High school sweethearts Beth Hersom and Jesse Bird were united in marriage on July 13, 2013.
Parents of the bride are Ronald and Roberta Hersom of Emmetsburg. Parents of the groom are James and Stephanie Bird, also of Emmetsburg. Grandparents of the bride and groom are Virgil and Sylvia Stettnichs of Larchwood, Dick and Jacque Bird of Marcus and Robert and Doris Garlisch of Havana, IL.
Father Brian Hughes performed the marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake. Presented in marriage by her father, the bride wore a strapless gown designed by Maggie Sottero. The Matron of Honor was Laura Sweet, sister of the bride, of Collingswood, NJ. The bridesmaids were friends of the bride Molly Clasing of North Liberty, Melanie Bandow of Ames and Tori Heldt of Philadelphia, PA; and Jamie Bird, sister of the groom of Emmetsburg.
BETH and JESSE BIRD
Grace Barnett and Patrick Barnett, cousins of the bride from Sioux Falls, SD, were the flower girl and ring bearer.
Jesse's brothers Seth Bird of Sioux Falls, SD and Aaron Bird of Emmetsburg served as Best Men while Shawn Handeland of Emmetsburg, Josh Fog of Emmetsburg, and Ryan Jones of Bloomington, MN were groomsmen.
Tony Brugman of Cedar Falls, Nick Stettnichs of Spirit Lake, Jon O'Leary of Emmetsburg, Mikel Jones of Ankeny, Zach Wentzel of Pocahontas, and Ben Thilges of Humboldt were ushers.
Abby Bird Caven of Emmetsburg, Sara Schany of Bloomington, MN, and Tiffany O'Leary of Des Moines were personal attendants.
Special guests included the Hosts Deena and Travis Fries of Emmetsburg and Doug and September Dau of Spirit Lake; Gift Bearers Donald and Judy Hersom of Emmetsburg; and Eucharistic Ministers Pat and Deb Kibbie, Emmetsburg.
Following the ceremony, guests attended a reception and dance at Arrowwood Resort in Okoboji.
Jesse and Beth honeymooned in Jamaica. They have made their home in Sioux Falls, SD.
Both are graduates of Emmetsburg High School and the University of Iowa.
The bride is employed at Raven Industries in Sioux Falls as a Website Coordinator in the Applied Technology Division. The groom is a Marketing Rep at ARMTech Crop Insurance out of Lubbock, TX.