Moody, Morton exchange vows
Mollie J’Lyn Moody and Lance Jeffrey Morton were united in marriage during a ceremony held Dec. 13 at First United Methodist Church in Iowa Park.
Don Pellikan, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Burkburnett and Greg Young, associate pastor of Shepherd’s Way in Sealy, and cousin of the bride, officiated the double ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Steve and Mickie Moody of Iowa Park. Her grandparents are H.K. (Chuffy) and Inez Gregg of Iowa Park and Richard and Margaret Moody of Pleasanton. The groom is the son of David and Natalie Morton of Iowa Park. He is the grandson of Don and Sue Patterson of Rusk and Mary Radford of Wichita Falls.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a princess cut white formal satin gown overlaid with organza. The strapless bodice was embellished with beaded appliques and the skirt was covered with appliques. The dress also had satin bands around the skirt and at the waistline and the hemline was finished with a beaded lace trim.
She carried a bouquet of a dozen and a half Anistasa roses mixed with Christmas greens and accented with rhinestone jewels. The stems were wrapped with white ribbon.
The bride wore her late maternal great-grandmother’s diamond wedding band for something old; her wedding dress and a pearl and crystal hair piece for something new; a crystal necklace, earrings, and bracelet belonging to her sister for something borrowed; and the traditional blue silk and lace garter with pearl hearts for something blue.
Heather Rusk of Iowa Park was matron of honor for her sister. Bridesmaids were Brittnee Wilson, Tiffany Alsup, Kaley Meadows, Nichole Fields, and Brittany Spradling, all of Iowa Park.
They wore identical apple red sleeveless long jersey dresses with charmeuse straps and waist. Each wore matching crystal necklaces, a gift from the bride. Each bridal attendant carried a bouquet of red Anistasa roses, white oriental lilies, hypericum, and alstromeria accented with white feathers and Christmas greenery.
Kaycee Patterson of Iowa Park, sister of the groom, and Bailey Young of Sealy, cousin of the bride, were flower girls. The girls wore matching dresses and ballet slippers.
The dresses had a satin bodice and organza skirt with apple red satin flowers and matching sash at the waist. They carried rouched satin flower girl baskets with a jeweled flower cluster containing red and white rose petals. They wore a halo of red satin flowers and white ribbons in their hair.
The groom wore a black tuxedo with a white vest and tie and a red rose boutonniere.
Kirk Morton of Iowa Park, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Latham Moody, brother of the bride, Matt Wilson, Tyler McKnight, Matt Gaitan, and Grant Miller, all of Iowa Park. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with apple red vests and ties and red Anistasa rose boutonnieres.
Kade Trietsch of Iowa Park, cousin of the bride and Grayson Rusk, six-month-old nephew of the bride, were ring bearers. Kade wore a black tuxedo with a white vest and tie, matching that of the groom and carried a white pillow of rouched red satin adorned with a jeweled flower cluster. Grayson wore a black tuxedo with a red bow tie and was pulled down the aisle by flower girl Kaycee Patterson, in a red wooden wagon decorated with white tulle and red bows.
Ushers were Colby Rusk of Iowa Park, brother-in-law of the bride, and Wesley and Todd Moody of Flower Mound, cousins of the bride.
The outside entrance of the church was decorated with two lighted evergreen trees and traditional Christmas Wreaths. The sidewalk to the entrance of the church was lined on each side with wooden candy canes and white motion lights. The foyer of the church where guests were registered was decorated with tall red votive candles, pictures of the bride and groom, and two arrangements of red roses.
White lights and evergreen garland draped the balcony railing in the sanctuary. The altar was decorated with numerous live red poinsettias, three lit Christmas trees and two arrangements of red roses, white spider mums, hypericum and Christmas greenery. The communion rail was wrapped with garland and poinsettias. A 14-branch candelabra, flanked by two seven-branch candelabras provided a candlelight setting for the service. The choir loft was lined with greenery and tea light candles, and the pews were marked with red bows and hurricane globes.
Candles were lit by friends of the bride, Andrea Pedon and Haley Ellis. Each wore matching emerald green Christmas dresses and corsages of peppermint carnations.
Candles were lit while “Me and You” was sung by Randy Gibson. The parents were seated to “Parents Prayer,” sung by Christy Parks. During the ceremony Christy sang “Whatever It Takes.” During the lighting of the unity candle, “You and I” was sung by Randy and Christy. Glena Via was organist for the ceremony.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at First Family Center. The entrance was decorated with live pine trees and tables topped with red cloths where pictures of the bride and groom were displayed. Two gold bells and Christmas greenery hung from the entry door. Red satin Christmas trees and white tulle with clear lights and poinsettias decorated the inside of the reception area. The bride’s table held a four-tiered white square cake elevated above a fountain. Fifty fresh red roses were placed on the layers of the cake and the topper was a crystal “M”. The table was decorated with a bridal portrait, the bride’s bouquet and an arrangement of red hydrangeas, poinsettias, and Christmas greenery.
Presiding at the bride’s table were Brittany and Megan Young of Celina, cousins of the bride.
The groom’s table held a two-tiered round top, square bottom chocolate cake drizzled with chocolate frosting and an “l M m” monogrammed on top surrounded by chocolate covered strawberries. The table was decorated with a silver ice bucket containing a bottle of sparkling cider, the couple’s engagement picture, and a floral arrangement matching the one on the bride’s table.
Erin Young of Celina, cousin of the bride, and Karter Ziegler of Lubbock presided at the groom’s table.
A silver punch fountain was placed on a round table between the two cakes, with a floral candle arrangement serving as decoration for the table.
A hot chocolate bar with peppermint sticks and marshmallows was available for guests. It was decorated with a crystal vase filled with red water and floating cranberries.
There was a candy bar with various candies available in apothecary jars. The table was covered with a red cloth and decorated with large ornamental candles.
During the reception, guests watched slide show featuring pictures of the bride and groom from birth to engagement.
Guest tables were covered with white table cloths and strips of red metallic material centered with various Christmas decorations including rhinestone Christmas trees, red and silver Christmas packages, hurricane globes with red metallic candles, and tall vases filled with red colored water and accented with red metallic sprigs.
The bride and groom are graduates of Iowa Park High School and attend Midwestern State University. He is employed by Howmet and she is employed by American National Bank.
Following a honeymoon trip to Lake Tahoe, NV., the couple is at home in Iowa Park.