September 2, 2014

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Mr. & Mrs. Tyler Arend PDF Print E-mail

PAULDING — Julie Leanne Koenn and Tyler Lee Arend were united in marriage on June 6, 2014, at Divine Mercy Catholic Catholic Church in Paulding. Father Matthew Frisbee performed the ceremony.

Parents of the couple are Bill and Rainell Koenn of Cecil, and David and Joanna Arend of Paulding.

Nuptial music was presented by Janet Miller, Mari Ivan, Diane Goyings, Nick and Cassie Jo Arend, Randy and Judy Robinett, Greg White, and Laurel, Nancy and Terry Wehrkamp.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an ivory Mori Lee gown featuring a glitter infused edging that trimmed the curved strapless sweetheart neckline, a pleated taffeta waistband detail at the empire waist with a floral-motif beaded appliqué detail and embellished with embroidered appliqués on net throughout, with a chapel-length train. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses, hydrangea and ranunculus.

Maid of honor was Jackie Koenn, cousin of the bride, of Cecil. Bridesmaids were Kara Suffel of Columbus, friend of the bride; Jill Streicher and Jami Sullivan, Continental, sisters of the bride; Jodi Griffith, Cecil, sister of the bride; Emily Alles, Huntington, Ind., friend of the bride; Kayla Parr, Noblesville, Ind., friend of the bride; Michelle Stoops and Mallorie Schon, Fort Wayne, friends of the bride; and Jackie Noe, Hilliard, sister of the groom.

Flower girls were Becca Sullivan, niece and Goddaughter of the bride; and Giselle Arend, niece of the groom.

Ring bearers were Joey Griffith, nephew of the bride and Godson of the couple; and Grady Arend, nephew of the groom.

Andrew Mott, Cincinnati, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Steven Powell of Loveland, Garret Stoller and Spencer Keith of Kent, Jake Dooley of Mason, Danny Gress of Englewood and Luke Wollet of Poland, Ohio, all friends of the groom; Shaun Arend of Toledo and Scott Arend of Paulding, brothers of the groom; and Jason Koenn of Cecil, brother of the bride.

Ushers were Jake Griffith of Cecil, Dan Sullivan of Continental and Jordan Streicher of Continental, brothers-in-law of the bride, and Sean Noe of Hilliard, brother-in-law of the groom.

Following the ceremony, a reception for 450 guests was held at the Defiance Knights of Columbus Hall.

The couple honeymooned in Ft. Myers, Fla., for one week. They now reside in Harlan, Ind.

The new Mrs. Arend, a 2008 graduate of Paulding High School, received a bachelor of nursing from St. Francis in 2012. In 2014, she received a master of science in nursing, FNP and is a nurse practitioner at Lutheran Medical Group.

Her husband is a 2009 graduate of Paulding High School and a 2013 graduate of Kent State University with a bachelors degree in exercise science. He is a teacher at Paulding Exempted Village Schools.

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Brooks Jr. PDF Print E-mail

VANDALIA – Angie LaFountain Boyd and Randy Lee Brooks Jr. were united in marriage Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 by the Rev. Ryan Henderson of the United Church of Christ.  The wedding took place at Seger Park in Vandalia.

Participants in the ceremony were Brandon, Allison and Cameron Boyd, children of the bride, and Rylan and Myranda Brooks, children of the groom.

Parents of the bride are John and Sue LaFountain of Paulding, and parents of the groom are Randy Sr. and Jeanette Brooks of Antwerp and Ruth and Bill Snodgrass of Paulding.

Randy and Angie are Paulding High School alumni, Class of 1990.

Mr. and Mrs. Chad Franklin PDF Print E-mail

Rachel L. Jones and Chad B. Franklin were united in marriage April 26, 2014 in a ceremony performed by Pastor Regan Clem in The Shoe (OSU football stadium) in Columbus.

Parents of the couple are David and Dianne Jones of Paulding; Robert and Deborah Woodard and Steve and Marsha Franklin.

Nuptial music was presented by a string quartet comprised of a cellist, violinist and two on violas.

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Straley PDF Print E-mail

Lisa Christine Burger and Chester McKinnon Straley were married at 2:00 p.m. on October 26, 2013 in Perrysburg, Ohio at Saint Rose Catholic Church by Monsignor Marvin Borger.

Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Paul (Catherine) Burger of Bowling Green, Ohio and Mr. and Mrs. William (Shirley) Straley of Van Wert, Ohio.

