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Hancock, Van Auken wed in Jefferson County Park

Dec 18, 2013

Virginia May Hancock and Uriah Nolan Graham Vega Van Auken were married Monday morning, July 15, 2013, at the Jefferson County Park gazebo, with officiant Karen Karns.

The bride is the daughter of Patty and Bryan Hancock of Fairfield. The groom is the son of Aideen Vega-Van Auken of Fairfield and Nicolas Van Auken of Arcata, Calif.

The bride wore a diamond white A-line satin dress, featuring a sweetheart neckline, and chapel-length train. She wore a mid-length lace veil borrowed from the matron of honor.

Christine Mallard was matron of honor. Annalisa Fredrickson and Jennifer Doddema were attendants. They wore aqua and lace, knee-length dresses with wide ribbon sashes; the bride’s maids wore aqua and mint sashes, and the matron of honor wore an orchid purple sash, which she embellished by hand. Lavender parasols provided shade during photos and the reception.

Eamon Van Auken was best man. William Burnes was groomsman. They wore ivory tuxedos with turquoise vests and bowties. The groom wore an ivory tuxedo, cummerbund and bowtie.

Elise and Rachel Hancock were flower girls, and Ian Miller was ringbearer.

Ushers were Jasper Mallard, Aurelien Windenberger and Joshua Dodemma. Mallard also was the bridal chauffeur.

During the ceremony, Michaela McLain and Mira Daniels sang “Heaven.”

The officiant included a “pebble wishes” in the ceremony. Guests were given a moment of silence to bless the stones held in their hands, with love and well wishes. The groom’s sister Asia collected the stones in a basket to become a keepsake for the couple.

In addition to selecting traditional vows, the couple also wrote their own vows.

Flower selections for the bridal bouquet, attendants’ bouquets, corsages and adorning the gazebo and reception tables were grown in Fairfield gardens and provided by the groom’s mother and gardener friends. Specific flowers were selected in accord with the “Language of Flowers,” at the encouragement of the groom’s mother. The flowers included daisies for loyal love, honeysuckle for generous and devoted affection, irises for faith and hope, ivy for wedded love, friendship and affection, carnations for divine love, veronica for fidelity, hosta for devotion, and stock for “you’ll always be beautiful to me.”

The gazebo was decorated in turquoise and purple and pastels of nearby shades on the color wheel. The colors contributed to the wedding’s “garden party” feel. The front columns were adorned with abstract “wet-on-wet” watercolor paintings by the bride and her mother.

Following the ceremony, a brunch and “outdoor fun” reception was held at Jefferson County Park Shelter No. 3. The brunch was catered by Matthieu Tourenne, who, along with his mother Marie-Helene Douet Tourenne, owned Petit Paris restaurant, where the couple met while working as cook and server.

Bryan Hancock, John Lutz and David Burnes provided the music. The reception also included the couple’s “grand send-off,” with ribbon wands and white birdseed.

After a wedding trip, with highlights in Asheville, Edisto Island, Charleston, Great Smokey Mountains and Nashville, the couple has made their home in Fairfield.

The bride, who attended University of Northern Iowa, is a speech therapist for Great Prairie Area Education Agency. The groom is employed by Temp Associates and currently works at Maharishi Ayurveda Products International.

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