SIKESTON -- Kelly Marie Jones and Joshua Clay Sexton were united in marriage during a 3 p.m. ceremony May 28, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church in Sikeston. The Rev. Jonathan Cooney performed the ceremony. Kathy Sparks of Matthews, cousin of the bridegroom, was the musician for the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Eddie and Christy Jones of New Madrid. Parents of the bridegroom are Bill and Carla Sexton of Matthews.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a one-piece satin Maggie Sottero gown embellished with Swarovski crystals, sequins, seed beads and light gold pearls. The corset back featured an asymmetrical drape.
Maid of honor was Amanda Lawfield of Kewanee, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Carrie Powell of Cape Girardeau, aunt of the bride; Tricia McClarty of Lilbourn, friend of the bride; Allison Lawfield of Kewanee, cousin of the bride; Jamie Walls of Catron, cousin of the bride; Amanda Sexton of Dexter, sister-in-law of the bridegroom; Stephanie Miller of Malden, friend of the bride; and Ashley Hall of Sikeston, friend of the bride.
Flower girls were Alyxandra Taylor, daughter of Kelly Hubbertt of Sikeston, and Reanna Bewley, daughter of Scott Bewley and Sydney Dewitt of St. Louis.
Serving as best man was Daniel Sexton of Dexter, brother of the bridegroom. Groomsmen were Robert Copeland of Cape Girardeau, friend of the bridegroom; Scott Blakey of Chaffee, friend of the bridegroom; J.W. White of Sikeston, friend of the bridegroom: Nick Swoboda of Cape Girardeau, friend of the bridegroom; Robert Frye of New Madrid, friend of the bridegroom; Kyle Hensley of Arnold, friend of the bridegroom; and Justin Hayes of Campbell, friend of the bridegroom.
Ringbearers were Landen Pehle, son of Troy and Carrie Powell of Cape Girardeau, and Ben Pearson, son of Blake and Colleen Pearson.
Ushers were Mike Pratt of St. Louis, friend of the bridegroom; Travis Scott of Piggott, Ark., friend of the bridegroom; Jonathan Cribbs of New Madrid, friend of the bride; and Blake Jordan of New Madrid, friend of the bride. LeAnn Pearson of Sikeston, cousin of the bridegroom, attended the guest book. Wedding coordinator was Ginger Jones of New Madrid, friend of the bride.
A reception catered by Rivers of New Madrid was held following the ceremony at the Eagles Lodge in New Madrid. Leann Branum of New Madrid, cousin of the bride, was cake server.
Following a honeymoon to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the new Mr. and Mrs. Sexton are making their home in St. Louis.