SIKESTON -- Valerie Ann Haman and Joseph Caldwell Crader were united in marriage April 19, 2008, at Sikeston's First Christian Church. Mary McCord, minister of First Christian, performed the double-ring ceremony.
Parents of the bride are Rodney and Margaret McConnell of Sikeston and Dr. Jerry and Teri Haman of Kirksville; grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. James Swiney of New Madrid, Dorothy McConnell of Kansas City and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Haman and Tobe McConnell.
Parents of the bridegroom are David and Mary Lynn Crader of Sikeston, and his grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Byron Caldwell, and Dwight Crader of Sikeston and the late Mary Crader.
The church's baptismal window was decorated with green Cymbidium orchids, purple Phaleonopsis orchids, orange Mokora orchids, white Dendrobium orchids, bi-colored Big Fun roses, hot pink Pavarotti roses, orange miracle roses and green Spider mums.
All other arrangements in the sanctuary and throughout the church coordinated with these flowers.
The mothers carried Tussie Mussies filled with purple, orange and white orchids and hot pink and orange spray roses.
Given in marriage by her stepfather, the bride wore a white silk satin gown designed by Kenneth Pool exclusively for Priscilla of Boston. It featured hand-beaded detail of platinum crystal and pearls accenting the sweetheart neckline and dropped stylized waistline. She carried a large bouquet of orchids, roses and Spider mums.
Attending the bride were friends Betsy Hunt as maid of honor and Kendra Riddle King, Stephanie Aldrich Pinkerton and the bridegroom's sister, Layne Crader as bridesmaids. Holding smaller versions of the bride's bouquet, they wore strapless raspberry satin sheath gowns created by Dessy. They, too, featured the sweetheart neckline and a back with a gathered fishtail inset accented with a crystal brooch detail at the top.
Standing up for the bridegroom were his friends, Andrew Hedrick as best man, with Kyle Schlosser, Chris Pinkerton and Eric Spoor as groomsmen. They were attired in black tuxedoes with silver vests.
In attendance at the guest book was Jessica Jensen Schlosser, friend of the couple, while programs were passed to the guests by Claire Dolan and Kate Reynolds, both cousins of the bridegroom. Guests were seated by De Bizzell, Win Dolan and Matt Reynolds, cousins of the bridegroom, and by Dr. Ronald James, who also served as the mother of the bride's escort.
James Swiney, the bride's grandfather, read verses from First Corinthians, Chapter 13.
Classical and popular musical selections were performed by Tyson Zahner and Beth St. John of Jackson and Frank Goessler of St. Louis.
Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the National Guard Armory for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres with music provided by Dave Creech's Diamond Sound System, who announced the arrival of the bride and groom to the tune of the Monkees' song "Valleri."
The ceremony flower theme carried over to the reception with the blooms accenting the center of each table. An overhead canopy of white lights illuminated the scene.
Best man Andrew Hedrick offered a toast to the couple's future, and guests viewed the couple's history during a video retrospective created by Genesis Video.
Guests were served dinner from Peggy Broughton of Rivers Catering in New Madrid. A square four-tier wedding cake with each layer uniquely designed by the bride was accented with flowers that continued the orchids and roses theme. The bridegroom's cake was decorated as an electronic circuit board in acknowledgment of his profession. Both were created by Cakes For Every Occasion.
Following dinner, guests had the opportunity to dance the night away to St. Louis' Bob Kuban Band.
Coordinating the day's activities was Chris Simmons of the Party Wizards in Cape Girardeau.
Friends honored the couple Jan. 5 with an engagement party at the home of Phil and Janice Boyer. Showers for the bride were hosted by friends at the homes of Lisa Colwick on Feb. 23 and Stephanie Aldrich Pinkerton on March 1. On April 17, River Ridge Winery was the location of a luncheon for the bridesmaids with Karen Bizzell, Julie Dolan and Janet Reynolds as hostesses.
A rehearsal dinner at the top of the Marquette in Cape Girardeau was hosted by the bridegroom's parents April 18.
The newlyweds celebrated their union with a honeymoon cruise to the islands of St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia and Dominica before returning to make their home in Sikeston.