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Couples announcements for January 2012

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Bireta and Shipman

Devon Bireta and Jon Parker Shipman, both of Prairie Village, were married July 22, 2011, at the Azul Beach Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The bride is the daughter of Richard and Jane Bireta, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Ronnie and Vickie Shipman, Malden, Mo. Maid of honor was Anne Marie Bireta. Best man was Brandon Shipman. A reception followed at the hotel. The bride is a 2003 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 2007 and a master’s degree in elementary education in 2008, both from Truman State University. She is a fifth-grade teacher for the Shawnee Mission School District. The groom is a 2003 graduate of Bernie High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in visual communications from Truman State in 2007 and is a graphic designer with Strategic Internet Solutions. The couple reside in Prairie Village.

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Fox and Temaat

Melissa Temaat, Dodge City, and Justin Fox, Lawrence, were married Aug. 13, 2011, at Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, with the Rev. Ted Skalsky officiating. The bride is the daughter of Dennis and Joyce Temaat, Dodge City. The groom is the son of Danny and Beth Fox, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Kaley Temaat. Best man was Jared Lytle. Bridesmaids were Josslyn Miller, Katie Lane and Stacey Bibens. Groomsmen were Brandon Gibbs, Chris Cates and Casey Monthey. Ushers were David Temaat, Jonathan Fox, Drew Fox and Blake Fox. A reception was given at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Dodge City. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Dodge City High School, a December 2011 graduate of Pittsburg State University, and is a substitute elementary school teacher. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Lawrence High School, a 2010 graduate of Pittsburg State, and is a service advisor at Briggs Dodge. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Cuevas and Chaffin

Kristen Cuevas, Lawrence, and Benjamin Chaffin, Kinsley, were married Sept. 23, 2011, at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Kelly Gindlesberger officiating. The bride is the daughter of John and Marietta Winfrey, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Lynn and Marilyn Chaffin, Kinsley. The couple reside in Reno, Nev.

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Yoder and Beadle

Elizabeth Yoder, Lawrence, and Jonathan Beadle, Overland Park, were married Dec. 3, 2011, at Lawrence Free Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Bump officiating. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Mary Yoder, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Anne Beadle, Shawnee, and the late Don Beadle. Matrons of honor were Janice Maddux and Lynn Stansberry. Best man was Philip Boyer. Bridesmaid was Jennifer Boyer. Groomsmen were Mark Maddux and Glen Stansberry. Ringbearer was Tyler Maddux. Assistant ringbearer was Samuel Maddux. Flower girl was Grace Maddux. Assistant flower girl was Penelope Stansberry. A reception was given at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City. The bride is a 1995 graduate of Lawrence High School. She attended Johnson County Community College and transferred to Kansas University where she earned a master’s degree in education. She is a third-grade teacher for the Kansas State School for the Deaf in Olathe. The groom is a 1989 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School. He attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and earned a bachelor’s degree in management and human relations from MidAmerica Nazarene University in 2002. He is an operations technician for designed services, repair with Centurylink. The couple reside in Overland Park.

Anniversary

Kleopfer

James and Earlene Kleopfer, Lawrence, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Dec. 30 with family. James Dale Kleopfer and Earlene Milles were married Jan. 4, 1941, in Jefferson County, Ind. He is a veteran of World War II. The couple lived in Indiana, Florida and Louisiana before moving to Lawrence in 2000. They have three sons, Jim, Lexington, Ind., Gary, Tucson, Ariz., and Robert, Lawrence; three granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren.

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Hedges and Lowrance

Julie Hedges and Garry Lowrance, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Rich and Ginny Hedges, Lawrence. She is a 1989 graduate of Lawrence High School and is a records specialist and the license plate administrator at the Kansas University Alumni Association. The future groom is the son of the late Duane and Edith Lowrance. He is a 1984 graduate of Oskaloosa High School and is a printing press operator at Allen Press. The couple plan an April 2012 wedding in Las Vegas.

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Scaletty and Renken

Angela Scaletty and Ryan Renken, both of Overland Park, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Steve and Robyn Scaletty, Lawrence. She is a 1998 graduate of Lawrence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Kansas University in 2003. She is employed at Restaurant Technologies Inc. The future groom is the son of Marcia Renken, Cherokee, Iowa. He is a 2002 graduate of Washington High School in Cherokee and earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Tulsa Community College in 2005. He is studying for a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts at KU and is employed at Coca-Cola Refreshments. The couple plan an April 21, 2012, wedding in Kansas City, Mo.

