High school sweethearts Travis Lynn Byers and Marie Devine Spies were married on Aug 4, 2012 at Greenwood Park in Des Moines. The couple was blessed with absolutely perfect weather for the ceremony, which was officiated by Pastor Gregory Ellcey.
The bride is the daughter of Charles Spies of Emmetsburg and Maureen Cahill of West Des Moines. The groom is the son of Rich and Rita Byers of Marshalltown.
Presented in marriage by her father, the bride, wore a dress by Maggie Sottero. She was attended by her best friend, Claire Hanken as maid of honor, and sister, Elisabeth Lyons as matron of honor, both of Colorado. Bridesmaids were her sisters Lydia Devine of West Des Moines and Kaitlyn Devine of Cedar Falls.
Best man was the groom's brother, Levi Byers of Minneapolis, MN, and groomsmen were Nicholi Pitra of Yakima, WA and Aron Vaughn and Adam Visser, both of Des Moines.
Ushers were Brady Byers of Phoenix, AZ and Rusty Byers of Eugene, OR. Friends of the couple, Bruce Day and Eli Kilburg, provided musical accompaniment during the ceremony.
An outdoor reception followed at the Blank Park Zoo, with animal exhibits open exclusively to guests throughout the cocktail hour. Johnny's Italian Steakhouse catered the reception dinner.
The bride and groom are both graduates of the University of Northern Iowa. Marie has a double major in Marketing/Advertising and Spanish, and Travis a major in Finance and Global Trade. After honeymooning in Kansas City, MO, the couple is residing in West Des Moines. The couple both work at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage at separate locations in Des Moines.