Jessica Meganne Deehr of Mexico and SrA Kylee Brittan Cook of Centralia were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. June 2, 2012, at Crossroads Christian Church in Macon, Mo. Officiating at the double ring, military ceremony was Marshal Conklin minister of Iberia Christian Church in Iberia, Mo. The alter area was decorated with six ascending pillars topped with white floral arrangements and three illuminated columns in the middle. On each side of the steps leading to the alter were candles lit in memory of deceased grandparents. The unity candle flanked on either side by a white taper was accented with teal and purple ribbon, colors of the bride. White flower petals and lit candles lined each side of the aisle. The white isle runner was pulled down by CPT Joshua Deehr or Sierra Vista, Ariz., brother of the bride. Purple flower petals were thrown by flower girl, Adelia Garcia of Kansas City, cousin of the groom. Katie Deehr, sister-in-law of the bride, read a memorial written by the bride and groom. Swordbearers, SrA Jake Short of Albany, Wisc., A1C Krystal Chase of Smyrna, Del., SrA Samuel Balzer of Sparta, Wisc., SrA Michael Robinson of Burlington, Wisc., and Sgt Christopher Cenatiempo of St. Louis, Mo., all friends of the groom and members of the United States Air Force Honor Guard, formed the saber arch for the couple to pass under as they left the church.
Parents of the bride are LTC Dale and Karol Deehr of Mexico. The groom is the son of Ron and Amy Cook of McDonough, Ga. Grandparent of Jessica is Gene Stroker of Vandalia. Grandparents of Kylee are Ray and Bonnie Schweikhardt of Rolla.
Escorted to the alter by her father, the bride was presented in marriage by her parents. The bride wore a floor length strapless gown by Forever Yours International with sweetheart neckline and beaded bodice. The A-line skirt had multiple scalloped organza layers that flowed into a chapel length train. She completed her wedding attire with a beaded organza flower in her hair, Swarovski crystal ball earrings and Swarovski crystal bracelet. The bride carried a cascading purple floral mix bouquet of fresh cut flowers accented with crystals and greenery. Kelsey Louder of Mexico friend of the bride served as Maid of Honor for the bride. The bridesmaids, Kelsey Ammerman of Eagan, Minn., Katherine Butrum of Centralia, and Rachel Bohrer of Mexico were all friends of the bride. Canaan Hagedorn of Centralia, friend of the groom served as Best Man. Andrew Lincoln of Centralia, Michael Butrum of Centralia, and Jonah Krueger of Kirksville, all friends of the groom, were groomsmen. Ushers and friends of the groom were Henry Washington and Tyler Dinwiddie both from Centralia.
The guest book was attended by Grace Troesser of Mexico, Amanda Odle, and Jim Ressler both from Kansas City all friends of the bride. The music for the ceremony and the solos were performed by Greg Wieberg of Raytown. Darla Miller of Centralia coordinated and assisted with the wedding and reception.
Following the ceremony a 6:30 p.m. dinner/dance reception was held at Silver Rails Event Center in LaPlata, Mo. The tables were covered in white linen tablecloths with teal and purple runners. The centerpieces were a grouping of 7 cylinder vases of various heights placed on a mirror and filled with lights, suspended purple flowers or floating candles. The wedding cake was three cheesecakes covered in white frosting, chocolate drizzle, and chocolate covered strawberries placed in a spiral formation on pedestals with lighted candles.
After a weeklong honeymoon trip to the Smokey Mountains, the newlyweds are residing in Washington D.C., where the groom is stationed. The bride is a 2008 graduate of Mexico High School and a December 2011 graduate of Truman State University, Kirksville with a BA in History.
The groom is a 2008 graduate of Centralia High School. The groom is employed as an instructor in the United States Air Force Honor Guard, and the bride is finishing her Masters in Education.