DEXTER - Brenda Kay Burns and Daniel D. Slavings Jr. were married in a 6 p.m. ceremony Sept. 29, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Dexter. The Rev. Wayne Dismuke performed the double-ring ceremony.
Candelabras, accented with fresh greenery and pink bows, decorated the sanctuary. Pink bows entwined with tulle were attached to the pews. A single white rose was placed in the first pew on the bride's side in memory of her grandfather and two single roses were placed on first pew on the bridegroom's side in memory of his grandparents.
The bride is the daughter of Thurman and Linda Burns in Sikeston and granddaughter of Polly Burns of Sikeston and the late Syl Burns.
The bridegroom is the son of Brenda McClain of Dexter and Dan Slavings of Noble, Okla. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hessling.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white Gloria Vanderbilt gown designed with a round neckline and short lace sleeves. Lace and beading overlaid the bodice with a ribbon bow at the waist, complemented with an A-line skirt featuring appliques and a chapel-length train. The shoulder-length veil was secured with a headband created with beading and pearls to match the gown. The bride carried a cascade of light pink, hot pink and white roses mixed with waxflower, heather and baby's breath.
Kim St. Cin of Sikeston served as maid of honor and Barbara Stahl of Bell City was matron of honor. Courtney Slavings of Bloomfield, daughter of the bridegroom, was bridesmaid.
Their charcoal gray full-length dresses featured a round neckline and V-back with a natural basque waist and full skirt. Each carried a hand-tied bouquet of pink roses, heather, waxflower and baby's breath.
Skip Lewis of Piedmont was best man and groomsmen were Rick Shipman of Dexter and Steve Ward of Fredericktown. Micheal Hampton of New Madrid, cousin of the bride, served as an usher and Cody Slavings of Bernie, nephew of the bridegroom, served as an usher and as candlelighter.
The bridegroom wore a black tuxedo with tails and a white vest and the groomsmen were attired in black tuxedos. Each wore a single pink rose boutonniere.
Guest book attendant was Stephanie Thompson of Sikeston and programs were distributed by John Slavings of Bernie, nephew of the bridegroom.
A reception was held at the church where a three-tiered wedding cake was decorated with pink roses, featuring a Precious Moments topper. The groom's cake depicted a fisherman. Guests were served by Sue Davis and Lisa Lofin of Sikeston.
The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the couple on Sept. 28 at the Dexter Pizza Company.
A bridal shower on Aug. 13 was hosted by Sue Davis and Linda Burns and a shower on Aug. 24 was hosted by the bridegroom's family at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Slavings.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Slavings are making their home in Dexter.