Natalia Nikolaeva and Theodore Johnson were married Sept. 14, 2002, in a civil ceremony at the Wedding Palace next to the River Neva in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The bride is the daughter of Tatiana and Leonid Nikolaeva of St. Petersburg. She received a diploma in international relations from St. Petersburg State University in 2001, a master's degree in European studies from Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg, Germany, in 2002 and is fluent in Russian, German, Swedish and English.
The groom is the son of Cliff and Diana Johnson of Albuquerque, N.M. He has a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Minnesota and work experience on control system projects in various process industries. He works at Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations.
The couple first met in Russia while he was on an overseas assignment. The wedding was attended by close friends and family.
The bride's witness was Zhenia Prokhorova of St. Petersburg. The groom's witness was Tom Stilp of Neenah, Wisc.
A traditional Russian-style reception was held at the Hotel Astoria following the ceremony.
The couple lives in Soldotna and plans to honeymoon in Hawaii.
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