Mr. and Mrs. R. Michael Ridgway are proud to announce the marriage of their daughter, Rachel Elizabeth Ridgway, to Ethan Kyle Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Davis of Durant, Oklahoma. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. William A. Cooper of Swink, Oklahoma, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Miller of Wright City, Oklahoma, the late Mrs. Shirley Miller, the late Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Ridgway, the late Keelan Davis, Mr. Elmer Rogers of Calera, Oklahoma, and Ms. Billie Rogers, Ms. Elaine Golden, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Golden all of Durant. Great-grandmother Jane Rogers also attended.
The elegant vintage wedding took place at the Oklahoma Historical site of Fort Washita on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Family heirlooms were used throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. The wedding ceremony took place at the old west barracks wall. Candles were lit by the bride and groom’s cousins, Tashona Robinson and Kaitlin Rogers, prior to the ceremony in memory of both families grandparents. The pianist, Bobby Connell, and Violinist, Laura Burditt played music for the wedding ceremony. “Falling Slowly” was played during the seating of the parents and grandparents and “Quelqu’un M’a Dit” was played for the wedding party processional. The bride’s arrival and processional music was “A Thousand Years.” The bride arrived at the ceremonial site in her late great, great Uncle Orland Wahl’s restored 1928 Model A Ford car. The Bride’s uncle, Kerry Robinson, restored the car and honored her by driving her and her father to the ceremonial site. The bride wore a long exquisite timeless and classic elegant and beautiful strapless sweetheart ivory lace A-line flare gown by Allure Bridal Couture with a smooth pleated bridal sash of stunning vintage style embellishment of pearl beads and glittering crystals and she wore a cathedral length veil.
Keeping with tradition, the bride wore her grandmother Viola Ridgway’s rhinestone earrings as something old; her gown was new; she borrowed her mother’s sapphire and diamond ring; and something blue—a satin ribbon bow attached to a personal garment. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of light pink and white peonies and light blush garden roses. Pastor Todd Theissen of Summit Church in Newcastle, Oklahoma, performed the beautiful wedding ceremony that took place before sunset. As the musicians played Christian song, “You’re Beautiful,” the wedding couple partook of the Unity Cross ceremony and their first communion together. The Unity Cross signifies the wedding covenant. It demonstrates a lasting reminder of the Bride and Groom coming together with their hearts and faith in Christ, beginning their lifelong journey as One…”And the Two Shall Become One.”
Bridal Attendants wore soft blush pink chiffon dresses by New York designer Bill Levkoff and carried hand-tied bouquets of peach stock and light pink garden roses with pink spray roses, white hydrangea, and peach berries. The bride’s Matrons of Honor were high school best friend Kenna Smith of Durant and University of Oklahoma best friend Tiffany Jones of Carrolton, Texas. Bridesmaids were the bride’s cousins Elise Miller of Allen, Texas; Carrie Carter of Portland, Oregon; and the groom’s sister, Erin Davis, of Durant. The groom’s cousin, Gracie Powell of Durant, served as junior bridesmaid an identical dress to the bridesmaids. She carried a mini bouquet of light pink peony and light pink spray roses with peach stock, white hydrangeas with satin ribbon. Both mothers carried identical bouquets. House Party Assistants were the bride and groom’s cousins Tashona Robinson, Kaitlin Rogers, Kirsten Rogers, Madison Rogers, and Ashlyn Cooper.
The groom and his groomsmen wore handsome black tuxedos by designer Vera Wang with ivory color shirts, black vests and black ties. The groom wore a boutonniere of white garden roses, peach stock, peach berries with bear grass tied with silver wire. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of light pink spray roses with peach stock and peach berries with bear grass tied in silver wire. Oklahoma City University friend, Chet Burns, of New York City, New York served as the best man. Groomsmen were college friends Andrew Holder of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Wade Potts of Norman, Oklahoma; Ryan Schwartzman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and the bride’s brother, Andrew Ridgway of Durant. The ushers were Matthew Mahon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Kevin Keeling of Los Angeles, California; Payton Bailey and Kyle Stephens of Durant, Oklahoma. Ushers dressed in black dress slacks, ivory color shirts and black ties and wore boutonnieres of pink spray roses tied with silver wire.
