Jessica Nicole Bierde-man, formerly of Kenai, and Kevin Alexander Jones were married Friday, Jan. 9, 2004, in a candlelight ceremony at First Baptist Church of Kenai. Pastor Dean Nichols officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Cary and Shelia Bierde-man of Kenai. She attends Southeastern College and Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., where she plans to graduate in May. She works for Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant in Raleigh, N.C. She wore a beaded, sparkling white gown and tiara.
The groom is the son of Dr. Gregory and Becky Jones of Belhaven, N.C. He also attends Southeastern Coll-ege and Seminary and works for Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant.
Melissa Bierdeman, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. The matron of honor was Tesa Allemann Sturman of Nikiski. Bridesmaids were Casey Nichols and Brittany Nichols of Wake Forest, Jordan Schneider, cousin of the bride, of Soldotna and Hillary Schneider, cousin of the bride, of Soldotna. They wore indigo blue and carried jeweled lanterns.
The best man was the groom's father. Groomsmen were Steve Sturman of Soldotna, Doug Bryant and Randy Jackson of North Carolina and the groom's brother, Greg Jones Jr. of Ramstein, Germany.
The flower girls were the bride's cousins, Hannah and Hailey Wilkerson from Pearl, Miss., and Emily Schneider of Soldotna. The groom's nephew, Dawson of Belhaven, was the ring bearer.
Junior ushers were Jay Wilkerson of Memphis, Tenn., and Hunter Wilkerson, cousins of the bride.
Kayla Fell and Nicole Hobbs of Kenai performed songs from the bride's and groom's parents' weddings. John Nichols and the Midnight Sun Trio also performed.
Other out-of-town family guests were the bride's uncle, Jeff Wilkerson of Memphis; the bride's uncle and aunt, Randall and Kim Wilkerson; the bride's grandmother, Madine Wilkerson of Pearl; the groom's sister, Cara of Belhaven; and the groom's sister-in-law, Stephanie, of Germany.
A reception was held at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center, with the couple leaving in a shower of sparkles for their honeymoon cruise to the Bahamas. They live on campus at Southeastern College and Seminary.
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