Bride-to-be Lawson is a 2004 graduate of Nevada High School. She attended Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and took a year off to join the Army National Guard. She plans on returning to college in the spring of 2007.
Groom-to-be Bastow is a 2003 graduate of Nevada High School. He also joined the Army National Guard. He is being sent to Iraq on Aug. 21 for a year-long tour.
The couple plans to marry when Bastow returns from Iraq.