Rian – Nelson

Samantha Jo and Kristopher Frank Nelson

ESCANABA — Samantha Jo Rian became the bride of Kristopher Frank Nelson during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony performed by Kurt Dubord at the Bark River Senior Center on Oct. 14. Mrs. Ann Wood and her daughter Deirdre, Samantha’s former violin teacher, played the music for the ceremony.

Samantha’s parents are James and Lori Rian of Escanaba, and Kristopher’s parents are Barb and the late Al Nelson of Escanaba.

Kristopher graduated from Escanaba High School in 2008 and Bay de Noc Community College in 2012, with a degree in business. He is employed by the VF Corporation in Appleton, Wis.

Samantha graduated from Escanaba High School in 2008, Bay de Noc Community College in 2012, and University of Wisconsin Green Bay in 2014, with a degree in accounting. She is employed by Dynamic Drinkware in Oshkosh, Wis.

Samantha chose for her attendants matron of honor Abby Dubord; maid of honor Jenna Smith; and bridesmaids Kari Nordin, Ashley Nelson and Kaylin Holden. The junior bridesmaids were Claire Frizzel and Leighann Burdalic, nieces of the groom.

Kristopher chose best men Brad Holmes and Adam Swanson, and groomsmen, Steven Olsen, Corey Kang and Allen Nelson. Christian Frizzel, nephew of the groom, served as junior groomsman. Ushers were Landon Rankin and Joe Wickstrom.

Following the ceremony, the couple and their families welcomed and entertained guests at a reception at the Bark River Senior Center.

After a honeymoon trip to Colorado, the couple is at home in Neenah, Wis.