FLORENCE, Italy - Laura Beth Bartlett and Cory Neil Jurica were united in marriage in a civil ceremony at noon March 9, 2002, in the Red Room of Sala Rosa of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.
The bride is the daughter of Mike and Barbara Bartlett of Sikeston, Mo., and her husband is the son of Dan and Paula Jurica of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white satin gown featuring a fitted bodice and bateau neckline which was trimmed in brocade satin. Satin-covered pearl buttons adorned the back of the bodice and a floor-length A-line skirt, made with white brocade satin, flowed into a sweep train. The gown was complemented with a two-sided wrap made of plain white satin to match the bodice and skirt. The bride's tulle veil and gown were created by her grandmother, Mildred Bartlett.
She wore freshwater pearl earrings, necklace and bracelet, a gift from the bridegroom. The large hand-tied bouquet of white tulips was tied with white ribbon.
The bridegroom wore a navy blue suit and steel gray shirt. His silk tie incorporated the colors in his ensemble and the boutonniere was made of small white tulip buds with white ribbon.
A Bible given to the bride by her father, which belonged to his father, the late John Bartlett, was used to display the wedding rings on the vice-mayor's desk.
Attendants for the couple were Christina Heckman and Paul Guerrette of Orlando, Fla., friends of the couple.
A reception followed the wedding at the Hotel Lombardi in Florence.
Following a honeymoon tour of Italy, Mr. and Mrs. Jurica are residing in Davenport, Fla.
The bride was guest of honor for a bridal shower on May 5 at Tanner Street Church of God in Sikeston, hosted by Jennifer Hodgkiss and Angela Grant.