Kay Marie Strong of Grand Island, and Carl Prather of Randall, Kan., were united in marriage March 11, 2011, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Grand Island.
The bride was proceeding into the ceremony by her daughters: Kylianna (Strong) Kulang of Omaha; Shalynne (Strong) Jenneman of Grand Island; Jynneen Strong of Grand Island; Lynndsi Strong (Anchorage, Alaska); Alysia Strong of Grand Island, and Kelita Escobar of Grand Island and seven of her grandchildren ranging in age from three months to five years of age with the assistance of a tulle covered wagon: Gatley Kuk, Langh Kuk, Mathouk Kuk, Logan Strong, Jayson Strong, Camila Escobar, and Kelvin Escobar.
The Bride was escorted down the aisle by her mother, Jill Strong. Attendants for the ceremony included flower girl, Caitlin Strong, 8-year-old daughter of the bride; Bible bearer, Andy Prather, 5-year-old son of the groom; ring bearer, Joe Prather, 3-year-old son of the groom.
Witnesses for the couple were Julie Prather of Topeka, Kan., sister of the groom, and Allen Strong of Holyoke, Colo., brother of the bride.
Other members of the wedding party included:
Ushers: Allen Strong, Brian Strong, Brian Laub, and Wayne Hoge. Leon Prather, brother of the groom was an honorary usher, deployed the week before the wedding.
Candle lighters: Hannah Hoge and Elsie Prather (neice)
Flutists: Baylee Laub and Kari Prather (neice)
Musicians: Dana Pavuk and Cheryl Schuett
Guest book attendants: Becca Laub and Erika Prather (neice)
Gift attendants: Jay Laub and Garrett Laub
The ceremony was performed by Pastor William Pavuk of Grand Island, and Frances Hall, Associate in Ministry, of Bennington. Special guest for the cereomny was grandmother of the bride, Jaunita Connely of Broken Bow.
The Bride has been an attorney for Legal Aid of Nebraska in Grand Island, for the past nine years. She will start a new position with Weltmer Phillips Law Office in Mankato, Kan., in July. She is a 1988 graduate of Broken Bow High School.
The Groom is the farm manager for Prather Family Farms of Randall, Kan. The couple will make their home in rural Jewell County, Kansas.