Photo by Steve Keegan M. Scott and Heather Moon

M. Scott Moon and Heather Gaines were married on Sept. 21, 2013 at the new Nikiski Senior Center on the shore of Lake Marie.


The bride is the daughter of Sharon Dripps and Ralph Sterling. She has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an associate of arts degree in nursing from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is employed as a registered nurse at Central Peninsula Surgical Services in Soldotna.

The bride wore a strapless ivory tea length satin and organza dress that featured beaded floral appliques and a corset bodice. She bride carried a bouquet of white lilies, Gerbera daisies, purple asters and purple-tipped ivory African roses. The bridesmaids carried red and orange Gerbera daisies with orange roses and purple dianthuses. Jennifer Dene Lancaster-Jackson was the maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Molly Dischner and Brodie Kimmel. Flower girl Rebekah Dillingham spread autumn leaves for the bridal processional.

The groom is the son of Dale (deceased) and Orma Moon. He has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is the communications specialist for the Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai.

The groom wore a classic black tuxedo with lapis accents, adorned by a purple-tipped ivory African rose boutonniere. Nelson Gingerich was the best man. Alan Boraas was the groomsman. The bride’s brother, Michael Gaines, was the usher and master of ceremonies during the reception.

The couple’s pug, Leo, adorned in his own tuxedo, bore the rings.

An evening reception followed at the new Nikiski Senior Center.

Honored guests included family and friends from across the country. Tom Allison was the officiant. His wife, Maria, played the music for the ceremony. Selections included “Canon in D” for the processional, “Linus and Lucy” for the ring bearer and “Don’t Stop” for the recessional. Tona Bravo, a friend of the couple’s, served her homemade halibut, vegetable and meat lasagnas at the reception. Lynn Carlson offered the blessing of the meal. Longtime friend and former Peninsula Clarion photographer Steve Keegan, of Reno, Nev., photographed the day.

The chocolate and vanilla cake, with buttercream frosting, was decorated with autumn leaves and topped with a porcelain figurine of a couple embraced by a crescent moon.

The couple shares their home in Kenai.


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