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|Pryadkina-Ashley unite in St. Petersburg|
On June 3, 2008, at three fifteen in the afternoon, Evgeniya Pryadkina and Jason Ashley were married at the historic Wedding Palace of the Tzar in St. Petersburg, Russia. A ZAGS official performed the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Nikolay and Nataliya Strahovi of Novokubansk, Russia. The groom is the son of Virgil and Francis Ashley of Winnsboro.
The Wedding Palace is the oldest structure in Russia. The architecture is Romanesque with marble columns and statues and decorated with furniture from that era.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose a white silk gown with a lace over-lay designed by a Russian coutourist from Moscow. Her bridal bouquet was an arrangement of fresh flowers and baby's breath selected by the groom and designed by Wedding Floral of St. Petersburg.
Selections of traditional Russian wedding melodies such as, "March of Mendelssohn," were performed throughout the ceremony.
The bride's maid of honor wore a light gray gown with black accents. Her attending matron of honor chose a multi-printed gown in earth tones.
Alexi Fedrou of Svetogorst, Russia, served the groom as best man. Charles Ray of Louisiana served as groomsman.
For the ceremony, the bride's mother chose a dark gray satin dress and wore a corsage of orchids and assorted flowers.
A reception for the couple was held at the Grand Bizarre restaurant in St. Petersburg. Fresh floral arrangements and balloons adorned the bride's table. The wedding cake was a traditional Russian one-layer confection topped with fresh fruit.
Guests at the reception were treated to six-course dinner served by the hostesses at the Grand Bizarre. Entertainment for the event included music, dancing and stand-up comedians.
The bride is a graduate of Petigorsk Language University. The groom is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Monroe, formerly Northeast Louisiana University.
The couple will make their home in Wyoming, Russia.