By: Pastor Bill Meadows
February 24, 2013
Leandrea Aileen Galang and Nicholas Weston Squires, both of Mineral Wells, were united in marriage June 9, 2012, in Charleston at the First United Methodist Church of South Charleston in a double-ring ceremony officiated by Rev. Kent Cutright, friend of the couple.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. Leandro and Drema Galang of Mineral Wells. She is the granddaughter of Paula Galang of Manila, Philippines, the late Dr. Enrique Galang, and the late Artie “Bud” and Aileen Pack of Ranger.
The groom is the son of Kenneth and Vicki Squires of Mineral Wells. He is the grandson of the late James Fred and Clemma Hardman Squires of Weston and the late Gordon Weston and Mary Bennett Nern of Vienna.
The bride was escorted down the aisle by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a formal ball gown of white bridal tulle and satin. The Basque waist gown was accented with lace applique, beaded with bugle beads, crystals and pearls. The bride chose a beaded belt to complete her look. The gown was trimmed with beaded scalloped lace and held a cathedral length train.
The bride’s veil was cathedral length of white illusion with scattered rhinestones throughout. She carried a bouquet of cascading white orchids. The bride wore a piece of fabric stitched in her gown, to represent the memory of her late grandmother.
The groom wore a sophisticated black tuxedo with subtle pinstripes. He completed his look with a white Oleg Cassini diamond print vest with metallic stitching and a white satin Windsor tie.
The maid of honor was Lauren Breit of Fairfax, Va., best friend of the bride. Matron of honor was Amber Anderson of Chapmanville, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Carrie Graham of Copley, Ohio, Julie McDougle of Charleston, Brittany Felix of Nashville, Tenn., Anitra Ellis of Chapmanville, Heather Ray of Smyrna, Tenn., Christie Zachary of Morgantown and Priscilla Handley of Fairmont. They wore floor length gowns of purple satin with a one shoulder chiffon drape. They carried bouquets of ivory and lavender roses, hydrangeas and orchids. Flower girls were Mia Cook of Holden, Abigail Click of Whitman and Payson Anderson of Chapmanville, all cousins of the bride.
Best men were Christopher Squires of Parkersburg, brother of the groom, and Joshua McClead of Williamstown, best friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Matthew Alton and Josh Hodgson, both of Parkersburg, Scott Branham of Fairfax, Andy Dye and Adam Harlow, both of Morgantown, Michael Boggs of Little Hocking, Ohio, and Mark Morgan of Louisville, Ky. Ringbearer was Leland Anderson of Chapmanville, cousin of the bride. They wore black tuxedos with black vests and Wisteria-striped Windsor ties and matching pocket squares. The boutonnieres were ivory roses with purple ribbon accent.
A traditional Filipino ceremony of the Veil and Cord and the honoring of Principal Sponsors were performed. Veil sponsors were Dr. Joey and Lina Abalos of Parkersburg, and Cord sponsors were Igmidio and Carmen Galang of San Diego, Calif. Principal Sponsors included Drs. Ruben and Cristine Estrada of Parkersburg, Oscar and Zurita Ibrahim of Evans, Robert and Mae Olayvar of Marietta, Ohio, Curt and Bethel Schroeter of Hickory, N.C., Polo and Hilda Garces of Bakersfield, Calif., and Ronald and Polly Pack of Whitman.
Rick and Julie Morgan of J&J’s Personal Touch served as soloists and wedding coordinator. Diva DeLara, friend of the bride, sang “The Prayer” for the seating of the parents, and prelude music was performed on piano by Katelyn Wiley of Alum Creek, cousin of the bride, and organist Pat Holbrook of Charleston. Guests were registered by Mary Nern of Zanesville, Ohio, cousin of the groom.
The releasing of the doves following the ceremony was performed by the bride and groom in honor of their late grandparents.
The reception was held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston. The six-tier wedding cake by Sugar Rush was displayed on a square base of white satin and rhinestones. Florists, Walker’s Fine Flowers, added the cake’s final touch of fresh, cascading lavender roses.
Wedding photographers were Charles Crookshanks and Lindsay Husk of Parkersburg. Videographer was Efren Viray of Teays Valley.
Leandrea is a 2003 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, a 2007 graduate of the WVU School of Medicine in Exercise Physiology, a 2011 graduate of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College in Nursing and a 2012 graduate of the WVU School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently employed by Marietta Memorial Hospital.
Nicholas is a 2002 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, a 2006 graduate of the WVU School of Business and Finance, and a 2010 graduate of South University with a Masters in Healthcare Administration. He is currently employed by Turner Oil & Gas.
The couple honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, and currently resides in Mineral Wells.