Mays-Donop exchange vows of marriage in country setting

Shaded by an old oak tree and cooled by a gentle breeze, Michael Daryle Mays and Leslie Dawn Donop became husband and wife on June 17 at 6:30 p.m. With family and close friends surrounding them, the couple exchanged vows at the Richland Springs homestead of Michael’s paternal grandparents, Buford and Elizabeth Gibbons Mays, with ordained minister and family friend, Brian Owen, officiating. Escorted to the altar on the arm of her father, Larry Donop, and to the music of “Cannon in D” by Pacable, Dawn wore a simple yet elegant A-line floor-length sheath gown of crepe and was adorned only by pearl jewelry, a veil with a pearl-encircled headpiece, and a bouquet of brightly colored wildflowers and roses. Arrangements of vibrant flowers and greenery flanked the oak tree where Michael waited for his bride as she walked down the aisle that had been laden with rose petals placed by flower girl Maggie Mays, niece of the groom, joined by Tucker Roberts, ring bearer and nephew of the groom. Bridesmaids, Lauri and Carrie Donop, sisters of the bride, and Jenny Mays Roberts, sister of the groom, dressed in gingham blouses and denim skirts, stood at the altar with Dawn; while best man and father of the groom Myron Mays and groomsmen Jeff and Grant Mays, brothers of the groom, stood with Michael, dressed casually in denim jeans and long-sleeved white shirts. After lighting the parent’s candles of the unity candle trio, mothers of the bride and groom, Jan Donop and Patsy Mays, joined the rest of the guests to witness Dawn and Michael express their love and commitment to each other in the exchange of vows and rings. As the bride and groom lighted the unity candle, Mr. Owen recited verses from 1st Corinthians Chapter, 13, and after their presentation as Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mays, the couple walked together for the first time as husband and wife to the song, “Right on the Money” by Alan Jackson. Music for both the ceremony and the dance that followed was provided by Matt Popnoe, friend of the couple. Ushers for the occasion included Michael’s college roommates/tennis teammates Salvadore Aguirre and Tanner Moore and high school friends Troy Clifton, Russell Dennis, Randall King and Brendan Weathermen. The houseparty included Dawn’s college friends Karen Jones and Kelli Towns; high school friends Christy McCarver McCallum, Janet Owen and Tonya Rogers Clifton; and friend of the family, Barbi Jones. The celebration continued at the Old Santa Fe Depot where the newlyweds greeted family and friends. Dawn’s love of eyelet lace and wildflowers was carried out in the theme of the bride’s table. The four- tiered square white bride’s cake was adorned with bright wildflowers and white ribbon streamers and bows and sat atop a white eyelet lace tablecloth. The table was also set with red punch, coffee and chocolate covered strawberries. A western theme was carried out in the groom’s table that was covered with a blue denim tablecloth and accented with red bandana print and a lasso which looped to form interlocking rings. The heart-shaped cactus that Michael gave to Dawn after he proposed to her was used as a decoration for the table along with a windmill and a landmark picture of the Mays Ranch. The groom’s cake had been made to resemble a tennis court sporting the Hardin-Simmons University Cowboys bucking bronco logo on either end of the “court” and a “tennis ball” centered on the second tier. Champagne and sparkling grape juice were served to the guests from this table during the toast to the bride and groom that was given by the best man and father. Red tablecloths with gingham toppers covered the serving tables which were set with serving dishes that followed the outdoor garden theme and were filled with a variety of food for the guests. Decorative watering cans with silk flower arrangements were used as centerpieces for both the serving tables and the guest tables along with pictures of the couple throughout their years together. The bridal bouquet was caught by Dawn’s graduate school friend. Patricia Barrera; while the groom’s brother Grant caught the garter. The bride and groom danced the traditional first dance together to “Need I Say More” by George Strait. Then Dawn and her father and Michael and his sister shared the dance floor as they danced to “Home” by Alan Jackson. Later in the evening as the couple made their exit to the tossing of birdseed, Mr. Popnoe played “Cowboy Take Me Away” by the Dixie Chicks and “Happy Trails to You” by Van Halen. The couple will take their honeymoon in July to the island of Providenciales, a part of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean. Presently they are residing in Abilene. Grandparents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Donop of Mason, and Mrs. Phyliss Matthews and the late Glenn Matthews of Maxwell, New Mexico. Grandparents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Walter Patrick and the late Mr. and Mrs. Buford Mays of Richland Springs.

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