FORD RIVER - Melissa Lynn Bonifas and Richard Scott Ness were united in marriage Sept. 5, during an intimate riverside service at their residence in Ford River.
Melinda Heitz stood as maid of honor for her mother, with Jennifer Pietsch and Jennifer LaChance also attending the bride. Ringbearer-flowergirl was Madeline Sophia Bonifas, niece of the bride.
Standing for the groom were the bride's brother, Erik Bonifas, and the grooms sons, Randy Ness and Rick A. Ness. The ceremony was officiated by Mark Hager, with music provided by the bride's aunt, Loretta Albert, accompanied on the piano by Kate Bonifas, sister of the bride.
Richard and Melissa Ness
Melissa is 1988 graduate of Escanaba Area High School and the daughter of Greg and Linda Yagodzinski and James R. and Linda E. Bonifas, all of Escanaba. The bride received a bachelor's degree from Northern Michigan University in 1994 and is currently a registered representative at Raymond James Financial Services in Escanaba.
The groom is the son of Roy and Lola Ness of Escanaba. A 1981 graduate of Escanaba Area High School, Richard is a partner and acting superintendent for the family business, Roy Ness Contracting and Sales in Escanaba.