Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


July 11, 2014

Shimonek-Welch Wedding


Jennifer Lynn Shimonek and Wayne Elliot Welch were married  May 24, 2014 at Twin Oaks Ranch in Corsicana, Texas.  Danny Atkeisson, uncle of the bride, performed the double ring ceremony.

 The bride is the daughter of Mike and Debbie Shimonek and the grand daughter of Fred and Kay Shimonek and Billy Don and Betty Atkeisson. The groom is the son of Tim and Kim Welch and the grandson of Linda McKinney, the late Robert Earl Welch and the late Mr. and Mrs. Buchanan.

 Presented in marriage by her father, the bride was attended by her best friend from college, Kelli Sheffield as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Brennan Farley, a college friend, and Ashley Albright, her closest friend since third grade.

 Childhood friend of the groom, Heath Sanches, served as best man. Groomsmen were Keith Shimonek, brother of the bride and Tracy Lawhon, brother-in-law of the groom.

 Chandler Shimonek, Micah Shimonek and Brody Lawhon, nephews of the bride and groom, carried signs announcing the arrival of the bride “Uncle Wayne, Here Comes Your Girl!”

 The bride wore a strapless ivory gown with an overlay of lace covered with Swarovski crystals. Her train was cathedral length that had silk covered buttons down the back.  Her veil was custom-made in matching tulle and was a single layer that was floor length. The veil was attached to an antique hair comb covered in crystals.  Her choice of jewelry for the day was a simple pearl necklace with matching stud earrings that were a gift from her parents. The bridal bouquet was an original arrangement of dried roses, wheat and babies breath wrapped in burlap and lace and adorned with an antique broach from her grandmother, Betty Atkeisson. The bride also carried an heirloom antique handkerchief embroidered in blue from her grandmother, Kay Shimonek.

 The couple were wed under a beautiful large oak tree where a 24-light chandelier was hung. They stood on a carpet of rose petals. The entrance to the site was flanked by white wrought iron with large Boston ferns placed beside them. The bride chose “A Thousand Years” by the Piano Guys as the bridal party entrance music.

 After the ceremony, guests were moved to the patio and dock area for a dinner reception of barbecue and assorted salads.

 The bride’s cake was placed under a rustic chuppah draped in small cherry blossoms, greenery, organza fabric and twinkle lights. An antique table was placed in the center with the bride’s three-tier cake on a square bronze stand in the center, surrounded with white chocolate-dipped strawberries.  The cake was a simple white cake covered in buttercream and fondant and then drizzled with raspberry sauce as it was served to the guests.

 Since the groom races, his cake was shaped as a Hoosier Tire Slick. The chocolate cake was place atop a metal grid and flanked by his racing helmet and photos of the bride and groom with his dragster.

 After dancing the night away, the bride and groom made a quiet exit to return to their home here in Corsicana. They will travel later this summer to the Grand Canyon for a honeymoon.


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