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Folsom and Tolbert

Linda K. Folsom and Louis M. Tolbert Sr., both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of the late Arthur Folsom Jr., and Dorene White. She is the office manager at Naismith Hall at Kansas University. The future groom is the son of the late Gilbert Tolbert and Hattie Jordan. He is employed in the maintenance department at Naismith Hall. The couple plan a Feb. 24, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

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Simmons

George and Arloene Simmons, Lecompton, will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. George Simmons and Arloene DeKat were married Jan. 24, 1942, in Kansas City, Kan. Both graduated from Lecompton Rural High School and are life members of the Lecompton Historical Society. George retired from Goodyear in 1978. Arloene is a homemaker. They have two daughters, Georgia Trammel and husband Johnny, Lecompton, and Rita Mock and husband Rob, Fulton, Mo.; six grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. A son, Stanley, died Aug. 15, 1972. Cards can be sent to the couple at 2088 E. 1 Road, Lecompton, KS 66050.

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Gorden and Wade

Gary and Mary Gorden, Perry, along with Kevin Wade and Lori Burton, both of Grantville, announce the engagement of their children, Annie Gorden and Tyler Wade, both of Perry. The future bride is a graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Washburn University and is a fourth-grade teacher at Williams Science and Fine Arts Magnet School in Topeka. The future groom is also a graduate of PLHS. He earned a fire science degree from Butler County Community College and is a firefighter/EMT-I with the city of Lawrence. The couple plan a June 23, 2012, wedding at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Perry.

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Hoisington and Matthews

Thomas and Susan Hoisington, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jana Hoisington, Denver, to Greg Matthews, Boulder, Colo. The future bride is a 1996 graduate of Lawrence High School, a 2000 graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind., and earned a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Denver Seminary in December 2011. The future groom is the son of Matt Matthews and Diana Matthews, both of Lawrence. He is a 1988 graduate of Lawrence High School, a 1993 graduate of Kansas State University, and earned a master’s certificate in geographic informations systems from the University of Colorado at Denver. He is employed with the United States Geological Survey on the National Map. The couple plan a March 31, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

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Rieman and Etzel

Alix Rieman and Matt Etzel, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Doug Rieman, Lawrence, and Wendy Bonjour, Topeka. She is a 2006 graduate of Washburn Rural High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in art history from Kansas University in December 2011. The future groom is the son of Bob Etzel, Lawrence, and Karen Etzel, Topeka. He is a 2005 graduate of Hayden High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from KU in May 2010, and is an associate auditor for Legislative Post Audit in Topeka. A September 2012 wedding is planned.

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Uhlmansiek and Mishler

Lauren Uhlmansiek, Swansea, Ill., and Keaton Mishler, Lawrence, were married June 25, 2011, at Countryside Christian Church in Mission, with the Rev. Tony Venturella officiating. The bride is the daughter of Paul and Joyce Uhlmansiek, Swansea. The groom is the son of Kenneth and Debbie Mishler, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Jackey Mattison. Best men were Chris Harber and Brad Jurgensmeier. Bridesmaids were Kara Mishler, Kelsi Mishler, Nichole Friederich, Courtney Johnston and Marti Funke. Groomsmen were Michael Younger, Henry Madera, Brian Crawford and Kyle Uhlmansiek. Ushers were Ryan Hultgren and Jonathan Schmidt. Reader was Michelle Craft. Soloist and accompanist was Nolan Frank. A reception followed at The Lodge at Ironwoods in Leawood. The bride attended Kansas University and will graduate with a doctorate degree in pharmacy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City this May. The groom earned a bachelor’s degree in human biology from KU in May 2008 and will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Graceland University this January. He is employed with Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. The couple reside in Overland Park.

