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Wednesday, July 7, 1999

Mier, Waggoner exchange church wedding vows

At an altar setting dominated by a stained glass window of Christ, afternoon wedding vows were exchanged June 12, at the First Christian Church in Fort Stockton by Rosa Elena Mier of Santa Marta, Columbia, and Andrew David Waggoner of San Angelo, formerly of Pecos. It was the bridegroom's 28th birthday.

The bride is the daughter of Maria Del Rosario Carrillo of Santa Marta and the late Alfonso Mier Rodriguez. Parents of the bridegroom are the Rev. and Mrs. Ernest D. Waggoner of Fort Stockton, formerly of Pecos. Reverend Waggoner, pastor of the First Christian Churches in Pecos and Fort Stockton, officiated at the double ring service.

Long stemmed white Tiniki Roses, white Casablanca lilies, alstroemeria and fern greenery in pedestal vases formed twin arrangements at the altar area. White satin bows with satin and tulle streamers marked pews along the central aisle. In each stained glass window of the sanctuary was a votive candle in a crystal shade held on a heart shaped golden wrought iron candlestand trimmed with white silk roses.

A bank of greenery on the altar table held a unity candle in which was imbedded the couple's wedding invitation. Single white tapers flanking the unity candle were lighted at the ceremony's start by Billy Mills, who also escorted to their seats the mothers of the bride and bridegroom and the bridegroom's paternal grandmother and maternal great-aunt, Mrs. Juanita Waggoner of Eunice, N.M. and Mrs. Clara Walters of Hobbs, N.M.

The bride was escorted to the altar and given in marriage by her brother-in-law, Alberto Sepulveda Balaguera of Santa Marta. Her gown of white silk organza over peau de soie was designed with a bodice of Alencon lace featuring a sweetheart neckline and a "V" waist from which flared a circular floor-length skirt edged in lace medallions and seed pearls. A long column of pearls formed the back closure. Worn off the shoulder, short pouf sleeves were complemented by elbow-length crochet lace gloves. A crescent of organza roses and seed pearl sprays in the bride's hair secured a cathedral-length veil edged in white satin. A face veil of the bridle illusion was elbow-length. Pearl-accented white satin slippers and a classic cascade bouquet of white gardenias, stephanotis sprays and greenery completed the bridal ensemble.

The bridegroom's cousin, Jeffrey Bray of Waco, was best man. Kindell Bickley of Hobbs, N.M., a friend since first grade, assisted in seating guests.

Matron of honor was the bride's sister, Maria Elena Mier Sepulveda of Santa Marta. Her vanilla-hued cotton brocade gown extended in a sheath to the floor. Designed with off the shoulder cap sleeves and scoop neckline, the bodice was formed to hip length by repeated trapunto-stitched bands of self fabric. The floral spray she carried was of white roses, lilies and greenery.

Two vocal selections were sung acappella by Audrey Johnson of Fort Stockton. "The Lord's Prayer" at the beginning of the ceremony and "Angel of Mine" as the couple lighted the unity candle. Instrumental selections by organist Mrs. Billy Mills and pianist Mrs. B.J. Blackstock included, "We've Only Just Begun" and "Whither Thou Goest."

Miss Robin Bray of Corpus Christi, a cousin of the bridegroom, registered guests at a reception in the church hall. On the registry table was a kneeling angel in silver and gold. A bisque colored box shaped like a violin filled with potpourri atop a potpourri-filled crystal bowl.

Members of the reception house party were Mrs. Jo Brandon, Mrs. Ben Peeler, Mrs. John Stapp, Mrs. Mark Tyree, Ms. Debbie Daniel, Mrs. Mills and Mrs. Blackstock. The same group also hosted a shower for the bridal couple on June 5, at Mrs. Brandon's home.

The bride's table was covered in white with swags of bridal tulle and cream and white silk cords intertwined with golden grape clusters and nosegays of daisies and greenery. Golden punch was served from a double crystal punch bowl given to Mrs. Stapp before her own wedding by her mother. The bride and bridegroom drank a toast from crystal glasses used at the wedding of Mrs. Brandon's parents. Golden cherub figures set in various poses with sprays of white roses, lilies and greenery adorned the bride's three-tiered cake. Her bouquet rested on a mirrored cylinder at the center of the table, and gold and crystal appointments completed the setting.

The bridegroom's crochet lace-covered table was illuminated by white tapers in silver candelabra, and coffee from a silver service was served with portions of a double-tiered chocolate cake topped with strawberries dipped in white and dark chocolate.

Napkins were gilt-engraved with the legend "Andy loves Rosa," the wedding date, and a single rose.

At a table for wedding gifts, a birthday carousel theme marked Mr. Waggoner's birthday and wedding day. At the center was a frosted crystal bowl and lid shaped like a carousel on a lighted base; small carousel horses and unicorns bearing birthday candles; a silver-framed picture of Mr. Waggoner on his second birthday, a photograph album of the bride as she grew up in South America; and lying in front of it all, a single red rose.

Guests, given tiny vials of "Bubbles of Joy," blew bubbles over the couple as they departed the reception in a 1938 Mercedes convertible replica which had been built before his death by the late George Brandon.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Waggoner went to Big Bend and San Antonio for their wedding trip, and are making their home in San Angelo where he is employed by Texas Mental Health and Mental Retardation. The bride attended the University of Columbia in Bogota for two years and has been employed until recently as a secretary for IceTex in Santa Marta. Mr. Waggoner has attended Wayland Baptist University and Midland College.

DeAndas tell of new son

Rudy and Niomi DeAnda announce the birth of their son, Nathan Rey DeAnda.

Little Nathan was born on July 2, at 2:52 a.m., at Reeves County Hospital.

He weighed eight pounds, five ounces and was 21 inches long.

He was welcomed home by his brother, Rudy DeAnda, Jr.

Maternal grandparents are Sylvia and Sergio Legarda.

Paternal grandparents are Ricky and Margie Gonzales.

Vacation Bible School set

Children who have completed kindergarten through 6th grades are invited to attend Vacation Bible School next week, July 12-16.

The "Solid Rock Construction Company" Bible School, sponsored by First United Methodist and First Presbyterian Churches of Pecos, will be held at the Methodist Church at 3rd and Elm streets.

Children will learn how to build their lives on the solid rock of God's Word while enjoying skits, games, crafts and snacks.

Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. each morning, Monday through Friday. Those who have not pre-registered are asked to register at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

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