Elizabeth Ealey & Derik Stott

72Derik Stott likes to plan, and he had the perfect plan for his proposal to Elizabeth Stott. The two had been dating for eight months, had been friends for 10 years and had known each other even longer, as both attended Christian Fellowship for church and school. On March 1, 2013, Derik planned to take Elizabeth to Covered Bridge Road south of town, propose in front of the picturesque bridge and then head to Chris McD’s for dinner.

But he didn’t plan on Elizabeth being so excited that she insisted on telling family right then, before dinner. She called her mother, who was on a mission trip in Jamaica, and then Elizabeth and Derik drove to her sister’s home, and on to his sister’s and then to his parents’ house. Next came calls to Elizabeth’s father and Derik’s brother.

Finally, around 9 p.m., Derik and Elizabeth made it to Chris McD’s. As they waited for their meal, Elizabeth received a call from her mother’s alarm company. A smoke alarm was going off at her mother’s empty house. Elizabeth and Derik rushed out of the restaurant — after the staff quickly boxed up their meals to go — and hurried over to the house where a few firefighters gathered outside. There was no smoke, however; the call turned out to be a false alarm.

Disaster averted, Elizabeth and Derik made a trip to Hy-Vee to get a bottle of wine and proceeded to laugh over their dinner at 10:30 p.m. at her mother’s house.

“It didn’t work out like I planned it, but it worked out well,” Derik adds. “It is very memorable.”

Elizabeth and Derik were wed on May 11, 2013, at the home of Tom and Anne Smith, relatives of the bride. The Rev. Clay Spencer of Christian Fellowship Church officiated.

The ceremony took place outdoors. A small creek runs from the back of the house down to a pond, and near the pond, a short bridge crosses the creek. Elizabeth and Derik stood beneath a decorated trellis on the bridge to exchange their vows. Guests sat in white chairs facing the bridge, with the pond in the background.

Elizabeth wore a floor-length, fitted Vera Wang white dress with a white choker neckline, a sheer expanse across the top and sheer sleeves with solid white cuffs. She wore her hair up, accented with several small white roses, and during the ceremony, she wore a floor-length veil. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses.

Elizabeth’s bridesmaids wore strapless, knee-length champagne dresses with black lace overlays. They accessorized with black scarves and black shoes. The matron of honor carried three ivory roses, and the other bridesmaids carried a single ivory rose.

Derik wore a black suit with a white shirt, no tie and an ivory rose boutonniere. His groomsmen wore the same, except their shirts were champagne-colored.

There were several children in the ceremony. Derik’s three nieces served as flower girls, and Elizabeth’s niece was the junior bride. Elizabeth’s nephew served as ring bearer.

The wedding included a sand ceremony and a communion service. As Derik and Elizabeth exchanged vows, a family of geese crossed the lake. Elizabeth loved this because geese mate for life.

The reception followed at the Smith home. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, appetizers and drinks. A DJ provided music for dancing.

The four-tiered round wedding cake featured ivory-on-ivory detailing that alternated between a crisscross pattern and a polka dot pattern. Fresh roses with sprigs of baby’s breath topped the cake, with more sprigs of baby’s breath down the sides.

A fun moment of the night came during the garter toss. Usually shy, Derik shocked the crowd when he broke into an impromptu dance as he waited for the bachelors to collect for the ritual.

“I had someone come up to me a couple of weeks later and say, ‘I can’t believe he did that!’ ” Elizabeth says, “and I was like: ‘That’s him. This is who he is, and no one usually gets to see this fun crazy side of him.’ ”

“I was feeling the moment,” Derik says.

For their honeymoon, Derik and Elizabeth spent seven days in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and today, make their home in Columbia.

Derik, the son of Russ and Cherie Stott of Columbia, is a maintenance tech at Columbia Independent School. Elizabeth, the daughter of Linda Ealey of Columbia, and Ray Ealey and Robin Rust of Fulton, is an event coordinator for Christian Fellowship Church.


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