The Tri-County First Church of Christ in Beloit was the site of the 50th wedding anniversary celebration and renewal of vows on May 10 for Mr. and Mrs. Howard K. "Speedy" Madison of Salem. The Rev. Terry Kirsh officiated at the couple's double-ring ceremony.
David Madison escorted his mother, the former Ethel M. "Bonnie" Stone, down the aisle. The couple was presented for marriage by their children, Debra Madison of Key Largo, Fla., David Madison and Doreen Benning, both of Salem, Doug Madison of Lake Milton and Darrin Madison of Newton Falls.
The bride wore a strapless, floor-length golden gown which featured a crystal and rhinestone brooch in the center of the bodice accented with gold, iridescent and white sequins that trailed around the bodice and down the A-line full skirt with a lace-up back. Her heart-shaped rhinestone crown was accented with a fingertip-length veil made by her daughter -in-law, Maryanne Madison, of white tulle and hand embellished with crystals and iridescent sequins
She carried a cascading bouquet of golden roses centered with rain drop iris and highlighted with miniature bridal roses, golden accents and tear-drop crystals.
The matron of honor was the bride's sister, Phyllis Gagnon of Milford, N.H.
Bridesmaids were the couple's granddaughters, Holly Madison and Alyssa Benning of Salem and Desiree Cavanaugh of Lake Milton.
The flower girl was their granddaughter, Jossette Madison of Newton Falls, who also wrote and recited a special poem.
Attendants were attired in a rainbow of colors in gowns of their choice just as the original attendants did, and carried round garden bouquets of matching roses and iris with iridescent accents and matching ribbon.
Serving as best man was the couple's brother-in-law, Richard Gagnon of Milford, N.H. The couple's grandsons served as ushers, D.J. Madison and Kyle Benning of Salem and J.D. Cavanaugh of Lake Milton.
Ring bearers were also the couple's grandsons, Craig and Anthony Madison, both of Newton Falls.
The first reading was Matthew 19:3-6, read by their niece, Valerie Regan of Toledo. The second reading, Corinthians 13:4-7, was read by their special friend, Dottie Poage of Lake Milton.
Special musical tapes at the church featured music by Trans Siberian Orchestra were played by their son, Darrin. Maryanne Madison planned and coordinated the celebration with the help of daughters, Debra Madison, Doreen Benning and daughter-in-law Darlene Madison.
The couple welcomed approximately 150 guests from Key Largo, Fla., Boston, Mass, Toledo and the area at their reception at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 316 in Salem. The event was catered by Carol's Catering, owned by Carol and Harold Madison, the couple's sister-in-law and twin brother. Music was provided by Night Moves as a surprise gift from their son, Darrin.
The bridegroom, formerly of Salineville, is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Madison. He retired from Crane Deming of Salem where he was employed as a tool and die maker.
The bride, originally from Boston, Mass., is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Claude F. Stone. She retired from Black Hawk Automotive Plastics (formerly Worthington Custom Plastics) where she worked in customer service.
Following a honeymoon in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the couple returned to their home at 11290 W. Pine Lake Road, Salem.