Sunday, December 26, 2004

Melissa Anne Thomas and Joel Shane Thomas exchanged vows Oct. 2, 2004, at Francine's Gardens. David Phillips performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Betty Williams of Marble Hill, Mo., and Bob Williams of Fredericktown, Mo. The groom is the son of Carolyn Thomas of East Cape Girardeau, Ill., and Joe Nehrt of Chester, Ill.

Matron of honor was LeAnna Hogan of Cape Girardeau. Bridesmaids were Heidi Adams and Amanda Chapman of Jackson.

Jacob Hogan of Cape Girardeau was best man. Groomsmen were Matthew and Josh Thomas, nephews of the groom.

Guest book attendants were Nila Borth and Jerri Schaefer, cousins of the groom.

Following the ceremony, the reception was held at Francine's. Servers were Valarie Johnson and Scottye Williams, sister-in-law of the bride.

The rehearsal dinner was held Oct. 1 at the home of Nila Borth.

Mrs. Thomas is a junior at Southeast Missouri State University, pursuing a degree in elementary education.

The groom is a senior customer service specialist in the children's department at J.C. Penney.

After a cruise to the Caribbean, the couple is residing in Cape Girardeau.