Stephanie Colleen Hogrefe and Mathew Shawn Emery were united in marriage July 29 in a candlelight service at Zion Lutheran Church in rural Storm Lake. Pastor Don Poole of Newell officiated.
Parents of the couple are Charlie and Valerie Hogrefe and John and Twila Lange, and the late Jim Emery, all of Albert City.
Special guests attending the ceremony were Jack and Janet Whipple of Sidney, grandparents of the bride, Arnold and Mary Andersen of Coon Rapids and Iva Lange of Albert City, grandparents of the groom. A white rose was placed on the altar in loving memory of family and friends no longer with the couple.
Ushers were Chris Pevestorf of Coon Rapids, cousin of the groom, Trevor Boettcher of Albert City, Dan Breyfogle of Storm Lake and Shawn Darrington of Storm Lake, friends of the couple.
The bride, escorted to the altar by her father, wore a white matte satin sleeveless gown. The A-line empire waist gown featured a square neckline. The bodice and hemline were embellished with a diamond pattern beading. A detachable train, trimmed with the same beaded lace, flowed from a bow at the back. She carried a short cascade bouquet of white roses with purple and lavender bachelor buttons, freesia, mini carnations and stephanotis. Her veil featured a beaded edge and was held in place with a beaded barrette, designed by the bride.
Elizabeth Gries of Ames, friend of the couple, served as the bride's maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lori Hogrefe, sister of the bride and Melanie Lange, sister of the groom. They wore floor-length plum satin dresses and each carried a long stemmed white rose accented with ribbons and silver ting ting. Tori Emery, niece of the groom, was the flower girl. She carried a basket of rose petals.
Jamie Lindquist, sister of the groom, styled hair for all the girls in the wedding party. Personal attendants were Diana Whipple of Ames and Marsha Boyd of Storm Lake, both aunts of the bride.
Best man was Nathan Pevestorf of Coon Rapids, cousin of the groom. Groomsmen were Jeff Emery, brother of the groom and Mitchell Hogrefe, brother of the bride. Tanner Lindquist, nephew of the groom, was the ringbearer. He carried a pillow cross stitched by the bride.
The groom wore a black tuxedo with a silver printed vest and the other men in the wedding party wore black tuxedos with plum printed vests. Boutonnieres were white roses with stephanotis.
The mother's flowers were corsages of white roses and stephanotis and the fathers wore white rose boutonnieres.
Guest book and gift attendants were Karla and Melinda Hogrefe of Albert City, Amy Flink of Ankeny and Jeanna Boyd of Des Moines, cousins of the bride. Gracing the guest book table was a Precious Moments bride and groom cross stitched by the bride's mother.
Laura Sievers, friend of the couple from Albert City, was the organist. She accompanied soloist Sarah Garriott of Ames, friend of the couple, as she sang, "Parent's Prayer." Guitarist was Arlo Hogrefe of Rockwell City, cousin of the bride, and he also accompanied Sarah as she sang, "The Wedding Song" and "I Will Be Here."
A reception and dance were held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Storm Lake. Hosting the reception were Rich and Barb Hogrefe of Albert City, uncle and aunt of the bride and Doug and Donna Pevestorf of Coon Rapids, uncle and aunt of the groom.
Cake, punch and coffee servers included Annette Hogrefe, aunt of the bride, Kari Hogrefe, cousin of the bride, Dixi Moklestad, aunt of the bride, Joanne Richardson, aunt of the groom and Marcia Young, aunt of the groom. A Precious Moment figurine topped the three-tier wedding cake. Waiters and waitresses were Nicholas, Joshua, Andrea and Zachary Moklestad and Tricia Hogrefe, all cousins of the bride.
A rehearsal dinner was held in the fellowship hall at Zion Lutheran Church. It was prepared by the groom's parents and served by a number of friends. A meal of prime rib, cheesy potatoes, green beans, lettuce salad, shrimp cocktail and assorted desserts were enjoyed by all.
Following a wedding trip to the Black Hills, the couple is at home at 406 9th Ave. #1, Slater, Iowa 50244. The bride is employed at Garst Seed in Slater and the groom is employed at Ramsey Pontiac in Urbandale.