Diem-Ridinger January 16, 2018
Clifford and Kimberly Diem of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Dakota Diem of Lancaster, to Jay Ridinger of Lancaster.
The bride-elect graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 2009 and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2013. She is employed by the Cameron Estate Inn in Mount Joy.
The groom-to-be is the son of John Ridinger of Lancaster and Christine Landis of Lancaster. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in 2007 and Franklin and Marshall College in 2011. He is pursuing a teaching certificate in Lancaster.
An April 2019 wedding is planned.
Couple Marks 65th Anniversary January 15, 2018
James and Virginia Robertson of York celebrated their 65th anniversary on Jan. 6. The couple's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren gave them a surprise anniversary party at Church of the Open Door.
They were married on Jan. 3, 1953, at Trinity Lutheran Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Robertson are the parents of Joni Sipling of Palmyra, Beth Hostetter of Willow Street, Rodd Robertson of York, and Tim Robertson of York. They have 30 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
The couple attends Church of the Open Door. Mr. Robertson is retired from York Corrugating Company. Mrs. Robertson is retired from the York County Courthouse.
Metzler-Martin January 11, 2018
Jeryl and Dorinda Metzler of Manheim have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kierra Metzler of Manheim, to Andrew Martin of Myerstown.
The bride-elect graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2014 and from Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in 2016. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Nursing, with plans to graduate this year. She is employed by WellSpan Good Samaritan in Lebanon in emergency nursing.
Mr. Martin is the son of Gary and Wendy Martin of Myerstown. He graduated from a homeschool program in 2015 and is employed by Kreider Farms in Manheim as a mechanical technician.
An October wedding is planned.
Weaver-Hollopeter January 11, 2018
The marriage of Dana Hollopeter and Robert James Weaver took place on Sept. 16, 2017, at King's Kids Campground in Dillsburg.
The bride is the daughter of John and Linda Hollopeter of Manheim. She graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2002 and Bethel College in Indiana in 2007.
The groom is the son of Robert Weaver III and Cathy Weaver of Dillsburg. He graduated from Northern York County High School in 2001 and the automotive program at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School.
The matron of honor was Beth Manyara, sister of the bride. The bridesmaids were Becky Sensenig and Alicia Lindsay, sister of the groom. The junior bridesmaid was Lydia Manyara, niece of the bride. The flower girls were Sara Manyara, niece of the bride; Abigail Manyara, niece of the bride; and Abigail Lindsay, niece of the groom.
The best man was Dan Calvert. The groomsmen were Craig Yoder and Mike Westbrook.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents.
After a wedding trip to California, the couple resides in Dillsburg.
Collins-Quinn January 11, 2018
The marriage of Megan A. Quinn and Dustin L. Collins took place on July 28, 2017, at The Booking House in Manheim.
The bride is the daughter of James and Barbara Quinn of Millersville. She graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2005 and Elizabethtown College in 2009 and received a master's degree from Millersville University. She is employed as an elementary teacher in the Penn Manor School District.
The groom is the son of Lawrence and Donna Collins of Peach Bottom. He graduated from Solanco High School in 2008 and Penn State University in 2013. He is employed by Buck Company in Quarryville.
Frackman-Collins January 11, 2018
The marriage of Marie Collins and Kevin Frackman took place on Nov. 4, 2017, at Lakefield Weddings in Manheim.
The bride is the daughter of Lawrence and Donna Collins of Peach Bottom. She graduated from Solanco High School in 2004 and Millersville University in 2008, and received her master's degree from Penn State University in 2016. She is employed as an elementary teacher in the Solanco School District.
The groom is the son of Jeffrey and Annetta Frackman of Paradise. He graduated from Solanco High School in 2006. He is employed by Martin Water Conditioning.
The couple resides in Paradise.
