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Kara and Jason Riley
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Kara Christine Thoma and Jason Allen Riley, both of Grove City, were united in marriage at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, in the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sidney.

The bride is the daughter of John and Joyce Thoma, of Sidney.

Her grandparents were the late Florence and Paul Shipman and the late Rita and Adolph Thoma.

The bridegroom is the son of Barb and Joe White, of London. His grandparents are Janet White, of London, Joann Brown, of Columbus, and Robert Riley, of Indiana.

The Rev. Jon Schriber officiated the ceremony. Music was provided by Becky Mann. The vocalist was Zoe Shipman, cousin of the bride.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white, strapless, A-line, organza gown with a sweep train. The skirt had soft, flowing tiers from the waistline to the floor, each accented with delicate appliques with crystal beading and tiny white pearls. The bustline was outlined with a petite silk ruffle. Her fingertip-length veil, secured by a crystal band, had similar beading and crystals. She carried a clutch bouquet of lilies, roses and white hydrangeas with electric blue delphinium and lime green hypericum berries and Fuji mums. It was wrapped with a butterfly handkerchief in memory of her aunt, Judi Shipman Macy, and tied in the middle of the flowers was her grandmother’s engagement ring.

Nicole Robertson served as matron of honor. Sarah Beers was maid of honor. Both were friends of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Kate Thoma, sister-in-law of the bride, Shelly Kean, sister-in-law of the bridegroom, and Niki Brewer, friend of the bride. Syndee White, niece of the bridegroom, was the junior bridesmaid.

Allie Thoma, niece of the bride, and Tagen and Ella Riley, daughters of the couple, were flower girls.

The attendants wore strapless, A-line, satin ball gowns in horizon blue. They carried single stems of white calla lilies surrounded by willow and promesa and tied with flowing horizon blue, satin ribbons.

The flower girls wore white, ankle-length dresses and carried clutch bouquets of white roses.

Pete White served as his brother’s best man. Groomsmen were Travis Thoma, brother of the bride, Jeff Lahmar and Bill Hurley, both friends of the bridegroom. Layne White, nephew of the bridegroom, was the junior groomsman. Jace and Jax Thoma, nephews of the bride, were the pendant bearers. Ushers were Mark Shipman, uncle of the bride, and Zane Shipman, cousin of the bride.

The mother of the bride wore a mock two-piece, amethyst-colored crepe and chiffon gown with a V-neck, a beaded and shirred bodice and a two-layer, tiered A-line skirt. The mother of the bridegroom wore a sage-colored, street-length dress, with colored gems outlining the neckline, and a matching jacket with beaded detail. They wore wrist corsages of white roses. The flowers were designed by Sidney Flower Shop.

A dinner dance reception at the Sidney American Legion Post 217 hall followed the ceremony. Decorations and lighting were by M&L Special Occasion Decorating of Minster. The reception featured a sweet table, created by Sandi Shipman, aunt of the bride.

The couple honeymooned at Grand Riviera, Jamaica and reside in Grove City.

The bride graduated in 2000 from Sidney High School and in 2006 from Wright State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in social work. She is employed by Mill Run Care Center in Hilliard as the director of social services.

The bridegroom is a Madison-Plains High School graduate. He is employed by Axalta in Hilliard as a quality control manager.

The couple met through a mutual friend.

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