Kiersten Janelle Murbarger of Albion and Dustin Michael Johnson of Ramsey, Illinois exchanged vows on June 15, 2013. They were united in marriage at 4:00 p.m. at the West Village Christian Church north of Albion. Bro. Andy Whitten of El Dorado, Arkansas officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Lonny and Valerie Murbarger of Albion, and granddaughter of Edwin and Lila Fewkes and Barb Lister, all of Albion. The groom is the son of Mrs. Jodi (Steven) Smith of Ramsey and Mr. David (Pam) Johnson of Mulberry. Dale and Judy Rhoads, Harold and Donna Johnson, Shirley Barenfanger, and Mrytle Kern, all of the Vandalia area, are Dustin’s grandparents.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory Fit-and-Flare dress, a Jasmine design with a sweetheart neckline. The bride chose a veil hemmed with clear rhinestones, which was intertwined with the french twist in her hair. Kiersten carried a bouquet of ivory hydrangeas. The stems were wrapped with a white handerchief which was borrowed from her grandmother, Lila Fewkes, and had belonged to her great-grandmother, Evelyn Hocking.
The maid of honor was Sadie Murbarger, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids included Hallie Murbarger, sister of the bride, Jenna Turpin, friend of the bride, Jamie Hagan, Kate Jenkins, and Jill Hancock, friends of the bride who attended Lincoln Christian University with her. All of the young ladies wore knee-length coral dresses, and the bodices were wrapped differently for each bridesmaid. They carried bouquets of baby’s breath, which were designed by Nathan Gentz of The Watering Can in Albion. Elaina Hagy, cousin of the groom, was the flower girl. She wore an ivory, floor-length dress with a fitted bodice. She carried a white basket and dropped white and coral rose petals as she walked down the aisle.
Spencer Carrell, friend of the groom, Ramsey, IL, was the best man. Groomsmen were Kris Hageman, Tevis Gaylord, Justin Hagan, Sean Crocker, and Ben Harrison, all friends of the groom from Lincoln Christian University. They all wore a silver tux, white shirt, a coral vest, and a coral tie.
Michael Aaron, cousin of the bride, and Jeremy Cook, cousin of the groom, were ushers. Samantha Eller and Bailey Smith, sisters of the groom, were guestbook attendants. Lauren and Matthew Hagy and Andrew Kelly passed out bags of edible rice to throw at the bride and groom.
Sherrie Turpin, friend of the bride, was the piano accompanist during the wedding. Beautiful pictures were taken throughout the day by Lindsay McDonald.
Following the ceremony, a buffet dinner was served and a dance took place at the Mt. Zion Community Building southwest of Albion.
Friends and family from Arkansas, Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana attended Kiersten and Dustin’s wedding.
Following their wedding, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Destin, Florida. They resided in El Dorado, Arkansas until November while Dustin did his youth ministry internship. Dustin is now working in Springfield, Illinois.