Geltz-Harris January 11, 2018
Mallory Geltz of Denver, Colo., and Andrew Harris of Denver, Colo., have announced their engagement.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Connie Vera and Peter Geltz of Columbia. She graduated from Penn Manor High School. She is employed by Denver Dumb Friends League, an animal rescue shelter.
Mr. Harris is the son of Ms. Ronnie Harris. He graduated from Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisc. He is the owner of Rock N Lobster Roll.
An October wedding is planned.
Underkoffler-Polak January 11, 2018
Terry and Wanda Underkoffler of Washington Boro have announced the engagement of their daughter Holly Underkoffler of Fairfax, Va., to Nicholas Polak of Fairfax.
The bride-elect graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2010 and Penn State University in 2014. She is currently working toward a master's degree from George Mason University, which she is scheduled to receive in 2018. She is employed by Fairfax County Public Schools.
Mr. Polak is the son of Hans Polak and Lisa Black of Westfield, N.J.. He graduated from Westfield High School in 2010 and Penn State University in 2014. He is employed by Fairfax County Public Schools.
A June wedding is planned.
Berkosky-Gehman January 11, 2018
The marriage of Angela R. Gehman and Thomas J. Berkosky took place on Nov. 24, 2017, at La Massaria at Bella Vista in Gilbertsville. The Rev. Erik Williams officiated at the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Terry and Joyce Gehman of Gordonville. She graduated from Conestoga Valley High School, and Shippensburg University, and earned a Master's degree from Lebanon Valley College, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification. She is employed by Domani Wealth in Lancaster.
The groom is the son of Stanley and Kathryn Berkosky of Taylor. He graduated from Riverside High School in Taylor and the University of Phoenix. He is employed by GE Healthcare.
The matron of honor was Lisa Schreibeis, sister of the bride; the junior bridesmaid was Chloe Schreibeis, niece of the bride. Serving as best man was Jake White; the ring bearer was Colin Schreibeis, nephew of the bride. Ushers included Lino De Angelis, brother-in-law of the groom; and Geoffrey Schreibeis, brother-in-law of the bride. Children of the groom are Ava Berkosky and Lucy Berkosky.
After a wedding trip to St. Lucia, the couple resides in Gilbertsville.
Himes-Leed January 10, 2018
The wedding of Shelley Leed and Timothy Himes took place on Oct. 22, 2017, at Willow Valley Chapel at the DoubleTree Resort in Lancaster.
The bride is the daughter of Larry and Louise Resh of Willow Street. She graduated from Lampeter-Strasburg High School in 2001.
Mr. Himes is the son of Robert and Linda Himes of Lancaster. He graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in 1998.
The couple resides in Willow Street.
Voss-Andres - Strain January 10, 2018
Stacy Johnson has announced the engagement of her niece, Denee Voss-Andres of York, to Joshua Strain of Baltimore.
The bride-elect is the daughter of Renee Voss of Atlantic City, N.J., and Donald R. Boyd Jr. of York. She graduated from Red Lion Area High School and is employed by Out Door Country Club in York.
The groom-to-be is the son of Bill Strain of Baltimore and Carol Strain of Baltimore. He graduated from Fallston High School.
A 2018 wedding is planned.
Myer-Reed January 9, 2018
Steven and Randi Myer of Manheim have announced the engagement of their daughter, Heidi Kaye Myer of State College, to Brian Alan Reed of Fallston, Md.
She graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2008 and South Dakota State University in 2012. She is scheduled to receive her doctorate from Penn State University in 2018. She is employed by Penn State University in State College.
Mr. Reed is the son of Scott and Susan Reed of Manheim. He graduated from Manheim Central High School in 2007 and York College of Pennsylvania in 2011. He is employed by the Department of Defense in Aberdeen, Md.
A September wedding is planned.
Petticoffer-West January 9, 2018
Todd and Melanie Petticoffer of Manheim have announced the engagement of their daughter, Katelyn Nicole Petticoffer of Greenville, S.C., to Nathaniel Reed West of Greenville, S.C.
