SIKESTON -- Karen Leann Wilburn and Jeremy David Crook were married in a 4:30 p.m. ceremony April 24, 2004, at North Acres General Baptist Church. Steve Tippen, pastor, performed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Glenn and Vanita Wilburn of Sikeston and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wilburn and Mr. and Mrs. Derris Gray. Parent of the bridegroom is Gail Groves of Bertrand. He is the grandson of Edna Fussell of Bertrand and the late Lloyd "Bud" Crook.
Music for the occasion was performed by pianist Shelley Gray, aunt of the bride.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a two-piece ivory gown. The bodice was of alencon lace with pearls and a corset back. The satin A-line skirt had a chapel train with alencon lace down the back with rolls of pearls and bugle beads outlining the lace. The gown was complemented with a double-tier illusion scalloped veil piped with satin and accented with crystal flowers secured to a crystal and pearl tiara. Her bridal bouquet was of red and orange roses, gerbera daisies and stephanotis.
Glenda Michelle Wilburn of Sikeston attended the bride as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Dana Copeland of Sikeston and Julie Sitzes of West Jordan, Utah, friends of the bride. They wore floor-length iridescent, satin halter style gowns of tangerine designed by Alfred Angelo and carried bouquets of orange and red gerbera daisies. Flower girl was Madalyn Rae Weems, friend of the couple, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Weems of Sikeston. Her dress was an ivory spaghetti strap with organza overlay on the skirt.
Serving the bridegroom as best man was Chad Grissom of East Prairie. Groomsmen were Corey McNew of Kelso and Darrell Weems of Sikeston. Ring bearer was Taylor Young, cousin of the bridegroom and son of Stacey and Jason Young of Kevil, Ky. Ushers were Matt Johnson of Sikeston and Jamie Thompson of Kevil. The men of the wedding party wore black tuxedos accented with silver striped vests and black ties and orange rose boutonnieres.
The mothers of the couple served as candle lighters, and guest book attendant was Cindy Ramsey of Advance.
A reception was held at the Coach House Inn, where the event was catered by Kelly McBenge. Created by Ellie Minner, the four-tier wedding cake, which was adorned with the couple's initials and flowers, was placed on a silver stand.
The couple were guests of honor at a bar and yard shower held July 26, 2003, and hosted by Darrin and Rachelle Johnson, Katie and Darrell Weems and Tara Hale and Jamie Ralph.
The bride's mother and aunt hosted a shower for the couple at North Acres General Baptist Church. Erica Miller and Valerie Groom, friends of the couple, were hosts for another wedding shower held in Farmington.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the bridegroom's mother and friend, Connie Rhinehart, at the Jaycees Sponsor Building in Sikeston.
A 1992 graduate of Sikeston High School, the bride graduated in 1997 from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in business administration. She is employed by J.C. Penney in Farmington.
The bridegroom graduated in 1993 from East Prairie High School and is employed by World Wide Wireless in Desloge.
Mr. and Mrs. Crook are making their home in Park Hills, and the couple extends their deepest appreciation to family and friends for making their day such a wonderful occasion.