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Fuller-Nie January 15, 2019

The wedding of Xintong "Nancy" Nie and Matthew David Fuller took place on Oct. 6, 2018, at the Boathouse at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Hon. Alan Marrus officiated at the 5 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Helen Zeng and Terry Nie of Shenzhen, China. She graduated from Windsor Hills Baptist School in Oklahoma City in 2010, New York University in 2014, and Columbia University in 2016. She is a director of revenue with New York Hotel Management in Manhattan, N.Y.

The groom is the son of David and Geralyn Fuller of Stewartstown. He graduated from York Catholic High School in 2010 and Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014. He is an engineering manager at Adobe in Manhattan, N.Y.

The flower girl was Geraldine Snyder of Stewartstown, grandmother of the groom.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

The gown, designed by the bride, was botanically inspired and created by Anomalie, a company that custom makes wedding gowns. The shoes, also designed by the bride, were created by Harriet Wilde of London, England. The bride carried a bouquet of soft roses and dahlias in maroon, plum and cream.

Providing music for the ceremony was the Highline String Quartet.

The reception took place at The Boathouse at Prospect Park.

After a wedding trip to Thailand and Taiwan, the couple resides in Manhattan, N.Y.

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Hershey-Okan January 15, 2019

Terry Lynn Hershey of Paradise has announced the engagement of her daughter, Ashlee Lynn Hershey of Boston, to Melih Okan of Boston.

The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Dale Richard Hershey. She graduated from Pequea Valley High School in 2007 and Lesley University in 2015. She attends Aberystwyth University, with a graduation date in 2022. She is employed as a professor at Simmons University in Boston.

The groom is the son of Mikail and Bakiye Okan of Elazig, Turkey. He graduated from high school in 2006 and MIT in 2017. He is employed as a technical consultant at Ropes and Gray in Boston.

A June 2020 wedding is planned.

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Hanson-Gladhill January 15, 2019

Krista Markline of Felton has announced the engagement of her daughter, Tarrah Hanson of Felton, to Mark Gladhill of Frederick, Md.

The bride-elect graduated from the Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School in 2014 and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in 2017. She is employed by Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Md.

The groom-to-be is the son of Jeff and Chris Gladhill of Union Bridge, Md. He graduated from Linganore High School in 2008 and Frederick Community College in 2010. He is employed by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office in Frederick, Md.

A June wedding is planned.

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Fuller-Cuppone January 14, 2019

David and Geralyn Fuller of Stewartstown have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sarah Fuller of Stewartstown, to Damiano Cuppone of Perugia, Italy.

The bride-elect graduated from York Catholic High School in 2013 and Elizabethtown College in 2017. She is scheduled to graduate from Teacher's College, Columbia University in May with a master's degree in international educational development. She is employed in the education unit at UNICEF Center of Research in Florence, Italy.

The groom-to-be is the son of Fiorinto Cuppone and Maria Pia-Spazzoni of Perugia, Italy. He graduated from Liceo Classico A. Mariotti in 2010, and he received a Laurea Magistrale degree from the Universita di Perugia in 2015. He is employed as a relationship banker with UniCredit in Orvieto, Italy.

A September wedding is planned.

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Couple Celebrates 50th Anniversary January 14, 2019

Barbara (Childs) and Rick Gerz recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. They attended a Christmas show at American Music Theatre and then enjoyed a dinner hosted by their children at a local restaurant.

The couple was married on Dec. 28, 1968, at St. Philip's Church, Millersville.

Barbara and Rick are the parents of Melissa, wife of Chris Dissinger, Lancaster; Michelle, wife of Dan Kerns, Bethlehem; and Matthew, fiance of April Hartman, Maytown. They are the grandparents of Matthew, Andrew, Tyler, Nicholas, Chase, and Mia.

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Couple Marks 70th Anniversary January 11, 2019

Harold and Mary Keener of Mount Joy celebrated their 70th anniversary on Dec. 27 with family and friends at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. After a time of food and fellowship, the couple's children and their spouses, also with several great-grandchildren, presented musical selections. There was a time of sharing by family members, which included stories from childhood, reflections on the farm history leading into the Keener potato business, and acknowledgments of God's faithfulness.

They were married on Dec. 15, 1948, at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by the Rev. Noah Risser.

Mr. and Mrs. Keener are the parents of Herb Keener, husband of Barb, Columbia; Carolyn Hoover, wife of Leon, Fresno, Calif.; Joyce Weaver, wife of Nelson, New Holland; Steve Keener, husband of Marilyn, Mount Joy; Willy Keener, husband of Barb, Elizabethtown; Jeff Keener, husband of Cathy, Mount Joy; Kathy Shantz, wife of Stan, Lancaster; and Julie Newman, wife of Pete, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. They have 23 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Keener is retired from Harold Keener and Sons Potatoes of Mount Joy. Mrs. Keener was a homemaker.

