Joanna Mary Ferrell and Michael E.C. Thompson were united in marriage on Dec. 1, 2012, at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg with Dwane Porter officiating the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Janet Ferrell of Mineral Wells and the granddaughter of the late Okey and Mary Cale and the late Clarence and Joanna S. Ferrell.
She is a graduate of Parkersburg South High School and Marietta College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in international corporate media and communication. She is a consultant for Antero Resources.
The bridegroom is the son of Michael and Sherry Thompson of Waverly and the grandson of Ed and Helen Hitt and Delmar and Eleanor Thompson. He is a graduate of Williamstown High School and Marietta College with a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering. He is a field engineer for Cal Frac.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a diamond white satin ball gown with a lace bodice and sleeves and a classic long train. She wore a cathedral length veil accented with a white feather fascinator, a St. Christopher necklace given to her by the groom a number of years prior, a diamond ring given to her by her parents and diamond earrings and bracelet borrowed from her bridesmaid, Manda Sutton. She wore sapphire blue heels accented with “Mrs. Team Thompson,” which paid homage to the groom’s college football career, on the bottom. She carried a bouquet of multicolored roses and brooches given to her from friends and family gathered with black satin ribbon.
Manda Sutton of Parkersburg, Brianne Schaad of Marietta and Hillary Haskins of Marietta, close friends of the bride, served as bridesmaids. They wore black evening gowns accented with a rhinestone belts and their favorite jewelry and brightly colored pumps. The bridesmaids carried round kissing balls of white roses and pearls, the bride’s sorority gem.
Morgan Heiss, friend of the bride, provided the reading of the Unity Cross during the ceremony.
The bridegroom wore a black tuxedo with a black vest and tie and a white rose boutonniere.
Jarrett Jones of Waverly, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Nathaniel Ullom of Williamstown and Brandon Ullom of Parkersburg, all close friends of the groom. They wore black tuxedos with black vests and ties and a red rose boutonniere.
Immediately following the ceremony, cocktail hour followed by a plated dinner and dancing was held in the Charleston Ballroom of the hotel. The cake, which was adorned with roses and a snow globe, as well as a multitude of desserts, was created by the bride’s mother.
After a honeymoon of skiing at Keystone and Breckenridge Resorts in Colorado, the couple resides in Morgantown.