The bride-elect graduated from a homeschooling program in Manheim Central School District in 2011 and received a Bachelor of Music in voice from Bob Jones University in 2016. She is employed by BJU Press Digital Production in Greenville, S.C.
The groom-to-be is the son of David and Gina West of Fairmont, W.Va. He graduated from Calvary Christian School in 2012 and received a Bachelor of Music in piano pedagogy from Bob Jones University in 2016. He is working toward a Master of Music in performance and composition from Bob Jones University, and he is scheduled to receive the degree in 2018. He is employed in Greenville, S.C.
A June wedding is planned.
Longenecker-Maldonado January 9, 2018
Terry and Jeannette Longenecker of Lancaster have announced the engagement of their daughter, Sara Longenecker of Lancaster, to Jason Maldonado of Lancaster.
The bride-elect graduated from Hempfield High School in 2010 and Kutztown University in 2014. She is enrolled in a master's program at Wilkes University and is employed by Manheim Township School District in Lancaster.
The groom-to-be is the son of Cirilo and Nancy Maldonado of Pottstown. He graduated from Pottstown Senior High School in 2010 and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in 2014. He is employed by PPL Electric Utilities in Harrisburg.
A November wedding is planned.
Stevens-Neiss January 4, 2018
Tracy Wilkinson of Mount Joy and Dennis Wilkinson of Marietta have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kylee Stevens of Elizabethtown, to Jason Neiss of Elizabethtown.
The bride-elect graduated from Donegal High School in 2007.
Mr. Neiss is the son of Tracy Neiss of Elizabethtown and Kerry Neiss of Maytown. He graduated from Elizabethtown High School in 2005. He is employed in Elizabethtown.
A September wedding is planned.
Thompson-Gamber January 4, 2018
The marriage of Andrea Gamber and Christopher Thompson took place on Aug. 12, 2017, at Calvary Church in Lancaster. Pastor Rick Glass of Victory Church in Lancaster officiated at the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Jim and Vickie Gamber of New Holland. She graduated from Garden Spot High School in 2009 and Messiah College in 2013. She is employed by Penn State Health St. Joseph in Reading.
The groom is the son of Teresa Thompson of Palmyra and the late Robert Thompson. He graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 2009 and Lehigh University in 2013. He is employed by PennDOT in Harrisburg.
In addition to the bride and groom, there were 14 people in the wedding party. They included matron of honor Kate Maser of East Petersburg, sister of the bride, and maid of honor Kat Clark of Harrisburg. The best men were Robert Thompson of Brooklyn, New York, brother of the groom, and John Thompson of Palmyra, brother of the groom.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
The reception took place at a family property in Lititz.
The couple now resides in Denver, PA.
Georgantis-Abdulla January 3, 2018
William and Lynda Georgantis of York have announced the engagement of their daughter, Hope Georgantis of Washington, D.C., to Tuana Abdulla of Alexandria, Va.
The bride-elect graduated from Red Lion Senior High School in 2010, American University in 2015 and Norwich University in 2017. She is employed by CACI Federal in Washington, D.C.
The groom-to-be is the son of Abdulwahab Abdulla and Balqees Omar of Erbil, Iraq. He graduated from Daratwoo High School in 2005 and attends Northern Virginia Community College. He is employed by Mission Essential Personnel in Chantilly, Va.
A spring 2018 wedding is planned.
Revelt-Mitchell January 3, 2018
Megan Revelt of Downingtown and Benjamin Mitchell of Kutztown, with their families, have announced the couple's engagement.
The bride-to-be is the daughter of Joe and Karen Revelt of Willow Street. She graduated from Penn Manor High School in 2008 and Kutztown University in 2012. She holds a master's degree from Wilkes University and is employed by Downingtown School District in Downingtown.
The groom-to-be is the son of Denise and Richard Hill of Allentown and the late Wayne Mitchell. He graduated from Parkland High School in 2007 and Kutztown University in 2011. He is employed by Jason Adamski General Contracting in Lansdale.