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Li and Garrett

Ally Li and Eric Garrett, both of Eudora, were married Nov. 12, 2011, at Maceli’s, with Lloyd Lam officiating. The bride is the daughter of Li Qing sheng and He Dai cheng, both of Hunan, Liu yang, China. The groom is the son of Dennis and Susan Garrett, Eudora. Maid of honor was Janna Cook. Best man was Jason Garrett. Bridesmaid was Kristen Garrett. Groomsman was Brad Cook. Ushers were Brent Grosdidier and Brandon Grosdidier. Flower girls were Addison Garrett and Lauren Garrett. Ringbearers were Jacob Cook and Hayden Cook. Guest book attendant was Madison Jenkins. Gift table attendant was Alexis Jenkins. Cake attendants were Alexis Jenkins, Kyleigh Jenkins and Chloe Jenkins. Wedding and reception music was provided by Alonzo Beardshear. A reception followed at Maceli’s. The bride is a 2000 graduate of Gao Ping High School, Hunan, Liu yang, China. She graduated from Liuyang Foreign Language School in 2007, where she studied English. She is employed with Garrett’s Worldwide Enterprises, LLC of Eudora. The groom is a 1999 graduate Eudora High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Kansas University in 2004 and is the president of Garrett’s Worldwide Enterprises, LLC. The couple reside in Eudora.

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Rauch and Oertel

Holly Rauch, Coffeyville, and Mark Oertel, Leavenworth, were married Dec. 3, 2011, at Danforth Chapel at Kansas University with the Rev. John Collins officiating. The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Vicki Rauch, Coffeyville. The groom is the son of Thomas and Linda Oertel, Leavenworth. Matrons of honor were Amanda Herrmann and Laura Ghahramani. Best men were Brian Oertel and Matthew Oertel. A reception was given at the Castle Tea Room in Lawrence. The bride is a graduate of Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville. She earned bachelor’s degrees in theatre and film studies and dance from Kansas University, a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Rockhurst University, and is a staff physical therapist for Neu Physical Therapy. The groom is a graduate of Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Kansas University, a medical degree from KU Medical Center, and is a second-year physician resident at KUMC. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Thomas and Stiles

Emily Thomas and Matt Stiles, both of Lawrence, were married July 9, 2011, in Lawrence, with Joe Stiles officiating. The bride is the daughter of James and Susan Thomas, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Joe and Becky Stiles, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Erica Lowry. Best man was Andy Stiles. Bridesmaids were Meredith Bush, Emily Meyer, Katelyn McKee and Katie Discher. Groomsmen were Ryan Ramirez, Andy Gryszowka, David Cooley and Jordan Stiles. Flower girl was Mia Lowry. Junior groomsman was Jack Lane. Ring bearer was Harry Lane. A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club. The bride is a 2006 graduate of Lawrence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas University in 2010. She is a second-grade teacher in the DeSoto School District. The groom is also a 2006 graduate of Lawrence High and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from KU in 2010. He is an English Teacher and assistant football and basketball coach at Lawrence High. The couple reside in Lenexa.

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Mishler and Younger

Kelsi Mishler, Lawrence, and Michael Younger, Hays, were married Oct. 8, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Mitch Todd officiating. The bride is the daughter of Kenneth and Debbie Mishler, Lawrence. The groom is the son of James and Susan Younger, Hays. Maid of honor was Kara Mishler. Best man was Mason Younger. Bridesmaids were Callee Souders, Megan Younger and Lauren Mishler. Groomsmen were Mark Adams, John Bowerman and Keaton Mishler. Flower girl was Jenna Gaston. Ringbearer was Deon Weeks. Ushers were Craig Mason, Jacob Skiles, Tory Weeks and Klint Werth. Soloist was Reilly Moore. Candlelighters were Hailey Johnson and Rilee Weeks. A reception followed at Maceli’s. The bride earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Baker University in 2010 and is a registered nurse at Pratt Regional Medical Center. The groom earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Kansas University in 2010 and is a civil engineer at EBH and Associates in Pratt. The couple reside in Pratt.

