Cumberland Times-News


July 3, 2011

Lopez-Boor vows recited one year ago

ROCKWOOD, Pa. —  Amber Lynn Boor and Andrew John Lopez were joined together in marriage on Sunday, July 4, 2010. Nestled in the hills of the Laurel Highlands, the outdoor wedding took place at The Hayloft in Rockwood, providing a rustic country setting for the double ring ceremony performed by Pastor Stevie Leydig.

The bride is the daughter of Alvin Elwood and Debra Ann Boor of Short Gap, W.Va. She is the granddaughter of Mary Jane Weimer, Cumberland, Md., and the late Joseph W. Weimer and Alvin S. and Dorothy H. Boor. The groom is the son of Daniel and Loretta Jo “Tootie” Lopez Jr. of Ridgeley, W.Va. He is the grandson of Daniel and Catherine “Kate” Lopez and John Ronald and Luella Jo Hart, all of Washington.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father, Amber wore an ivory vintage design, trumpet silhouette gown with a sheer ivory net and lace overlay, lace cap sleeves and keyhole back. The ivory satin sash was adorned with pearl, silver and crystal beading and tied around her waist. A vintage design, ivory birdcage veil of Russian net accented with an ivory feathered comb was placed in her long side swept curled red hair. The bride’s jewelry consisted of a crystal silver Vera Wang necklace and crystal silver chandelier earrings, gifts from her parents. On her right hand she wore her Nana’s 25th wedding anniversary bands. She carried a lush bouquet of sunflowers, purple lisianthus, orange and burgundy zinnias, green belles of Ireland and ivory cabbage roses wrapped in twine with pearl pins.

Serving as maid of honor was Kati Niemeyer, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Jessica Lilly, sister of the groom; Kristen Oakley, cousin of the bride; and Jessica Hartman and Courtnie Bogan, both friends of the bride. Flower girls were Courtney Weimer, cousin of the bride, and Maria Lopez, niece of the groom. The attendants wore saffron knee-length satin dresses with a round pleated neckline and ruching at the waist. They carried bouquets of sunflowers, purple lisianthus and mixed colors of zinnias. The flower girls wore ivory dresses with pearl beading, complemented by a clover sash and headband, each tied into a single large bow. They carried handmade grapevine baskets filled with dried rose petals. Jessica Lilly of N’Style in Summersville, W.Va., provided hairstyling for the bride and Connie Hottle of Somerset provided hairstyling for the bridal party.

Serving as best man was Jason Yoder, friend of the groom. The groomsmen were Danny Lopez, brother of the groom; and Robbie Ackerman, Dustin Kimble, and Brandon Buzzard, all friends of the groom. The groom wore a chocolate brown tuxedo with an ivory vest and tie. The groomsmen also wore chocolate brown tuxedos with honey colored vests and ties. The ring bearer, Daniel Lopez, nephew of the groom, wore a tan suit with a clover tie, and carried a handmade grapevine ball tied with rings in satin ivory ribbon.

Madison and Olivia Weimer, cousins of the bride, were guest book attendants. Marissa Lopez, cousin of the groom, distributed programs.

The decorated aisle began under the grapevine arbor leading to a pond where the ceremony took place. There were large hanging grapevine baskets filled with a mix of fresh flowers complementing the bridal party, alternating with red pine wood stumps holding green glass candle globes. Soloist Angel Leydig sang “Come Thou Fount” during the seating of the mothers, while playing the piano. A white horse-drawn carriage trotted down the fenced in lane carrying the bride and her attendants to the ceremony. The groom awaited the bride at the water’s edge for the charge to the couple before escorting her across the wooden bridge to the island gazebo for the exchange of vows. The song “Love Never Fails” by Brandon Heath was sung by Angel Leydig for the sand ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony, the reception was held in the historic 1886 barn on the Svonavec farm. Guests treated themselves to fruit and vegetable appetizers, sweets under the chocolate fountain and an array of homemade cookies from the groom’s family. A smoked barbecue buffet dinner was catered and served by The Chuckwagon on the adjacent pavilion. The delicious three-tier wedding cake, baked by Sally Locklin was burnt sugar with white chocolate mousse filling along with two satellite cakes of chocolate with chocolate mousse filling. The cake was decorated with ivory burnt sugar icing and fresh sunflowers and zinnias.

Betty Lou Svonavec, owner of the 150-acre farm, and Joel Hoover, wedding coordinator, decorated the barn with ivory linen tablecloths with burlap overlays, brown linen napkins, floating apple green candles in mason jars and petite ivory candles that had been lovingly hand-tied with twine and raffia by the bride’s father. The table centerpieces consisted of glass and tin buckets filled with sunflowers, green belles of Ireland, purple lisianthus, and zinnias. Favors were packets of sunflower seeds tied to a message of love from 1 Corinthians 13 and backed with engagement photos of the couple taken by the bride’s mother at the Barton Bel Air farm.

Music and DJ services at the reception were provided by “Bubba” of 95.5 FM radio. The couple shared their first dance to “Dance with Me” by Anthony Carter. The bride and her father danced to “Walk with Me” by Edwin McCain. The groom and his mother danced to “Then They Do” by Trace Adkins.

After dark, the bride and groom and their guests gathered outside to enjoy a fantastic Fourth of July firework display produced by Howard Fry of Pennsylvania Pyrotechnic Artists, Inc. With the push of a button, the high school sweethearts lit their names in lights fulfilling the saying “When Old Flames Turn into Fireworks” that had been carved by the groom into a log placed at the reception. At the end of the evening, Amber and Andrew left the barn accompanied by “Cowboy Take Me Away” by The Dixie Chicks and a sparkler send off. They rode off on the tailgate of their red Ford truck.

All of the floral creations were coordinated by Yvonne Gahagan of Gahagan Family Farms from Williamsburg. Jeremy Murray of J.R. Murray Productions, Little Orleans, Md., provided the videography services. Paige Butcher and assistant Erin McDaniel, of Paige Butcher Photography, Morgantown, W.Va., were the professional photographers.

Guests attending the wedding were from Florida, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Canada.

A red, white, and blue-themed rehearsal dinner was hosted and cooked by the groom’s parents and family at Fern Mountain log homes in Somerset. A slideshow presentation of Amber and Andrew from childhood through their engagement was presented and later shown at the reception.

The bride was honored with a fabulous shoe-themed bridal shower given by her mother, mother-in-law, maid of honor and bridesmaids. Special thanks are given to Charlotte Ours for the high heel and cowboy boot sugar cookies and Kati Niemeyer for her creative ideas in designing a one-of-a-kind celebration. Phyllis Wamsley of Wamsley Portrait Gallery was the photographer.

The bride is a 2004 graduate of Frankfort High School and a 2008 summa cum laude graduate from Fairmont State University, with her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She holds her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University. She is employed by the Mineral County Board of Education as a substitute teacher.

The groom is a 2005 graduate of Frankfort High School. He is employed by Butterkrust Bakery in Cumberland.

The couple honeymooned in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, before returning home to Short Gap. They are currently in the process of building their new home in Fort Ashby, W.Va.

We would like to thank everyone who made this beautiful day such a wonderful memory. A special thank you to our parents and our family for giving us love and support all throughout our lives and for making our day so very special.

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