Harrises Mark 50th Anniversary March 25, 2019
Walter and Sandy Harris of Dallastown celebrated their 50th anniversary on March 29.
They were married on March 29, 1969, at the courthouse in Bel Air, Md.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris are the parents of Tina Simmons of York. They have two grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Harris are both retired.
Smeltz-Ransing March 22, 2019
Bruce and Laura Smeltz of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emily Smeltz of East Petersburg, to Stephen Ransing of East Petersburg.
The bride-elect graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2014. She is employed by Emerald Springs Spa, Lancaster.
Mr. Ransing is the son of Greg and Marcia Leibrand of East Petersburg. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2013. He is employed by Zephyr Aluminum, Lancaster.
A June wedding is planned.
Lukacs-Smith March 19, 2019
Mackenzie Lukacs of York and Brandon Smith of York have announced their engagement.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Karen and Brian Keeney of York. She graduated from Central York High School in 2016 and attends York College of Pennsylvania, with a graduation date set for 2020. She is employed in York.
Mr. Smith is the son of Randy and Terri Smith of Huntingdon. He graduated from Huntingdon Area Senior High School in 2007 and attends York College of Pennsylvania, with a graduation date set for 2020. He is employed in York.
A June wedding is planned.
Siegel-Dunkle March 19, 2019
David and Lisa Siegel of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Victoria Kay Siegel of York, to Victor Louis Dunkle of Sykesville.
The bride-elect graduated from West York Area High School in 2015 and attends HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, with an expected graduation date in 2020.
Mr. Dunkle is the son of the late Scott Dunkle, who resided in Pottsville. He graduated from Century High School in 2012 and YTI in 2014. He is employed by Matthews International Casket Division in York.
A November wedding is planned.
Ebaugh-Ragsdale March 18, 2019
Mark and Barb Ebaugh of Holtwood have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katey Ebaugh of Holtwood, to Luke Ragsdale of Gap.
Mr. Ragsdale is the son of Jeff and Tammy Ragsdale of Gap.
The bride-elect and the groom-to-be met as counselors at Black Rock Retreat.
An August wedding is planned.
Straszynski-Monson March 15, 2019
The wedding of Courtney Monson and Daniel Straszynski took place on Sept. 14, 2018, at Lancaster County Courthouse in Lancaster. Hon. Judge Howard Knisely officiated at the 4 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Joan and Roger Monson of Lancaster. She graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2006, Towson University in 2010, and Penn State Dickinson School of Law in 2013. She is employed by Lancaster County Office of the Public Defender in Lancaster.
The groom is the son of Thomas and Susan Straszynski of Langhorne. He graduated from Notre Dame High School in 2001, Franklin & Marshall College in 2005, and Widener School of Law in 2008. He is employed by Lancaster County Office of the Public Defender.
The bride was given in marriage by her family.
The reception was held at The Inn at Leola Village in Leola.
After a wedding trip to Aruba, the couple resides in East Lampeter.
Markey-Campbell March 13, 2019
The wedding of Olivia Mae Campbell and Zachari David Markey took place on Sept. 22, 2018, at Wisehaven Event Center in York. Timothy Renner officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Sherry Campbell of York. She graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2014 and Millersville University in 2018. She is employed by The Movement Dance Experience in Las Vegas, Nev.
The groom is the son of David Markey of Dallastown and Tracey Reyes of Red Lion. He graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2013 and is employed by the United States Air Force in Las Vegas.
The maid of honor was Misti Ginter of Glen Rock. The bridesmaids were Nikki Grim of Tennessee, Lauren Grzymala of State College and Teagan Hanlon of Dallastown.
The best man was Nathan Kyle of Norfolk, Va., cousin of the groom. The groomsmen were Jayden Markey of Red Lion, brother of the groom, and Cole Waszil.
Providing music for the ceremony was Joe McDowell.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a sleeveless mermaid-style gown with a laced flower overlay. She carried a bouquet of baby's breath with white roses.
The reception took place at the Wisehaven Event Center Ballroom.
After a wedding trip to Disneyland in California, the couple resides in Las Vegas.
