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|Slawson, Wheat exchange vows|
Print makes the best memories! Pick up a copy of this week's Citizen today to see a photo of the bride and save this article, which is found on Page 12A.
Britney Renee Slawson and Jeremy Bennon Wheat exchanged marriage vows in a double-ring ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Monroe. Terry Slawson, father of the bride, and Kevin Crim, uncle of the groom, officiated. One of the most moving portions of the service was when the father of the bride and the father of the groom prayed a blessing over the couple.
Parents of the couple are Terry and Tammie Slawson of Eros and Robert and Susan Wheat of West Monroe. Grandparents of the bride are James and Merle Curry of Delhi, Christine and Dooley Haddad of West Monroe, Ed and Mary Jane Thomas of Wisner, and Jim and Peggy Slawson of Monroe. Grandparents of the groom are Gene and Francis Crim of Monroe.
The bride was escorted by her father, Terry Slawson. The bride wore a beautifully detailed white gown with a fitted bodice flowing into a soft and flowing chiffon skirt. The empire waist was accented with exquisite, hand-beaded lace. The bodice was a strapless A-line, with ruching detail. The back of her gown was simple but elegant with beaded lace detail from waist to hem and a chapel train. She wore a waist-length veil with a jeweled accented comb.
Katelyn Slawson, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Ashley and Sarah Wheat, sisters of the groom served as bridesmaids and Mary Beth Crim, cousin of the groom, served as junior bridesmaid. The bridesmaids wore long, dark lapis purple satin dresses with a sweetheart neckline with pleated bodice. Little Caroline Allums served as flower girl; she is the daughter of Chris and Ellen Allums.
Derek Nail, cousin of the groom was the best man. Daniel Ward and Keith Larson, friends of the groom, served as groomsmen. Justyn Slawson, brother of the bride, served as junior groomsman. Jay Parker, son of John and Marci Parker, served as ring bearer. Cooper Collins and Alex Murray, cousins of the bride, and Curtis Lipscomb and Jonathan Koh, friends of the bride and groom, served as ushers.
Candlelighters were the bride's cousin, Emma Thomas and cousin of the groom, Nathan Crim.
Music was provided by a brass quintet made up of the groom's friends, Scott Smith, Josh Hires, Adam Brown, Brandon Wilder and Dennis Keith Sanders. Phyllis Jones, friend of the bride and groom, served as organist and Kevin and Nichole Crim, uncle and aunt of the groom were the vocalists and sang "I Will Be Here." One of the music highlights was the recessional which started as the traditional "Wedding March" by Mendelssohn and then transitioned into the "When the Saints go Marching In" by Purvis and Black. The crowd joined in by clapping to the music.
Cleta's Flower Shop in Jena provided beautiful lilies, lavender roses, and an array of other blooms in beautiful purple and white bouquets and boutonnieres. Photographing the event was Michael N. Jordan of Ruston and videographer was Cecil Lipscomb of Monroe.
Immediately after the ceremony the reception was held in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church, Monroe. Having the ceremony in this church in downtown Monroe was very special since this is where this couple met ... in the church nursery when they were one and two years old.
As the couple exited the church, friends and family surrounded them with love and bubbles. They got into a purple PT Cruiser convertible and as they let down the roof, balloons were released from the car. They drove off on that beautiful sunny day waving to the crowd. It was truly a fairy tale wedding. Guests half expected the car to fly.
The bride is a graduate of West Ouachita High School and is currently attending Louisiana Tech University pursuing a degree in elementary education.
The groom is a graduate of West Monroe High School, and attending Louisiana Tech University pursuing a general studies degree with an emphasis in history.
Following their honeymoon cruise to Mexico, the couple will make their home in West Monroe.
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