Adams – Cooke exchange wedding vows

Published 8:57 am Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CORAPEAKE – Martha Jean Norris Adams of Murfreesboro and John Dahl Cooke Sr. of Salem, VA exchanged wedding vows during a ceremony held Nov. 2, 2012 at Middle Swamp Baptist Church.

The Rev. Bill Presley and the Rev. Burt Pearce officiated the ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. John Dahl Cooke Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. John Dahl Cooke Sr.

The bride was given in marriage by Clif Collins of Murfreesboro. She wore an ivory lace trumpet gown with a strapless bodice. A matching long sleeve jacket was worn over the shoulders. She wore a cross necklace that Mr. Cooke gave her on their first date. She carried a bouquet of leonidas roses, blue delphinium and green hyperican berries and variegated pitt with stems wrapped in ivory satin.

Mrs. Ronald McSwain (Betsy) of Ahoskie served as the Matron of Honor. She wore a long, medium blue silk dress with a beaded bodice.

Brad Sawyer of Chesapeake, VA served as the Best Man. Ushers were Rick West of Chesapeake, VA and Clif Collins of Murfreesboro.

Blanche Rountree of Suffolk, VA presented the music.

A reception was held in the couple’s home in Murfreesboro. The house was decorated with a Fall theme. Tables were filled with delicious treats for their guests. Fruit and vegetable bowls were served with assorted dips. Peanuts, nuts and mints were available.

In the center of each table were light brown and gold pumpkins surrounded by fall leaves. Sparkling turquoise runners were laid across the table on gold brocaded tablecloths. Punch was served in the bride’s mother’s punch bowl and ladle.

The bride’s cake was three-tiered with turquoise ribbon and fall leaves running down the sides. The groom’s cake was a chocolate concoction with swirls of chocolate icing.

Friends who helped with the reception were Mr. and Mrs. Phil Royce, Ms. Dot Combs and Ms. Patricia Torres.

The bride and groom spent a few days in Williamsburg, VA for their honeymoon. They are residing on Springlake Drive in Murfreesboro.

Mrs. Cooke was born in Winterville, NC. She attended Georgia Southern College in Statesboro, GA and completed a degree in art at Elizabeth City State University. She taught art for 20 years. She is a well-traveled person, having lived in five different states and three foreign countries.

Mr. Cooke was born in Chesapeake, VA. He graduated from Great Bridge High School. He attended VMI in Lexington, VA. He graduated from Old Dominion University and received a Masters Degree from the University of Virginia.