The Duncan Banner
Meredith Elise Branch of Duncan, and Kyle Michael Crowder of Chickasha, exchanged wedding vows at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010, in First Baptist Church Chapel in Duncan with pastor Bubba Clark officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Sherri Branch of Duncan. Her grandparents are Larry and Aydean Rozzell of Duncan, the late Alton and Betty Branch of Comanche, and the late Dick and JoAnn Butler of Foss.
The groom is the son of Michael and Radeena Crowder of Chickasha. His grandparents are Sandra Crowder and the late Ted Crowder, Vuleen Lofland and the late Ted Lofland, all of Chickasha.
Chaz Branch of Colorado City, Texas, cousin of the bride, performed two selections while accompanying himself on the piano and guitar.
Upon entering the chapel, a remembrance table with a silver candelabra and silver compote floral arrangement was present. The candles were engraved with the names of the couple’s grandparents who are no longer living.
Orange and silver petals lined the bridal path to the altar, which was decorated with white Grecian columns which held large silver urns with white and orange floral arrangements and silver pedestal floral arrangements of the same. A Unity Sand Ceremony table completed the scene.
The bride was escorted by her father. She wore a Maggie Sottero Couture Gown of Diamond White Capri Taffeta. The strapless gown with corset closure featured an overlapping ruched bodice that transitioned into a slim A-line skirt. The fluted side drape of the skirt revealed a tulle inset panel with adorned lace appliqué. Embellished lace appliqués also adorned the bodice and train.
Her tiered illusion veil was edged with crystals. She wore orange floral peep-toe stiletto heels. The bridal bouquet was a rounded assortment of bright orange roses, Gerber daisy, carnations, star-gazer lily, baby’s breath and greenery. The bouquet was adorned with rhinestone enhancement.
To complete the old saying of “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” the bride wore a garter made from the lace of her mother’s veil, her wedding gown, a pearl anklet belonging to her aunt Sue Logsdon, and a a diamond and sapphire ring belonging to her maternal great-grandmother, the late Rena Spradlin.
The matron of honor was Renee Barnett Kaiser of Enid, friend of the bride. The maid of honor was Leslie Condry of Waggoner, friend of the bride. The bridesmaids were Melissa Troutman Branch of Duncan, sister-in-law of the bride; Courtney Crowder of Chickasha, sister of the groom; Christina Curtis Mitchell of Duncan, friend of the bride; and Taylar Polk of Duncan, friend of the bride.
Attendants wore matching strapless knee length dresses in platinum lamore satin. The dresses featured a pleated bust line, ruched bodice and inverted pleated skirts with pockets. They wore rhinestone embellished silver sandals. The attendants’ bouquets were a rounded assortment of bright orange carnations, Gerber daisy, baby’s breath and greenery.
The flower girl was Rylee Kate Branch of Duncan, niece of the bride. The flower girl and her baby sister, Reece Kynlee Branch, wore ankle length A-line dresses made of silver satin and featuring a bright orange satin sash. Rylee carried a floral ball made of orange mini-carnations and a silver satin bag of flower petals.
The best man was Kelly Crowder of Chickasha, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Adam Shoffit of Chickasha, cousin of the groom; Joshua Branch of Duncan, brother of the bride; Jeremy Williams of Chickasha, friend of the groom; Seth Crowder of Chickasha, cousin of the groom; and Mike Kaiser of Enid, friend of the groom.
The reception was held in the ballroom at the Duncan Elks Golf and Country Club in Duncan.
The guestbook attendants were Kaitlyn Rafalko of Waggoner, and Caramie Engle of Denton, Texas.
Reception assistants were Alison Headrick of Duncan, Melody Croom of Duncan, Shelbie Smith of Lindsay, Andrea Rush Shoffit of Chickasha, Rhondalisha Collins of Duncan and Monica Wilcox of Athens, Texas.
The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents in the parlor of the First Baptist Church on the Friday evening prior to the wedding. The meal was catered by Magnolia’s Place.
The bride, wearing a bright orange, one-shoulder bubbled hemmed Armani dress, left with the groom for a honeymoon cruise departing from Jacksonville. Fla., which featured stops in Key West, Fla., and Nassau, Bahamas.
The couple has established a home in Duncan. The bride is completing the BSN program at the Duncan campus of the University of Oklahoma College of Nursing. The groom is employed as a drafter and designer by Cudd Energy Services and is pursing an engineering degree from Cameron University.
A bridal shower was held May 15 in Duncan at the home of Terry and Karen Riggle. The hostesses were Karen Riggle, Sue Logsdon, Mary Branch, Evelyn Branch, Cheryl Kincannon, Shanna Polk, Janet Rucker, Melissa Branch, Robin Troutman, Carla Hall, Peggy Rush and Diane Gay.
Another bridal shower was May 23 held in Chickasha at Calvary Baptist Church. The hostesses were Courtney Crowder, Shelbie Smith, Andrea Shoffit, Jennifer Traxler and Brittany Davison. A personal shower, held June 12 in Bricktown in Oklahoma City, was hosted by Renee Kaiser and Leslie Condry.