DEXTER -- Rachel Lee Keller and Billy Russell Dawson exchanged wedding vows in a 2 p.m. ceremony Aug. 16, 2008, at the Essex United Methodist Church. The Rev. Roy Sherfield officiated at the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Kenneth and Marsha Keller of Dexter. The bride's grandparents are Merle Taylor of Essex and the late Charles Taylor, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rex Keller Sr. The bridegroom is the son of Bruce and Karen Dawson of Cape Girardeau. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Silliman of Dexter and the late Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dawson.
Nora Fuchs, friend of the bride, served as pianist for the occasion. Kate Wyman, 7-year-old niece of the bride, sang "Ave Maria" early in the ceremony. Carol Vinson, cousin of the bride, and David Wyman, brother-in-law of the bride, sang "One Hand, One Heart" and "The Lord's Prayer," both as duets.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore a strapless crème Italian satin dress with princess styling and a curved neckline. Both the bodice and the pleated skirt of the dropped-waist dress were adorned with Robison-Anton platinum embroidery and Swarovski crystal beading. The cathedral train featured beaded satin scallop tiers. Her waist-length veil featured platinum beading and a scalloped edge and was attached to a tiara adorned with crystal stones.
The crescent bridal bouquet consisted primarily of roses in shades of ivory, yellow and burnt orange with trailing greenery. Arrangements similar to the bridal bouquet adorned each end of the altar as well as the candelabra and the communion table.
Carrie Wyman and Sarah Porter, sisters of the bride, served as matrons of honor. Their latte-colored floor-length satin dresses featured A-line styling and an empire waist. The halter bodice was overlaid with chiffon, and the back of the dress featured a ruched chiffon sash which fell from the waist to the floor. They carried small hand-tied bouquets of ivory, yellow, and burnt orange roses.
Serving as candle lighters were Kacie Karnes, friend of the bride, and Jordan Ellenburg, cousin of the bridegroom. They wore champagne satin floor-length dresses. The strapless dresses were accented with a latte cuff at the top and a latte sash at the waist.
The bridegroom's father served as best man, and Ray Silliman, uncle of the bridegroom, served as groomsman. Ushers were Allen Below, friend of the couple, and Aaron Guethle, friend of the bridegroom. The bridegroom and the other men of the wedding party wore chocolate-colored tuxedos with latte vests and latte Windsor ties.
Kate Wyman, niece of the bride, was the flower girl. She wore a truffle-colored floor-length satin A-line dress with spaghetti straps and a curved neckline. The dress featured a pleated waistband and silver beading on the bodice.
Ring bearers were Joe Wyman and Alex Porter, nephews of the bride. They wore chocolate brown pants with matching vests, ivory shirts and latte ties.
Guest book attendant was Megan Keller, cousin of the bride, and program attendants were Bailey and Molly Below, also cousins of the bride.
The bridegroom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner on Aug. 15 at the Hickory Log restaurant. Following the wedding, an evening reception was held at Dalhousie Golf Club in Cape Girardeau. The cake table, adorned with a champagne cloth and flowers matching those in the bridal bouquet, held the square, four-layered, stacked cake. The cake layers were alternately champagne with ivory scrollwork and ivory with champagne scrollwork, with chocolate brown ribbon and ivory beading enhancing the base of each layer. The third layer featured the couple's monogram, and flowers matching the table piece topped the cake. The square chocolate groom's cake was made to look like a partially picked cotton field complete with the cotton picker atop.
The new Mrs. Dawson received a degree in marketing management from Southeast Missouri State University in 2005. Dawson received a degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2005. The couple is involved in agricultural interests in the Dexter area.
A belated honeymoon in Hawaii is planned.