Amy Katherine Schiller and Michael Geoffrey Pearce were united in marriage on Saturday evening, July 24th , 2010 in an outdoor ceremony at Jordan Valley Park in Springfield, MO. The ceremony took place under a garden trellis adorned with ferns and flowers at the edge of the park's water fountain. Black shepherd's hooks decorated with blue satin ribbons and monogrammed letters of “P” and “S” were displayed on either side of the 'aisle'. A string-trio played Ave Maria, Canon in D and Viva la Vida.
The bride is the daughter of Ed and Debbie Schiller of Des Moines, Iowa. Grandparents of the bride are Virginia Kail and the late Bill Kail; and Ed Schiller, Sr. and the late Bette Schiller of Des Moines, Iowa. The groom is the son of Kevin and Nancy Pearce of Bonne Terre. Grandparents of the groom are the late Bryson and LaVerne Pearce of Bonne Terre and the late Harry and Mary Schuermann of St. Louis.
The bride, escorted by her father, wore a white satin strapless gown with a pin tucked bodice adorned with a white bead and rhinestone pin. The bride carried a large bouquet of garden flowers - hydrangea, tulips, roses, and lilies. The matron of honor was Susan Myers, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids were Melinda Schiller, sister of the bride, Tressie Turner, Jenny Conkwright, and Cristin Lewis, all friends of the bride. The bridesmaids wore knee-length baby-blue satin strapless dresses and each carried a bouquet of purple and white garden flowers. Rachel Brookman was the bride's personal attendant.
The best man was Ross Holdman, life-long friend of the groom. The groomsmen were Jeremy Bess, Frank Turner, Terry 'Dobie' Carroll, and Chad Pettus - all friends of the groom. The groom and groomsmen wore black tuxes with white shirts and matching ties. Ushers were Kevin and Brad Schiller, brothers of the bride.
The reception was held in the Rathdangan Ballroom at the Double Tree Hotel in Springfield. The guests were served a full course sit-down dinner along with a dessert buffet featuring a chocolate fondue fountain.
The two-tier white wedding cake was decorated with blue & silver polka dots and adorned with a silver monogrammed 'P' on top. The cake was surrounded by several tiered displays of cupcakes with matching blue satin bows on top.
Amy is a 2001 graduate of Joplin High School in Joplin, MO. She graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree and in 2009 with a Master's degree - both in Cell & Molecular Biology. Amy is currently an Instructor at Missouri State University in the Biomedical Sciences Department. She has recently been accepted into the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy.
Michael is a 2001 graduate of North County High School and a 2003 graduate of Mineral Area College. He graduated from Missouri State University in Springfield in 2005 with a Bachelor's degree in General Business. Michael is a Special Field Claims Representative for Farmers Insurance Group in the Southwest Missouri area.
The couple honeymooned in Riviera Maya, Mexico. They presently live in Republic, MO.