Michelle Ann Ackerman and Benjamin Matthew McCollum were united in marriage on Saturday July 2 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Albert City at 5 p.m. Pastor David Bernhardt officiated at the ceremony. Reverend Matthew Hewitt gave the message. Parents of the bride are Nick and Anita Ackerman of rural Storm Lake. Parents of the groom are Roger and Mary Timko, Storm Lake, and John and Lita McCollum, Phoenix, Ariz. Special guests were Richard and Arlene Wessman, Albert City, grandparents of the bride and Mary Benish, Mason City, grandmother of the groom.
Maid of honor was Brooke Beilby, Coralville, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Shauna Kendall, Liberty, Mo, Kari Smith, Ames, Heather Buckley, Liberty, Mo., Laura Kestel, Grimes, all friends of the bride; and Stephanie Ackerman, Ottumwa, sister-in-law of the bride. Junior bridesmaid was Mary Rose Timko, Storm Lake, sister of the groom. Flower girl was Naomi Forslund, Rio Rancho, NM, cousin of the groom.
Best men were Joseph McCollum, Iowa City, brother of the groom and Joshua Barber, Overland Park, Kan., friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Kyle Hach, Oelwein, Scott Brown, Iowa City, Jesse Shaw, Lincoln, Neb., all friends of the groom; and Michael Ackerman, Ottumwa, brother of the bride. The ring bearer was Trevor Ackerman, Ottumwa, nephew of the bride. Ushers were Keith Hoye, Spirit Lake, Joel Yeldell, Olathe, Kan., Steve Myrick, Wichita, Kan., all friends of the groom; and Benjamin Baier, Iowa City, cousin of the bride. Steve Myrick and Benjamin Baier were also candle lighters for the ceremony.
Nate Fulcher, Iowa City, friend of the couple was the soloist. Pianist was Linda Baier, Storm Lake, aunt of the bride. Meredith Forslund, Rio Rancho, NM, cousin of the groom, was the flutist and also played the saxophone. Scripture was read by Linda Boss, St. Paul, Minn., aunt and Godmother of the groom. Following the wedding ceremony, bells were distributed by John Luke, Seth, and Steven McCollum, Phoenix, Ariz., brothers of the groom.
A reception and dance was held at the Buena Vista University Grand Ballroom, Storm Lake. Host and hostesses were Darrel and Sue Schnetter, Albert City, Ron and Darlene Cradit, Mound, Minn., friends of the bride; and Dr. Paul and Dee Barber, Storm Lake, friends of the couple.
Following a honeymoon to Cozumel, Mexico, the couple is now residing in Emporia, Kan. Michelle is a special education teacher at Timmerman Elementary School and Ben is the assistant men's basketball coach at Emporia State University.