McNece-Longenecker March 8, 2019
Brian and Andrea McNece of Mount Joy have announced the engagement of their daughter Emily McNece of Mount Joy to Brandon Longenecker of Maytown.
The bride-elect graduated from Donegal High School in 2014 and Waynesburg University in 2018.
Mr. Longenecker is the son of Rick and Sherry Longenecker of Maytown. He graduated from Donegal High School in 2014 and York College in 2018.
The engagement proposal was made on Oct. 20, 2018.
An August wedding is planned.
Frye-Tucker March 8, 2019
Heather Lynn Frye of North Versailles and Zachary David Tucker of North Versailles have announced their engagement.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Dale and Lori Frye of North Versailles. She graduated from East Allegheny High School and University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She is employed by UPMC in McKeesport.
Mr. Tucker is the son of David and Carol Tucker of Marietta. He graduated from Donegal High School, graduated from University of Pittsburgh, and received a Master of Business Administration degree. He is employed by U.S. Steel in Pittsburgh.
A March wedding is planned.
Houck-Mullen February 27, 2019
David A. and Brenda Houck of York and Charles G. Jr. and Janie Mullen of York have announced the engagement of Nicole M. Houck of York and Charles G. Mullen III of York.
The bride-elect graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2005 and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College, in 2012. She is employed by the Margaret E. Moul Home in York.
Mr. Mullen graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2004, York College of Pennsylvania in 2008, and Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in 2017. He is employed by Supplemental Health Care in Amherst, N.Y.
An October wedding is planned.
Sager-Dundore February 19, 2019
The wedding of Erika Dundore and Michael Sager took place on Nov. 3, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wrightsville. The Rev. Timothy W. Sadler officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Steven and Kim Dundore of Mohrsville. She graduated from Schuylkill Valley High School in 2006 and Widener University in 2010. She is employed by Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Del.
The groom is the son of Christopher Sager of South Carolina and Lorna Sager of York. He graduated from Central York High School in 2006 and Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del., in 2011. He is employed by CNU Fit in Dover, Del.
Providing music for the ceremony was The Wild Hymns.
The reception took place at Historic Ashland in Wrightsville.
After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple resides in Georgetown, Del.
Sanders-Jennings February 19, 2019
The marriage of Ashley Jennings and Henri Sanders took place on Nov. 24, 2018, at the Chapel at The Hill School in Pottstown. Ahmad Ibrahim officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of William and Bonnie Jennings of Honey Brook. She graduated from Twin Valley High School in 2004 and later the Community College of the Air Force and the Defense Language Institute at the University of Maryland. She is employed by Baltimore County Public Schools.
The groom is the son of Emerson Sanders of Elkridge, Md., and Joanne Kennell of Baltimore, Md. He graduated from The Hill School in 2002 and Morgan State University.
The maid of honor was Megan Jennings, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids were Suzanne Stafford and Shala Liberty Baugh. The flower girl was Norah Sanders, niece of the groom.
Serving as best man was Daniel Simms. Groomsmen were Marshall Porter, Jack Campbell, and Tyler Semanski.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She carried a bouquet of burgundy calla lilies.
The reception was held at Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown.
The couple now resides in Halethorpe, Md.
Green-Kindig February 19, 2019
The wedding of Tara Kindig and Zachary Green took place on Aug. 18, 2018, at 5 p.m. at The Booking House in Manheim. Providing music for the ceremony was Bill Cappetta.
The bride is the daughter of Russell and Tracey Kindig of York. She graduated from West York Area High School in 2009 and Horry Georgetown Technical College in 2017. She is employed by RN Conway Medical Center in Conway, S.C.
The groom is the son of Paul and Kristen Green of Dallastown. He graduated from Dallastown Area High School in 2009 and Horry Georgetown Technical College in 2016. He is employed by Comprehensive Physical Therapy in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The maid of honor was Nichole Kindig of Lancaster, sister of the bride. Serving as best man was Tanner Rossi of Pittsburgh.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The reception was held at The Booking House.
After a wedding trip to Punta Cana, the couple resides in Myrtle Beach.
Sauder-Seiple February 14, 2019
Justine Sauder of Mountville and Daniel Seiple of Mount Joy have announced their engagement.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Andrea Sauder of Mountville. She graduated from Hempfield High School in 2011 and Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in 2017. She is employed in Lancaster County.
