monet print. The bridegroom's mother chose a royal blue pants suit. The mothers carried miniature bouquets of white daisies tied with a white ribbon.

The bridal attendants were escorted by the groomsmen to the altar while the bridegroom and his best man awaited his bride. The matron of honor was Charlene Mullins of Ellsinore, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Rachel Hessenkemper of Cape Girardeau, Kelly Duggan of Coralville, Iowa, and Sarah Coyner of St. Louis, all friends of the bride. The bridal attendants wore satin, strapless, knee-length, A-line dresses with an iridescent sheer overlay in blue, peach, pink and purple. The dresses were made by Gail Hessenkemper, friend of the bride. They each wore beaded chokers, bracelets and earrings in their respectful colors that were made by the bride. The attendants carried a bouquet of Gerber daisies in the color of their dresses wrapped with matching satin ribbon.

The bridegroom wore a traditional black tuxedo with a black vest and a white Windsor. His ensemble was finished with a miniature white Gerber daisy. The best man was Jim Usry of St. Peters, brother of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Daniel Porrevecchio of Silverdale, Wash., friend of the bridegroom, Michael Reed of St. Ann, brother of the bridegroom, and Ryan Fish of Dexter, brother of the bride. The groomsmen wore traditional tuxedos without the jackets, black vests and Windsor ties in the colors of the bridesmaids that they escorted. They each wore a mini Gerber daisy that matched their tie.

Preceding the bride was the flower girl, Miss Megan Mullins of Ellsinore, niece of the bride, attired in an ankle-length yellow spaghetti strap dress that mimicked the bridesmaids' and Mr. Clay Mullins of Ellsinore, nephew of the bride, attired in tuxedo without the jacket, a yellow bow-tie and cummerbund.

The bride wore a strapless white satin, A-line dress with multi-colored beaded embroidery and a gathered side drape. The corset, lace-up back featured a chapel length train. Her headpiece was adorned with purple and pink rhinestones and a waist-length veil. She wore a purple tear drop necklace and matching earrings. The bride carried a fresh bouquet of white Gerber daisies wrapped with white satin ribbon.

Immediately following the ceremony a dinner and dance was held at the same location. The reception hall was centered with four tiers of cupcakes of different flavors accented with white Shasta daisies. The guest tables were draped with white linens and adorned with silver pots of fresh grass and white Shasta daisies and white candles. The bridal and family table arrangements featured silver pots with grass and Gerber daisies, white candles and hand-painted, personalized champagne glasses made by Kelly Duggan.

Toasts were made to the couple by the best man, Jim Usry, and the matron of honor, Charlene Mullins. Musical entertainment was provided by Charlie's Music Revenue of Scott City. Wedding photography was provided by Vonda's Phot. of Gideon and videographer was Susan Loenneke of Jackson. The wedding planner was Chris Simmons, the Party Wizard, at Cape Girardeau.

The couple left their reception in a white convertible decorated by the groomsmen, and the guests saw them off with silver sparklers and fireworks exploding in the sky, coordinated by John Bingham and Doug Cox, friends of the bride's parents.

Special guests in attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Compoz, Mr. Eddie Compoz, and Ms. Diane Compoz, all of Denver, Colo., Ms. Sandy Fish of Spokane, Wash., Mr. Jeff Hilke of Palm Harbor, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Dave Skinner of Adkins, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Scamp of Battle Creek, Mich.

A bridal luncheon was held at the bride's house for the bridal party and special out-of-town guests the day of the wedding. A shower was given in honor of the couple by Jana Flannigan, Debbie Wilson, Susan Hill, Darlene Shelton, Karen Pippins, Charlene Mullins, Rachel Hessenkemper, and Kelly Duggan at Unique Gatherings. The bridegroom's parents hosted the rehearsal dinner for the bridal party and out-of-town family at Buckner's, a restaurant in downtown Cape Girardeau.

After a honeymoon trip to Jamaica, the couple will be making their home in Silverdale, Wash., where Josh is a second class machinist mate in the United State Navy. Nichole will graduate with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University in December 2003.

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