SIKESTON -- Dawn Lawrence and Jeremy Hunt were united in marriage in a 6 p.m. ceremony May 1, 2004, in the Clinton Building in Sikeston. Stanley Griffin, uncle of the bride and pastor of Westover Baptist Church of Jackson, Tenn., performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Kenny and Joy Lawrence of Sikeston and granddaughter of Dorothy Lawrence and John and Norma Griffin of Sikeston.
Parents of the bridegroom are Tom and Earlene Barnett of Sikeston and Jack and Malichia Hunt of Cape Girardeau. He is the grandson of Denver and Peggy Brown of Sikeston and great-grandson of Nell Brown of Rector, Ark.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a Joli Creation wedding gown fashioned in ivory luster satin. The design featured a jeweled strapless neckline, asymmetrical ruched bodice and a slightly A-line skirt. The back of the gown was complemented with a detachable train, which was secured under a beaded and jeweled band which adorned the train. Her bridal veil was fashioned and handmade by the bride's paternal grandmother, Dorothy Lawrence. Her bridal bouquet, comprised of gerber daisies, pink roses, stephanotis, tulips and baby's breath, was encircled with pearls which had been a gift from her grandfather, Vernon Lawrence, to her grandmother. With the bouquet, the bride carried a white Bible which was a gift from Temple Baptist Church to the bride's mother in May 1, 1979.
Soloist Summer Griffin of Jackson, Tenn., sang "When You Say Nothing At All."
Maids of honor were Laura McClung of Sikeston and Tiffany Grojean of Kansas City. Bridesmaids were Summer Griffin of Jackson, Tenn., cousin of the bride; Emily Mueller of Bertrand and Angie Underwood of Jackson, Mo., friends of the bride; and Sarah Atchison of St. Louis, sorority sister of the bride. Flower girls were Ashley Brown and Brittany Brown, daughters of John and Regina Brown of Dexter and cousins of the bridegroom.
The bridegroom wore a black Trilogy II tuxedo designed by Oscar de la Renta, which featured a self-framed satin lapel and pleated formal pants, and a stephanotis boutonniere. Best men were Brian Henson and Eric Sadler of Sikeston, friends of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Weldon Brown of Rector, Ark., cousin of the bridegroom; Joey Heuring, brother-in-law of the bridegroom and Donnie Nelson, friend of the bridegroom, both of Sikeston; and John Brown of Dexter, uncle of the bridegroom. Brandon Newell, cousin of the bridegroom and son of Tim and Sherry Newell of Sikeston, was ring bearer.
Ushers were Kye Lawrence and Drew Lawrence, cousins of the bride and John Vernon and Adam Lawrence, brothers of the bride and all of Sikeston and guest book attendant was Nikki Kitchens of Dexter, cousin of the bridegroom.
DeAnna Nelson of Sikeston designed the three-tiered wedding cake served at the reception, held in the Clinton Building following the ceremony. Mints served were made by Mary Crader of Sikeston and chocolate covered strawberries, decorated in tuxedos, were made by Lori Boardman of Sikeston. Cake and punch were served from a table which held a miniature kissing bride and groom. Guests were also served a buffet of meat, vegetable, fruit and shrimp trays along with coffee and soft drinks.
A 1998 graduate of Sikeston Senior High School, the bride graduated in December 2003 with a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau. She is a registered nurse at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
The bridegroom graduated in 1999 from Dexter High School and is assistant manager of Dexter Bar-B-Q in Sikeston.
The bridesmaids hosted a shower for the couple on March 7 at Miner Baptist Church and parents of the bridegroom hosted the picnic-style rehearsal dinner April 30 at Rotary Park.
Following a honeymoon trip to Nassau, Bahamas, the new Mr. and Mrs. Hunt are making their home in Sikeston.