Texas Wedding Ceremony Unites Couple

Occasions at Stone River in Royse City, Texas was the picturesque setting on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009 for a 7 p.m. wedding ceremony uniting Brook Baxter and Sgt. Jamin Lance Roy in marriage. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Pastor Matt Geisenger.

The bride is the daughter of Steve and Karan Baxter of Rockwall, Texas, and granddaughter of John and Betty Chiles and Harold and Ruby Woods. She is a graduate of Heritage Christian Academy, Toni and Guy Hairdressing Academy, and is employed in Rockwall, Texas by Technique Data Systems.

The groom is the son of Joel and Vaune Roy of Ridge. His grandparents are James and Cherrie Roy of Breaux Bridge and Elridge and Anne Hanks of Judice. He is a graduate of Lafayette Christian Academy and is employed with the Louisiana National Guard. He has served one year in Iraq with the United States Army and will return in February of 2010.

Selected by the bride for her wedding day was an antique broach pinned on her bouquet as something old, her jewelry was something new, a ring borrowed from her mother, and her garter as something blue.

Escorted by her father, the bride enter the chapel through a double-door entrance lit by chandeliers casting a soft light green crushed satin covering on each of the chairs provided for guests.

She wore a strapless, mermaid-styled wedding gown exquisite in style, but delicatly created by Moon Light in ivory crushed satin. The cathedral train and basque bodice were styled with beadwork throughout. She carried an initial handkerchief presented by the groom’s mother. A simple headpice held a finger-tip veil of imported sheer illusion edged with beading to match her gown. She carried a fresh nosegay of black magic roses with draping green amaranthis overlay grass and accents of crystals and pearls.

Attending her friend as matron of honor was Juliana Mummey. Bridesmaids were Jennifer Buie and Jennifer Garrett, friends.

Each bridal attendant wore a strapless, mermaid-style dress of deep red crushed satin. Bows were noted at each side as created by Bari Jay. Each carried a nosegay of fresh ivory roses with draping of green amaranthis grass overlay.

Serving as flower girl was McKenna Mummey, best friend’s daughter. She wore an ivory dress of lace and ribbons featuring a sweetheart neckline and carried a basket of red rose petals.

Attending the groom as best man was his brother-in-law, Nathan Bellard. Groomsmen were Chris Deville and Brent Simmons, friends.

Ushering guests were Jeremy Roseberry, groom’s brother-in-law and friend of the bride, and Aaron Bruce, friend of the bride.

Male attendants each wore a formal black tuxedo with deep red tie and vests, along with an ivory rose boutonniere on the lapel.

For her daughter’s wedding, the mother of the bride wore an elegant black knee-length dress featuring a cowl collar, while the groom’s mother selected a black formal ensemble including a scooped neckline designer top over a formal-length black velvet skirt, finished with a black sheer cardigan.

Mothers were presented red single roses, grandmothers received a single ivory rose, and grandfathers wore an ivory rose boutonniere.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held on site.

In addition to a sit-down dinner, guests were treated to the bride’s cake, a four-layered white confection designed with ivory fondant featuring a flowing effect completed with jeweled crystals.

The groom’s cake was a chocolate confection designed to immulate Army boots. The table was completed with a camouflage tablecloth topped with a folded flag in case and the groom’s service medals.

The cakes was served by Patty Leuske, matron of honor’s aunt.

Guests attended from numerous cities throughout the state, in addition to Texas and North Carolina.

Special guest in attendance was the groom’s great-grandmother, Alice Savoie.

Following a wedding trip to San Antonia, Texas, the couple will reside in Rockwall, Texas.

Prior to the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held Thursday, Oct. 15, at Zanata’s Restaurant. The 8 p.m. social was hosted by the groom’s parents who provided a variety of Italian dishes, desserts and beverages.

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