SIKESTON -- Kristin Nicole Wright and Micahel Allen Dodds exchanged wedding vows in a 3 p.m. ceremony April 9, 2005, at the Sikeston First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Chris Launius, uncle of the bride, and the Rev. John Bouldrey performed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lester G. Wright of Sikeston, and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Dodds of Burlington, Iowa.
Music for the occasion was provided by the Sikeston String Quintet under the direction of Gaye French. Soloists were Josh Mills, friend of the bride, and Larry Dodds, father of the bridegroom.
The theme carried throughout the wedding and reception was a garden wedding. Guests entered through a garden arbor and were seated by ushers Adam Spiker and Brian Loose, friends of the bridegroom. The bridegroom escorted the bride's grandparents, Clyde and Edith Launius, and also his mother and the mother of the bride. The couple exchanged vows under a rose entwined gazebo.
The bride wore a two-toned ivory and champagne strapless, A-line satin gown with a lace-up tulip back. The bridesmaids wore A-line tea-length gowns of periwinkle, apricot, lavender, primrose and sage.
Maid of honor was Katie McGuire, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Kelly Launius, cousin of the bride; Stephanie Smith, friend of the bride; and Lindsey Wright, sister of the bride. Lexie Stanfield, cousin of the bride, served as a junior bridesmaid.
Jonathan Dodds served his brother as best man. Groomsmen were Taylor Johnson, friend of the bridegroom; Matthew Wright, brother of the bride; and J.J. Sanders, friend of the couple. Nathan Launius, cousin of the bride, was a junior groomsman.
Groomsmen wore black tuxedos with ivory vests, and the bridegroom wore a three-button black tuxedo with a champagne vest.
Guestbook attendant was Aubrey Franco, and the wedding coordinator was Cheryl Stanfield, aunt of the bride. The sound engineer was Mark Launius, and the Rev. Candice Wiley was in charge of media presentations.
Following the release of two white doves, a reception was held at the Clinton Building in Sikeston with Rivers Catering of New Madrid providing and hors d'oeuvres buffet. The music was provided by Sikeston String Quintet.
On April 8, 2005, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the bridegroom's parents at Lambert's Cafe. Showers were hosted by Katie McGuire, Sikeston First Church of the Nazarene and the Oasis Sunday school class of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kan.
The couple are both recent graduates of Mid America Nazarene University in Olathe, where Mrs. Dodds received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and Dodds received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.
After a brief honeymoon to Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., and a delayed honeymoon July 23 to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, the new Mr. and Mrs. Dodds currently reside in Olathe.