SIKESTON - Jennifer Nicole Noles and Charles Richard Stokes were united in marriage in a 6:30 p.m. ceremony Aug. 25, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Koch, pastor, performed the ceremony.
The sanctuary was set with a bouquet of larkspur, snapdragons, white calla lilies, yellow day lilies and yellow and white roses which were placed on the altar and flanked with a pair of spiraling candelabras filled with greenery. A unity candle and 15-branch candelabra with fresh ferns was placed in the center. The aisle was adorned with brass candelabras accented with maize and greenery. Maize ribbon and yellow and white roses were attached to each pew. Parkview Florist of Sikeston provided the floral arrangements and decorations.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Tevis Noles II of Sikeston and granddaughter of Alpha Plunk and Mary Noles of Sikeston.
Her husband, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Stokes of Malden, is the grandson of Agnes Riggs, also of Malden.
Organist Brenda Hale of Sikeston provided music for the church ceremony. Selections included "From This Moment," "Sunrise on Parade," "Canticle of Joy," "Canon in D," "The Wedding March" and "Ode to Joy." Vocalist Kevin Mainord of East Prairie sang "All I Have" and "Love of My Life."
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a white matte satin gown designed by Mori Lee. The bodice was covered with Venice lace appliques and detailed with pearls, rhinestones, sequins and bugle beads. The A-line skirt, which was also accented with appliques of Venice lace, flowed into a chapel-length train which featured Venice lace appliques, detailed with pearls and accented Venice lace along the hemline. The gown was complemented with a white satin wrap, designed with pearls, rhinestones and sequins. Her colonial bouquet was created of crescent shape yellow lilies, white calla lilies and white roses.
Angie Day of Fort Worth, Texas, and Lisa James of Sikeston attended their friend as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Kerry Moore of Sikeston and Krissi Williams of Dexter, friends of the bride, Tiletia Copley of Kennett, sister of the bridegroom and Leslie Noles of Jackson, sister-in-law of the bride.
Their two-piece maize satin strapless ensembles featured a side drape and were accented with rhinestone buttons above an A-line skirt. The gowns were also complemented with matching satin wraps. Their arm bouquets were created with two blooms of white calla lilies and maize color ribbon.
Flower girls were Emma Barber, cousin of the bride, and Bayleah James, friend of the bride. Their white satin dresses with tulle featured calla lilies accented with pearls and sequins. They carried white baskets with yellow and white rose petals.
Cliff Jackson of Sikeston served his friend as best man. Groomsmen were Shawn Ludwig of Risco, Kirk Palmer of New Madrid and Jarod Smith of Malden, friends of the bridegroom, and Trey Noles of Jackson, brother of the bride.
The bridegroom chose a single-breasted black tuxedo with white vest and bow tie. His ensemble was completed with a white rose boutonniere. The groomsmen wore single-breasted black tuxedos with black bow ties and vests and single yellow rose boutonnieres.
Missy Barber of Sikeston, cousin of the bride, was guest book attendant and Keri Wren of Cape Girardeau, cousin of the bride, greeted and distributed programs to guests.
Brandy Mouser of Dexter, friend of the bride, was ceremony coordinator and reception coordinators were Debbie Stotts, who created reception arrangements and decorations; and Sue Worth and Marsha White of Sikeston, friends of the family.
Tables at the Elks Lodge were adorned with floor-length cloths and were decorated with hurricane globes surrounded with floral arrangements. The elevated head table was draped with tulle and greenery and decorated with candelabras. The entrance was adorned with white columns and ferns. Ellie Minner of Sikeston created the wedding cake, decorated with yellow and white calla lilies, which was placed under a gazebo canopy of white tulle, white lights and ivy trailing throughout.
Guests were served by Lindy Crockett of Sikeston, friend of the couple, and Keri Wren of Cape Girardeau, cousin of the bride. The food and gift table featured two large arrangements with calla lilies and greenery.
A rehearsal dinner at Susie's Restaurant in Sikeston was hosted by the bridegroom's parents.
The bride was guest of honor for a bridal shower at the First United Methodist Church, hosted by Pat Cook, Missy Barber, Mary Lynn Alcorn, Sue Brewer, Gail Lawrence, Sandy Schlosser, Leslie Noles and Lauri Noles.
Angie Day, Lisa James, Krissi Williams, Kerry Moore, Tami Allen and Missy Barber hosted a his and her shower July 28 at the Bootheel Golf Club.
Mr. and Mrs. Stokes are residing in New Madrid.