CANAAN – The wedding of Melissa Ann Small and Cyrus York Carter was held on July 8 at the Canaan Union Church in Canaan. Pastor Diana J. Perkins officiated at the ceremony.

The church was decorated with tiny bouquets of blue hydrangea draped with fine nylon tulle. During the wedding, a special ceremony took place, with the lighting of the unity candles by Marjorie Carter, mother of the bridegroom, and Jeanne Adams, mother of the bride, along with the couple, signifying the joining of both families as one.

The bride wore a floor-length gown of cream satin embellished with tiny pearls and crystal beads, surrounded by hand-embroidered flowers, with a built-in train of similar design. Her veil was made of double layers of fine nylon mesh edged with Austrian crystals and attached to a band of braided fresh water pearls, designed by Marjorie and Mary Carter. She carried a silk bouquet of four white roses, surrounded by tiny blue hydrangea.

Mary Carter, sister-in-law of the bridegroom, was matron of honor, and bridesmaids were Lottie Lancaster, sister of the bridegroom, and Stephanie Garza, family friend.

Best man was Craig Heaven, friend, and groomsman was Roy Heavy, son of the best man. The ring bearer was Case Pepin, nephew of the bride.

The reception followed at the Canaan Town Grange Hall. The couple traveled to the Connecticut area and also camped at Lake George in Canaan. They are residing in Canaan.

The bride, formerly of Lewiston, is the daughter of Jeanne Adams and the late Sterling Adams. She is also the granddaughter of Max and Alexandrine St. Amand of Waterville. She graduated from Lewiston Regional High School and became a PCA, working in several private homes in Maine as a direct care professional. She furthered her education at technical schools in Portland and Gardiner, and received her CRMA certificate from the state of Maine. She has worked in facilities in Norway, Windham, Portland and Auburn. She plans to continue her CRMA work in the Newport and Bangor areas.

The bridegroom is the son of Homer Sr. and Marjorie Carter. He received his education in Skowhegan and graduated with honors. He went on to the University of Maine at Orono and received a degree in business. He is employed by the town of Canaan Public Works Department, is secretary of the Planning Board and is ballot clerk. He is also a carpenter with Sunshine Designs of Canaan and a computer programmer for MTM Metal Sheets of Massachusetts and is employed as a computer systems designer in Canaan.

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