GLADSTONE - Ashlee Anne Campbell and Dr. Pavan Kumar Valavala were united in marriage Sept. 19 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone. A reception was held in the couple's honor at Danforth Place.
Mallorie Young, friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were: Sandra Campbell, mother of the bride; Neelima (Chilakamarri) Valavala, sister-in-law of the groom; and Paige Dagenais, friend of the couple.
Sashi Valavala, brother of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Shreehari Elangovan, Partha Pal and Ananyo Bandyopadhyay, all friends of the couple.
Ashlee Campbell and Dr. Pavan Valavala
Jayden Dittrich and Jordan Dagenais, served as ringbearer and flower girl, respectively.
Ashlee's uncle, David LaCarte, escorted her down the aisle. Bell ringers were Megan Dagenais and Trenton Dittrich.
Richard Campbell, uncle of the bride, served as usher.
The new bride is the daughter of Sandra Campbell of Gladstone, and the granddaughter Nancy and the late Willard Campbell, both of Gladstone. A 2003 graduate of Gladstone Area High School, Ashlee received a bachelor's degree in non profit management and sociology in 2006 from Lakeland College, and a master's degree in public administration in 2009 from Northern Michigan University. Ashlee is completing her second term as an Ameri-Corps VISTA at the Medical Access Coalition of Delta and Menominee Counties.
The new groom is the son of Ganapathi Rao and Saraswathi Valavala of Hyderabad, India. Pavan received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2001 from India and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio University in 2004. In 2008, he obtained a master's in physics and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering engineering mechanics from Michigan Technological University. Pavan is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
The newlyweds enjoyed a honeymoon in Las Vegas, Nev., and are planning a traditional Hindu marriage ceremony for March 2010 in Hyderabad, India. Following the Hindu ceremony, the couple will make their home in Baltimore, Md.