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Walters and VanBlarcum

Christi Walters, St. Louis, and Jason VanBlarcum, Lawrence, were married Oct. 14, 2011, on the Fifth Floor Terrace, at The Oread in Lawrence, with professor Dennis Prater officiating. The bride is the daughter of J.R. and Mia Walters, St. Louis. The groom is the son of Charlie and Vickie VanBlarcum, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Liz Walters. Best man was Tom Wilson. Bridesmaids were Melissa Steward, Baylee Suskin and Helyna Thompson. Groomsmen were Adam Fletcher, Daniel Quinn and George Steward. Ringbearer was Cooper Winters. Flower girl was Gracie Steward. Ushers were Lee Chusak, Steve DeBenedictis, Dave Rodwin and Kyle Schlachter. Guest book attendants were Matt Fangohr and Sandy Fangohr. A reception was given at the Hancock Ballroom at The Oread. The bride is a 2003 graduate of John Burroughs School. She earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology and applied behavioral science from Kansas University in 2007. She will graduate from KU School of Law this May and works as a legal intern for Johnson County Youth Court and also for the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. The groom is a 1993 graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from KU in 2005 and will earn a teaching certification from Baker University this May. He is student teaching at Blue Valley North High School. The couple reside in Lawrence.

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Wagner and Copeland

Jessi Jean Wagner and Jacob L. A. Copeland, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of Beverly Boyle, Overbrook, and the late Johnny Wagner. She is a 1999 graduate of Lawrence High School and is employed with Ace Bail Bonds, Inc. in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Alan and Arlene Copeland, Grantville. He is a 2000 graduate of Perry-Lecompton High School and is employed with Mid-States Materials in Big Springs. The couple plan an Oct. 13, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

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Scott and Chatman

Katrina Scott and Michael Chatman, both of Lawrence, announce their engagement. The future bride is the daughter of David and Rhonda Scott, Lawrence. She is a graduate of Lawrence High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kansas University and a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University. She is a manager at Peoples Bank in Lawrence. The future groom is the son of Jackie Chatman, Kansas City, Mo., and Steve Chatman, Lawrence. He is also a graduate of Lawrence High and earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from KU. He is completing a master’s degree in information technology from KU and is a systems analyst for Trade Wind Energy in Lenexa. The couple plan a Sept. 2, 2012, wedding in Lawrence.

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Diffley and Dewey

Keith and Diane Diffley, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jessica Diffley, to Michael Dewey, both of Denver. The future bride is a graduate of Free State High School and Kansas University. She is the volunteer coordinator at Denver Health Hospital. The future groom is the son of Jay and Jeanne Dewey, Denver, and the late Mary Dewey. He is a graduate of Platte Canyon High School and the University of Colorado. He is a medical student at Midwestern University. The couple plan a May 26, 2012, wedding in Denver.

Anniversary

Bond

Ed and Judy Bond, Lawrence, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by flying in their families from Kansas and Ohio to spend the week of Christmas with them in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. Ed Bond and Judy Bookwalter were married Jan. 27, 1962, in Miami, Okla. Ed graduated from high school in Emporia. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for six years. He attended IBEW Local Union 226 apprenticeship and worked for electrical contractors in Lawrence and Topeka. He was the assistant business manager with L.U. 226. He opened Bond Electric in 1977 and retired in 1995. He is still a member of IBEW L.U. 226 and has been for 49 years. Judy graduated from Lawrence High School and is a homemaker. She worked in the office at Bond Electric. She was a Cub Scout leader, a member of the Lawrence Quilters Guild, and bowled in a league for many years. After retirement, they bought a house in Lake Havasu City, where they spend their winters. They have two sons, Scott L. and wife Lisa, Perry, and Brett L. and wife Edith, Baldwin City; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. The couple request no gifts. Cards may be sent to P.O. Box 3766, Lawrence, KS 66046.

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Trepinski and Hibbert

Robert and Celeste Trepinski, Lawrence, along with Michael and Ann Hibbert, Bristol, England, announce the engagement of their children, Stephanie R. Trepinski, Lawrence, and James K. Hibbert, Bristol, England. The future bride is a graduate of Free State High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with an emphasis in public relations, and a minor in music with an emphasis in vocal performance, from the University of Tennessee. She has been employed by Carnival Cruise Lines as a dancer for the past six years. The future groom earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Western England. He has been employed by Carnival Cruise Lines as a shore excursions manager for the past nine years. The couple plan a Sept. 8, 2012, wedding at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Van Auken and Lock

Joe Van Auken and Sheri Van Auken announce the engagement of their daughter, Christina Sloan Van Auken, to Joshua Herbert Lock, all of Lawrence. The future bride is a 2003 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a doctorate of pharmacy degree from Kansas University in 2010 and is a pharmacist with Kroger. The future groom is the son of Jim and Maggie Lock, Lawrence. He is a 2000 graduate of Lawrence High School. He is pursuing a doctorate of pharmacy degree from KU, will graduate in 2015, and is a pharmacy intern with Kroger. The couple plan an August 2012 wedding at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.

