SIKESTON -- Stephanie Danette Todt and Blake Allen Miller exchanged wedding vows in an early evening wedding ceremony Feb. 19, 2006, at First Christian Church in Sikeston. The Rev. Mary McCord performed the double-
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Joseph Todt of Sikeston. She is the granddaughter of Rita Todt of Oran and the late Ferrel and Lucille Austin and Harold Todt.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller of Sikeston. he is the grandson of John Kenneth and Jean Schoepski of Poplar Grove, Ill., Mrs. Shirley Miller of Sikeston and the late Don and Elizabeth Miller.
Accompanied by Sharron Lathum on the organ and piano, along with Steve Gillespie on the guitar, vocalists were Rebecca Throop and John Bixler of Sikeston and Neil E. Boyd of St. Louis. Musical selections included, "Have You Ever Been in Love," "In My Daughter's Eyes," "The Lord's Prayer," "Keeper of the Stars" and "I Will Be Here." Scriptural readings were presented by Steve Austin of Sikeston and Nathan Edwards of Kansas City.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown from the Jasmine collection. Fashioned in ivory Italian satin, featuring a strapless beaded and embroidered bodice that dipped into a basque waistline, the box-pleated skirt was enhanced with silver embroidery, white Swarovski crystals and beads. The full skirt extended into a semi-cathedral train. The bride carried a cascade of three dozen off-white roses and wore a single strand of pearls received from the bridegroom as a wedding gift.
Cameron Micah Doane of Wentzville served her sister as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Miller of Sikeston, sister of the bridegroom; Ellie Miller of Minneapolis; Andrea King of Omaha; Sarah Colwick of Kansas City; Meghan Walter of Bell City; and Merideth Pobst of Jackson. Candlelighters were Katelynn and Sarah Austin, cousins of the bride. All attendants wore floor-length black georgette two-piece Sung ensembles featuring strapless bodices with asymmetrical rouging and long flowing A-line skirts. They carried bouquets of off-white roses accented with Swarovski crystals. Each wore rhinestone earrings and bracelets, a gift from the bride. Hanna Marie Doane, daughter of Shawn and Cameron Doane and niece of the bride, served as the flower girl. She wore a floor-length gown featuring a black bow at the bodice.
Serving his brother as best man was Adam Miller of Columbia. Groomsmen were Aubrey Bridger of Sikeston, Shawn Doane of Wentzville, Michael Rippee and Phil Christopherson of Kansas City, Craig Senciboy of Chicago and Conn Davis of Columbia. Ushers were Kyle Weeks of Springfield, Cody Weeks and Heath Berg of Columbia, Clay Dover of Bell City and Chris Bagwell of Kansas City. Eric Johns, son of Billy and Cathy Johns of Festus and cousin of the bride, served as the ring bearer. All wore black long-coated evening tuxedos from the Ralph Lauren collection that featured silver ties and contrasting vests.
Guest book attendants were Kelly Johnson of Sikeston and Dr. Becky Edwards of Kansas City. Program attendants were Laura Jennings of Boston, Blaire Leible of Columbia and Susan Taylor, Jeni Carr, Katie Barnhart and Sarah Piatt of Kansas City. House attendants were Kay Dover of Bell City and Angela Bridger, Kathy Sturgess and Christy McDowell of Sikeston. Serving communion were Dan and Dianne Jennings, Kay and Jim Donovan, Lloyd and Marlys Smith and Penny Hahs, all of Sikeston.
A formal reception was held at the Sikeston Armory. The head table was surrounded by tall, white Greek columns adorned with cascading ferns, off-
white roses and black silk drapery created by Sandy Diebold of Oran. Guests were seated at round tables, which featured tall whispy centerpieces of off-
white roses designed by Helen's Florist of Sikeston. Harry Howard of Sikeston provided the dinner music, and Galaxy Productions of St. Louis was the house band for the evening.
A bridal brunch was hosted the morning of the wedding by Don and Linda Miller of Sikeston, aunt and uncle of the bridegroom. A rehearsal dinner was given by the bridegroom's parents Feb. 18 on the family farm near Bell City. An engagement party was hosted by Dan and Dianne Jennings. A shower honoring the couple was given at the home of Lisa and Greg Colwick.
A 2000 graduate of Sikeston High School, the new Mrs. Miller will graduate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in May 2007.
Also a 2000 graduate of Sikeston, the groom graduated in May 2005 from the University of Missouri with a degree in physics. He is currently completing his Master of Physics at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
The new Mr. and Mrs. Miller are residing in North Kansas City.