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Rice-Kephart

Sunday, November 9, 2008

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Victoria LeeAnn Rice and Lawrence Michael kephart, Jr. were united in marriage at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at the E.H. Young Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Riverside.

Pastor Lia McIntosh of the Meadowbrook United Methodist Church in Gladstone performed the ceremony.

The bridal party entered to the song, "Faithfully" by Journey.

The couple stood under an arch covered with white wisteria flowers and pool colored ribbons.

The bride was escorted by her mother, Mrs. Jeanette Rice.

The bride's dress was a candle-light colored and V-waisted empire gown with sweeping chapel length train. The butterfly sleeved gown was adorned with irridiscent crystals floating on embroidered swirls. The bride carried a bouquet of lime green roses and baby's breath tied together with ivory ribbons adorned with pearl drops.

The maid of honor was Amanda Rice of Bernie, the bride's sister. She wore a chocolate brown A-line dress adorned with crystals and matching shawl. Bridesmaids were Courtney Deckard of St. Francis, Ark., and Courtney Luke of Malden, both friends of the bride. Courtney Deckard wore a pool colored , strapless tea-length dress with a chocolate brown belt and chocolate brown slip skirt. Courtney Luke wore a pool colored, tea length dress with straps with pool colored belt and silver shoes with crystal accents.

The junior bridesmaid was Danielle Coleman of North Kansas City, sister of the bridegroom, and she wore a pool colored tea length dress with pool colored side belt and pool colored shawl.

The flower girl was Emily Ragsdale who wore an ivory colored sleeveless full-length dress adorned with ivory flowers and ribbons at the waist.

The maid of honor, bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid carried bouquets of white and lime green tinted hydranges with pool colored ribbons.

The best man was Vito Brancato, Kansas City, cousin of the bridegroom. The groomsmen were J.J. Giangalanti, cousin of the bridegroom, Randy Arensen and Shane Woods, friends of the bridegroom, all from Kansas City. The men wore black tuxedoes with pool colored vests and ties, and each had a white rose boutonniere.

A reception was held at Weatherby Lake Community Center.

The wedding photographer was Alisa Gillihan.

Instead of the traditional candle lighting, the bride and bridegroom chose to have a sand ceremony. Two small containers, one of white sand and the other brown, were poured into a larger vase, symbolizing their union. The song, "I Believe in You and Me", by Whitney Houston, was played during this part of the ceremony.

The bride graduated from Calvary Baptist Academy in Campbell and is employed as a receptionist at Norton and Schmidt Consulting Engineers, L.L.C.

The bridegroom graduated from Northeast high School in Kansas City and is a printer technician for IKON Office Solutions.

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