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Couples

Engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements

Engagement

Nelson and Jonas

Gavin Jonas and Laura Nelson

Frederick Nelson, Jacksonville, Fla., and Nancy Nelson, Lawrence, announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Nelson, Lawrence, to Gavin Jonas, Wichita. Gavin is the son of Patrick and Pam Jonas, Wichita.
The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Free State High School. She graduated from Barton County Community College and attended Kansas University. She is a student at Wichita State University. She is employed with Wichita Clinic Laboratory.
The future groom is a 2004 graduate of Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School in Wichita. He attended Butler County Community College. He is employed as an electrician at Greenway Electric in Wichita.
The couple plan an April 25, 2009, wedding at Church of the Magdalen in Wichita.

Engagement

Streb and Lohoefener

Adam Lohoefener and Jennifer Streb

Paul and Sharon Streb announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Streb, to Adam Lohoefener, all of Olathe. Adam is the son of Greg and Mary Jo Lohoefener, Oberlin.
The future bride is a 2000 graduate of Olathe North High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from Kansas University in 2004. She plans to receive a Doctor of Philosophy degree in computer science in fall 2008. She is employed as graduate research assistant at KU and also teaches Jazzercise in Lawrence.
The future groom is a 2000 graduate of Decatur Community High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering physics in 2005 and a master's degree in electrical engineering in 2006, both from KU. He is employed as a design engineer in the avionics department at Garmin in Olathe.
The couple plan an Oct. 11, 2008, wedding at Union Station, in Kansas City, Mo.

Engagement

West and Peters

Vanessa Lyn West and Jason Lee Peters

Brad and Marcia West announce the engagement of their daughter, Vanessa Lyn West, to Jason Lee Peters, all of Eudora. Jason is the son of Patty and Ric Snyder, Hutchinson, and John and Betty Peters, Hot Springs, Ark.
The future bride is a graduate of Lawrence High School. She received a bachelor's degree in business information systems from Baker University. She is employed as a work force management senior analyst for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services at Vangent Inc. in Lawrence.
The future groom is a graduate of Buhler High School. He is employed as an assistant video technician at Johnson County Community College and is a student majoring in education.
The couple plan a May 2008 wedding at Mildale Farm in Edgerton.

Engagement

Anderton and Roberts

Sarah Roberts and Brett Anderton

Joy Anderton, Lawrence, and Jack Anderton, Birch Tree, Mo., announce the engagement of their son, Brett Anderton, to Sarah Roberts, both of Lawrence.
The future bride is the daughter of Robert Roberts Jr., Halstead, and Rhonda Schultz, Wichita. She attended Newton High School and is a 2005 graduate of Kansas University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Business.
The future groom attended Shawnee Mission Northwest High School in Shawnee. He graduated from Metro Technology Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Brett and Sarah own and operate A&R Framing in Lawrence, Kansas.
The couple plan a June 21, 2008, wedding at Danforth Chapel.

Engagement

Sowder and Hill

John Hill III and Lindsay Rene Sowder

Jeff and Cheryl Sowder, Toronto, Kan., announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Rene Sowder, to John Hill III, both of Chanute. John is the son of John II and Debra Lee Hill, Lawrence.
The future bride is a 1998 graduate of Eureka High School. She received a Master of Science degree in physical education from Pittsburg State University. She is employed as the head volleyball coach and assistant athletic director at Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
The future groom is a 1997 graduate of Lawrence High School. He received a Master of Science degree in physical education from Pittsburg State University. He is employed as the assistant baseball coach and a professor at Neosho County Community College in Chanute.
The couple plan a June 2009 wedding in Wichita.

Wedding

Graham and Lehrman

Adrianne and Matthew Lehrman

Adrianne Elizabeth Graham and Matthew Adam Lehrman were married on Sept. 2, 2007, in the Crystal Ballroom at the Eldridge Hotel in Lawrence, with Rabbi Stanley Kessler officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Mark Graham and Jaine Evnen Merliss, both of Lincoln, Neb.
The groom is the son of Jerry and Nancy Lehrman, Plymouth, Minn.
Bridesmaids were Mary Faith Bratt, Hadley Richters, Hilary Wanke, and Andrea Winner. Groomsmen were Cory Lehrman, Joey Lehrman, Jamie Beinin, Hoah Karesh and Daniel Wolchansky. Ushers were Adam Graham, Mitch Graham, Jeremy Neren, Uri Neren, and Zack Neren. Musicians for the ceremony were Sunflower String Quartet. Wedding Consultant was Carmen Hocking.
A reception and dinner followed at the Lawrence Arts Center. Music was provided by K.C. Vocals.
The bride graduated from Kansas University with an education degree. She is employed as a history teacher for the De Soto school district.
The groom graduated from University of Wisconsin with a political science degree. He is employed as a program director at KU Hillel.
The couple reside in Lawrence.

Wedding

Fisher and Wood

Chase and Emily Wood

Emily Rose Fisher and Chase Edward Wood were married April 5, 2008, in Carencro, La., with the Rev. Bill Melancon officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Dru Fisher, Lafayette, La., and Amanda Fisher, Carencro, La.
The groom is the son of Ron and Kimberly Wood, Baldwin City. He is the grandson of Richard and Sandra Brooks, Lawrence.
Maid of honor was Frances "Maggie" Fisher. Best man was Carson Wood. Bridesmaids were Brie Grapengatter, Kristie Bledsoe and Tillie Cotton. Groomsmen were Ryan Stout, Aaron Deere and Adam Fisher.
A reception followed at the Grand Coteau Ballroom, Grand Coteau, La.
The bride is employed as a Franklin County sheriff's office 911 dispatcher.
The groom is the owner CW Welding and Livestock Fence, Baldwin City.
The couple reside in Ottawa.

Wedding

Betzen and Bal

Sarah and Mark Betzen

Sarah Elizabeth Bal and Mark Stephen Betzen were married Dec. 15, 2007, at First Assembly of God Church in Fort Myers, Fla., with the Rev. Art Van Zanten officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Robert and Karen Bal, Estero, Fla.
The groom is the son of Stephen and Terry Betzen, Lawrence.
Bridesmaids were Abby Roggenkamp, Allison Turner, Wendy Lefebvre, Katy Torres, Becca Holmes, Destiny McDonald and Pavla Hajek. Best man was Chad Barker. Groomsmen were Matt Hagsten, Wesley Cook, Zane Elliott, Brandon Falley, Tim Anderson and Keith Manning. Ushers were Allen Barker and Trevor Ball. Flower girls were Triston Lefebvre and Tiffany Mixon.
A reception followed with a dinner and dance at Country Creek Country Club.
The bride is a graduate of Estero High School in Estero, Fla. She received a graphic design degree from Nashville Academy of Art and Design in 2007. She is employed with Schneider Engineering.
The groom is a 2003 Lawrence High School graduate. He is a student at Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville. He is employed with Federal-Mogul Corporation.
The couple reside in Nashville, Tenn.