Weddings

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Jessi Balsamo, left, Jean Spaulding, center, and Sue Kotwitz, right, stand together Monday, March 13, 2017 in Janesville, Wis. The women shared a wedding dress for three generations.

Three generations cherish same wedding dress

JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) — Even now, you can see the glow in Jessi Balsamo’s eyes when she talks about her wedding dress. “I could not stop looking at it when I got married,” Jessi told the Janesville Gazette (http://bit.ly/2o8SuHf ). Her mother, Sue Kotwitz, and her grandmother Jean ...

Tips for guests looking for lodging

METRO — Couples about to tie the knot often arrange for discounted hotel rooms for their wedding guests. Many hotels offer substantial discounts to wedding parties, but some guests and bridal party members might still want to examine their options before booking rooms. The following tips can ...

Different roles for the father of the bride to play

METRO — Popular movies and televisions shows give the impression that the job of the father of the bride in a wedding is ultimately about making sure the festivities are adequately funded. In the movies, fathers fret about the costs of everything from flowers to photos. But gone are the ...

Rebecca Bender and Jesse Traub

Bender – Traub

Bender - Traub ESCANABA — Rebecca Bender and Jesse Traub were united in marriage during an 11 a.m. ceremony held on the shore of Pleasant Lake and officiated by Rev. Eli Bender and Juliet Traub on July 2. Rebecca’s parents are Brad and Cindy Bender of Escanaba and Jesse’s parents are ...

Sara Bingham and David Herriman

Bingham – Herriman

ADRIAN, Mich. — Sara Ann Bingham daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stacy Bingham of Escanaba, and David Scott Herriman, son of Keith Herriman of Jasper, Mich., and the late Linda Herriman, were married on Dec. 30. The ceremony was held at the Lenawee Country Club in Adrian, Mich. with Judge ...

Courtney and Jacob Bowden

Jensen – Bowden

Jensen - Bowden ESCANABA — Courtney Jensen became the bride of Jacob Bowden during a 1 p.m. ceremony performed by Pastor Chris Johnson at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Escanaba on Oct. 22. Courtney’s parents are Rob and Tammy Jensen of Escanaba, and Jacob’s parents are Tom and ...

New wedding trends: bubbles and food trucks

If your idea of a wedding involves throwing rice and eating a slice of white, three-tiered cake, you've got some catching up to do. These days, guests blow bubbles or light sparklers instead of throwing rice. Trendy couples are getting married in barns and campgrounds, and they're hiring food ...

Amanda and Ethan Marenger

Englund – Marenger

Englund - Marenger BARK RIVER — Amanda Englund became the bride of Ethan Marenger during a 2 p.m. ceremony performed by Pastor Brad Cochrane at Bark River Bible Church on Oct. 15. Amanda’s parents are Robert and Brenda Day of Escanaba, and Ethan’s parents are Glenn Marenger of ...

Cassandra and Nicholas Badham

Kossow – Badham

PLYMOUTH, Mich. —  Cassandra Lynn Kossow and Nicholas James Badham were married on Oct. 1. Cassie is the daughter of Mike and Trixy Kossow of Perkins, and granddaughter of Keith and Kathleen Freeborn, and Gloria and Matt Kossow. Nick is the son of Joe and Sandra Badham of Kenosha, ...

Northern Michigan weddings covered

Wedding bells are a familiar refrain in Northern Michigan, with picturesque communities like Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Charlevoix beckoning brides and grooms from across the state and region. NorthernMIWeddings.com, the newest site from Northern Michigan Review, looks to connect the dots ...

Master the wedding save-the-date

METRO —Many couples’ weddings take more than a year to plan. Couples want all of the special people in their lives to witness their vows, and giving guests advance notice can ensure as many loved ones as possible attend the ceremony. To be certain that guests have ample notice to clear ...

Nicole and Bryan Meyers

Thoune – Meyers

ESCANABA — Mr. and Mrs. Meyers, on Dec. 4, celebrated the marriage of Bryan Meyers, 34, of Baltimore, Md., son of Joseph Meyers, grandson of Evelyn Dignnaro and William Dignnaro to wife Nicole Thoune, 29, of Escanaba, daughter of Ed Thoune and Donna Therrian, granddaughter of James Therrian ...

Like weddings, popping the question means a destination

NEW YORK (AP) — It's courtin' time and that still means going down on one knee for many proposers of marriage. Only now, more are choosing a special destination to do the asking. Traditionally, the highest concentration of marriage proposals starts in November and stretches to Valentine's ...

Dane and Brittany Casperson

Bruce – Casperson

GRAND RAPIDS — Brittany Marie Bruce and Dane Oliver Casperson were married on Aug. 19. Brittany is the daughter of Tracy and Jamie Bruce of Escanaba. Dane is the son of Tom and Diane Casperson also of Escanaba. The ceremony was held at New Life Assembly of God in Escanaba and officiated by ...

Brad and Melissa Branstrom

Sandstrom – Branstrom

SHEYBOYGAN FALLS, Wis. — Melissa Sandstrom became the bride of Brad Branstrom during a 3 p.m. ceremony at Excalibur Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev. on Dec. 10. Melissa’s parents are Mr. and Mrs. Dale Hartman of Sheboygan, Wis. and the late Keith Sandstrom, and Brad’s parents are Ken and Becky ...

Forget DIY for your wedding – think DIT

Many brides and grooms who want to craft meaningful and memorable wedding decorations choose to make one important item — the bouquet, table centerpiece or party giveaway gifts. Others go all-out, crafting nearly every detail, either to save money or to make the day more personal. Marissa ...

Bradley and Kelly Hansen

Pryal – Hansen

ESCANABA — Bradley John Hansen and Kelly Marie Pryal were married on Oct. 15. The ceremony was held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church on Mackinac Island with Father Larry Van Damme officiated the ceremony. A reception celebrating the newlyweds followed at the Mission Point Resort. Kelly is ...

Judi and Gary Randall

Jansen – Randall

ESCANABA —Judi (Landry) Jansen became the bride of Gary Randall during a 1 p.m. ceremony at the American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford on Sept. 10. After the ceremony a reception was held at the Quality Inn and Suites in Escanaba. Judi chose her two daughters, Denise Smith and Holly ...

Five great love songs for the modern wedding

"At laaaaaaast, my looooove has come along," Etta James sings with a gutsy, bluesy drawl at the beginning of her 1960 version of the 1940s tune. With just those seven heart-swelling words, James secured a spot on wedding playlists for decades. Today, with many couples financing their own ...

Shelby and Bradley Ives

Fishell – Ives

BARK RIVER — Bradley Donald Ives married his high school sweetheart Shelby Danette Fishell on July 2 at the Bark River Bible Church. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Bradley Cochrane. A reception celebrating the newlyweds followed at the Terrace Bay Hotel. The bride is the daughter ...