Sara Renea Shepler and Christopher Mark Nary were united in marriage on April 26 at the Tabernacle of Praise Church in Cross Lanes with Pastors Bill Huddleston and Oren N. Reneau, grandfather of the bride, officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Carolyn Shepler of Elkins. She is the granddaughter of Oren and Florence Reneau of Grafton, and Mary Frances Shepler of Elkins and the late Ralph Shepler.
She is a graduate of Alderson-Broaddus College with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and marketing. She also obtained a master's degree from Mountain State University in strategic leadership. She is currently employed at Charleston Area Medical Center.
MR. AND MRS. CHRISTOPHER NARY
Bride is the former Sara Shepler
The bridegroom is the son of Charles and Donna Nary of Pinch. He is the grandson of Robert and Mildred Anderson of Charleston and Elsie Nary of Elkview and the late Patrick Nary. He has successfully completed the National Joint Apprenticeship Training through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association. He has also obtained his Master Electrician's License, as well as his contractor's license and is a partner at M&L Electric LLC.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a diamond white strapless gown by Bonny, with lace flowing asymmetrically across the bodice, accented by a shirred band of pink that wraps around to the back and down the semi-cathedral train. The bodice of the dress was decorated with crystals and beading, all accented by pink sequins. Her jewelry was a gold necklace worn by both her mother and grandmother Reneau on their wedding days. Her gold earrings were borrowed from her grandmother Shepler. She carried a fresh, hand-tied bouquet of soft pink roses, pink and white calla lilies, and orchids.
Serving as maid of honor was a friend of the bride, Terri Cohen, of Bonita Springs, Fla. Bridesmaids were the bride's cousin, Katherine Smith of Elkins, the bridegroom's sister, Amber Nary of Pinch and the bride's friends, Kristen Helmick of Charleston, Johnnie Fink of Charlotte, N.C., and Amanda Ross of Columbus, Ohio. The maid of honor and bridesmaids wore celadon tea-length renaissance dresses by After Six, with wrap bodices and draped V-necklines and a bow that tied in the back at the waist. The bridesmaids carried fresh, hand-tied bouquets of soft pink roses, gerber daisies and tulips. Flower girls, all dressed in pink, were Chloe Nary, niece of the bridegroom, and Kendal Given, friend of the bridegroom.
Serving as best man was the bridegroom's father and close friend, Charles Nary. Groomsmen were the bridegroom's brothers, Charles "Matt" Nary and Joshua "Luke" Nary of Pinch, the bride's brothers, Benjamin "Ben" Shepler and Bryan Shepler of Elkins, and the bridegroom's close friend, John Given of Charleston. Ring bearers were cousins of the bride, Jacob Davis and Patrick Reneau.
Music was provided by Marijane Kiley, pianist. Supplemental music was provided by Andrea Garton, pianist, Emily and Jill Okes, duet, and Katherine Smith, soloist, whom are all cousins of the bride. Program attendant was Sarah Reneau, cousin of the bride, and guest book attendant was Leah Shepler, sister-in-law of the bride. The wedding coordinator was a friend of the bride, Ann Baird. A memorial was placed on the piano for the late Patrick Nary and the late Ralph Shepler.
On April 25, Charles and Donna Nary hosted a rehearsal dinner for the bride, bridegroom and the wedding party at the Tabernacle of Praise.
Following the ceremony, a dinner and dance reception was hosted at The Ramada Plaza in South Charleston. The wedding party arrived by "The Mountaineer" trolley. There was a unique family display of bridal gowns from both the mother of the bride and mother of the bridegroom.
Winter Floral provided all the floral arrangements. Angie Young from A Piece of Cake provided a four-tiered wedding cake along with a West Virginia University football cake for the bridegroom. John Anthony provided music during the reception. Video was provided by Huddleston Video and Mike Winland Studios took photographs.
The couple honeymooned at Hilton Head Island, S.C., and are making their home in South Charleston.