The bride’s cousin, Hannah Miller of Allen, Texas served as flower girl along with the groom’s cousin, Kaleb Powell of Durant who served as sign bearer. Hannah wore a beautiful Estella cream ivory sleeveless lace bodice dress with soft sheer netting skirt and carried a natural color wicker basket dressed with wide cream lace, one large cream color burlap rose, cream and soft pink thin lace ribbon strands and contained white rose petals. Kaleb matched the groomsmen’s attire and wore a single pink spray rose tied in silver wire. Kaleb carried a “Here Comes the Bride” sign during procession and then turned the sign to “Mr. & Mrs. Ethan Davis” as he and Hannah led the recession.
The wedding celebration took place at the reception tent near Fort Washita’s museum. Guest tables were arranged under the tent and outside the tent among the trees that were draped with clear globe string lights. Three crystal chandeliers hung above the bridal party’s head table dressed with light blush table clothes, cream roses mesh overlays, three large trumpet vase arrangements, and stem candleholders. Matching blush napkins draped from under crystal candlewick plates. Addison Kelley served as master of ceremonies and entertained with his Big Daddy Band of Dallas, Texas. Sodexo Catering Inc., under the direction of Sandy Knowles, catered the reception and Sherlyn Boyd made the beautiful wedding cake as well as the groom’s chocolate brownies, chocolate chip cookies and white chocolate dipped strawberries beautifully displayed on a three-tier crystal dish. The bride’s cake, located on a round table dressed identical to the head table, was a traditional five-tier buttercream frosted wedding cake, each layer dressed in beaded pearls and rhinestones ribbon trim and topped with white and light pink peonies. Guest tables and chairs were draped in cream color satin cloth and were decorated with an assorted melody of old hardcover books, lanterns, mirrors, rose bowl arrangements, large arrangements, votive and stem candleholders. The adorable old fashion “popcorn favor table” was lovingly prepared by the bride’s cousin, Kay Massey. All exquisite wedding and reception floral arrangements made of hydrangeas, peonies, and garden roses were created by Margaret Johnstone of
Precious Creations in Carrollton, Texas and the couple’s wedding photographer was Amy Karp Photography of Dallas, Texas. After introduction of the wedding party, the bride and groom danced their first dance followed by the father-daughter and mother-son dance. Guests enjoyed listening and dancing to band music. Picture It Photo Booth Service of Durant added to the festivities.
Fort Washita’s candle lit lanterns were scattered throughout the historical grounds to add to the ambience of the evening. Under the evening’s beautiful stars and “super moon,” the newlyweds rode away in a limousine to Dallas, Texas. They honeymooned at Secrets Silversands Resort in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Mexico. The couple resides in Norman, Oklahoma where Ethan is employed as a middle school English department chair and teacher with Norman ISD and Rachel is employed as a residence hall housing advisor with the University of Oklahoma.
A rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s family was held in a field located at Grandfather Elmer Roger’s cabin home. The wedding party, family, and friends enjoyed a nostalgic Texas Rangers baseball themed BBQ with a variety of grilled meats and side dishes prepared by the family. Guests wore their favorite baseball team shirts. The bride wore a white Texas Ranger jersey with the number “6” and the groom wore a blue Texas Ranger jersey with the number “22” representing June 22 wedding date. Guests enjoyed watching and playing “wiffle” baseball.
Rachel Ridgway, bride-elect of Ethan Davis, was honored with a bridal shower in the home of Mrs. Greg Seay in Durant. Hostesses were Mrs. Mecy Barker, Mrs. Kenny Chaffin, Mrs. Herb Clark, Mrs. Mike Delloro, Mrs. Gordon Eggleton, Mrs. Tommy Hitchcock, Mrs. Gary Kreger, Mrs. Wayne Mauldin, Mrs. Billy Mickle, Sharon Robinson, Mrs. Earl Umsted, Sarah Voorhies, Mrs. Chris Watson, and Mrs. Greg Wilson. Rachel was also honored with a church bridal shower hosted Gail Armstrong, Mrs. Ron Bennett, Mrs. Mike Kincheloe and Mrs. Danny Shepherd. The groom’s family hosted a bridal shower at First Christian Church and the couple was honored at a Cinco de Mayo Couple’s Shower in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Larry Burns of Norman, Oklahoma. Mrs. Dan Moore hosted a bridal brunch in her home, assisted by hostesses Mrs. Nicholas Carter and Mrs. Clint Miller.