Snyder - Sullivan nuptials

Sunday, January 29, 2006

First United Methodist Church, Fort Scott, Kan., was the setting March 19, 2005, for the wedding of Erin Lynn Snyder, Fort Scott, and William Allen Sullivan, Pittsburg, Kan.

Parents of the bride are Ron and Kathy Snyder, Fort Scott. The bridegroom is the son of Allen and Mary Sullivan, Girard, Kan.

The Rev. David Watson officiated the double-ring ceremony. White candles and bouquets of white hydrangeas decorated the church altar.

The bride selected a strapless classic A-Line gown of pearl organza over satin. The gown, intricately hand-beaded with crystals and embroidered with silver thread, hosted a cathedral length train of folded organza.

Completing the bridal ensemble was a cathedral length veil and blusher of pearl organza made by the bride's mother. It was accented with a crystal tiara.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of Leonidas roses. The bride wore a garter given to her by her aunt. The garter, made from the cloth of her late maternal grandmother's wedding dress, was embellished with a silver heart that once belonged to her late sister. In remembrance of her sister, the bride wore a picture locket, a gift from her maid of hone, attached inside her dress.

Shanna Albright was matron of honor, and maid of honor was Amanda Brown. Bridgett Keating attended as bridesmaid.

The attendants wore champagne satin gowns embellished with crystals. They carried hand-tied bouquets of Leonidas roses. Champagne crystal bracelets, given to them as gifts from the bride, completed their ensembles.

Gregory Sullivan, brother of the bridegroom, fulfilled the duties of best man. Groomsmen were Scott Hawkins and Doug Diskin.

Tara Miller was flower girl, while Cole Diggins, cousin of the bride, was ring bearer. Candle lighters were Keaton Bartlett, nephew of the bridegroom, and Eric Snyder, cousin of the bride.

Julie Gorman and Laura Diggins, aunts of the bride, gave special readings.

Octava Sullivan, sister of the bridegroom, carried a bouquet of Leonidas roses in honor and memory of the couple's grandparents.

Vocalist Amanda Brown sang "The Wedding Song." Organist Pat Harry accompanied Steve Harry on the trumpet for "Bridal Chorus," "The Gift of Love," "Through the Eyes of Love," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Wedding March."

Nikki Hitchcock, cousin of the bridegroom, served as program attendant. Wedding coordinators were Dacia Keller and Lisa Chaplin, and Kati Karleskint was guest book attendant.

Guests were escorted to their seats by Doug Hitchcock, Aaron Coester and Patrick Gorman, cousin of the bride.

After the ceremony, birdseed was distributed to guests by Matt Snyder, Tanner Hitchcock and Lauren Johnson, cousins of the couple, to toss as the couple left.

Following the ceremony was an evening of dinner and dancing at Rosie's Cabin. The traditional three-tiered white wedding cake was decorated with a handmade monogram and Leonidas roses. Wedding cake servers were Donna Naasz and Mildred Simon, cousins of the bride. Carolyn Johnson and Jan Johnson, aunts of the bridegroom, served the groom's cake.

A dessert buffet featuring handmade wedding cake cookies and golden wedding punch was served, as well as mints made by the bridegroom's mother and Edna Waldron. Completing the table was a selection of delicacies made by Joyce Todd.

Bryan and Cindy Foxx greeted guests as they arrived. Peggy Cummings and Marcy Reynolds assisted in decorating the reception area.

White linen tablecloths, monogrammed candlesticks of various sizes holding white candles, bouquets of white hydrangeas and photos of the couple filled the room.

The wedding party and family was hosted by the bridegroom's parents and family at a rehearsal dinner. The couple was honored with many pre-wedding activities.

The bride is a graduate of Pittsburg State University with a Masters of Business Administration. She is employed by Names and Numbers in Pittsburg as manager of planning and development.

The bridegroom is also a graduate of Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. He is a coach and teacher for the Frontenac, Kan., school system.

After a honeymoon to Maui, Hawaii, the couple now reside in Pittsburg, Kan.