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November 16, 2010

Henderson, Hook wed in June ceremony

CENTERVILLE — Sonja Henderson and A.J. Hook were married June 5, 2010 at 4 p.m. in an outdoor wedding at the Appanoose Country Club in Centerville surrounded by family and friends.

Sonja is the daughter of Bill and Linda Henderson of Centerville and A.J. is the son of Beth Climie of Centerville  and Bob and Amy Hook of Knoxville. Grandparents of the groom are Lowell and Marilyn McCulley, step-grandfather, Harold Wright and step-grandmother, Ruth Hook. Special friend of the bride is Grace Scott.

Sonja was given in marriage by her father. Minister Eric Hoover conducted the ceremony. Attendants were; matron of honor Katie Courtney, friend of the bride; maid of honor Lacy Kolpin, friend of the bride; and bridesmaids Lacey Seay, cousin of the bride, Makayla Bratz, friend of the bride and Jackie Pyle, friend of the bride.  

A.J.’s attendants were; best man Jason White, friend of the groom; best man Trent McDermott, friend of the groom; and groomsmen Aaron Purdum, friend of the groom, Josh Henderson, brother of the bride and Travis Henderson, brother of the bride. Ushers were Tim Hoffman and Scott Hoffman, friends of the groom. Flower girls were Madison Courtney, friend of the bride and Lola Jones, cousin of the bride. Ring bearer was Madik Henderson, nephew of the bride. Personal attendant was Ashey Dixon, friend of the bride. Cousin of the bride Teigan Carel played the music with Kayleen Durley singing “Angels.” Cousin of the bride Lacey Ocker handed out wedding fan programs and bubbles. Hostesses were Karen Mattly, friend of the bride and Larry and Judi Hiatt, uncle and aunt of the bride. Gene Mattly, friend of the bride videotaped the wedding ceremony and reception. Pictures were taken by Burnett Digital from Norwalk.

The dining area tables were decorated with white table clothes, black runners and yellow rose vases. White chair covers with black sashes covered the banquet chairs. Party favors were yellow and black butterfly boxes made by the groom's mother and filled with M & M candy packages. A delicious buffet meal of chicken breast and pork loin, cheesy potatoes, green beans, mixed medley and bread was served. Cake, punch and coffee was served by Lynetta Wales, friend of the bride, Mary Anne Henderson, aunt of the bride and Judi Hiatt, aunt of the bride.

The couple and guests danced to songs played by Soundsations DJ Service from Pella. In the middle of the dollar dance with the groom and bride, a severe rain storm came through with lightening striking trees and utility poles taking out the electricity to the building. The Appanoose Country Club management needed to remove the trees that had fallen across the only service road into the facility and bring in a generator to continue the dance. A memorable reception!

Sonja is a graduate of Central College and St. Ambrose University and A.J. is a graduate of Iowa State University. After a Carnival honeymoon cruise to the eastern Caribbean, the couple now resides in Knoxville. Sonja is a math teacher at Knoxville High School and A.J. is a financial accountant at Principal Financial Group in Des Moines.

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