PORTAGEVILLE -- Angella Michelle "Shelly" Kellams and John Christopher Priggel exchanged wedding vows in a 5 p.m. ceremony July 26, 2003, at St. Eustachius Catholic Church in Portageville. The Rev. Derek Swanson performed the double-ring Mass.
The bride is the daughter of Rex and Melissa Pullum of Portageville. She is the granddaughter of Kelly and Loretta Kellams and Patricia Pullum of Portageville and Troy and Carol Davidson of Florence, Ala.
Parents of the bridegroom are Herman and Ruth Ann Priggel of Portageville, and grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Schwach and Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Priggel.
Providing music for the occasion were vocalists Caitlyn Cross, friend of the bride, and Chris Stinnett, friend of the couple; and organist Gary Clark of Portageville. Song selections included "Because You Love Me," "Me and You," "I Have Loved You," "The Prayer," "How Beautiful," "How Great Thou Art" and "Ave Maria."
Mass servers were Katie Kellams and Mason Kellams of Portageville, cousins of the bride.
Given in marriage by her grandfather, Kelly Kellams, the bride wore a strapless ivory satin gown with a gathered side drape. The bodice was adorned with ivory and silver bead work and the back of the dress featured a small V-back with satin-covered buttons that extended down the chapel length train. Her hand-sewn headpiece and waist-length veil complemented the attire. She carried a cascading style bouquet made with pink lilies, heather and lily grass.
Maid of honor was Jenny Scherer of Portageville and bridesmaids were Amy Kellams, aunt of the bride, Kelli Ivie and JoBeth Scherer, cousins of the bride, Alison Gowan, friend of the bride and Megan Davidson, sister of the bride, all of Portageville; and Mary Katherine Gordon of Mississippi and friend of the bride. Bridesmaids wore strapless, satin two-piece fuschia dresses complemented with a belt around the waist. They carried smaller versions of the bride's bouquet.
Kelsey Kellams of Portageville, cousin of the bride and Malena Dietrich of West Plains, niece of the bridegroom, were flower girls. Wearing ivory satin tea length dresses with spaghetti straps, the girls walked barefoot down the aisle, dropping rose petals.
Candlelighters were Marry Hannah Ivie and Katie Kellams of Portageville, cousins of the bride. They wore satin fuschia two-piece Capri outfits trimmed with beads.
Mark Priggel of Sikeston served his brother as best man. Groomsmen were Kevin Murphy, friend of the bridegroom, Justin Rone, cousin of the bridegroom, Shane Goodman, friend of the bridegroom, Landon Steimle, cousin of the bridegroom, Neil Priggel, brother of the bridegroom and Paul Davidson, brother of the bride, all of Portageville. Trey Ivie and Ted Ivie of Portageville, cousins of the bride; and Mike Smith and Jim Wrather, friends of the bridegroom, were ushers.
Ring bearer was Ryan Priggel of Portageville, nephew of the bridegroom. He carried a ring pillow sewn by the grandmother of the bride, Loretta Kellams.
The bridegroom, groomsmen, ring bearer and ushers wore black tuxedos with a silver vest and tie, complemented by small pink rose boutonniere.
Bride attendants were Gerard Dietrich of West Plains, nephew of the bridegroom, Jon Garrett Kellams of Portageville, cousin of the bride and Derrick Priggel of Portageville, nephew of the bridegroom.
Guest book attendant was Ashlie Patton of Jonesboro, Ark., friend of the couple; and greeter was Joan Dietrich of West Plains, sister of the bridegroom.
Program attendants Jill Kellams, Maura Kellams and Valerie Kellams of Portageville, cousins of the bride, wore bright plaid two-piece Capri outfits.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Rone Hall in Portageville, where a meal was catered by Trisha's Catering. The four-tier wedding cake decorated with pink roses was served by Lynda Priggel of Portageville and Beth Priggel of Sikeston, sisters-in-law of the bridegroom. Music for the dance was provided by Jason Pittman of Murray, Ky.
Following a honeymoon to Oahu and Maui, Hawaii, the new Mr. and Mrs. Priggel are residing in Portageville.