Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

August 28, 2010

Mortensen and Meskimen Wedding


Corsicana Daily Sun

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Elizabeth Ann Nicole Mortensen and Marcus Lee Meskimen, were united in marriage during a candlelit, double-ring ceremony, on July 31 in Frost, at the Frost Baptist Church. The ceremony was conducted by Judge F. B McGregor, Jr., of the 66th Judicial District Court, who is also a close friend of the Groom’s mother and family.

Elizabeth is the daughter of the late Gregory and Tamara Mortensen of Houston; goddaughter, of Alan and Sandy Fritsche of Houston; she is also the granddaughter, of Jim Mussett and Connie Mussett of Houston and of the late William Mortensen of Pa. Marcus is the son of Marla and Tim Niles of Corsicana, and William and Linda Meskimen of Frost; grandson, of Irris and Leonard Owen of Italy, and the late Ed Meskimen of Italy; he is also the grandson of the late John and Retha Meador of Frost.

The church sanctuary was transformed into a beautiful setting for the candlelit ceremony. The aisle was adorned with alternating royal and white pew bows accented with white Casablanca Lily buds. The alter held silver candelabras standing in pools of white tulle accented with two royal hearts, entwined with Stephanotis and Gypsophila Garlands, and accented with sprays of Casablanca Lilies, Day Lilies, Royal Roses, and royal ribbon. The curved banisters of the alter were draped in white tulle, entwined with royal tulle.  Bouquets of White Roses, Stephanotis, and Baby’s Breath accented with royal ribbon covering the banister tops. To honor the memory of the brides parents a small spray of Casablanca Lilies and royal ribbon was placed on the back of their pew along with a vase of flowers sitting in the pew.

Given in marriage for her parents, the bride was escorted by her brother Gregory Mortensen Jr., to their parents favorite song “Lost in Love” by Aerosmith. The bride chose a classic designer satin A-line halter gown, encrusted with elaborate beaded lace appliqués. The bead work extended down the front of the gown to meet the cut away lace hem which flowed into a cathedral length train displaying more elaborate bead work. To compliment her stunning gown she wore an elegant butterfly shaped finger tip veil embellished with scattered pearls. She carried a bouquet of White Casablanca Lilies and Royal Roses, with stems wrapped in royal ribbon, which was accented with pearls surrounded by rhinestones. Proceeding the bride was the flower girl, Elizabeth Meskimen of Frost, niece of the groom. The flower girl was adorable in her white satin and lace pearl encrusted dress carrying a white satin basket filled with Royal Rose Petals. During the ceremony “Its Your Love”, the couples favorite song, was played as the Bride and Groom lit a unity candle of white adorned with pearls and tiny Royal Rose Buds. The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo with white vest accented with a two-tone blue tie, and to finish the tux he wore a royal rose bud with White Baby’s Breath, accented with a tiny pearl cross boutonniere.   

The maid of  honor was Christina Bennett of Houston, friend of the bride. The bridesmaids were Sarah Mortensen of Houston, sister of the bride, Mikah Meskimen of Frost ,grooms sister-in-law, Sharon Chinn and Amber Schroeder of Houston, friends of the bride. The bridesmaids wore varied styles of floor length cornflower blue chiffon dresses by David’s Bridal. They carried a White Casablanca Lily, accented with White Day Lilies, and Royal Roses, with the stems wrapped with royal ribbon accented with pearls.

The groom wore a traditional black tuxedo with white vest accented with a two-tone blue tie, and to finish the tux he wore a Royal Rose Bud, with White Baby’s Breath, accented with a tiny pearl cross boutonniere. The best man was Randy Hazelwood of Italy, friend of the groom. The groomsmen were Billy Meskimen of Frost, brother of the groom, Keith Dowdle of Frost, cousin of the groom, Dirick Johnson of Ennis and Shane Burnett of Waco, friends of the groom.  The groomsmen wore traditional black tuxedo with paisley print vest of cornflower blue and royal with matching ties. The ring bearer was Andrew Sabido of Houston, nephew of the bride and he wore a traditional black tuxedo.  To compliment the tuxedoes the groomsmen wore Royal Rosebud accented with White Baby’s Breath boutonnieres. The ushers who also served as candle lighters, were Shane Burnett of Waco, friend of the groom and Weston Dowel of Houston, friend of the bride. Serving at the guest book was Sandra Orr of Aubrey, aunt of the groom.

A Luau reception followed in the church fellowship hall. Upon arrival at the reception guest were given flower leis and a traditional island style welcome by Robin Wilson of The Colony, cousin of the groom. The guests, upon entering the reception, autographed and wrote wishes for the happy couple on a white porcelain vase. In the reception hall the guest were greeted with a mural of flowers and photos depicting the couples life.

