Stacey Jo Robinson and Joseph Allen Brown of Waterville, Ohio, were married on June 2 during an outdoor ceremony in the Grotto at Nazareth Hall in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The service was officiated by Pastor John Dyer of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Kenton, Ohio.
The bride is the daughter of Bob and Debbie Robinson of Parkersburg. She is the granddaughter of the late Robert E. Spies and the late Orma Garrett Spies of Vienna and the late Joseph A. Robinson and the late Anna Oratoski Robinson of Ligonier, Pa. She is a 1997 graduate of Parkersburg High School. She attended Notre Dame College of Ohio where she earned degrees in English and paralegal studies. She received a juris doctorate in 2008 from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. She is the public records officer in the legal department of the University of Toledo.
The groom is the son of Diane and Dale Nicholson of Williamstown, Ohio, and Mike and Mary Jayne Brown of Aurora, Ill. He is the grandson of the late Robert Brown of Lima, Ohio, and the late Ann Brown of Ada, Ohio, and John VanAtta of Williamstown and the late Helen VonStein of Arlington, Ohio. He is a 1997 graduate of Arlington High School. He received a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Owens Community College and is pursuing a business administration degree at Heidleberg University. He is a product specialist by Marathon Special Products of Bowling Green, Ohio.
The bride was escorted by her father and received her parents' blessing on her marriage. The bride wore a satin ivory A-line gown that featured a halter top highlighted by three diagonal appliqued straps across the back and a chapel train. The dress was embellished with intricate hand-sewn champagne colored floral embroidery and seed pearls over English netting. The bride wore her grandmother's ivory pearl necklace as something old, crystal and pearl hairpins as something new, a pair of her mother's pearl drop earrings in a circular design for something borrowed, and a personalized garter with a blue crystal charm for something blue. Her paternal aunt also gifted her mother's blue and white handkerchief to tuck in the bridal bouquet.
The bride's bouquet was an arrangement of purple bicolor lysanthia, white hydrangeas, white snapdragons and white freesia with braided champagne ribbon covering the stems.
Jenny Cholley, friend of the bride from Berea, Ohio, served as matron of honor. The bride's attendants were Joyce Chambers Reichard of Lakewood, Ohio, and Sharon Cunningham of Seven Hills, Ohio, friends of the bride, as well as Melissa Watson, cousin of the bride from Morgantown. They wore sleeveless wisteria satin knee length dresses and gray open toe pumps. All the girls wore purple crystal dragonfly necklaces, a gift from the bride. Each carried a bouquet of lavender freesia, hydrangeas, miniature spray roses and snapdragons with braided wisteria ribbon on the stems to match their dresses. The flower girl was Madison Cholley, daughter of the matron of honor. She wore a sash of English netting and champagne embroidery matching the bride that was tied in a bow around the waist of her sleeveless, rosebud ivory, tea-length dress. She wore an ivory pearl necklace and matching earrings given by the bride. She carried a small oval Longaberger basket banded with two shades of purple, filled with lavender rose petals and embellished with miniature lavender spray roses and ribbon.
Bob Krout, friend of the groom from Findlay, Ohio, served as best man. Groomsmen were Aaron Brown, brother of the groom from Bowling Green, Ohio; Josh Brown, brother of the groom from Cleveland; and Dave Saltz, friend of the groom from New Holstein, Wisc. The groomsmen wore gray pinstriped tuxedos with wisteria vests and neckties. Each had a boutonniere created to compliment the bridesmaids' bouquets. The groom wore a champagne vest and necktie with his gray tuxedo. His boutonniere was created to match the ivory flowers in the bride's bouquet. Isaac Brown, nephew of the groom, was the ringbearer. He wore a small version of the groom's tuxedo and carried an ivory and champagne ring pillow.
Music for the service was provided by a string quartet. Readings were delivered during the ceremony by Diane Nicholson, mother of the groom, and Allyson Watson, cousin of the bride. Susan Alloway of Belpre sang "One Hand, One Heart" during the lighting of the unity candle. After the pastor introduced the newlyweds, the attendees sang "All You Need Is Love" as the bride and groom dismissed their guests.
Immediately following the ceremony, guests attended a dinner and dance reception in Nazareth Hall's Cadet West Ballroom.
After a Sunday morning brunch hosted by the bride's parents, the couple flew to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, for their honeymoon.