The Emmanuel Lutheran Church was the setting for the wedding of former resident Melanie Sue Drotleff to Michael R.T. Hughes of Concord, N.C. She is the daughter of Tom and Sue Drotleff of Tower Road, Salem. Mr. Hughes is the son of Audrey Hughes of Kannapolis, N.C., and the late Robert Hughes.
The Rev. Alan Smearsoll of the church officiated at the couple's wedding on July 16, 2011. Nuptial music was provided by Ila Jeanne Paxson, organist, and the bride's uncle, Vince Ward, was the soloist.
The bride's aunt and uncle, Cynthia Hoffman and Michael Timmer, created the floral designs for the church including family pew floral blankets, tulle bows with greenery and hot lady roses for the pews, and altar vases featuring light blue hydrangeas, white stargazer lilies, hot lady roses, purple orchids, and greenery. Also on the altar were square vases of yellow roses in memory of the bridegroom's father, Robert Hughes, and red and peach roses in memory of the bride's grandparents, John and Thelma Drotleff.
The bride wore a diamond white strapless, A-line wedding gown with corset back closure, featuring a satin bodice with Chantilly lace motifs accented with sparkling lace and iridescent and pewter beading. Her elbow-length veil was fashioned with iridescent crystals held by a jeweled tiara. She carried a bouquet of hand-tied hot lady roses accented with white tulle ribbon with fuchsia edging.
Kristen Kuntzman of Boardman served as the maid of honor and the bride's sister-in-law, Kari Drotleff of Fraser, Mich., was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Kohler of Boardman and Ashley Bourdeau Durham of Madison. The attendants were attired in strapless fuchsia cocktail-length dresses adorned with a jeweled brooch at the bodice. They carried bouquets of blue hydrangeas, hot lady roses, dark purple mums, white roses and greenery hand-tied with white satin ribbon.
Rodger Hughes of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.. served as best man for his brother. Groomsmen were the bridegroom's brother, Brian Hughes of Kannapolis, N.C.; the bride's brother, Mark Drotleff of Fraser, Mich.; and the bride's father, Tom Drotleff.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds released four dozen Monarch butterflies on the steps of the church to symbolize their new beginning and hopes for their future together. Guests tossed rose petals as the newlyweds left the wedding site.
A reception for approximately 150 guests was held at the Dutch Village Inn in Columbiana, featuring a power point presentation of the couple through the years.
Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Timmer, the bride's aunt and uncle, coordinated all the floral arrangements for the reception, including two large heart-shaped wreaths of light blue hydrangeas and hot lady roses, centerpieces for all the tables, and a special arrangement for the sweetheart table for the newlyweds, including roses, hydrangeas, lilies, orchids and palm fronds.
The bride's aunt, Peggy Mix, designed the four-tiered wedding cake which had a floral bouquet topper and votive candles and rose petals scattered about the mirrored base. The bride's aunts, Becky Crawford, Sandy Tedeschi, and Peggy Mix, assisted with cookies for the reception.
One highlight of the reception was the anniversary dance, with the bride's grandparents, Robert and Dorothy Ward of Hanoverton, honored for their 57 years of marriage.
Mrs. Hughes is a seventh-grade language arts teacher at Ridge Road Middle School in Concord, N.C.
Mr. Hughes is an infrastructure and engineering manager with Sonic Automotive in Charlotte, N.C. They reside in Concord, N.C.