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Monday, March 22, 2004

Micah Leighanna Reese and Scott Melvin Staggs were united in marriage on Sunday, Feb. 1, at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter. The bride is the daughter of Michael and Kellie Reese of Dexter, and the bridegroom is the son of Carolyn S. Staggs and Melvin Staggs of Bloomfield.

Rev. Vaughn Wright performed the double-ring ceremony. The church was set with two heart candelabra flanking a unity candle. The candelabra were accented with English ivy, wine bows, and white tapers. Accenting the pews were pink and wine bouquets accented with English ivy.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore her mother's wedding dress. The bridal gown was fashioned of chantilly lace with a Queen Anne neckline and bishop sleeves. Seed pearls and iridescents accented the bodice, which ended in a princess waistline encircled with a satin ribbon. Tiered cascades of Chantilly lace were edged in Venice trim and accented a front panel of matching lace. The gown fell into a cathedral-length train at the back.

The bridal headpiece was a waltz-length veil of sheer bridal tulle edged in Chantilly lace and attached to a lace-covered tiara. The single layer of veiling frames the face.

The bride carried a silk cascade bouquet of pink and wine flowers with English ivy. All flower arrangements were prepared by the bridegroom's step-mother. To complete the attire, the bride wore a hand-crocheted, heart-shaped pouch on her shoe with a 1960 penny in it. This was made by the bride's great-great-aunt, Anna Barker, and was worn by the bride's mother at her wedding. The bride also carried a handkerchief trimmed in lace that belonged to her great-great-grandmother, Myrtle Swinger.

Musical selections for the ceremony included, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," "Ave Maria", "Canon in D", and the traditional "Wedding March" processional and recessional. The bride sang, "Till there Was You" from The Music Man to the bridegroom during the ceremony. "Your Love Amazes Me" was played while the unity candle was being lit. As the bride and bridegroom dismissed the rows of guests, the following musical selections were played: "Trumpet Voluntary", "La Rejoissance", and "Toccata From Organ Symphony Number 5".

McKenna Staggs, sister of the bridegroom, and Jansen Williams, cousin of the bride, served as candle lighters. Madison Staggs, daughter of the bridegroom, was the flower girl, and Wes Schuhart served as ring bearer.

There was a reception immediately following the ceremony in the church fellowship hall. The reception table was adorned with a beautiful three-layer cake, which was decorated with pink and wine flowers. Mirrored columns, crystal, wine and pink tulle, and candles completed the reception table embellishment. On a separate table was a chocolate bridegroom's cake. The head table for the wedding party was decorated with wine and pink tulle and two silver candelabra with white tapers.

The fellowship hall was transformed into a banquet hall for the guests as they enjoyed lasagna, fettuccine Alfredo, salad, and garlic bread prepared by the bride's father. The chairs were covered with pink and wine tulle gathered with bows. The tables were adorned with pink and wine tulle, mirrors, iridescent hearts, and crystal candleholders with pink and wine tapers.

The bride is a 2002 graduate of Dexter High School. She is employed by Hob-Knob Antique Mall. The bridegroom is a 1996 graduate of Bloomfield High School and a 1997 graduate of Nashville Auto-Diesel College. He is employed by Corder and Crowley Auto Body. The couple is residing in Bloomfield.

This wedding did not meet The Daily Statesman's 30-day requirement for publication for free publication of wedding announcements and therefore is being printed for a charge.

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