Lee and Kimberly Pierce
In the company of their family and friends, Kimberly Arleen Lockwood and Thomas Lee Pierce exchanged wedding vows on June 2, 2007. The setting for this evening wedding was Community Christian Church in Fort Scott, Kan. Officiated by Pastor Kevin Moyers. The Bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carey Lockwood, Fort Scott and the granddaughter of Ira and Arleen Wilson, Walnut and Coleene Lockwood, Fort Scott. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Pierce, Aulander, NC.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a Sarah McClintock princess style gown with an embroidered and beaded shell with full tulle skirt. The bride carried a handkerchief borrowed from the mother of the groom. Her bouquet contained a mix of wildflowers, including lilac and sweet pea. The bride was attended by her maid of honor, Nita Lad, Lawrence, and bridesmaids Bethany Dixon, Las Vegas, Maureen Lewis, Kansas City, Stephanie Braniff, New Jersey, and Emily Young, Emporia. The flower girl was the cousin of the bride, Emily McKarnin, Iola. The attendants wore black halter-top cocktail dresses, and carried candles made by the bride. The groom was attended by bestman Kyle McCook, Abilene, and groomsmen Shane Britt, McPherson, John Bowman, Kansas City, Paul Curry, Junction City, and Perry Pierce, brother of the groom, Manhattan. The ring bearer was the nephew of the bride, Parker Kaifes, Raymore, Mo. The gentlemen wore black tuxedos with lavender vests, and the groom wore a black pinstripe tuxedo with a silver vest and tie. Ceremony participants included guestbook attendants Danae McCracken and Ashley Hughes, friends of the bride. Ushers were friends of the bride and groom, Michael Wilke, Craig Barnes, Gabe Templin, and Ben Spalding.
The bride and groom provided their own special music. The groom sang "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds, accompanied by Ben Spalding. A recording of "The Next Ten Minutes", recorded by the bride and groom, was played during the ceremony.
After the ceremony, the newly-weds joined their guests in the Fort Scott Community College cafeteria for cake, punch and dancing. The tables were decorated with lavender rose petals and centerpieces with floating candles. The bride and groom cut into a four-tier wedding cake, decorated with black, white and silver stripes on square cakes set diagonally on atop of each pier. The top of the cake was adorned with a cursive "P" for the new couple's last name. The groom's cake was decorated with the North Carolina Tar Heels logo. Both cakes were designed and prepared by Alison Nelson. Her husband and her parents assisted her in serving the cake. Timothy Lockwood, brother of the bride, provided the guests with music from a list of songs selected by the bride and groom. The couple opened the dancing to "Long Time Coming" by Oliver James.
The groom's parents hosted the wedding party at a rehearsal dinner catered by Chicken Mary's. Both the bride and groom are graduates of Emporia State University. The bride is a receptionist at Emporia State University and the groom is a wireless consultant at Alltel in Emporia. After honeymooning at a bed and breakfast in Arkansas, the couple resides in Emporia, Kan.