Mr. and Mrs. Keener attend Elizabethtown Mennonite Church.

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Denslinger-Swoyer January 10, 2019

Michelle Ann Denslinger of Enola and Jesse Owens Swoyer of Camp Hill have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Tom and Cindy Denslinger of Enola. She graduated from East Pennsboro High School and Millersville University.

The groom-to-be is the son of Brenda Light and Robert Swoyer of Lebanon. He graduated from Northern Lebanon High School, Central Penn College and Lebanon Valley College.

A September wedding is planned.

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Torres-Calderon January 10, 2019

Wanda Ortiz of Bronx, N.Y., and Dalys Calderon of Brooklyn, N.Y., have announced the engagement of Cynthia Torres of Lancaster and Christian Calderon of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Bernard Galloway of Lancaster and Wanda Ortiz. She graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2011.

The groom-to-be is the son of Christopher Passamante of Philadelphia and Dalys Calderon. He graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School and is employed in Lancaster.

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Litsinger-Sanderson January 9, 2019

Delaney Litsinger of Wellsville and Jesse Sanderson of York have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Lance and Lisa Litsinger of Wellsville. She graduated from a homeschooling program.

The groom-to-be is the son of Steven and Nicole Sanderson of York. He graduated from West York Area High School.

An August wedding is planned.

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Couple Marks 50th Anniversary January 3, 2019

Dennis and Beverly Rothrock of Dover celebrated their 50th anniversary on Oct. 14, 2018, with a weeklong family cruise to Bermuda.

They were married on Nov. 9, 1968, at Ridge Avenue United Methodist Church in York by the Rev. Brown.

The Rothrocks are the parents of Nathan Rothrock, Douglas Rothrock, and Kenneth Rothrock, all of Dover. They have seven grandchildren.

Mr. Rothrock is employed by Heritage Lawn and Landscape Care Inc. in Dover. Mrs. Rothrock is employed by York County Judicial Center in York and is retired from Dover Area School District.

The couple attends New Creation Community Church in Dover.

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Chapman-Thompson January 3, 2019

The marriage of Sarah Thompson and Connor Chapman took place on July 27, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church in Landisville. Pastors JMe Lowden and Paul Messner officiated at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. Jeffrey and Amy Thompson of Landisville. She graduated from Hempfield High School in 2013 and Hartwick College in 2017. She currently attends Penn State University as a graduate student.

The groom is the son of Gerry and Jenny Chapman of Schenectady, N.Y. He graduated from Niskayuna High School in 2014 and SUNY Oneonta in 2017. He currently attends Penn State University as a graduate student.

The maid of honor was Brittany McMullen of Lancaster. Bridesmaids were Mackenzie Chapman of Schenectady, sister of the groom; Jordan Goodson of Houston, cousin of the bride; Maddie Herman of York, cousin of the bride; Maxine Herman of York, cousin of the bride; and Tess Dubler of Emporium, cousin of the bride. Serving as best man was Luke Kellish of Niskayuna, N.Y. Groomsmen were Cameron Thompson of Landisville, brother of the bride; Sam VanDemark of Schuylerville; Anthony Guidetti of Niskayuna; Rajiv Kommareddy of Niskayuna; and Nathan Laing of Clifton Park, N.Y. The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

The bride wore her mother's 1992 wedding gown, which was redesigned by Michelle Rene of Lancaster. The bride carried a bouquet of peach roses, white calla lilies, and white hydrangeas. Organist Dennis Dezort and soloist Cameron Thompson provided music for the ceremony. The bride's father made the wedding cake.

The reception was held at the Cameron Estate Inn in Mount Joy.

After a wedding trip to Wildwood, N.J., the couple resides in State College.

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Jones-Gumpher January 3, 2019

Kathy Jones of New Cumberland and Carl Gumpher of New Cumberland have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Jack and Mary Jones of Galeton. She graduated from Red Land High School.

Mr. Gumpher is the son of Shirley Gumpher of Lewisberry. He graduated from Red Land High School and is employed by UPS in Harrisburg.

An October 2020 wedding is planned.

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Beeman-Martin January 3, 2019

The marriage of Kendra Janelle Martin and Gregory Alan Beeman took place on Oct. 21, 2018, at Camp Hebron in Halifax. The Rev. Mike Ford and the Rev. Sam Lim officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of James and Janice Martin of Narvon. She graduated from Garden Spot High School in 1999 and Eastern Mennonite University in 2004. She is employed by Camp Hebron.

