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Almond-Randall exchange vows

Monday, January 26, 2004

Jill Lynne Almond of DeSoto, formerly of Dexter, and Steven James Randall of DeSoto, exchanged wedding vows during a ceremony beside Jenny lake in the Grand Teton National Park outside of Jackson Hole, Wyo., at sunset on Oct. 18, 2003.

Judge Thomas Jordan of Jackson Hole, Wyo., officiated with the groom's parents, Glen and Joan Randall of St. Louis serving as best man and matron of honor. The ceremony began as the groom's sister, Shelly Deaton of Ste. Genevieve, scattered rose petals along the pathway to the Jenny Lake Overlook, and her husband Matt carried the couple's rings. The bride was escorted down the trail by the bridegroom to join the wedding party at the overlook, while Linda Marquis of Jackson Hole presented original arrangements on acoustic guitar. Linda Swope, also of Jackson Hole, was the couple's photographer.

Included in the service was a blessing from an Apache marriage ceremony: "Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth for the other. Now there is no more loneliness. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling to enter into the days of your life together. And may your days together be good and long upon the earth."

Following the ceremony, the wedding party proceeded to the Grand Victorian Lodge in Jackson Hole where the couple cut the wedding cake and enjoyed a champagne toast given by the bridegroom's father. Afterward, a celebration dinner was held at Off Broadway in downtown Jackson Hole.

The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Jackson Hole, Yellowstone National Park and Cody, Wyo., then boarded a train, the California Zephyr, at Salt Lake City, Utah, and later the Texas Eagle, which took them back to St. Louis.

The Randalls reside at 807 South Second Street in DeSoto.

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