Special to the Herald
Amanda Jane Mitchell and Daniel Ray Bruce exchanged wedding vows before family, friends and God on Saturday, May 28, 2005, at the Nevada Assembly of God church. Mark Mitchell, pastor and father of the bride, solemnized the vows. The couple notes that the "very special service included the Lord Jesus Christ, whom they give all the credit, glory, and thanks for their union as husband and wife."
The bride's parents are Mark and Laura Mitchell, Nevada, Mo.; maternal grandparents, Gary and Martha Ashby of Walker; and paternal grandparents, Sharon Mitchell of Walker and Larry and Dorothy Mitchell of Joplin.
The groom's parents are Ray and Becky Bruce of Walker; and maternal grandmother is Marguerite Goodwin of El Dorado Springs, Mo.
The bride was escorted down the aisle by both her father, Mark, and her brother, Keith Mitchell. Her brother gave her hand in marriage on behalf of the family.
The bride wore a formal-length flowing gown of white satin adorned with embroidered work accented by small pearl beads. The wedding colors were pinks, purples, and whites.
Bridal attendants were aunts of the bride, Amber Ashby of Walker, and Darci Ashby of Nevada.
Zayne Bruce of Springfield, Mo., served the groom, his brother, as best man.
Groomsman Jake Mooney of El Dorado Springs is a long-time friend of the groom,
Maddison Ashby, flower girl and cousin of the bride, wore a tiara like her "big cousin Amanda."
The ringbearers were cousins of the groom -- Corbin Goodwin of Walker and Hayden Harth of Nevada.
Candlelighters were Adam Ashby, cousin of the bride and Emily Harth, cousin of the groom.
Bethany Moore, friend of both the bride and groom, served as guestbook attendant.
A reception followed in the church fellowship area, which had been beautifully decorated by the bride's grandmother, Martha Ashby, assisted by her two great-aunts, Barbara Manley of Lee's Summit and Virginia Gaunt of Lawrence, Kan.
The greenery and flowers used to make lovely centerpieces and arrangements were from the home flower gardens of Manley and Gaunt.
The bride's great-aunt Kay Gray, the groom's aunt Molly Goodwin, and very good friend of the couple, Peggy Pyle, took pictures to help the couple remember their wedding day. Another friend, Kelly Masters, also did a video recording.