In an impressive candlelight ceremony, Miss Jeri Leigh Stuever and Mr. Michael Raymond LaBrot exchanged their wedding vows at 2 p.m. on July 8, 2006, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dexter. The double-ring ceremony, officiated by Father David Dohogne and Deacon Jim Long, united the daughter of Joe and Rhonda Stuever and the son of Jim and Brenda LaBrot, all of Dexter. Grandparents of the bride include Mae Taylor and the late Monroe Taylor of Perryille, and the late Bernice and Herman Stuever of Dexter and the bridegroom's grandparents are the late Dorothy and Fred Griggs of Hughes, Ark., and the late Edna and Lieutenant Colonel Harold LaBrot from Poplar Bluff.
Silver candelabra and pink stargazer lilies formed the background for the ceremony and coordinated with the bridal bouquet of stargazer lilies, coral spray roses, purple statice, and yellow solidago.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an Oleg Cassini white strapless ball gown which featured a luxuriously layered tulle skirt and a bodice adorned with beads and sequins.
Music for the ceremony began as violinist Elisa Hester joined organist and music coordinator Mrs. Mary Ruth Boone for the prelude. Next, flutist Candice Summers and Mrs. Boone prepared a flute/organ ensemble as the mothers of the couple were lighting the candles. Katrina Prance was the church soloist, in addition to soloist Paula Melton, the bridegroom's sister, who sang "Ave Maria" for the seating of the grandmother and mothers. Classical wedding music accompanied the ceremony, and trumpeter James Eldreth, complementing Mary Ruth Boone on the organ, played "Trumpet Voluntary" for the recessional.
Cassie Putney and Brooke Hutchcraft, both childhood friends of the bride, served as maids of honor. Bridesmaids were Lauren Stuever of Columbia, cousin of the bride, Kim Clark of Birmingham, Ala., Jamaica Williams of Kennett, both sorority sisters, Whitney (Hook) White of St. Louis, friend of the bride, Lauren and Erika Hutchcraft of Dexter, friends of the bride, Bailey Cato of Norman, Okla., friend of the bride, and Brittney Thomas of Pascagoula, Miss., sorority sister.
Attendants wore elegant emerald green gowns offset with rhinestone brooches. Accessories for the evening were gifts from the bride.
Hannah Grace Melton and Tori Beth Ross, both nieces of the bridegroom, wore white, sleeveless dresses and elegantly served as flower girls. Megan Agey and Sarah Elfrink, both friends of the bride, attended the guest book and programs. Vikki Ross, the bridegroom's sister, served as proxy bride, while Angie Stuever, aunt of the bride, served as wedding coordinator.
Following southern tradition, the bridegroom asked his father, Jim LaBrot, to be best man. Groomsmen were Casy Melton of Saltillo, Miss., brother-in-law of the bridegroom, Jason Mayer, John Hunter, and Cody Levart of Dexter, fraternity brothers, Bobby Martin from Memphis, Tenn., fraternity brother, Andrew Stuever from Dexter, brother of the bride, Derek Emerine of Benton, fraternity brother, Matt Stuever of Kansas City, bridegroom's fraternity brother and a cousin of the bride, and Devin Miller of Caruthersville, nephew of the bridegroom. Donned in black miniature tuxedoes, Ethan Ross and Jake Melton, nephews of the bridegroom, made their debut in an emerald draped wagon. They were attended by Don Ross, brother-in-law of the bridegroom. Ushers included Ryan Hyslop of St. Louis and Matt Ternes of Springfield, both friends of the bride, and Phillip Murphy of Jackson, Miss., and Steve Bryant of Nashville, Tenn., both fraternity brothers of the bridegroom.
Parents of the bride served as liturgists during the double-ring ceremony, and Emily and Tyler Hulsholf were servers. The six children of the bride's paternal grandparents, Bernice and Herman Stuever, brought gifts to the altar at offertory. Amanda Brueggeman and Kristen Hobgood, cousins of the bride, and Aaron Guethle and Michael Williams, friends of the bride, were Eucharist ministers.
At a dinner and dance following the wedding, guests were greeted by Noreen Hyslop, Pam Ternes, Sue Ann Williams, Sharon Guethle, Tracy Elfrink, and Brenda Guethle, who assisted with cake serving.
Guests and attendants lit fireworks and sent good wishes as the newly married couple left in an extended black limousine. The two enjoyed a honeymoon Caribbean cruise with stops in St. Thomas, St. Martin, and the Bahamas.
A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the bridegroom's parents, was held at Hidden Trails Country Club, with Gregory's Creations having served as florist for the occasion.
Other than the attendants, special out-of-town guests included Susan Freehling of Indianola, Neb.; Tara and Brooke Stuart of McCook, Neb.; Donald and Pat Tippet from Ruston, La.; JoAnne Kerslake and Dale Hobgood from Hot Springs, Ark.; Sheila and Sherman Walker from Fulton, Ky.; and Judy Hartley from Branson.
The couple resides in St. Louis where the bridegroom works with Smith-Baxter in Clayton, and the bride teaches high school Spanish at Fort Zumwalt West in O'Fallon.
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