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Monday, May 17, 2004

Ashley Craft and Sam Hawkins were united in marriage on Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Westside Baptist Church in Dexter with Bro. Lex Horner performing the ceremony. This special day was chosen by the couple in honor of Davey E. Hawkins, brother of the bridegroom and best man.

Ashley is the daughter of Rodney and Marcia Craft and the granddaughter of Mrs. Wilma Craft and the late Glenn Craft, the late Barbara Pruitt, all of Dexter, and Bill Pruitt of Malden. Sam is the son of David and Sue Hawkins of Dexter, the grandson of the late Iley and Adell Hawkins and the late Lloyd and Evelyn Peridore, all of Campbell.

Music played on piano was provided by Toni Wheetley of Bloomfield and soundtracks played by Eric Owens of Bloomfield.

As the bridal march was played, the bride was escorted and given away by her father, Rodney Craft. Maid of Honor was Sarah Craft, sister of the bride and bridesmaid. Monica Pruitt was of Union. Best man was Mike Hawkins, brother of the bridegroom of Bloomfield, and Jason Barbour of St. Louis was groomsman. Austin Sanders of Dexter and Robert White of Bloomfield served as ushers.

Nicole Duncan of Dexter greeted guests as they entered and signed wishes to the couple on a matte picture board made by Monica Pruitt as a keepsake.

The bride's gown of ivory satin organza with embroidery of pearls and crystal beads accented the bodice. The open back was laced with satin ribbons, finished with beige satin rosettes down the train. She wore a tiara of pearls and glittering silver. For her jewelry, she chose beads of pearl necklace and pearl teardrop earrings. Her bouquet was silk ivory roses, peonies in plum, ivy and pearls cascading her bouquet. The maid of honor and bridesmaid wore gowns of plum satin and chiffon overlay with bouquets of roses, peonies and ivy with pearls making the cascade.

The mother of the bride, Marcia Craft, chose a street length floral chiffon dress in plum and ivory. The bridegroom's mother, Sue Hawkins, chose a street length dress with a jacket of plum and creme floral print.

The arch was decorated with ivy, white baby lillies and ribbon accented with Kimberly ferns and baskets of plum flowers, ivory tulle and pearl ribbon. Pew bows decorated the aisle with plum and ivory tulle, white baby lillies, ivy, pearls and ribbon cascading each bow.

After the ceremony vows, the couple in unison lit the Unity Candle which was lit by the mothers while "Because You Love Me" by Celine Dion was played.

A reception was held after the wedding for the family and guests. The cake, made by Tammy Turner, had ivory cornelli lace and lilac sweet peas with the top centerpiece being porcelain doves. Refreshments were served by Sharon Scism and Nicole Duncan. The couple received their gifts and was presented a special handmade quilt of embroidered bass fish quilted blocks, blue and green trim and finished point edges made by Wilma Craft.

After the wedding the couple took their honeymoon at Kentucky Lake.

The couple is making their home in rural Bloomfield.

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