On her wedding day Abby wore a gown by Vera Wang. The color was oyster, the fabric, a luxurious duchesse satin. In addition, the gown was a strapless A-line cut and had a side-gather at the bodice with a tie train that draped down the back. She carried a bouquet of white calla lilies, hydrandea stephanotis, freesia, phael orchids with green ivy. Her jewelry consisted of a strand of white pearls accented with her maternal grandmother's pearl enhancer.
Abby's bridal attendants included, Haley Baltes of Aurora, Ill. Allison Moller of Des Moines, Abby Struck of Omaha, Neb. Amanda Tisthammer of Chicago, Ill. and Whitney Yonke of Valparaiso, Ind. The attendants wore two-piece black strapless Alfred Sung gowns with side-gathered bodices and carried a trio of calla lilies. The flower girl was Emma McDonald of Ankeny. She wore a white gown by Vera Wang with black detailing at the waist and hem. Emma wore a halo of white flowers and carried a pomander ball of white flowers.
The groom's attendants included Brad De La Mater of Iowa City, Ross Avila of Iowa City, Nick Menke of Iowa City, Chad Netolicky of Milwaukee, Ill. and Brad Peterson of Iowa City. Andrew Menke of Urbandale was the ring bearer. Ryan Morris of Iowa City and Blake Yonke of Yankton, S.D. were the ushers.
The groom and his attendants wore black Ralph Lauren San Dominico tuxedos. Chris' bouttoniere consisted of stephanotis with a white rose and green ivy. The attendants, ring bearer and ushers wore a cluster of stephanotis with green ivy.
Ceremony music was provided by harpist, Alishia Smock of West Des Moines and organist, Donna Mohr.
Special guests included Lester Menke, grandfather of the bride of Des Moines and the groom's grandmother. Felisa Tobar and aunt, Cecilia Gomez of Ambato, Ecuador.
The bridal party left the church in a white stretch Hummer. A reception, dinner and dance followed at the Des Moines Marriott, dowtown.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon to St. Lucia in December.
Currently, Chris and Abby attend dental school at the University of Iowa, College of Dentistry. Chris graduated from dental school on June 9, 2006 and Abby will graduate from dental school in June 2008.
In July 2006 Chris will continue his education beginning an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla.