Miss Blaire Elizabeth Aldridge and Dr. Dustin Wade Dean were united in marriage on the 10th of August 2013 at six o’clock in the evening at St. Vincent’s in-the-Vineyard Episcopal Chapel in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Dan Jackson. Music for the ceremony was provided by Dr. Mary Alberici. A special request by the groom “Something in the Way She Moves” was sung by Jason B. King – the best man. Afterward guests attended a seated dinner and reception in The Barn at Chaumette Vineyard in Ste. Genevieve in the wine valley district of the old French settlements of Missouri. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted an exotic Indian buffet rehearsal dinner, prepared by chef Adam Lambay, in the ballroom at Chaumette Vineyard.
The bride is the daughter of Susan Millicent Taylor Aldridge of Aiken, South Carolina and the late Thomas Eugene Aldridge whose ancestor John Hardy (and wife Ann Williams) arrived in Old 96th District near New Richmond on Big Stevens Creek in 1784 from Lunenburg VA- his brothers Thomas and Richard Hardy went respectively to Newberry and Saluda inside Old 96th District. Nine members of the Hardy family in VA had fought in the Revolution and survived. The bride is the granddaughter of the late James Taylor III and the late Millicent Tetlow Taylor both of Aiken, SC, and on the paternal side the late Roscoe Claude and Margaret Eleanor Catherine Sellers Aldridge of Birmingham, AL who is a descendant of 8 Revolutionary War patriots: John Hardy of Edgefield District whose sons traveled in a wagon train with other families about 1819 to Montgomery, Lowndes, Tallapoosa and Coosa counties AL, John MaHarg who died fighting Tories at his home in Raburns Creek SC, John Favor of SC who is buried in Limestone Co., AL and son William Favor who went to St. Clair Co., AL, Isham Meadows of Prince George Co., Virginia buried in Harris Co., GA, Isham Meadows Jr. of Warren Co., NC, who helped his father Isham during the Revolutionary War and went to Lowndes Co., AL about 1818, David Peebles and John Browning both who went to Montgomery Co., AL about 1819 from Wilkes Co., GA.
The groom is the son of Linda Williams Dean and husband Terry Dean of Dadeville, MO. He is the grandson the late Leonidas “Leo” Clifford Williams and wife Erma Williams of Bois d’Arc, MO and the late Deward T. and Mary Dean of Ash Grove, MO. On his maternal side, the groom is a descendant of Thomas Williams of Lunenburg, VA whose sons went to Edgefield District SC about 1790 and then up to KY, IL and MO. He is also descended from James Barnham, a Revolutionary War patriot born in Southhampton, VA who died 8 January 1864 at 100 years old, near Willard, Greene Co., MO. Just prior to this death, James was cited by President Abraham Lincoln as the last surviving Revolutionary War soldier. It is said that at 100 years of age he could still ride horseback for a distance of 20 miles. It is further stated by family members that he never wore spectacles and at 100 years of age could shoot game at the distance of 100 yards.
For the brides’s entrance into the sanctuary the traditional wedding march by Richard Wagner “Here Comes the Bride” was played by Dr. Alberici. The bride was escorted by her brother Charles Brooks Aldridge of Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany. The bride wore a traditional gown designed by Oscar de la Renta of heavy ivory silk taffeta which had been handsewn and reworked into a custom summer design by Marylyn Simpson of R&M Designs of St. Louis -with gathered lace cap-sleeves and lace overlaid bodice, all of antique off-white Rose Point lace brought from Germany. The taffeta gown featured a wide full semi-cathedral train, and was complemented by silk taffeta buttons to the floor. The bride’s “something old” was an heirloom ivory Brussels lace Mantilla bridal veil which was hand made in Belgium in the year 1830. The bride wore pearls and carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses, stephanotis and larkspur, as well as Asian jasmine brought northward from his southern garden by attendee Dr. Jay Howard Jones, a veterinarian from Aiken, South Carolina. The bride’s mother wore a black silk evening gown. The groom’s mother wore a dark slate dress with matching sequined jacket. Relatives of the bride included her uncle Larry Wayne Aldridge of Troy AL and Courtney Aldridge Norris, cousin to the bride and project engineer for the Waterworks Board in Montgomery AL.
Samantha Harmer, M.D. who flew from London, England, served as Maid of Honor with her baby daughter Amelia Vivian in attendance. Bridesmaids included Mrs. Rebecca Perry Hill of Prophetstown, West Lafayette, Indiana, Miss Stacey Enneking of Lafayette, Indiana, and Dr. Catalina Troche of Gainesville, FL. The Maid of Honor wore an off white floor-length silk chiffon gown with a slight train, scoop neck and cap sleeves. The bridesmaids wore cap sleeved ivory satin gowns and each carried a hand-tied bouquet of palest pink and white roses.
Mr. Jason B. King of Dadeville, MO served as Best Man. Groomsmen included Manuel “Boo” Persica of Baton Rouge, LA, Christopher Brannon of Dadeville, MO, Les Wankel of Petersburg, IL. Usher for the groom was Christopher Calmes of St. Louis, MO.
The bride is a graduate of John F. Kennedy International High School in Berlin-Zehlendorf, Germany. She graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana with a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in monogastric nutrition, and she now does post doctoral work in human diabetes at Washington University School of Medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. The groom is a graduate of Dadeville High School in Dadeville, MO. He graduated with an Associates of Science degree at Fort Scott Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in monogastric nutrition from Kansas State University, as well as a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in the same subject. He now works for International Ingredient Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, resolving livestock feeding situations in the Midwest and western cattle and swine industries.
Following a honeymoon at Tan-tar-a Resort at Lake of the Ozarks, Blaire and Dustin will reside in Barnhart, Missouri.