Mr. Seiple is the son of John and Melanie Seiple of Mount Joy. He graduated from a homeschooling program/Donegal High School in 2007 and Consolidated School of Business in 2009. He is employed in Etters.
A May 2020 wedding is planned.
Richardson-Miller February 12, 2019
Michael and Kolene Rains of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Emilee Q. Richardson of Locust Grove, Va., to Lukas A. Miller of Locust Grove, Va.
The bride-elect is also the daughter of Jason and Hope Richardson of York. She graduated from West York Area High School in 2012 and California University of Pennsylvania in 2016. She is employed by Orange County Public Schools in Orange, Va.
Mr. Miller is the son of Tina Santos of Hanover. He graduated from Southwest Area High School in 2013 and California University of Pennsylvania in 2017. He is employed by Culpeper County Public Schools in Culpeper, Va.
A July wedding is planned.
Kramer-Jackson February 12, 2019
Kenneth E. Jackson of Severn, Md., and Roy and Barbara Leiphart of Red Lion have announced the engagement of their son, Kenneth N. Jackson of Red Lion, to Melanie Kramer of Columbia.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Larry and Ellen Kramer of Myerstown. She graduated from a homeschool program in 2008 and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Alvernia University in 2012 and 2015, respectively. She is employed by The Hershey Company in Hershey.
Mr. Jackson graduated from Red Lion Area Senior High School in 2011 and Drexel University in 2017. He is employed by Johnson Controls in New Freedom.
A September wedding is planned.
Joined Together: Unity Ceremony Ideas February 8, 2019
Weddings celebrate the joining together of hearts, families, and homes. The unification of a couple pledging vows to each other is the key component of the ceremony, and unity rituals are common during both traditional and nontraditional weddings. Unity ceremonies represent the magic of two people coming together as one.
Unity rituals may be built into certain religious or cultural weddings as a normal part of the festivities. Other couples may want to embrace the idea of a unity ceremony to add something special to their ceremonies.
Couples seeking creative options for unity rituals as part of their wedding ceremonies can explore these ideas:
· Candle lighting: The lighting of a unity candle is one of the more recognizable and traditional unity rituals. During this ritual, the bride and the groom each light an individual candle and then together light a larger candle, which celebrates them coming together as one.
· Sand pouring: The pouring of sand into a vessel also is a popular unity ritual. In this custom, couples choose two sands of different colors and then pour their respective colors into a vessel, allowing the different hues to mix together. This ritual can be expanded to include other family members, with a rainbow of colors blending for a now-unified joining of families.
· Unity cross: Christians may enjoy including a unity cross ritual at their ceremony. A unity cross is a decorative cross with a holder, and the cross is held in place by three pins, which symbolize the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. During this ritual, the bride, groom, and officiant will each set a pin in place.
· Tree planting: Planting a tree or shrub that can grow with the marriage is a green idea and one that takes unity rituals to a different level. Couples can place the sapling in a decorative pot and then take turns watering it. Later, the tree can be planted outside the couple's first home.
· Lasso ceremony: This ritual is traditional in many Spanish- and Filipino-speaking countries. After vows are exchanged, the officiant wraps a floral garland or rosary around the couple. At the end of the ceremony, the garland is saved as a symbol of unity and love.
· Handfasting: This custom comes from an ancient Celtic tradition that binds right hands of the bride and groom together during the wedding ceremony. Handfasting symbolizes the couple's commitment to one another.
· Flower ceremony: In this ritual, couples can exchange roses or a favorite flower and then place them in a vase or basket. All members of the family also are invited to place a single flower into the vessel, which ultimately results in a beautiful floral display.
· Creating a painting: In this unity display, couples create a painting on a blank canvas during their wedding ceremony. The bride and groom can work together to paint a specific design (a heart is an appropriate choice), or they can each pour a different color of paint onto the canvas so that the two colors combine for a more abstract masterpiece. The artwork can then be displayed in the couple's home after the big day.
Couples can create their own unique unity ceremonies. The blending of any two materials, such as wine, tea, or glass beads, or even the traditional tying of knots will convey the symbolism of joining as one.
