Railsback-Shoemake vows said in historic church
Kristy Elaine Railsback and K irby C eph Shoema ke were united in holy matrimony at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at the historic Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Norse. Rev. Jane Mar officiated the doublering ceremony.
Kristy and Kirby are the third generation to marry in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
The groom is the son of John and Sharon Shoemake of Rockdale. He is the grandson of the late Wendell and Georgie Dyer of Rockdale and Stanley and Irene Shoemake of Boswell, Oklahoma.
The bride is the daughter of Pat and Janet Railsback of Glen Rose. She is the granddaughter of Billy and Alice Pederson of Meridian and the late Grady and Dorothy Railsback of Cranfills Gap.
Given in marr iage by her parents and brothers, and escor ted to the altar by her father, Kristy wore a diamond white gown designed by Casa Blanca. The gown was of satin and embroidered organza and featured a basque waistline and was adorned with tiny seed pearls and crystals. This same beadwork spread over the A-line skirt and cathedral train.
The ensemble was finished with a beaded headpiece and chapel length veil. Incorporated into Kristy’s headpiece was a beaded piece from her Grandmother Pederson’s veil which she wore in her wedding 60 years ago.
She carried a bouquet of white roses, hydrangeas, calla lilies sprinkled with greenery.
Candace Ann Thompson of Glen Rose served her childhood friend as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Kelly Lane Pickel of Round Rock, t w in sister of the groom, Jessica Ann Railsback of Midlothian, sisterin law of the bride, and Krystal Ann Railsback of Trophy Club, also sister-in-law of the bride.
The bride’s attendants wore espresso colored gowns designed with a strapless bodice and empire waist with chiffon skirts falling to the floor. They carried bouquets of white roses, white and green hydrangeas, and calla lilies.
Raymond Duane Pond, lifelong friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Jef f rey Scot t Pickel of Round Rock, brother-in-law of t he groom, Craig Samuel Railsback of Midlothian, brother of the bride, and Chad Benjamin Railsback of Trophy Club, also a brother of the bride.
Ring bearers were Braden Scott Pickel of Round Rock, nephew of the groom, and Gavin Scott Railsback of Midlothian, ne phe w of t he br ide . T he y carried ring pillows made by the bride’s maternal grandmother, Alice Pederson. Each pillow was adorned with lace and beading from her wedding gown and the gowns of the mother of the bride and the groom.
A memorial candelabra was lit in loving memory of the bride’s and groom’s grandparents by Jeff Pickel.
New Testament scriptures and the selection, “Union” by Robert Fulghum, were read by the bride’s maternal grandfather, Billy Pederson.
Organ music was provided by L evada Whit ford. A s the parents lit the unity candles and were seated, Susan Whitford sang “A Parent’s Prayer.” The congregational hymn was “I Was There To Hear Your Borning Cry.” As the couple lit their unity candle, Rev. David Kiel sang “The Wedding Song.”
Immediately following the ceremony a dinner-dance reception was held at the Bosque County Conservatory in Clifton.
Guest tables were centered with glass and pewter lanterns and tall crystal vases cascading with white roses, lilies, white and green hydrangea, and greenery. A fajita dinner was served. Music for dancing was provided by Melodie’s Memories of Fort Worth.
The bride’s table was adorned with white roses, calla lilies, and green and white hydrangea. The four-tiered white chocolate wedding cake was decorated w ith white roses and topped with silver cake jewelry of their initials. The cake sat on a footed silver cake stand.
The groom’s table was highlighted with green and white roses and green and white hydrangea. The threetiered square chocolate groom’s cake sat upon a lighted glass block cake stand. The cake was drizzled w ith chocolate, covered with chocolate dipped strawberries, and highlighted with a replica of a Georgetown Police Department badge. A tall crystal compote held chocolates imprinted with the names of the bride and groom.
On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at White Horse Station. At this time the parents of the bride and the groom presented the couple with a family Bible as a memento of their wedding day.
On the day of the wedding Kristy and her bridesmaids were honored with a luncheon hosted by K risty’s great aunt, Mar y Ellen Ludwig.
White Horse Stat ion wa s the setting for a groom’s lunch Saturday honoring Kirby. The lunch was hosted by Aunt Wendy, Walter and Janet Pond, Allen and Shelly Sanders, and Duane and Kacey Pond.
The couple was honored with numerous prenuptial parties in Rockdale and Glen Rose.
Kristy is a 1997 graduate of Glen Rose High School and a 2003 graduate of Tarleton State Universit y. She is employed as a teacher and coach by the Georgetown Independent School District.
Kirby is a 1994 graduate of Rockdale High School and a 1999 graduate of Sam Houston State University. He is employed by the Georgetown Police Department.
Following a honeymoon trip to Rome, Venice and Florence, Italy, the couple will make their home in Georgetown.