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On June 20, 2007 at 4 p.m., Russell Norman Pugh, son of Charles Pugh of Orrick and B every Pugh of Plattsburg, and Heather Renee Wrisinger, daughter of Rick and Laura Wrisinger of Richmond, were united in marriage at the First Baptist Church in Henrietta.
Rev. Harold Martin performed the double ring ceremony. Juli Seatman, a harpist from Kansas City, serenaded the guests as the ushers, Derek, Andrew and Kyle Seabaugh and Scott Atkins, cousins of the groom, seated them.
The altar was beautifully decorated with calla lilies and white roses accentuated by silver and violet ribbons. During the lighting of the candles by Amanda Mallott and Michael Weber, two memorial candles were lit in honor of special family members and friends of the bride and groom.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents, and, escorted by her father, wore a white floor-length halter gown with a sequined bodice, a bustle and long-flowing train. The bridal bouquet consisted of lovely violet calla lilies and white roses. The maid of honor was Jill McCurdy, friend of the bride, who was attired in a violet floor-length halter dress. Bridesmaids included: Leah Oliphant, Amanda Mallott, and Leslie Mello, friends of the bride, who were attired identically to the maid of honor. Attendants carried bouquets of violet roses and white calla lilies, adorned with silver and violet accents.
The groom was attired in a black suit with a silver vest and white rose boutonniere. Charles Pugh, brother of the groom, served as best man. The groomsmen included: Travis Knutter, Michael Weber, and Tom Grider, friends of the groom. Their attire consisted of black suits with silver vests and white rose boutonnieres.
Kennedy Wrisinger, niece of the bride, served as flower girl and dropped violet rose petals as she walked to the altar. She was dressed in a floor-length violet dress. Reece Wrisinger, nephew of the bride, served as the ring bearer.
Before the vows were exchanged, a slide show of the couple’s lives and those close to them was shown for the enjoyment of the wedding guests. After exchanging vows, the couple lit a unity candle and then presented a single white rose to each other’s mother.
The bride’s mother chose a two-piece floor-length purple dress for her daughter’s wedding. The groom’s mother wore a floor-length black and silver dress. Both mothers wore corsages of white roses.
Special guests included, Marjorie Rosewaren, grandmother of the bride, and grandparents of the groom, Mary Ann and Bill Beavers, and Barb Sears.
A dinner-dance reception was held immediately following the wedding ceremony at the Richmond Shrine Club.
The couples honeymooned in Cancun, Mexico, and are now residing at their home on Wollard Boulevard in Richmond. The groom is employed at Ford Motor Company and the bride is a third grade teacher in the Orrick R-11 School District.