 The guest tables were covered in varied colored cloths and adorned with a small palm tree accented with sea shells and tropical flower petals. The guest were served from a island styled buffet, with the center piece being a large carved fruit display depicting two tropical birds sitting on top of the word love with a heart between them. The brides table center piece was cascades of chocolate covered strawberries depicting the bride and groom with their attendants along with designer chocolate strawberries.  Keeping with the theme the bride chose a three tiered strawberry cake accented with strawberries to show case the porcelain figurine of a bride and groom sitting on a beach with hearts carved in the sand. The grooms cake was pineapple depicting an island with sand to accent the porcelain figurine of palm trees with pearls for coconuts.

After the couples first dance, they along with guest, were serenaded with a beautiful love song from Sharon Chinn of Houston, friend of the bride since third grade.

As guest left they were given chocolates, a satin book mark with a poem from the couple and a palm tree cutter with a thank you tag.

Members of the house party were Sandy and Alan Fritsche, aunt and uncle of the bride, Allie Dowdle, Flossie Gowin, Sandra Orr, Retha Lyman, Peggy Saylors all aunts of the groom, Alvin Smith uncle of the groom, James Orr, Robin Wilson and John Lyman cousins of the groom. Music for the ceremony and the reception was provided by Lavonne and Bobby Brock. Videography for the ceremony was provided by Jeremy Wilson cousin of the groom. Photography and other videography was provided by Akeni Rose Imaging, Roy G. Pender IV, Norman Pender and Hester Pender. All floral arrangements and décor was designed by the groom’s mother Marla Niles.

The evening before the groom’s cousin John Lyman along with the groom’s parents and brother hosted a county style cook out dinner for the bridal party and their special guest. Everyone had wonderful time feasting on the variety of meats smoked by the grooms cousin along with all the trimmings. During the rehearsal dinner the Bride and Groom passed out special thank you gifts to the dinner guests.

The ushers, who also served as candle lighters, were Shane Burnett of Waco, friend of the groom, and Weston Dowel of Houston, friend of the bride. Serving at the guest book was Sandra Orr of Aubrey, aunt of the groom.

A Luau reception followed in the church fellowship hall. Upon arrival at the reception guests were given flower leis, and a tradition island style welcome by Robin Wilson, cousin of the groom. The guests, upon entering the reception, autographed and wrote wishes for the happy couple on a white porcelain vase. In the reception hall the guest were greeted with a mural of flowers and photos depicting the couples life. The guest tables were covered in varied colored cloths, and adorned with a small palm trees, accented with sea shells and tropical flower petals. The guests were served from a island style buffet, with the center piece of a large carved fruit display depicting two tropical birds sitting on top of the word love with a heart between them. The brides table center piece was cascades of chocolate covered strawberries depicting the bride and groom with their attendants along with designer chocolate strawberries. Keeping with the theme the bride chose, a three tiered strawberry cake accented with strawberries which showcased the porcelain figurine of a bride and groom sitting on a beach, with hearts carved in the sand. The grooms cake was pineapple depicting an island with sand, to accent the porcelain figurines of palm trees, which had pearls for coconuts.

After the couples first dance, the couple along with thier guesta, were serenaded with a beautiful love song from Sharon Chinn of Houston, a friend of the bride since third grade. As guests left they were given chocolates, a satin book mark with a poem from the couple, and a palm tree cutter with a thank you tag.

Members of the house party were Sandy and Alan Fritsche, aunt and uncle of the bride; aunts of the groom, Allie Dowdle, Flossie Gowin, Sandra Orr, Retha Lyman, and Peggy Saylors; uncle of the groom, Alvin Smith; and cousins of the groom, James Orr, Robin Wilson and John Lyman.

Music for the ceremony and the reception was provided by Lavonne and Bobby Brock. Videography for the ceremony was provided by Jeremy Wilson, cousin of the groom, Roy G. Pender IV, of Akeni Rose Imaging. The Norman Pender and Hester Pender provided the photography and other videography. All floral arrangements and décor was designed by the groom’s mother Marla Niles.

The evening before the groom’s cousin John Lyman along with the groom’s parents  and  brother hosted a county style cook out dinner for the bridal party and their special guests. Everyone had wonderful time feasting on the variety of meats smoked by the grooms cousin along with all the trimmings. During the rehearsal dinner the bride and groom passed out special thank you gifts to their dinner guests.

After their honeymoon trip the couple will reside in Waco where the groom is completing his degree at Texas State Technical College.