PAULDING – Laura Ashley Arend and Michael Aaron Wehrkamp exchanged wedding vows on Sept. 6, at the Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Paulding with the Very Reverend G. Allan Fillman officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Donald and Susan Arend and the groom is the son of Terry and Nancy Wehrkamp, all of Paulding.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.
Presenting the music were vocalists, Cassie Jo Arend, Joanna Arend, Nick Arend, Carol Cowell, Fritz Koch, Rosann Laker, Randy Robinett, Michelle Stoller and Greg White. The organist was Diane Goyings, pianist, Janet Miller, flutist was Dawn Sloan, oboist, Linda Sycks and trumpeter was Eric Durre.
The bride wore a white, rich satin ball gown by Allure featuring a strapless bodice, flattering ruching, and a sweetheart neckline. Swarovski crystals encrusted the entire bodice.
The gown had a cathedral-length train, complimented by the bride’s cathedral-length veil, with the edging lined with Swarovski crystals. The bride wore a princess tiara also adorned by Swarovski crystals.
She carried a large handheld clutch bouquet of an array of spring mixed floral. Stargazer lilies were nestled into creamy white hydrangea blooms, while white oceana and fuchsia roses were placed throughout the bouquet. A hint of delicate button green chrysanthemum flowers was added as well. The bridal clutch stems were wrapped with a white French satin ribbon, and a crystal rosary was entwined within the satin ribbon.
Serving as matron of honor was sister of the bride, Darcy Stoller of Paulding.
Bridesmaids included: cousin of the bride, Jennifer Arend, of Elida, friends of the bride, Megan Crawford, of Paulding, Ariana Handy, Hicksville, Stacy Mangette, Pickerington, sisters of the the groom, Connie Wehrkamp of Columbus and Laurel Wehrkamp, of Paulding.
The flower girl was friend of the bride, Brynlee Mangette, of Pickerington, Ohio.
Serving as ring bearer was nephew and godson of the bride, Luke Stoller of Paulding.
Performing the duties of best man was friend of the groom and brother-in-law of the bride, Alex Stoller, of Paulding.
Groomsmen included: friends of the groom, Joe Faykosh, Bowling Green, Ohio, Matthew Hochstetler, Wooster and Alan Miller, of Paulding. Ushers were friends of the groom, Marty Crossland, of Defiance and Darin Van Vlerah of Indianapolis.
A reception for approximately 375 guests was held at the Defiance Knights of Columbus Hall.
The couple honeymooned in Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
The bride is a 2003 graduate of Paulding High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, with a bachelor of science in nursing. She is a registered nurse at Parkview Physicians Group, Fort Wayne.
The groom is a 2002 graduate of Paulding High School. He is also a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University, with a bachelor of arts in political science; and a 2009 graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Vernon L. Preston of the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals, in Lima.
The couple will reside in Paulding.