The groom is the son of Gerald and Nancy Beeman of Harrisburg. He graduated from North East High School in 1990 and Messiah College in 1994. He earned a master's degree from Gordon-Cromwell Theological Seminary in 1998 and a doctorate degree from Alliance Theological Seminary in 2018. He is employed by Nyack College in New York City.

The flower girls were Olivia Neff and Elizabeth Neff of Middletown, nieces of the groom, and Kendal Martin and Kinley Martin of Reedsville, nieces of the bride. The ring bearers were Mitchell Neff and Eli Neff of Middletown, nephews of the groom.

The reception was held at Camp Hebron.

The couple resides in Harrisburg.

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Rentzel-Goodyear January 3, 2019

The wedding of Kaitlin Goodyear and Drew Rentzel took place on June 30, 2018, at Lakeview Farms in Dover.

The bride is the daughter of Ken and Patti Goodyear of York. She graduated from Central York High School in 2008 and Shippensburg University in 2012. She is employed by Central York School District in York.

The groom is the son of Kim Rentzel of Lewes, Del., and the late Scott Rentzel. He graduated from Red Land High School in 2007 and is employed by Lobar Inc. in Dillsburg.

After a wedding trip to Punta Cana, Domincan Republic, the couple resides in Etters.

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Klinedinst-Hake December 26, 2018

Megan Klinedinst of Red Lion and Aaron Hake of Red Lion have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Robin Stevens of Manchester and Michael Klinedinst of York and the stepdaughter of Todd Stevens of Manchester. She graduated from York County School of Technology in 2012 and from Ashworth College in 2014. She is employed by WellSpan Pediatrics in York.

Mr. Hake is the son of Earl Hake of Spry and the late Christina Kann. He attended York County School of Technology and is emplyed by LKQ in York.

A May 2021 wedding is planned.

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George-Gradwell December 26, 2018

Rachael George of Manchester and Drew Gradwell of Manchester have announced their engagement.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Chris Swolensky and Debi George of Minersville. She graduated from Minersville Area High School in 2010 and Kutztown University in 2014.

The groom-to-be is the son of Toni Cook and Michael Daniels of Minersville and Richard and Maria Gradwell of Port Carbon. He graduated from Minersville Area High School in 2010 and Mesa Community College in 2017.

A June wedding is planned.

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Gotwalt-Klein December 26, 2018

The wedding of Rachel Corinne Klein and Joshua Thomas Gotwalt took place on Nov. 10 at the Pennsylvania State Capitol Rotunda. The Rev. Michelle R.P. Bacon officiated at the 5 p.m. ceremony. Providing music for the ceremony was the Jubal String Quartet.

The bride is the daughter of Barbara R. Chambers of Lansdale and Craig C. Klein of Moorestown. She graduated from Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in 2011 and currently attends HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, for nursing. She is employed as a certified medical assistant with Family Practice Center in New Cumberland.

The groom is the son of Brenda and Thomas Gotwalt of York. He graduated from Central York High School in 2009 and Millersville University in 2013. He is currently employed as a claims facilitator at Erie Insurance, Mechanicsburg.

The maid of honor was Emily Klein of Coplay, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Natalie Chambers, sister of the bride; Jessica Gotwalt, sister-in-law of the bride; Marie Sock; Tina Yang; Maddie Matthews; and Paulette Ott.

Serving as best man was Andrew Wolfgang of York, cousin of the groom. Groomsmen were Derrek Hoffer, Dustin Sinclair, Jarrod Stabley, William Wolfgang, and Austin Dasilva.

The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore an elegant sequined mermaid-style gown and carried white roses with baby's breath, greenery, and blue thistle.

The reception was held at the Appalachian Brewing Company, Harrisburg.

After a wedding trip to Punta Cana, the couple resides in New Cumberland.

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Selecting A Squad December 20, 2018

Making the important decision to get married can fill couples with joy and excitement as they imagine spending the rest of their lives together. Naturally, brides- and grooms-to-be are anxious to share the good news with others and to include their family and friends in the festivities. One way couples exemplify inclusion is by asking their closest friends and loved ones to be part of their wedding parties.

Being asked to serve as a bridesmaid or groomsman is an honor. Some couples may be tempted to ask every friend, sibling, or cousin they have to be in their wedding parties - and some do. In fact, ancient Roman law required 10 witnesses to be part of the wedding ceremony.

However, the larger the wedding party, the more people couples have to coordinate and the more personalities they must manage. There isn't any one-size-fits-all formula to decide which size party is right for a particular situation. Trends also vary based on geography and culture. The following tips can help couples decide on the size of their wedding parties.

