May 20, 2012


Wed on May 8, 2012

Amid a beautiful sunset ceremony at Paradise Island, Bahamas, Atlantis Resort, Miss Shayla Marie Crawford became the wife of Cory Scott Clemons on May 8th, in an exquisite garden area of the resort, Royal Overlook.

The bride is the daughter of Tim and Dee Dee Crawford of Chickasha. Parents of the groom are Ron and CeCelia Varva, also of Chickasha and Joel Clemons of Clear Lake, Iowa. Grandmother of the bride is Mrs. Sadie McHugh of Chickasha and the late Otho McHugh. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wilson of Clearlake, Iowa, and Mrs. Leota Boyer of Carnegie.

The ceremony was held beneath a blossom covered arbor decorated with soft white fabrics and delicate flora sprays of pale pink and purple hydrangeas, roses and lisianthus.  Guests were seated in white chairs tied with pale pink ribbons, and the bridal path was covered in white with pink petals and white star fish.

It was a poignant moment as the bride was escorted down the aisle by her father.  Nearly two years ago, Tim Crawford was critically injured in a fall from the top of a building on a work site. At that time he was told that he would face certain amputation of a leg and possibly never walk again due to other related injuries.  It was an emotional walk to the altar for both father and daughter!

The bride wore a graceful ivory spiral wave gown by Lazaro.  It featured a sweetheart neckline and Alencon lace bodice with and embroidered overlay.  The A-line organza wave skirt was belted with silk and satin ribbon in platinum that was adorned with crystal stones.  She carried a bouquet of ivory and pink roses and tucked inside her bouquet were her late grandfathers dog tags from World War II.  Beneath the bride's skirt was a garter which was handmade by her grandmother out of the brides mothers wedding gown that was hand made by the grand mother 23 years ago.  Her shoes were black Valentino pumps with bows.

A floral headpiece held the chapel length train and accentuated the brides long dark curls that were pulled back into a floral hairpiece.

Serving as Maid of Honor was Miss Maloree Hammons, who wore a Vera Wang dress of hues of charcoal soft organza designed to drape over one shoulder, and belted in black. She wore black sandals and carried ivory roses.

Flower girl, Callie Crawford, niece of the bride wore a pewter colored ballerina dress with full skirt of layered tulle.  She carried a basket of pink rose petals.

The groom wore a black tuxedo and the best man, David Crawford, was also attired in a black tuxedo with a gray vest to match the maid of honors dress.  Following the wedding a reception was held.  The large two-tiered cake was a red velvet and decorated with cream cheese icing. Atop the cake was a pale purple and crystal *C* surrounded with pink and purple roses. Tropical punch was served and island music was played throughout the reception.  

The bride and groom danced their first dance as man and wife to, Stand by Me. Father and daughter danced to, I Loved Her First, while the son and mom, danced to Simple Man.

For the wedding dinner the bride changed into a short white Vera Wang dress designed similar to the dress of the maid of honor.  The formal dinner of steak and seafood was served in the Bahamian Club of the resort.  

For the honeymoon the couple flew to the Great Exuma Bahamas at Sandals Resort on Emerald Bay.  The groom is employed with Crawford Roofing in Chickasha as a sheet metal technician.  The bride will soon open a gift shop in Chickasha.  They are making their home in Chickasha. Attending the wedding were Tim and Dee Dee Crawford, David and Erin Crawford, Callie Crawford, Maloree Hammons, and Ron and CECE Varva.

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