Tuesday, October 7, 2003

Alyssa Cruzen and Charles Taylor

The marriage of Alyssa Jane Cruzen and Charles Edward Taylor took place on Saturday, August 2 at half after ten in the garden of the Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond, Virginia. The Rev. David Fitzsimmons of Des Moines, uncle of the bride, officiated.

Parents of the bride are Mary Ann and Laird Cruzen of Storm Lake, and Sun Lakes, Arizona. The groom's parents are Sharon and Charles Henry Jackson Taylor, Jr. of Richmond, Virginia. Maternal grandmother of the groom, Sarah Boettger, was an honored guest.

The bride was escorted by her father and attended by college friend, Kristina Lloyd, Abu Daubi, United Arab Emirates, as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were: Michiko Aari of Tokyo, Japan and sisters of the bride Marnie Schattgen, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Trudi Cruzen, Bend, Oregon and Paige Cruzen-Jones, Louisville, Kentucky.

Serving as best man was the groom's father, Charles Taylor. Groomsmen were: Jeffrey Taylor, brother of the groom; Wayne Cole, cousin of the groom; Michael Burton and Michael Pearce, all of the Richmond area.

Preceding the bride down the aisle was Graham Schattgen of Fredericksburg, Virginia, nephew of the bride, who carried a family Bible. Flower girls Maya Schattgen,

Fredericksburg, Virginia and Helen Jones, Louisville, Kentucky, nieces of the bride, were escorted by their brothers, Hamilton and Reid Schattgen and Jack and Clay Jones.

Program and guest book attendants were Corrine Port and Jessica Koch of Richmond.

Personal attendant to the bride was Emily Koch, Phoenix, Arizona. Gift attendants were Gwynn and Duane Gerlach, Storm Lake, and Carmen and Keith Briscoe, Kansas City, Kansas. Music was provided by harpist Elizabeth Dechant and Sandi Pafford, soloist.

Bridal showers were given in Richmond by Jessica and Emily Koch and by Yesim Erez-DeYoung and Jen Ansted. The rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom was held at The Tobacco Company restaurant.

Following brunch, the couple departed by horse drawn carriage, amid a shower of rose petals. Eddie is associated with Ukrop's Grocery and Alyssa is pursuing a career in nursing, as well as being employed by Williams-Sonoma. The couple resides in Richmond, Virginia.

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