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Jessica Lynn Murdick and Christopher Michael McLain were married July 18, 2009, at the Life Church in Farmington. The bride’s grandfather, Rev. Randal Wallen, performed the ceremony.

The bride is a fifth grade teacher at North St. Francois County Intermediate and is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Murdick of Bonne Terre. The groom is a high school physical education teacher at North St. Francois County High School and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe McLain of Senath.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a gown designed by Pronovias. The diamond white silk ball gown had a ruched bodice, buttoned enclosure, and chapel length train. The bride’s veil had two-tiers and was fingertip length with Swarovski crystals dropping down off of the scalloped ends. The bride wore her grandmother’s wedding band and her aunt’s diamond earrings and diamond necklace. The round bridal bouquet included copious amounts of white ranunculus, white roses, and white stephanotis adorned with Swarovski crystals. The bouquet was accented with diamond white silk ribbon and crystal detailing. 

Andrea Simily of Terre Du Lac, cousin of the bride, served as matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Casey Pontious of Nashville, Tenn., Brooke Howlett of Cape Girardeau, Ashley AuBuchon of Bonne Terre, Colleen Mitchell of Farmington, all friends of the bride, and Lauren Scott of Blytheville, Ark., niece of the groom. Kristen Johnson of Senath, niece of the groom, served as junior bridesmaid. Each bridesmaid wore a coordinating black cocktail dress of their choosing, accented by handmade black crystal and sterling silver jewelry given as a gift by the bride. Matron of honor and bridesmaids all carried hand tied bouquets of bright yellow peonies accented with black and white damask satin ribbon.

Alivia Simily of Terre Du Lac, cousin of the bride, served as flower girl. Brody Simily of Terre Du Lac, cousin of the bride, served as ring bearer.

Ronald McLain of Paragould, Ark., brother of the groom, served as best man. The groomsmen were Jonathan Payne of Kennett, cousin of the groom, Aaron Gurley of Kennett, Blake Larson of Springfield, Jared Gurley of Kennett, and Brock Crowley of Ellsinore, all friends of the groom.  Clay Johnson of Senath, nephew of the groom, served as junior groomsman.

The ushers were Kyle Wallen of Park Hills, cousin of the bride, Derek Cunningham of Kennett, friend of the groom, and Presley McLain of Paragould, Ark., nephew of the groom. Thaylor Saunders of Potosí, cousin of the bride, presided over the guest book.  Kevin Morrison of St. Louis, served as program attendant.

Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a catered dinner and music by GTO at Alexander’s Ball Room in Farmington. The ball room was decorated to the wedding’s traditional, classic, and elegant theme. This integrated black and white damask print with yellow accents, crystal trees with candle votives, and chic yellow and damask up lights to enhance the ambiance. The wedding cake had four tiers, alternating square and round, lined with black and white damask ribbon. The top of the cake featured a rhinestone “M” topper amid additional crystals. The cake was constructed by Krak N Jak’s Bakery in Farmington.  The couple’s professional wedding photographs were taken by Kim Smith of A Moment in Time Photography.

The couple spent their honeymoon at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. and are making their home in Bonne Terre.

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