Tara is the daughter of Kevin and Twyla Schmillen of Cherokee. Brandon is the son of Tim and Mary Wise of Cedar Falls.
The couple's grandparents are Harold and Beverly Heschke of Cherokee, Ron and Darlene Schmillen of Marcus, Delmar and Edna Kinzebach of Waterloo and Keith and Doris Wise of Waterloo. The grandparents and parents were honored at the reception with a table decorated with their wedding pictures and the dates they were married. The bride and groom thanked them for being such a good example of how marriage is supposed to be and for being a good foundation for them to start their life together. It was noted that they have over 272 years of marriage between them.
The bride, given in marriage by her parents and escorted down the aisle by her father, wore a beautiful princess cut gown of royal satin and tulle in white with wine accents. The unique scalloped strapless neckline was trimmed with embroidered and beaded floral lace. The front skirt was decorated with lace appliqués of wine and white roses and accented with beading.
The low back led to a split semi cathedral train with scalloped wine trim outlining the scattered wine roses and beading on the tulle overlay of the semi-cathedral train. The bride wore a sparkling tiara and a fingertip veil which matched the dress, with scattered wine embroidered roses and beading and a scalloped edge. The bride carried a bouquet of 18 wine roses, white stephanotis with rhinestone centers, seeded eucalyptus, salal and variegated mini pit.
Matron of Honor was Holly Schmellen of Hartley, sister in law of the Bride. Maid of Honor was Lindsay Wise of Cedar Falls, sister of the groom. Bridesmaids were Erin Denny of Johnston, friend of the bride and ReNae Patterson of Cherokee, cousin of the bride. The attendants wore strapless gowns with a wine colored satin princess line bodice with a double crystal beaded trim and a curved dropped waistline which connected with the white chiffon A-line skirt with wine satin trim and sweep train. They carried bouquets of six wine roses, white freesia, seed eucalyptus, salal and variegated mini pit.
The groom wore a black tux, black shirt, black Windsor tie and claret vest by After Six.
Best Men were Jesse Kinzebach of Cedar Falls, cousin of the groom and Dustin Schmillen of Hartley, brother of the bride. Groomsmen were Nathan Simons of Eagle Grove and Nick Kinzebach of Cedar Falls, both cousins of the groom. The Groomsmen wore black tuxes, black shirts, claret/black Windsor ties and claret vests by After Six.
Ushers were Jason Rasmus of Cherokee and Jordan Rasmus of Cherokee, both cousins of the bride and Josh Wise of Jonesboro, Ark., cousin of the groom and Jason Mars of Springfield, Mo., cousin-in-law of the groom. The ushers wore black tuxes, white shirts, black/silver Windsor ties and silver vests by After Six.
Hosts and Hostesses were Doug and Bobbi Rasmus of Cherokee and Mark and Becky Patterson of Cherokee, aunts and uncles of the bride and Rick and Diane Kinzenbach of Cedar Falls and Lowayne and Diane Kinzebach of Cedar Falls, aunts and uncles of the groom.
The reception, dinner buffet and dance were held at the Cherokee Western Iowa Tech Conference Center following the ceremony.
A Post-Wedding Brunch and gift opening were held at the Cherokee Western Iowa Tech Conference Center the following morning.
Tara is a graduate of Cherokee Washington High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting at the University of Northern Iowa. She is employed as an accountant for Dalton PHC in Cedar Falls.
Brandon is a graduate of Cedar Falls High School and Hawkeye Community College. He is employed at the CBE Group in Waterloo as a loan collector.
Following their honeymoon to the Ozarks, the couple will make their home in Waterloo.