SIKESTON -- Miss Erynn Lea Hedrick and Mr. William Henry Hassinger IV were joined in marriage during an afternoon nuptial Mass on May 26, 2007, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Sikeston. The Rev. Monsignor Richard C. Rolwing officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hedrick of Sikeston and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto J. Stanovsky of St. Louis and the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hedrick.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Hassinger III, of Birmingham, Ala. He is the grandson of Major and Mrs. John Oliver Portera of Jackson, Miss., and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Hassinger Jr.
The doors of the church were decorated with wreaths of greenery adorned with pink waxflower and white caspia to greet the guests. Pale pink silk ribbon hung through the center of each wreath displayed a chocolate letterpress "H". Attendants Reneé Grimes of Sikeston and Robin Sutton of Birmingham welcomed guests as they entered the church and were seated by David Fleming and Robert "Bo" Simmons, both of Birmingham.
Pale green cones lined in blush pink and filled with pink and white Peruvian Lilies, green Kermit mums and white caspia, were hung on alternating pews lining the aisle.
The sanctuary of the church was filled with Boston ferns and seven-candle brass candelabras decorated with white lilies, Bridal Pink and Vivaldi roses, white caspia, and green Kermit mums. The altar was covered with a pale pink floor length cloth.
The tabernacle was flanked by two tall copper urns filled with stargazer lilies, pale green hydrangeas, pink Peruvian Lilies, white stock, Blush Pink peonies, and Bridal Pink and Vivaldi roses.
The unity candle was tied with white caspia, Peruvian Lilies, and pink spray roses. A bouquet of Bridal Pink roses lay at the feet of the statue of the Virgin Mary.
The couples' grandparents and mothers were escorted to their seats to Debussy's "Clair de Lune" played by Nora Fuchs of Sikeston. The mothers lit the unity candle as Neal E. Boyd of St. Louis sang "Apple Blossom Time," a favorite childhood song of the bride's.
The couples' attendants entered the church to "Air" from Water Music by Handel.
Amy Mitchell of Birmingham, Erin Smithmier of Kansas City, and Kelli Stanovsky of St. Louis attended the bride. They wore fudge dupioni silk strapless two-piece gowns with a draped bodice and knee length skirt by Watters & Watters. Each wore gold quartz briolette and rose gold earrings, a gift from the bride. They carried bouquets of Bridal Pink and ivory Vendela roses, Peruvian Lilies and variegated pittosporum wrapped with an ivory silk ribbon. Tucked into each bouquet was a monogrammed vintage handkerchief also given to them by the bride.
Andrew Hedrick of Sikeston, Kyle Mitchell, Dylan Taylor and Kevin Weaver, all of Birmingham, attended the bridegroom. They wore black, two-button single-breasted notch suits with satin edged lapels by Calvin Klein and gold Windsor ties and vests. Pinned to their lapels were boutonnieres of a single Vendela rose and green hypernicum berries. The bridegroom's attire matched his men's, and pinned to his lapel was a single pale pink Vivaldi rose.
Escorted down the aisle by her father, the bride entered the church to "Allegro Maestoso" from Water Music by Handel. The bride's wedding gown, by Monique Lhuillier, was an ivory strapless silk-satin modified A-line sheath covered with ivory Alençon lace. The bodice and skirt were edged with eyelash lace trim and satin-covered buttons traveled from the dipping back to the end of the chapel-length train. An ivory silk satin sash was wrapped twice around her waist and tied in the back. The knot was accented by a diamond broach, borrowed from the bridegroom's mother.
Her cathedral-length silk tulle ivory veil, edged with ivory Alençon lace,was a gift from her grandmother. Her father pushed back the elbow-length ivory silk blusher as he presented her to her bridegroom.
She wore pink pearl and diamond drop earrings, by Tiffany, which were a gift from her bridegroom. Pale pink kidskin leather sling back pumps completed her ensemble.
She carried a bouquet of Blush peonies, Vivaldi roses and variegated pittosporum tied with an ivory silk ribbon and lace trim from her mother's wedding veil. Tucked in her bouquet was a white linen handkerchief that belonged to her late grandmother, Lois Hedrick.
Scripture readings during the Mass were given by the bride's godparents, Denis and Nancy Stanovsky of St. Louis. Gounoud's "Ave Maria" was sung by Neal E. Boyd while the couple lit the unity candle and presented a dedication to the Virgin Mary. The newlyweds began their recessional from the church to Vivaldi's "Spring" from the Four Seasons.
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres were passed on silver trays as guests awaited the couple's arrival at the home of the bride's parents. As dinner was announced, guests entered the backyard dining area through a curly willow arch lit with tiny white lights. The black iron fence was draped in a garland of Plumosa fern and alternating cones of Peruvian Lilies, green Kermit mums, and white caspia.
Guests were seated at round tables of eight that were draped in ivory cloths and set with platinum-rimmed dinnerware and pink cloth napkins wrapped in a chocolate band bearing the new couple's monogram. The tables were adorned with alternating centerpieces of candles and crystal columns that held arrangements of Blush peonies, Vivaldi roses, green Kermit mums, pale green hydrangeas, green hypernicum berries, and trails of asparagus fern.
The white tents were decorated with strings of white lights accented by Chinese lanterns and tissue-paper poofs in shades of pink and white. Curly willow branches and white tulle covered the legs of the tent and were tied with bouquets of Peruvian Lilies, Blush peonies, green Kermit mums, white caspia, and Plumosa fern.
A sit-down dinner consisted of champagne salad with pear-goat cheese tartlets, grapefruit mint sorbet resting on ice molds with pink azalea blooms frozen into them, herb encrusted tenderloin of beef in a port wine reduction sauce, asparagus spears and potatoes Romanoff. The meal was prepared by Lynn Feeler of RSVP catering in Sikeston.
The couple's wedding cake, created by Ellie Minner of Sikeston, was a three-
tiered, double-layer coconut and strawberry cake with cream-cheese filling. The square layers were iced in blush pink butter cream frosting accented with ivory lace designs mimicking the bride's gown.
The bridegroom's cake was a two-tiered Dutch chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting. The top tier bore the logo of Auburn University, the bridegroom's alma mater.
The bride's father toasted the newlyweds and the couple drank from Waterford Lismore Toasting Flutes, a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Fuchs. The newlyweds danced their first dance to "Stars Fell on Alabama" played by Fantasy, directed by Jim Manly of St. Louis. The bride and her father danced to "I Loved Her First" by Heartland.
Floral arrangements were designed by Ginger Miller and Neva Farris of Sikeston. The couple's photographer was Susan Bowen-Wall of Birmingham.
Leslie Freeman of Sikeston served as wedding day and reception coordinator.
On Friday evening, the wedding party and family attended a rehearsal dinner at the River Ridge Winery in Commerce hosted by the bridegroom's parents.
Other out-of-town guests were treated to dinner at Lambert's Café in Sikeston.
A bridal shower, hosted by Mrs. Michael Bollinger, Mrs. Michael Chouinard and Mrs. Richard Menz was held in Sikeston on Saturday, March 24. A couple's shower was hosted by Mrs. and Mr. Kyle Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Brad Schwarting, Mr. and Mrs. Bo Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Dylan Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Weaver and Miss Robin Sutton in Birmingham on Saturday, April 21. A traditional Southern Bridal Tea was given at the home of Mrs. William Askew in Birmingham on Sunday, April 22. The bride's coworkers at Cottage Living gave her a bridal luncheon in Birmingham on May 17.
Following a honeymoon trip to Rome and a Mediterranean honeymoon cruise to Croatia, Italy, and the Greek Isles, the couple returned to their home in Birmingham.