NEW MADRID -- Carrie Beth Hughes and Joshua Allen Daniel Thacker were united in marriage during a 2 p.m. ceremony June 25, 2005, at the Hunter Dawson Home in New Madrid. The double-ring ceremony was performed by the Revs. E.J. McDougall and Troy Wickett.
The bride is the daughter of Steve and Effie Hughes of Morehouse. Parents of the bridegroom are Ray and Linda Thacker of Portageville.
The bride wore an elegant white empire-style, satin gown overlaid with chiffon with long chiffon bell-shaped sleeves. It had a beaded waist with a chapel train which was decorated with hand sewn lace appliques and hand strung pearls by Connie Grady of Benton, aunt of the bride, who also custom-
made the beaded veil consisting of three layers of chiffon with hand sewn pearls on the top layer. The Sikeston String Quintet provided the music as the bride was escorted and given in marriage by her father.
Serving her friend as maid of honor was Erica Jordan of Sikeston. Bridesmaids were Jacci Kitchen and Stephanie Kitchen, both of Sikeston and friends of the bride. Miniature bride was Hanna Patrick, daughter of Joe and Melody Patrick of Bloomfield. McKayla Dumey, daughter of Joe and Tabitha Dumey of Oran, and Madison Pikey, daughter of Jerry and Monica Pikey of Portageville, served as flower girls.
Ray Thacker served his son as best man. Groomsmen were William Brewster of Star City, Ark., friend of the bridegroom and Jonathan Thacker of Portageville, cousin of the bridegroom. Serving as miniature bridegroom was Gabriel Hughes, son of Randy and Tammy Hughes of Portageville. Caleb Smith, son of Rob and Missy Smith of Portageville, served as ringbearer.
Ushers were Benjamin Moore of Sikeston, cousin of the bride; and Jerry Pikey of Portageville, nephew of the bridegroom. Attendants were Rachel Moore of Sikeston, cousin of the bride; and Sarah Williams of Sikeston, special friend of the bride. Connie Grady, aunt of the bride; and Cheri Chapman, special family friend, served as wedding coordinators.
Following the ceremony, a reception was given at Southern Comfort in New Madrid. Lorna Turnage, Debbie Cook, Tammy Hughes and Missy Smith, all of Portageville were reception assistants.
After a honeymoon to the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the new Mr. and Mrs. Thacker are making their home in Benton.