Heather R. and James J. Stromberg

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Heather Reneé Compton and James John Stromberg were married Aug. 7, 2010, at the East Chain Lutheran Church, East Chain, Minn. Pastor Robert Roettger performed the ceremony and Kendra Sones provided music. The wedding colors of butter crème and mocha were reflected in the pew decorations and centerpieces of yellow and white lilies, curly willow and natural grasses.

Parents of the couple are Lee and Cindy Compton, of Aberdeen, S.D., and Sheri Stromberg, of Fairmont, Minn. Grandparents of the bride are Darlene Compton, of Nevada, and the late Lee Compton Sr., and Shirley Fields, of Mt. Vernon, Mo., and the late Harry Fields. Grandparents of the groom are Leighton and Ardis Hugoson of Fairmont.

The bride wore a slim A-line gown with corset closure. The all ivory dress featured Alençon lace adorned with sparkling sequins and beading. The strapless neckline was enhanced with scalloped edging, while a satin ribbon and glistening brooch accent ornamented the waist. She carried a bouquet of white lilies, yellow heather and curly willow wrapped with brown ribbon. The bouquet also included the bride's traditional blue represented by a gem that belonged to her maternal great-grandmother.

Maid of honor was Whitney Compton, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Sonia Compton, sister-in-law of the bride, Sarah Stromberg, sister of the groom, and Jenna Askevold, friend of the couple. Each wore tea-length strapless corset closure dresses of butter crème with mocha sashes and carried bouquets of yellow lilies, curly willow and natural grasses.

Personal attendant to the bride was Monica Stromberg, sister-in-law of the groom.

Flower girls were Elizabeth Compton and Nicole Compton, nieces of the bride, and Brooklyn Meyer and Madilyn Stromberg, nieces of the groom. The girls wore knee-length dresses of butter crème and carried yellow milk pails containing yellow rose petals.

Best man was Peter Stromberg, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were James Compton, brother of the bride, Chad Smith, friend of the couple, and Clay Duxbury, friend of the couple. Ring bearer was Steven Daugherty, nephew of the bride.

Guests were ushered in by Aaron Benck and Ben Maday, both friends of the couple.

Megan Frisbee and Kayla Harris, cousins of the bride, attended the guestbook.

The reception was held at the Knights of Columbus in Fairmont, Minn. Table decorations included mason jars wrapped with grapevine and filled with natural grasses and yellow flowers. Floating candles in tall ribbon wrapped votives perched atop wood pieces cut and prepared by the bride's father continued the wedding theme. A buffet style dinner and a choice of marble or mock angel food cake along with homemade mints were enjoyed by all. The wedding cake, a square, two-tiered traditional marble cake with butter cream frosting, was displayed on the head table and served to the wedding party. Chelsea Guss and Katherine Arteaga, cousins of the bride, assisted with serving punch and wedding cake.

Gift boxed, triple-layered butterscotch fudge made by the bride's sister-in-law, Sonia Compton, were given as wedding favors to adults. A children's table of craft activities and candies were provided for the younger guests. A dance and snack of popcorn rounded out the reception. The couple honeymooned briefly in Nevada and then flew to Colorado. They plan to make their home in the Fairmont/East Chain, Minn., area.