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Bridal couple has Christ- centered relationship

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Kristen Beier first met Ross Peterson two years ago at their church, the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church in rural Meriden, and the young couple began a friendship which soon developed into something deeper. Kristen, 21, and Ross, 27, began dating, but their dates weren't like many other young people's dates. Their first date was spent picking out gifts for inclusion in their church's participation in the "Operation Christmas Child" project, where small Christmas gifts are packed in shoeboxes and sent overseas.

This set the tone for Kristen and Ross' relationship, which has been Christ - centered. Many of their subsequent dates involved reading and discussing the Bible as well as praying together.

On August 21, 2011, Kristen and Ross were at a church retreat in Dayton, Iowa, when Ross took Kristen to a grassy spot overlooking the lake and proposed marriage to her by way of reading her a fairytale-type book he had written for her. The wedding will take place this Saturday, January 21, at the Oakdale Evangelical Free Church, with a reception at the church to follow.

Ross and his five groomsmen will be dressed in black suits and ties at the wedding. His Best Man, Shawn Yang, is a friend whom he met a few years ago when he was teaching in China. Yang, who now lives in California, will be returning a favor for his friend because Ross served as the Best Man at his wedding. Ross is currently employed farming with his father and mother, Lloyd and Nancy Peterson of Cleghorn.

Kristen will be dressed in a traditional white wedding gown Saturday, and she will carry a bouquet consisting of a mix of hot pink roses with a touch of purple and lime green flowers, provided by Rhoadside Greenhouse, which is owned by her parents, John and Donna Beier. Kristen works as a grower at Rhoadside, dealing with all aspects of growing plants. Kristen's five bridesmaids Saturday will be dressed in Marine Blue knee - length dresses. Her Maid of Honor will be her sister Bethany Beier.

Saturday's worship service will be led by Youth Pastor Mark Anderson, and music will be provided by violinist Josh Hancock and pianists Jill Freed and Kristen's sister Nichole Beier. Kristen's friend Katie Pacza and the Oakdale Men's Quartet

will be performing vocal selections. Ross' cousin Lauren Hecox, owner-operator of LH Photography, will be serving as the wedding photographer.

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