· Match it to scope and style. Wedding planners may use a standard ratio for a proportion of guests to wedding party members. That ratio is one pair of wedding attendants for every 50 guests. This creates a balanced feel where the more people in attendance, the larger the wedding party and vice versa.

· Consider expenses. Wedding party members may be asked to spend considerable amounts of money to be in the wedding, but the couple will have certain expenses tied to the wedding party as well. These can include limousines to ferry people between the ceremony and reception, photography costs to arrange and photograph large wedding parties, the cost of boutonnieres and bouquets, and attendants' gifts, as well as extra mouths to feed at the rehearsal dinner. Small wedding parties can be easier on couples' budgets.

· Know your expectations. Couples should discuss what they expect from their wedding parties. Do couples want their loved ones to be very hands-on in planning and helping with the wedding? For those who want a lot of input from their wedding parties, asking distant friends or family to be included may be impractical. If couples' only expectation for their attendants is that they show up on the big day in the correct outfit and ready to walk down the aisle, coordinating with far-flung friends may not be too tricky.

· Select reliable, easygoing people. Wedding party members should be people that couples can rely on, and it also helps if wedding party members are not prone to overreacting. Choose a wedding party that can be trusted and people with whom everyone can get along.

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The Four C's That Make Diamond Shopping A Breeze December 20, 2018

Diamonds are the stone of choice for engagement rings and wedding jewelry. They are durable and are a timeless way to complement every style.

Anyone who is about to purchase a diamond is encouraged to do research about selecting quality diamonds. At the heart of the diamond grading process are the four C's of diamond quality. The C's refer to carat weight, color grade, clarity grade, and cut grade. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) helped to create the Diamond Four C's and the International Diamond Grading System. These benchmarks are used to classify all diamonds.

The following is the GIA's explanation of each component of the system.

· Carat: Diamond carat weight is the measurement of how much the diamond weighs and is equivalent to 200 milligrams per carat. Each carat is subdivided into 100 points. Therefore, a one-carat diamond is 1.00 or 100 points, while a 25-point diamond is .25 carats. Naturally, larger diamonds can be more rare and desirable.

· Color: A white diamond is more valuable the less color it contains. GIA uses a D-to-Z grading system to determine a diamond's color value. D would be a colorless diamond and Z the most saturated with color.

· Clarity: Diamonds are formed by carbon exposed to heat and pressure. Natural internal characteristics known as inclusions and external components called blemishes are the norm. The closer the gem comes to being perfectly pure without inclusions or blemishes, the greater the value.

· Cut: To transmit light and sparkle, diamonds have to be cut precisely and with great artistry. A diamond will be further graded based on symmetry and proportions, as well as how the stone returns light. Brightness, which is the internal and external white light reflected; fire, or the scattering of white light into rainbow colors; and scintillation, or the sparkle the diamond produces, are factored into how the cut is valued.

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Practice For Picture Perfection December 20, 2018

During their engagements, couples will make many decisions in regard to their weddings. Wedding planning can sometimes seem like a runaway train of appointments, schedules, and deadlines. As a result, some couples do not take the time to enjoy being engaged, which is a special and unique time in their lives.

Engagement photo shoots can be a unique way for couples to commemorate and enjoy the months preceding their weddings. Engagement photos memorialize the engagement and provide many additional benefits as well.

1. Engagement photo shoots give couples a chance to connect with a potential wedding photographer. Booking an engagement photo shoot provides helpful information to both the couple and the photographer. The photographer gets to see how the couple interacts in front of the lens and can determine any insecurities or strengths and weaknesses couples may have. These lessons can be filed away and used to make wedding-day photos look better. Similarly, spending time with the photographer gives the couple an opportunity to develop a rapport with him or her. If couples and their photographer don't click, scheduling an engagement shoot well in advance of the wedding gives couples a chance to find someone else to take their photos on the big day.

2. An engagement photo shoot gives couples time to spend together. An engagement photo shoot is an ideal opportunity to spend an afternoon in a special location focusing on each other without wedding planning stress.

3. Photo shoots provide a chance to get comfortable in front of the camera. Having professional photographs taken before the wedding enables couples to view how they will appear in pictures. Seeing these photos might help couples grow more comfortable in front of the camera. This practice can help couples temper their anxieties prior to the wedding. An engagement shoot also can be a great time for couples to speak with their photographers about angles or styles they prefer or dislike.

4. The bride and groom can use the photos as save-the-date or social media photos or with an engagement announcement in the local newspaper. The photos can turn out to be a great way to spread excitement about the upcoming nuptials. Couples should check with their photographer regarding licensing first.

5. Photo shoots provide a chance to experiment with vivid backdrops. Engagement photography gives couples plenty of opportunities to experiment with different locales, which may not be possible on the wedding day.

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