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Dittmer / Thomas

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

On Saturday, September 25, 2004, Roberta Mae Dittmer and John Leslie (Les) Thomas exchanged vows, uniting in holy matrimony at the United Methodist Church in Holstein, Iowa. Pastor Todd Schlitter performed the traditional ceremony. Robert Dittmer, of Holstein, escorted his daughter down the aisle.

The bride wore a sleeveless, floor-length, white satin gown with an empire waistline and beaded embroidery that accentuated the scoop neckline. She carried a bouquet of white lilies, ranunculus, and sweet peas. Eva Dittmer, mother of the bride, wore a three-piece floral outfit in black and ivory, with a red-and-white rose corsage on her lapel.

Roberta's two nieces, Donna Jean Perret, who served as maid of honor, and Amanda Kay Dittmer, bridesmaid were included among the attendants. Carrying smaller versions of the bride's bouquet, reprising the white lilies theme around the centered stargazer lily, the two young women wore floor-length, satin, cherry-red dresses, whose bodices featured delicate embroidery and crystal beading above the bow-accentuated waist.

Cindy Godbersen and Julie Welsh, friends of the bride, were personal attendants, while Lynn Dittmer, sister-in-law of the bride, was guest book attendant. Michael John Perret, the bride's nephew, served as ring bearer.

The groom, Les Thomas, was well supported by his cousin and best man, Eddy Thomas of Union City, Calif., and his brother and groomsman, Andrew Thomas, of Williams, Ariz. All men wore classic black tuxedos.

The groom's parents, Eddy and Heidie Thomas of Fresno, Calif. joined the celebration. The groom's mother wore a two-piece, floor-length, pink, black, and white patterned outfit. Her corsage also comprised of a white and red rose. The groom's sisters; Letitia Tumaneng, of Union City, Calif., Tamara Carpenter of San Leandro, Calif., and Charissa Thomas of Fresno, Calif. were also present.

The ushers were Tom Mazur, friend of the groom, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Vincent Dittmer, brother of the bride, of Quimby, and the bride's two nephews; Benjamin and Nicholas Dittmer, of Quimby. Ben and Nick also served as candle lighters at the beginning of the ceremony.

Christopher Larsen, of Holstein, played the organ as guests were seated. Nearly 200 guests were in attendance.

Christopher Larsen also accompanied the soloist on piano, while Karna Jo Elemond, neighbor and friend of the Dittmer family, sang "I'll Be Here."

An emotional point in the ceremony was when the groom, sang "Love of My Life," by Sammy Kershaw, to his beautiful new bride.

The reception was held at the Holstein Country Club. The couple now makes their home in Sterling, Va.