Chosen as Matron of Honor was Emily Carpenter; Bridesmaids were Sarah Burger and Karen Keller.

The Best Man was Warren Straley while Groomsmen were Steven Burger, Tyler Stork and Ryan Mapes.

The flower girl was Avery Carpenter; Readers were Steven May and Christine May, the bride's godparents and aunt and uncle.

A reception was held at the Sylvania Country Club followed by a honeymoon in Jamaica.

The bride is employed at Paulding Elementary School; the groom is employed at Straley Realty & Auctioneers, Inc. in Van Wert. The couple reside in Van Wert, Ohio.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Wehrkamp PDF Print E-mail

PAULDING – Laura Ashley Arend and Michael Aaron Wehrkamp exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 6, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding with the Very Reverend G. Allan Fillman officiating.

The bride is the daughter of Donald and Susan Arend and the groom is the son of Terry and Nancy Wehrkamp, all of Paulding.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Presenting the music were vocalists, Cassie Jo Arend, Joanna Arend, Nick Arend, Carol Cowell, Fritz Koch, Rosann Laker, Randy Robinett, Michelle Stoller and Greg White. The organist was Diane Goyings, pianist, Janet Miller, flutist was Dawn Sloan, oboist, Linda Sycks and trumpeter was Eric Durre.

The bride wore a white, rich satin ball gown by Allure featuring a strapless bodice, flattering ruching, and a sweetheart neckline. Swarovski crystals encrusted the entire bodice.

The gown had a cathedral-length train, complimented by the bride’s cathedral-length veil, with the edging lined with Swarovski crystals. The bride wore a princess tiara also adorned by Swarovski crystals.

She carried a large handheld clutch bouquet of an array of spring mixed floral. Stargazer lilies were nestled into creamy white hydrangea blooms, while white oceana and fuchsia roses were placed throughout the bouquet. A hint of delicate button green chrysanthemum flowers was added as well. The bridal clutch stems were wrapped with a white French satin ribbon, and a crystal rosary was entwined within the satin ribbon.

Serving as matron of honor was sister of the bride, Darcy Stoller of Paulding.

Bridesmaids included: cousin of the bride, Jennifer Arend, of Elida, friends of the bride, Megan Crawford, of Paulding, Ariana Handy, Hicksville, Stacy Mangette, Pickerington, sisters of the the groom, Connie Wehrkamp of Columbus and Laurel Wehrkamp, of Paulding.

The flower girl was friend of the bride, Brynlee Mangette, of Pickerington, Ohio.

Serving as ring bearer was nephew and godson of the bride, Luke Stoller of Paulding.

Performing the duties of best man was friend of the groom and brother-in-law of the bride, Alex Stoller, of Paulding.

Groomsmen included: friends of the groom, Joe Faykosh, Bowling Green, Ohio, Matthew Hochstetler, Wooster and Alan Miller, of Paulding. Ushers were friends of the groom, Marty Crossland, of Defiance and Darin Van Vlerah of Indianapolis.

A reception for approximately 375 guests was held at the Defiance Knights of Columbus Hall.

The couple honeymooned in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.

The bride is a 2003 graduate of Paulding High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, with a bachelor of science in nursing. She is a registered nurse at Parkview Physicians Group, Fort Wayne.

The groom is a 2002 graduate of Paulding High School. He is also a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University, with a bachelor of arts in political science; and a 2009 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Vernon L. Preston of the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals, in Lima.

The couple will reside in Paulding.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gunderman PDF Print E-mail


Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gunderman are happy to announce the marriage of their daughter, Staci Marie Gunderman, to Dylan Robert Haney, son of Jeff Haney and the late Debra Combs Haney.

Staci and Dylan committed their lives to each other in a private ceremony performed by Pastor Terry Martin on Jan. 26, 2013 at the Harvest Field Church of God.

A reception celebrating their union will be held in late April at the Paulding County Extension Center.

The bride is employed by Mercy Defiance Hospital and the groom is employed by General Motors.

The couple resides in Paulding.


Mr. and Mrs. Larison PDF Print E-mail

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sara Branch and Richard Larison exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 28, at Hidden River, Swannanoa, N.C. with Dr. Jeanne Matthews Sommer officiating.

Parents of the couple are Troy and Anita Branch of Paulding and Theresa Crites of Columbus.

The bride arrived at the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage and was given in marriage by her father.