SIKESTON -- Erin Elizabeth Shepherd and Stephen Anthony Drake were united in marriage during a 2 p.m. ceremony July 8, 2006, at United Methodist Church of the Shepherd in St. Charles. The Rev. Bob Farr, pastor, officiated.
Parents of the bride are Mary and Stan Shepherd of St. Peters, and parents of the bridegroom are Jane and Carroll Drake of Sikeston.
Vocalists Amanda and Jason Martin and musician Gene Ditch provided music for the occasion.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore designer Maggie Sottero's Odessa creation.
Carrie Guenzler of St. Charles served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Maggie Nowicki and Megan Nowicki of Naperville, Ill., Melanie Zerr of Lake St. Louis, Stacy Krietemeyer and Joy Carter of St. Peters and Stefani Blattel of O'Fallon.
Flower girl was Hayli Howard, daughter of Shannon and David Howard of Sikeston.
Matt Drake of Sikeston was best man. Groomsmen were Shay Borders of Cape Girardeau, Craig Shepherd of St. Peters and Justin Landers, Jason Landers, Andrew Heckemeyer and Chris Porter, all of Sikeston.
Ushers were Jared Shepherd of San Jose, Ill., Jimmy Drake of Sikeston and John Towe of Sikeston.
Guests of honor included the bride's godparents, Dan Shepherd of San Jose, Ill., and Debbie Nowicki of Naperville; the bridegroom's godparents, Harold and Elizabeth Miederhoff of Columbia.
Paige Silverthorn of Sikeston was guest book attendant. Program attendants were Tori Williams of Sikeston and Hanna Borders of Cape Girardeau.
A reception was held at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center.
Following a wedding trip to Ochos Rios, Jamaica, Sandals Dunn's River, the new Mr. and Mrs. Drake are making their home in Sikeston.