The Ties That Bind
When Lancaster, Pa., residents Meghan and Eugene got married on Aug. 4, 2018, they took the expression "tie the knot" literally. Meghan and Eugene, who are high school sweethearts originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, included a special unity display in their ceremony, during which they tied a square knot together in the center of a large macrame hanging made by local artist Amber of Ropes and Roses of Lititz, Pa.
"I had seen the idea once or twice and thought it was perfect for us, because I have made a few macrame hangings myself," explains Meghan, a school psychologist, noting that she taught Eugene, an executive chef, how to tie a square knot in the lead-up to the wedding. "Even though I'm the one that actually makes macrame occasionally, Eugene still appreciated and liked the idea behind it," she says.
In addition to the symbolism a unity ceremony affords to a wedding, it can also provide newlyweds with a tangible memento of the big day, which is something that appealed to Meghan and Eugene. "I loved the idea of having something from our ceremony that we would want in our home for years to come that would really be an heirloom of sorts," says Meghan. "It's currently hanging in our bedroom and is a really beautiful reminder of the day."
Meghan and Eugene's friends and family responded positively to the couple's original and customized wedding ceremony. "So many people came up to tell us how much they loved every part of the ceremony," recalls Meghan. "Many remarked that it included things they had never seen before, and they thought everything really worked beautifully together and seemed to represent us as a couple."
"It was important to us that we were picking ceremony elements that were meaningful to us," adds Meghan. In fact, when asked what advice she has for other couples who are interested in including a unity ceremony in their wedding, Meghan says, "My best advice is just to make sure whatever you're doing has true meaning to the two of you as a couple! It's hard when you're wedding planning to not let what's popular at the time or what you think you 'should' do influence your choices. But the day - and especially the ceremony - is meant to be truly celebrating your relationship and future ... so you can do whatever you want, and it's all about what's important to the two of you!"
macrame hanging: Ropes and Roses Macrame, Lititz, PA (shopropesandroses.com)
photographer: Emily Grace Photography, Elizabethtown, PA (emilygracephoto.com)
wedding and reception venue: Friedman Farms, Dallas, PA (friedmanfarms.com)
"Our wedding included a rose planting ceremony, symbolizing the roots of our relationship and our continued growth of love. We will plant this rose in our backyard to always be a symbol of our love for each other. Our mothers provided the foundation for the rose with soil from each of their homes. We then watered the rose, symbolizing the joining of our two families.
-Kelly and Zach,
married May 19, 2018, at Riverdale Manor, Lancaster, PA
Crabill-Michaels February 5, 2019
The wedding of Amelia Irene Michaels and Donald Glenn Crabill took place on Dec. 27, 2018, at Historic Ashland in York.
The bride graduated from high school in 2013 and Florida Atlantic University in 2017.
The groom graduated from high school in 2014 and the Air Force Academy in 2018.
The couple now resides in Universal City.
Why-Cooley February 5, 2019
The wedding of Laura Ann Cooley and Vincent McKinley Why took place on Jan. 19 at Pathway Community Church in York. Pastor Bola M. Adebisi officiated at the 10:19 a.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of William and Sandra Cooley of York. She graduated from Red Lion Area High School in 1993, Eastern University in 1998, and Drexel University in 2006. She is employed by Katallasso Family Health Center in York.
The groom is the son of Barbara A. Snyder of Red Lion. He graduated from Red Lion Area High School in 1993 and attended HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. He is employed by LifeTouch Photography in York.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents.
The bride and groom were junior high school sweethearts. The couple now resides in Pennsylvania.
Longeneckers Celebrate 70th Anniversary February 1, 2019
Glenn and Geraldine Longenecker of Mount Joy celebrated their 70th anniversary on Jan. 23. Their celebration included a card shower.
They were married on Jan. 23, 1949, in Middletown by the Rev. Howard Burtner.
They are the parents of Glenda Rae Muehling of Mount Joy and Gary Lee Longenecker of Rockville, Va. They have four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Mr. Longenecker is retired from J.C. Snavely Lumber in Landisville. Mrs. Longenecker is retired from the banking industry.