PERKINS - Kristen Mary Simonsen and Christopher Michael Sinnaeve became husband and wife on June 29 at St. Joseph's Church in Perkins during a ceremony officiated by Rev. Jacek Wytcko.
A reception followed at the Flat Rock Town Hall. Guests from Florida, Oregon, and everywhere in between were in attendance to celebrate.
Kristen is the daughter of Ken and Mary Simonsen of Perkins. She graduated from Mid Peninsula School in 2000, and from Bay de Noc Community College in 2010. She is a clerk at Public Health, Delta and Menominee Counties.
Kristen and Christopher Sinnaeve
Chris is the son of Frank and Sharon Sinnaeve of Gladstone, Linda Heitman of Escanaba, and Bill Heitman of Rapid River. He is a 1993 graduate of Gladstone High School and has been working for Canadian National Railroad since 1994.
The ceremony was unique because they celebrated the joining of their families with a "sand ceremony" where each of them and their children poured sand into a shadow box made by the groom, as they made promises to each other.
Andrea (Nummilien) Micheau, best friend of the bride, was matron of honor. Friends, Angela (Allen) Gagnon and Gina (LaCosse) Gereau, and sister-in-law of the bride, Stephanie (Kane) Simonsen, were bridesmaids. Junior bridesmaid was Serina Sinnaeve, daughter of the groom, and flower girl for her aunt was Kendra Simonsen.
James Sinnaeve stood as best man for his brother. Groomsmen were, Jeff Johnson, a friend of the groom, and Gregg and Erik Simonsen, brothers of the bride. Dylan Simonsen, nephew of the bride, was junior groomsman. Kaden Simonsen, son of the couple, was the ring bearer.
Serving as ushers were Adam Simonsen, brother of the bride, and Austen Sinnaeve, nephew of the groom.
Following a honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the couple returned to their home in Gladstone.