On Aug. 12, 2000, Stephanie Anne Nelson and Christopher Nathan Anderson were united in marriage at the Nain Lutheran Church in Newell, with Rev. Thomas R. Hagen officiating.
The groom escorted the parents of the couple, Sylvia Nelson and Edward and Barbara Anderson into the church; following the grandparents, Bill and Adeline Nelson, Ellsworth and Wanda Jeppeson, Sr. and Tom and Pat Schuler. Unable to attend was the bride's great-grandmother, Lora Williamson, of Bigfork, Minn. The bride's father, John Nelson, was not forgotten, as a special candle was lit in memory of him.
The bride wore a white "Cinderella" dress with a tight fitting bodice of sheer material covered with stimulated pearls and flower petals. Pearls were sewn around the neckline. Three large teardrops accented the front. The long tapered pearl and flowered sleeves were puffed at the shoulder. The full satin skirt had pearls and flowers with layers of champagne curls in the front and champagne curls in the back, making a small train. A large flat bow at the waistline covered the lower back closing. The headpiece was pearl beaded with small white flowers across the back with waist length soft netting attached. She carried a beautiful bouquet of red roses embedded in ivy and baby's breath, chosen by the groom. She wore an antique, diamond necklace, a gift from her mother, with diamond earrings, borrowed from the groom's mother.
The mother of the bride wore a navy floor-length dress with a waist-length long sleeved jacket with navy sequins around the edge. The groom's mother wore a lovely wide layered off-white lace ankle dress with short sleeves. They and the grandmothers wore corsages of red roses, baby's breath and silver ribbon.
The matron of honor was Tabitha Demey and the bridesmaids were Mandy Mahler and Alexia Schlafer, all friends of the bride and sisters of the bride, Amanda and Julie. They wore sleeveless navy blue princess style floor-length gowns with navy flowered inset at the back waistline. Each carried two red long stemmed roses, baby's breath with spring rye and silver streamers.
The best man was Cory Anderson, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Jason Lynch, Chris Reinert, Ben O'Brien and Neil Nelson, all friends of the groom. They wore black tuxedos with burgundy vests. They, the groom, the father and the grandfathers wore red rose boutonnieres.
Flower girls were Katelynn DeRoos, cousin of the bride and Paige Schuler, cousin of the groom. They wore white satin, sleeveless floor length gowns with a lace netting overlay, accented with burgundy and navy flower petals at the bottom.
Personal attendants were Sherry DeRoos, cousin of the bride and Stephanie Beauchemin, friend of the bride. Ushers were Todd Meyer, Eric Wiese and Chad Wagener and David Wagener, all friends of the couple. Jessica Jeppeson, cousin of the bride and Jenny Strait, cousin of the groom, sat at the couple's guest book table. Katy Schuler and Megan Strait helped pin flowers on the special guests.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Tenaea Jeppeson, cousin of the bride and Patrick Schuler, cousin of the groom, lit the candles. As the grandparents were being seated, Aaron Cork, cousin of the bride sang, "Time for Joy." Tara Christ, friend of the bride, was the pianist. When the parents were escorted to their places, Aaron sang, "He Has Chosen You For Me." Sisters Amanda and Julia then escorted the bride up to the altar where her mother, Sylvia, was waiting to present her to the groom. Rev. Hagen gave a prayer and welcome. Dania Schuler, cousin of the groom and Elizabeth Pedersen, cousin of the bride, read the scriptures. These were followed by the sermon, the vows, and lighting of the unity candle while Aaron sang, "God, a Woman and a Man." The Lord's Prayer was said in unison. Mr. and Mrs. Chris Anderson were then presented to the congregation.
The reception was held at the Alta Community Building. The hosts and hostesses were Elwyn and Char Jeppesen, aunt and uncle of the bride and Steve and RoseAnn Schuler, aunt and uncle of the groom. Kale and Emily Snavely, cousins of the groom and Ellsworth and Teresa Jeppeson, Jr., aunt and uncle of the bride, helped with the gifts. Jone Meredith and Jene Robinson, aunts of the groom, helped cut and serve the cake. Char Jeppeson, aunt of the bride, made the wedding cake. Rod Snavely, uncle of the groom, took pictures and Brad Pedersen, uncle of the bride, videotaped the special day.
The bride is a 1995 graduate of Newell Fonda High School and a 1999 graduate of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake with a degree in elementary education. She has taught one year as a third grade teacher in Vermillion, S.D. and is continuing her career there this fall.
The groom is a 1996 graduate of Alta High School and a 2000 graduate of Buena Vista University with a degree in education. He is now a middle school math and science teacher in Tyndall, S.D.
Following a honeymoon to Cancun, Mexico, the couple is at home in their new residence in Yankton, S.D.
Edward and Barbara Anderson hosted a rehearsal supper the night before the ceremony on Friday evening, Aug. 11, at the Alta Golf and Country Club in Alta.