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Swanson, Birkland exchange summer vows

Monday, January 23, 2012

Photo by Pierson Photography
Jill Renee Swanson and Ryan Christopher Birkland were married on June 25, 2011, at Meriden Evangelical Free Church in Meriden, with Pastor Larry Ostercamp officiating. Parents of the couple are Gail and Grace Swanson of Sutherland and Chuck and Lori Birkland of Spirit Lake, and Kenneth and Stella Birkland of Estherville and Gary and Bev Hurley of Spirit Lake are grandparents of the groom.

Heather Swanson served her sister as Maid of Honor, and bridesmaids were LeAnn (Johnson) Hjelmeland, Allison (Fischer) Stone, Kristen (Fox) Butterfield, cousins of the bride, Julie Swanson, sister-in-law of the bride, and Jamie Staveness, friend of the bride.

Best Man was Jordon Birkland, brother of the groom, and serving as groomsmen were Greg and Kory Swanson, brothers of the bride, Zach Birkland, brother of the groom, and Zach Whiting and Joey Wegelin, friends of the groom. Luke Swanson, nephew of the bride, served as the ringbearer, and the flower girl was Grace Birkland, sister of the groom. Ushers were Bobby, Ryan and Shane Johnson, cousins of the bride, and Nolan Drapal, friend of the groom.

A reception and dance were held at the Western Iowa Tech Conference Center in Cherokee following the wedding ceremony, and following a honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple are now at home in Des Moines.

The bride,who is a 2005 graduate of South O'Brien High School and a 2009 graduate of Northwestern College, is employed as a kindergarten teacher in Pleasantville and the groom, who is a 2006 graduate of Spirit Lake High School and a 2010 graduate of Northwestern College, is currently attending medical school at Des Moines University.