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Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Nelms, Sr. Married
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 • Posted June 8, 2011

On April 30, 2011, Maria Victoria (Vickie) Montez and Arthur F. Nelms, Sr. were united in matrimony before God, family and friends at First Baptist Church of Mason, at 6 in the evening. Officiating the ceremony was Pastor Baldemar Gonzales of Menard, Texas.Pianist was Marilyn Kahan, whose parents were longtime acquaintances of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Eleno Castillo.Parents of the groom are Armand Nelms, Sr. of Gilmer, Texas and Mary Katherine Nelms of Burleson, Texas.Soloists and guitarists were: Beth Williams of Mason, singing “Blue Moon” (the couple’s song), and “Mama He’s Crazy” (in memory of the bride’s mother). Sonia Castillo, niece of the bride of San Antonio sang “Who Showed You The Way To My Heart”; and Eric Silerio, great-nephew of the bride of San Angelo, sang “Next To Heaven”.Escorting the groom to the altar was Carmen Skinner of Burleson, sister of the groom.Gerardo Marquez, son of the bride, of San Antonio, proudly escorted his mother to the altar and presented her in marriage.Ms. Montez wore an a-line shimmering vision champagne gown with a gorgeous design of beads centering the empire waist, created by JS Collections of Nordstroms. Her headpiece was a beautiful headband adorned with champagne color net, a feather flower and rhinestone. The finishing touch to the attire were opera length beaded fingerless champagne gloves. The only jewelry worn were ivory pearl earrings, which belonged to her mom. She carried a lush bouquet of fresh antique white hydrangeas and a beaded champagne clutch, which also belonged to her mom.Mr. Nelms was elegant in a black suit worn with a white shirt, ivory and gold stripe tie with gold Donald Trump cuff links.Adorning the altar before the bride and groom were the bride’s beautiful great-nieces: Cassandra Silerio, Andrea Rodriguez, and Monica Delgado all of San Antonio; Marissa Ramirez and Kimberlee Silerio, both of San Angelo; Christina Gonzales, Felisa Ramirez, and Clairissa Orta all of Mason.Announcing the entrance of the bride into the church was bell ringer, Nathalie Ramirez, also great-niece of the bride.After the wedding vows the couple’s children formed a family circle followed by a prayer.A mariachi band of San Antonio made a grand entrance into the church after the couple were pronounced man and wife, and continued entertainment for the guests during the dinner/reception.The reception hall was elegantly decorated in an all-white theme with antique white fresh Hydrangea flower arrangements on the tables.The three-tiered bride’s chiffon cake was all white with a luscious lemon filling and topped off with the traditional bride and groom. The handmade skirted tablecloth was a handmade gift to the bride by her aunt, Nell Magallanes Cole, of Slaton, Texas.The groom’s German chocolate cake was lovingly and specially made by Jennifer Zavala, niece of the bride. It was two-tiered and decorated with fresh strawberries and topped with a beautiful cross signifying the groom’s profession, pastor. A three-tiered crystal dish held traditional Mexican wedding cookies, also baked by Jennifer. A 100-year old lemon-lime punch recipe was deliciously served in an antique crystal punch bowl.The gift table held a beautiful wedding picture each of the bride’s and groom’s parents on their wedding day. The bride’s parents were married in 1934 in Langtry, Texas and the groom’s parents were married in 1949 in Boston, Massachusetts.Ushers were: Emilio Villarreal of San Angelo, Jonathan Rodriguez of Mission, Jose Jose Delgado of Sweetwater, Conrad Dominguez of Marfa, and Korey Zavala and Diego Ramirez of Mason, great-nephews of the bride.Members of the houseparty were: Donna Nelson and Pam Estes, special longtime friends of the bride; Elva Dominguez, Jennifer Zavala and Stephanie Hernandez, nieces of the bride.A private family party continued in Grossville after the dinner and reception.Mrs. Nelms works for the City of Mason and Mr. Nelms pastors Iglesia Bautista “El Divino Salvador” in Mason, and is also an employee of Mason Feed Store. She is the mother of Gerardo, Nancy and Jose Jr. and he is the father of Arthur Jr., and Charlie. Together they are grandparents to 10 grandchildren.

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