A July 2018 wedding is planned.
All In The (Blended) Family January 2, 2018
Families come in all shapes and sizes. During special events - particularly those steeped in tradition, such as weddings - blended families may have to employ certain tactics to ensure the events go off without a hitch.
When planning their weddings, couples must give consideration to the needs of their families. Even though a wedding is about the union of two people, oftentimes couples engaged to be married must contend with the politics of divorce or other familial issues. This includes if and how to incorporate stepparents and stepsiblings into the ceremony and celebration.
There are no traditional rules regarding how to handle blended families, so brides- and grooms-to-be can customize their decisions based on their own unique situations. Plus, the unique circumstances and traditions surrounding the nuptials can dredge up former insecurities for all families, and certain aspects may require extra patience and tact. Here are some tips to help navigate the process.
· Consider stepparents and stepsiblings VIPs. Brides and grooms who are not particularly close to their stepfamilies still have to recognize the role they play in the family dynamics. These people are still family, so respect and courtesy should be offered. If there is any lingering animosity, extend the olive branch on this day and try not to let anyone be made to feel as if they are unimportant. A simple announcement of who stepparents are at the wedding reception or inclusion of their names on wedding itineraries can help smooth over any potential bumps.
· Put others' needs before your own. While the wedding may be about you and your future spouse, you must respect the feelings of others. To help biological parents and stepparents not feel uncomfortable or hurt, try to consider potential areas of conflict. For example, a mother might be hurt if her ex-husband's new girlfriend is asked to be in a group family photo. Instead, select separate times to have everyone included. Remember to give parents and stepparents priority seating as well, and they each should be seated next to someone they love and someone with whom they can converse comfortably.
· Recognize that some families break the mold. Recently, a father went viral on the internet when a video of him pulling the bride's stepfather up to assist in walking her down the aisle went viral. Although this scenario might not play out for all, find ways to impart a special touch, especially if you're close to both your biological parents and your stepparents. For example, your biological father may walk you down the aisle, while your stepfather may enjoy the first dance.
· Order flowers and gifts for all. Purchase flowers and wedding party gifts for all of the special people in your lives, including your stepfamily.
Weddings can be complicated affairs when factoring in blended families. With patience and compassion, such families can enjoy a beautiful and happy day.
Miller-Dohner December 27, 2017
The marriage of Kimberly Dohner and Bryan Miller took place on Sept. 16 in their backyard in Manheim. Daryl Heistand officiated at the 3 p.m. ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Dave and Mim Dohner of Mount Joy. She graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 2013 and Elizabethtown College in 2017. She is employed by First National Bank in Harrisburg.
The groom is the son of Paul and Karen Miller of Elizabethtown. He graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 2009 and Penn State Harrisburg in 2014. He is employed by Pequea Machine Inc. in New Holland.
The matron of honor was Rachel Dohner of Grantville, sister-in-law of the bride. The bridesmaids were Justine Dohner of Elizabethtown, sister-in-law of the bride; Natasha Miller of Hershey, sister of the groom; and Julie Hoffer of Lancaster, sister of the groom. The junior bridesmaids were Hannah Dohner of Grantville, niece of the bride, and Megan Dohner of Grantville, niece of the bride. The flower girl was Lindsey Dohner of Elizabethtown, niece of the bride.
The best man was Jeffrey Miller of Middletown, brother of the groom. The groomsmen were Jay Hernley of Mount Joy; James Dohner of Elizabethtown, brother of the bride; Dwayne Dohner of Grantville, brother of the bride; and Aaron Dohner of Mount Joy, brother of the bride. The ring bearer was Ethan Miller of Hershey, nephew of the groom.
Providing music for the ceremony was Justin Heistand.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. She carried a bouquet of dahlias, gladioli, and baby's breath.
The reception took place in the couple's backyard.
After a wedding trip to Georgia, the couple resides in Manheim.