SIKESTON -- Merideth Anne McDowell and Justin Michael Pobst exchanged wedding vows in an afternoon ceremony Nov. 30, 2002, at Tanner Street Church of God. The Rev. Carl V. Addison, pastor, performed the ceremony and the Rev. Stephen Schneider, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, offered the closing prayer.
The ceremony was performed before a massive garden arch featuring honeysuckle vines, ivy, Virginia white roses and hydrangeas cascading over the edge. Four five-foot-tall topiaries of the same floral decor were placed among candelabras for a garden theme. The two entrances to the sanctuary were adorned with honeysuckle vines, ivy, hydrangeas and white Virginia roses. Candles, greenery and grapevine accented the stained glass windows and garden doors were adorned with a tulle wrap and small honeysuckle and hydrangea wreaths. Wreaths of the same design were also hung on various pews down the center aisle. A candle centerpiece on the altar was placed in memory of the late Wanda McDowell and Mr. and Mrs. John Pobst, grandparents of the bride and bridegroom.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie McDowell and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Springs and Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. McDowell, all of Sikeston.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Pobst and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Gregory of Cape Girardeau.
Music for the ceremony was provided by Tina Scott, Mike McReynolds and Harold Myrick. Selections included "Surely the Presence," "Canon in D," "I Will be Here," "The Prayer," "The Lord's Prayer" and Mendlesohn's "Wedding March."
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown from the Anjolique collection. The Italian satin creation featured a strapless bodice covered in Austrian crystals, bugle beads and sequins in an intricate scroll pattern. The same bead detail edged the hem of the box-pleated skirt which extended into a cathedral train. The bride chose an Austrian crystal and pearl crown which held her cathedral length illusion veil, which was complemented with tiny satin trim. In keeping with the "something old, something new" tradition, she carried a bouquet of two dozen white Virginia roses tied with knee-length satin ribbons. Nestled inside the bouquet were gifts from the grandmothers, including lace handkerchiefs, a gold pendant ad a blue rhinestone pin.
Jennifer Hodgkiss served her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Casey Burman of Lake St. Louis, Lauren Akins of New Madrid and Erin Bailey, Danette Todt, Jenne Hart and Dawn Lawrence of Sikeston.
The attendants wore floor-length mocha satin strapless gowns by After Six Dessy Creations, which featured a two-piece look. The bodice lapped over the top of the skirt with a tiny satin belt adorned with a small rhinestone buckle. They carried bouquets of white Virginia roses in silver tussie-mussies. Each wore pearl and rhinestone earrings and necklaces, a gift from the bride.
Michaela Gard, daughter of Paul and Cammy Gard of Dexter was flower girl and Shelby Hodgkiss, niece of the bride and daughter of Chris and Jennifer Hodgkiss, was honorary flower girl. They wore dresses of candlelight white organza with an overlay of French lace featuring a small bow at the bodice.
Attending the bridegroom as best man was his brother, Stephen Pobst. Groomsmen were Joe McGinnis of St. Louis, Brice Sechcrest of Park Hills, Cory Hoots of Ballwin, Alex Seiler of Charleston and Christ Turner and Cory Goetz of Sikeston. Ring bearer was Gavin Pobst, cousin of the bridegroom and son of Mr. and Mrs. Jason Pobst and Mr. and Mrs. Shane Davis.
Ushers for the ceremony were Chris Hodgkiss, brother-in-law of the bride, Nate Wills of Bell City and Paul Loeffelman, Chris Oliver and Jimmy Sonderman of St. Louis.
The men in the wedding party wore black evening tuxedos from the Ralph Lauren Chaps collection, featuring black ties and contrasting vests.
Guest book attendant was Laura Davidson of Sikeston and program attendant was Becky Kemper of Warrenton. Sandy Todt and Sylvia Bailey were wedding coordinators.
A reception was held at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center where the head table was surrounded by tall white Greek columns adorned with cascading ferns. White illusion tulle and twinkle lights formed a curtain along the wall.
Guests were seated at round tables which each featured a topiary or candlesticks that were decorated with white roses and hydrangeas. Music for the evening was provided by Pro Music of Sikeston.
Designed by the bride, the wedding cake and groom's cake were made by Ellie Minner of Sikeston. Serving finger foods and beverages to guests were Linda Renfroe, Terri Adams, Cindy Farrenburg, Dinelle Enos, Melissa Eakins, Debbie Pobst and Jewell Edwards of Poplar Bluff.
The bridesmaid's brunch was hosted Nov. 29 by Sandy Todt at her home and a rehearsal dinner, hosted by the bridegroom's parents, was held the same evening at Susie's Restaurant. A video montage of the bride and bridegroom was presented to the couple by Jennifer Hodgkiss, sister of the bride.
A tool and gadget shower was given for the couple on Aug. 2 by Mike and Sandy Todt and Dianne and Dan Jennings at the Todt residence. Dorey Johnson and Marybeth Williams surprised the bride with a household shower Aug. 14 at Fantasticks in Cape Girardeau. A shower for the couple was hosted by the ladies of Tanner Street Church of God on Sept. 8.
A graduate of Sikeston High School, the new Mrs. Pobst is employed by Dockins' Broadcasting in Farmington. She will receive her degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations in May from Southeast Missouri State University at Cape Girardeau.
Also a graduate of Sikeston High School, the bridegroom graduated in December with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University, where he was a finance major. He is a loan officer with the U.S. Bank of Farmington.
Mr. and Mrs. Pobst are making their home in Farmington.