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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Yurchak-Heffner January 30, 2019

John and Nancy Yurchak of Leola have announced the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Yurchak of Leola, to Ryan Heffner of Sinking Spring.

The bride-elect graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2011 and is employed by Costco Wholesale in Lancaster.

Mr. Heffner is the son of Ronald and Susan Heffner of Fleetwood. He graduated from Brandywine Heights High School in 2009 and Penn State University in 2013. He is employed by Case New Holland in New Holland.

A May wedding is planned.

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Harkins-Endy January 25, 2019

The marriage of Elizabeth Ann Endy and Christopher John Harkins took place on Aug. 12, 2017, at the couple's home in Memphis, Tenn. Pastor Sam Shaw officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Michael Endy of Hummelstown and Deanne Endy of Hummelstown. She graduated from Lower Dauphin High School in 2007, Moravian College in 2011, and Vanderbilt University in 2017. She is employed by Penn State Health in Hershey.

The groom is the son of Randall Harkins. He graduated from United Township High School in 2006 and attended Black Hawk College in Illinois. He is self-employed as a general contractor and real estate investor.

The matron of honor was Sarah Height of Memphis. Bridesmaids were Faith Mong of Palmyra; Meredith Endy of Hummelstown, sister of the bride; Jackie Endy of Hummelstown, sister of the bride; and Lynsey Harkins of Nashville, Tenn., sister-in-law of the bride. The flower girl was Eleanor Height of Memphis, daughter of the matron of honor. Serving as best man was Daniel Franz of Columbus, Ind. Groomsmen were Noel Fenderson of Memphis; Wade Russell of Nashville; and Daniel Cline of Memphis. The ring bearer was Brayden Hamrick of Memphis, nephew of a groomsman.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a vintage lace wedding gown.

The reception was held at the couple's home in Memphis.

After a wedding trip to Cabo San Lucas, the couple resides in Hershey.

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Yurchak-Lenhard January 25, 2019

John and Nancy Yurchak of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jocelyn Yurchak of Lancaster, to Adam Lenhard of Lancaster.

The bride-elect graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2014 and the University of Mount Olive in 2018.

The groom-to-be is the son of David Lenhard and Jill Kennett of Lancaster. He graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2012 and the University of Mount Olive in 2017.

A November wedding is planned.

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Werner-Dettinger January 23, 2019

Tiffany Werner of Red Lion has announced her engagement to Casey Dettinger of York.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Royce and Deb Werner of Red Lion. She graduated from Red Lion Area Senior High School in 2015 and is employed by Rutter's in Red Lion.

The groom-to-be is the son of Vernon Dettinger of Lancaster and Sue McCullen of New Holland. He graduated from Red Lion Area Senior High School in 2013 and is employed by Security Fence in Red Lion.

A September wedding is planned.

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Beeman-Martin January 22, 2019

The wedding 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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Carbaugh-Eshleman January 22, 2019

The wedding of Kelsey Eshleman and Timothy Carbaugh took place on Oct. 20, 2018, at Wyndridge Farm in Dallastown. Kait Verkest from Sealed With a Kiss by Kait officiated at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Anthony and Kathie Eshleman of Maytown. She graduated from Donegal High School in 2004 and York College of Pennsylvania in 2008. She is employed by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association in Mechanicsburg.

The groom is the son of Ron and April Ginter of York. He attended Central York High School through 2006 and graduated from YTI. He is employed by Textron in Hunt Valley, Md.

The matron of honor was Stacy Eshleman of Maytown, sister-in-law of the bride. The maid of honor was Emily Filingeri of Palmyra. The bridesmaids were Amanda White of Charlotte, N.C.; Lindsay Miller of Middletown; and Cierra Richards of Dallastown, sister of the groom. The junior bridesmaids were Kayla Bechtold of Elizabethtown, niece of the bride, and Faith Ginter of York, sister of the groom. The flower girl was Blythe Eshleman of Maytown, niece of the bride.

The best man was Chuck Spath of Raleigh, N.C. The groomsmen were Taylor Eshleman of Maytown, brother of the bride; Travis Eshleman of Marietta, brother of the bride; Christopher Miller of Middletown; and Kyle Richards of Dallastown, brother-in-law of the groom.

The bride carried a bouquet from The Flower Shop/Koons Florist.

Providing music for the ceremony was Provolve Entertainment.

The reception took place at Wyndridge Farm.

After a wedding trip to Costa Rica, the couple resides in Marietta.

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Rileys Celebrate 50th Anniversary January 17, 2019

Charles W. and Judy A. Riley of York recently celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary. They were married on Dec. 21, 1968, at Red Lion Chapel Church in Red Lion. They currently attend St. Paul Lutheran Church, York.

Charles is the son of the late Clarence and Mary Riley. He is retired from Cole Steel.

Judy is the daughter of the late Carl and Norma Jean Harding. She is retired from Kemp's Food, formerly known as Green's Dairy.

Charles and Judy are the parents of two sons, Charles E. and Robert C., both of York, and they have one grandson, Charles E. Jr. of York.

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Day-Hershey January 17, 2019

The marriage of Melissa Hershey and Daniel Day took place on Nov. 3 at Word of Life Chapel in Bainbridge.

The bride is the daughter of Dean and Crystal Hershey of Elizabethtown. She graduated from Geneva College in 2012. She is employed by TE Connectivity in Middletown.

The groom is the son of Gary and Sue Day of Gardners. He graduated from Shippensburg University in 2014 and the University of New Hampshire in 2016. He is employed by The Hershey Company in Hershey.

After a wedding trip to Italy, Greece, Spain, the couple resides in Elizabethtown.

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Couple Marks 50th Anniversary January 17, 2019

Larry and Shirley A. Kendig of Wrightsville celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 17, 2018. The couple had brunch with family members at the Eden Resort.

The Kendigs were married on Dec. 14, 1968.

They are the parents of Carey Kendig of Marietta, Sheila Hartman of Elizabethtown and Lisa Albert of Mount Joy. There are five grandchildren.

Larry is retired from Wilbur Chocolate in Mount Joy.

Shirley is a homemaker.

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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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