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Stone and Binns say 'I do'

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Melanie Lois Stone of Ruston and Zachary Preston Binns of Ruston were married at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Christ Community Church. Len Woods officiated the ceremony.

Melanie is the daughter of Mike and Mariam Stone of Ruston. She is the granddaughter of David Sr. and Rae Hammons of Choudrant and the late George Stone Sr. and Ethel Stone of Ruston.

Zachary is the son of Janet Binns Wilson of Ruston and Robert Binns of West Monroe. He is the grandson of Joe Sr. and Pat Harper of Farmerville and the late Robert Sr. and late Pat Binns.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a diamond white crystal taffeta gown embellished with rhinestones, Swarovski crystals and crystal sequins and pearls. The one-shoulder, wrapped sweetheart neckline continued through the waist, flaring to a modified A-line with gathers on one side. The back fell into a low swoop accented with beaded buttons. The bride wore a birdcage veil with crystal and feather accents. She carried a bouquet of ivory florabunda and Tibet garden roses, ivory French tulips and white freesia. The bouquet was accented with crystals and tied with ivory French silk ribbon.

The bridesmaids wore iridescent floor-length taffeta gowns in platinum. They carried various combinations of flowers from the bride’s bouquet. Each bouquet was tied with ivory French silk ribbon.

The honor attendants wore blue cocktail-length dresses of their choice and carried tussie-mussies of ivory florabunda roses.

Camille Jennings of Erie, Penn., and Beth Foster of Ruston were the matrons of honor.
Bridesmaids were Ashley Binns of Waco, Texas, and Tara Stone of Ruston.

Honor attendants were Brittany Albritton of Ruston; Madison Alexander of Fresno, Calif.; Kendra Borchardt of Bethel, Maine; Courtney Cameron of Fort Worth, Texas; Tori Caracciolo of Cherry Hill, N.J.; Megan Crain of St. Louis, Mo.; Perry Ellis of Arlington, Va.; Samantha Kaufman of Shreveport; Shannon Kelly of Dallas; Emily Kessler of Ruston; Mattye LaSuer of Birmingham, Ala.; Meredith Maines of Princeton, N.J.; Katie McGinn of Peoria, Ill.; Megan Pearce of Shreveport; Jeni Spragis of Ruston; Sara Sullivan of Ruston and Krystal Pittenger of Kansas City, Mo.

Ben Kirby of Ruston served as best man.

Groomsmen were Bret Guice of Ruston, Norman Hanes of Ruston and Matthew Stone of Ruston.

Ushers were Colby Harper of Crossett, Ark.; Mason Harper of Crossett, Ark.; Jon Magee of Ruston; and Kade McDonald of Baton Rouge.

Chris Hanchey provided music.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Lincoln Parish Library Events Center where The Buddy Terzia Band entertained. Aramark Catering served at the reception. Nancy Whittenburg Cakes provided cake and Carren Craft of Nora’s Flowers provided floral arrangements.

The following celebrations were held in honor of the couple:

A wedding shower was hosted Dec. 2 at Argent Financial Group. Hosts were Aarin Alford, Laura Kyzar, Laurie Parks and Daniel Taylor.

An “around the clock” shower was held Nov. 20 at the home of Jeff and Beverly Posey. Hosts were Marie Clark, Rae and David Hammons, Chris and David Hammons Jr., Beverly and Jeff Posey, Diana and George Stone and Ethel Stone.

A miscellaneous shower was held Dec. 11 at the home of Kyle and Tisdale McDonald. Hostesses were Donna Bernard, Gwen Dingler, Georgeanna Hanes, Dell Jones, Carol Kirby, Elaine Johnson, Kim Love, Tisdale McDonald, Melinda McIntire, Melinda Moore, Stacy Prescott, Jean Ann Price and Ammi Schillinger.

A holiday bridal shower was held Dec. 28 at the home of Chris and Tracy Bennett.
Hostesses were Tracy Bennett, Beth Foster, Emily Kessler, Jeni Spragis and Tara Stone.
A tea shower was held Jan. 13 at the home of Kenny and Denise Cox. Hostesses were Sandy Adams, Faith Alexander, Lisa Barr, Brenda Brister, Denise Cox, Ellen Davis, Sharon Franklin, Betty Hinton, Liz Hood, Terri Lynn Johnson, Angel May, Lou Mcwhorter, Jan Murphy, Belinda Pesnell, Caryl Scriber, Kathy Shealy, Edna Smith, Jane Tatum, Ginger Walpole, Cindy Wilday and Cheryl Williams.

A honeymoon and lingerie shower was held Jan. 28 at the home of Brian and Beth Foster. Hostesses were the bridesmaids and honor attendants.

A bachelor party was held Jan. 28 at the home of Matthew and Tara Stone. Hosts were the groomsmen.

A rehearsal dinner, hosted by Steve and Janet Wilson, was held at the Ruston Historic Fire House on Jan. 28.

After a honeymoon cruise to the western Caribbean, the couple will reside in Dallas.

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