In the beautiful outdoor setting of Little Piney Lodge, Big Springs Mo., Randee Lee Pease and Joseph Charles (J.C.) Davis said “I Do” on Saturday June 29 at 4:30 p.m.
Randee is the daughter of Gary and Ronnie Pease, of rural Laddonia. She is the granddaughter of Dorothy and the late Ronald Culwell, of Vandalia, and also the late Clifford and Emma Pease, of Paris.
J.C. is the son of Rennie and Joy Davis, of rural Vandalia. He is the grandson of Amanda Lee Culwell, resident of Moore-Pike Home, in Bowling Green, as well as the late Garnett Culwell, and the late Wilmer and Maxine Davis, of Vandalia.
As guests arrived they were greeted at the guest book by Kara Foster, of Montgomery City, friend of the bride. A variety of country songs were background music as guests took their seats.
Randee was escorted by her dad to the song “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, which expressed the feeling of her parents as they gave her in marriage.
Stan Henderson, New London, minister of East Central Missouri Cowboy Church in Bowling Green, officiated.
During the double ring ceremony the couple repeated vows they had personally written. A poem “When Two People Marry” was read by Lori Montgomery, of Providence Village, Texas, cousin of the bride.
Kevin Morris, of Vandalia, friend of the couple sang “My Love Forever,” an original song he had written.
In loving memory the couple released blue and yellow balloons to honor family members and friends.
For her wedding the bride chose a white strapless gown by Maggie Sattera Coutura. The bodice sparkled with a floral design accented with beading, a center brooch, and lace-up back to the waist. The fitted skirt flowed into a chapel length train with scattered matching floral design and beading. To complete the ensemble she wore a white elbow length veil with scattered beading. Her jewelry was diamond earrings, diamond bracelet, and a sparkling horseshoe shaped necklace. The brides cascading bouquet featured sunflowers, cobalt blue Delphinium, Matsumoto Asters, yellow Vikings, white Monte Casino and misty blue Linonion with a keepsake indigo blue bandana handkerchief honoring her grandfathers.
Matron of honor was Sandra Craft, of Laddonia, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Mary Petersen, of Harlan, Iowa, sister of the groom and nieces of the bride, Kara Tawney, of Mexico, and Shelby Craft, of Laddonia. They wore knee length cobalt blue spaghetti strap dresses with silver accessories. Each carried bouquets of sunflowers, white monte casino and misty blue linonion hand wrapped with burlap.
Best man was Andy Stroop of LaGrange, Ind., friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Andy Petersen, of Harlan, Iowa, brother-in-law of the groom and friends Jeff Hopke and Howard Reading, both of Vandalia.
The groom and all men of the wedding party wore black tuxedos with cobalt blue ties and vests. Each had boutonnieres of mini sunflowers, blue linonion, and a sprig of wheat.
Wedding rings were attached to an old horseshoe from the grooms grandparents farm and was carried by ring bearer Grant Petersen, of Harlan, Iowa, nephew of the groom. The horseshoe will be placed over the kitchen doorway of the couples home for good luck.
As flower girl, niece of the groom, Maggie Bell Petersen, of Harlan, Iowa, carried a miniature silver feed bucket with sunflower petals. She wore a white ankle length sundress with sunflower accents in her hair.
Following the ceremony a catered meal was served to guests by Trailside Catering, of Rhineland.
A three-tiered wedding cake decorated with sunflowers and a chocolate John Deere tractor cake were both provided by Les Davis of Wellsville, friend of the couple.
The cake was served by aunts of the bride, Karen Reading, of Vandalia, and Sally Pease, of Paris. Yellow slush punch was served by Lisa Reeves, of Martinsburg, friend of the bride.
Country-western music was provided by Kelly Stanford, of Laddonia, for dancing or listening enjoyment.
Wedding coordinator was Barbie Mays, of Pilot Point, Texas, cousin of the bride. Celebrations by Darla Miller, of Centralia, was decoration consultant.
After a 10-day honeymoon to points of interest in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Colorado, they will continue the farming and livestock tradition by being the fourth generation to live on the family farm in rural Vandalia.
J.C. is engaged in farming and J & R Feedlot. Randee is employed at Soft Surroundings in Mexico.
The groom’s parents hosted a steak supper prior to the wedding rehearsal on Friday June 28 at 6 p.m. at Little Piney Lodge.
On May 18 at 2 p.m., the bride was honored with a bridal shower in Brinkman Hall at the First Presbyterian Church in Vandalia, hosted by Ann Carter and Brenda Babb, both of Vandalia. The bride received many useful gifts either from those attending or sending wishes. The bride’s colors of cobalt blue and yellow were carried out in the decoration theme. A beautifully decorated sunflower sheet cake, yellow punch and yellow sunflower, and blue flower mints were served.