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Sojka, de Vries married in Oregon vineyard

Feb 13, 2013
PHOTO SUBMITTED Kylan de Vries and Carissa Sojka

Carissa Jean Sojka and Kylan Mattias de Vries were married Saturday, June 30, 2012, in a 5 p.m. ceremony officiated by the Rev. Leslie Becknell Marx, at Grizzly Peak Winery in Ashland, Ore.

The bride is the daughter of RoAnne and David Larson of Fairfield and Matthew and Kim Sojka of Muscatine.

The groom is the son of Charlene and Gerard de Vries of Port Aberni, British Columbia, Canada.

The bride was escorted to the altar by her mother, RoAnne Larson, and her father, Matthew Sojka.

The groom was escorted to the altar by his parents.

Vocal music was provided by Bethany Larson, the bride’s sister, and Melissa Biermann, who also played the piano.

A double rainbow appeared during the outdoor reception.

The bride is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University at Albany, SUNY. She teaches as an adjunct instructor in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies at Southern Oregon University. She holds a master of arts degree in women’s studies from the University at Albany, SUNY, and a bachelor of arts degree in women and gender studies and sociology from Luther College.

The groom has a doctorate in sociology from the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale. He is assistant professor in sociology and gender, sexuality and women’s studies at Southern Oregon University. He also received his master of arts degree in sociology at the University of Southern Illinois Carbondale.

Carissa Sojka and Kylan de Vries make their home in Ashland, Ore.

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