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Thomsen - Heldenbrand Vows Exchanged

September 7, 2012
Northern-Sun Print
Susan Joy Thomsen of Grimes and John Kenneth Heldenbrand of Ames were united in marriage March 10, 2012, at Peace United Church of Christ in Gladbrook with the Rev. Robert Doner officiating. Parents of the couple are LeRoy and Margaret Thomsen of rural Toledo, Wes and Joanie Snook of Ankeny, and Dennis and Peg Heldenbrand of rural Marshalltown. The bride, like her mother and both grandmothers, made her own wedding dress. The gown was a strapless, ivory satin A-line dress featuring an empire waist with a satin band. Miss Thomsen wore her grandmother’s rhinestone broach on the satin band; she also wore her mother’s antique rhinestone necklace. She carried a bouquet of yellow and white roses and pastel variegated hydrangea. Bridesmaids were Ann Mensing and Sarah Gillespie, sisters of the bride, and Carol Wolowic, friend of the bride. They wore black knee-length dresses accented by yellow pashmina scarves. Each bridesmaid carried an arm bouquet of yellow daisies. The groom wore a black suit with raised white pinstripes and a yellow tie. Groomsmen were Matt Heldenbrand, brother of the groom; Andrew Heldenbrand, and Ryan Heldenbrand, nephews of the groom. Flower girls were Claire and Emma Heldenbrand, nieces of the groom. Ring bearer Jack Gillespie, nephew of the bride, rode down the aisle in a wagon pulled by ring bearer attendant Elizabeth Mensing, niece of the bride. Travis Graven, friend of the bride, sang I Will Be Here and The Lord’s Prayer. Organist was June Bessman. Scripture reader was John Gillespie, brother-in-law of the bride. He read the chosen scriptures from I Corinthians and I John. Ushers and candle lighters were Mike Mensing, brother-in-law of the bride, and Aaron Mensing, nephew of the bride. The bride’s personal attendant was Elizabeth Heldenbrand, sister-in-law of the groom. The reception was held in the Peace Church Fellowship Hall. Host and hostess were Tom and Kate Hester, uncle and aunt of the groom; and Bruce and Amy Thomsen, uncle and aunt of the bride. The reception was served by the Peace Church Evening Women’s Fellowship. Honored guests were the groom’s grandparents, Kenneth and Joann Heldenbrand. The bride is a graduate of Wartburg College and is employed by Hy-Vee as a certified pharmacy technician.  The groom is a senior at ISU where he is majoring in management of information systems. Following a honeymoon trip to Aruba, the couple makes their home in Ames.  

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