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Peterson and McCandless

Tiffany Peterson and Jason McCandless, both of Lawrence, were married July 23, 2011, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Lawrence, with the Rev. Randy Weinkauf officiating. The bride is the daughter of Chuck and Margaret Peterson, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Pat and Debra McCandless, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Jenna Rader. Best man was Justin McCandless. Bridesmaids were Laura Koger, Ashley Hanson, Rachel Kelly, Jennifer McCandless and Lauren Kelly. Groomsmen were Ryan Waggoner, Michael Harris, David Dunn, Brien Marti and Bryant Peterson. Ushers were Max Meisinger, Joshua Hodge and Stan Skwarlo Jr. Candle lighters were Lindsay Kelly and Stephanie Peterson. Guest book attendants were Katie and Sara Caflisch. Program attendants were Sam and Shane Skwarlo, and Garrett and Cameron Hodge. Bride’s personal attendant was Megan Howard. Musicians were Jeremy and Krista Chugg, and David Dunn. Readers were Emily Leiker and Lauren Strom. A reception was given at Alvamar Country Club. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Free State High School. She earned a secondary education degree with an emphasis in mathematics from Kansas State University in May 2009. She is a sixth-grade math teacher at Eudora Middle School. The groom is a 2006 graduate of Free State. He earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2010 and a master’s degree in May 2011, both in accounting and from Kansas University. He is employed in the audit department at BKD, LLP in Kansas City, Mo. The couple reside in Shawnee.

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Shmalberg and Kauffman

Jamie Shmalberg, Lawrence, and Paul Kauffman, Amarillo, Texas, were married July 2, 2011, at the Longview Mansion in Lee’s Summit, Mo., with the Rev. Kent Winters-Hazelton officiating. The bride is the daughter of Scott and Deb Shmalberg, Lawrence. The groom is the son of Bryan and Tara Kauffman, Amarillo. Maid of honor was Lacee Nolan. Best man was Mike Nolan. Bridesmaids were Ashley Shmalberg, Maegan Torres, Clare Bullock, Laura Anderson and Sarah Kauffman. Groomsmen were Thomas Shmalberg, Kurt Stansbury, Matt Conway, Steve Townsend and Colby Bullock. Flower girls were Carly Bullock and Harlow Hooper. A reception followed at the mansion. The bride is a 2006 graduate of Lawrence High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Kansas State University in May 2010. The groom is a 2005 graduate of Amarillo High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from K-State in December 2009 and is employed with UMB Bank in Kansas City, Kan. The couple reside in Overland Park.

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Ellington and Ayre

Aubrey M. Ellington, Kansas City, Kan., and Alex M. Ayre, Lenexa, were married June 25, 2011, at Redemptorist Catholic Church in Kansas City, Mo., with Monsignor Mike Mullen officiating. The bride is the daughter of Bryan and Shelly Ellington, Kansas City, Kan. The groom is the son of Ricky Ayre, Ramona, Okla., and Charlotte Ayre, Lawrence. Maid of honor was Holly Ellington. Best man was Nicholas Ayre. Bridesmaids were Michele Lahmann, Amanda Woolley, Christina Ellington, Rebecca Ellington, Jane Grdinovac and Kathy Kiblinger. Junior bridesmaid was Isabelle Ellington. Groomsmen were Tyler Blankenship, Travis Blankenship, Caleb Harvey, Kelly Bryne, Ryne Price and Jeremy Bustamante. Junior groomsman was Hunter Baird. Flower girl was Bryna Baird. Ringbearer was Alex Smith. Ushers were Sean Ellington, Kyle Whitney and Ryan Engle. Musicians were Donna Fry-Reimer (pianist), Presten Fry (soloist), and Mindy Fry (flute). Readers were Becca Sheldon-Sherman and Sean Ellington. A reception was given at Studio Dan Meiners in Kansas City, Mo. The bride is a 2004 graduate of Piper High School. She is a hair stylist at A Shear Thing Salon. The groom is a 2004 graduate of Lawrence High School. He earned a business marketing degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2009 and is a media buyer at Plattform Marketing. The couple reside in Lenexa.

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