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Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Mr. & Mrs. Jason Crichton

Katie Stark and Jason Crichton, both of Naperville, Ill., were united in marriage at 4 p.m. June 21, 2003, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, Storm Lake, with The Reverend Duane Queen officiating.

Parents of the couple are Pegg Stark, Storm Lake, Jeff Stark, Newell, and Bob and Cindy Crichton of Hopkins, Minn. Grandparents of the couple are Margaret Willis, Lake City, Russell and Marge Stark, Charleston, Ill., Carl and Ardith Steffes, Lapeer, Mich., and Robert and Laura Crichton, Davison, Mich.

Katie chose a Victoria's bridal gown with spaghetti straps and Italian satin bodice with crystals, pearls, and rhinestones. The dropped waist, full tulle skirt had a chapel length train. The bride's Swarovski crystal and pearl tiara was complimented with a double layer veil decorated with pearls and sequins.

Katie carried a contemporary bouquet in a free-form style of purple anemones, red gerbera daisies, red spray roses, blue iris, sea-foam statice, accented with Italian ruscus and lily grass. The bouquet was enhanced with clusters of Swarovski crystals designed specifically for the wedding bouquet.

Bridal Attendants were Susan Baus, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Ellen Kohlmeir, Naperville, Ill., Carrie Tresemer, Freeport, Ill., Tessa Hermundson, Chippewa Falls, Wis., Stephanie Moline, St. Bonifacius, Minn., Dan Stark, Storm Lake, and Chuck Stark, Storm Lake.

Groom's Attendants were Chip Knicker, Chicago, Brian Hoff, Chicago, Jeff Fowler, Venice, Calif., John Kohlmeir, Naperville, and Christie Crichton, Lansing, Mich.

Ring bearer was Kyle Rummel, Lansing, Mich., nephew of the groom. Kyle carried a ring pillow designed and sewn by Cindy Crichton, mother of the groom.

The women in the wedding party wore various styles of black crepe, mid-calf length dresses accented with black beads. They carried bouquets similar to the bride's, also accented with crystals. The men in the wedding party wore Claiborne five-button tuxedos. The groom wore a silver Perry Ellis American Freedom vest, and the attendants wore navy vests. The crystal boutonnieres were designed by the bride and made by the bride's paternal grandmother.

The aisle runner was decorated with red rose petals and lavender buds, and the pews were decorated with satin bows and greenery. The worship center was decorated with two large ferns and candles in antique glass candleholders belonging to the bride's maternal grandmother. A red rose was placed in the chancel in loving memory of Bernard Willis, grandfather of the bride.

The bride's personal attendant was Leah Hamilton, Minneapolis. Erica Roberson, Iowa City, was the scripture reader. Ceremony hostesses were Rachel Knutson, Mankato, Minn., and Kelly Stark, Champaign, Ill. Guest book attendants were Laura Willis and Kevin Morrisey, Des Moines, and gift carriers were Ann Willis, Abbie Willis, both from Lake City, and Danny Julin, Arcadia.

Organist for the ceremony was Barbara Wells, with Alan Buckingham on the trumpet. A quartet consisting of Norah Bringer, Minneapolis, Kelly Holst, Boston, Katie Stodd, Minneapolis, and Heidi Torgerson, Chicago, sang "Set Me as Seal" by Rene Clausen. All were members of Luther College Nordic Choir with the bride. Chuck Stark, vocalist; Dan Stark, guitar; Christie Crichton, flute; and Phil Havens, keyboard; also provided special music "Higher Ground" by Dorff and Green during the lighting of the unity candle.

Following the organ recessional, Christie Crichton played several flute solos as the couple greeted the guests. Bagpiper Archie MacKay provided special music outside the church as the guests waited for the couple to depart. The entire wedding party boarded an Excel Touring Bus for a ride around the lake and to the Buena Vista County Wind Farm before arriving at the reception.

A 6 p.m. casual dinner reception was held at the home of the bride's mother in Storm Lake. Craig and Nancy Fratzke served as reception hosts, and Tom and Sharon Daniels were masters of celebration. Large tents were placed in the backyard. Tables were decorated with candlelit glass bowls and vases filled with river rock and lily grass. Bright jewel tone cloth napkins, sewn by the groom's mother, decorated the individual place settings.

An international buffet in the walk-in basement featured Asian and Mexican food and Italian pizza, all made locally in Storm Lake.

The five-tiered cake made by Pam Green was decorated with edible crystals and topped with a crystal arrangement made by the bride.

The groom's cake consisted of a large chocolate chip cookie and a basket of smaller cookies.

Cindy Molgaard coordinated the reception and decorated the buffet tables to match the theme of the food being served. A dance followed on the patio.

Following a honeymoon cruise to the Virgin Islands, Katie and Jason are making their home in Naperville. Katie is currently working as a singer/actress in the Chicago area. Jason is a Multimedia Designer for Cramer-Krasselt in downtown Chicago.

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