Jirak, Simpson wed July 12 at Pilsen

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Kristine Jirak of Tampa and Mitchell Simpson of Wichita were married at 2 p.m. July 12 at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen.

The bride is the daughter of Francis and Mary Jirak of Tampa. Parents of the groom are Jim and Janice Simpson of Wichita.

The bride?s brother, Father John Jirak of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, was the main celebrant at the double ring ceremony.

Concelebranting priests were Fathers Darrin May and Patrick York.

Deacon David Darland, friend of the groom, assisted at the Nuptial Mass.

Altar servers were seminarians Clay Kimbro, Isaac Coulter, Austin Long and Devin Burns.

Travis Gear of Andale, brother-in-law of the bride, and Barb Pianalto of Wichita, friend of the groom, were lectors.

Tom Nelson of Burdick was organist.

Violinist was Kalynn Jirak of Atchison. Vocalists included Heidi Jirak of Oakley, Julie Rziha of Pilsen, and Julie Schmeidler of Wichita.

Guests were seated by Albert Jirak of Colwich and James Jirak of Kensington, brothers of the bride, and Alex Gorges and Arvin Fontarum, both of Wichita, friends of the groom.

Escorted down the aisle by her father, the bride wore a white dress made of beaded lace appliqu?s on tulle over crystal satin.

The fit and flare A-line gown featured a semi-cathedral train. The bride?s ensemble was completed with a fingertip veil borrowed from her sister.

The bride carried a round handheld bouquet of white hydrangeas, apple green carnations, button mums, white roses, hypericum berries, and white trichelium, with the stems wrapped in white satin.

A rosary from her great aunt, Margaret Frick, was entwined in the bouquet.

Maria Gear of Andale, sister of the bride, was matron of honor.

She wore a long, dark navy, shirred matte jersey gown featuring a shirred one-shoulder neckline.

She carried a bouquet of white spray roses, button mums, apple green roses, hypericum berries, white lisianthus, and Queen Ann?s lace, with the stems wrapped in white satin.

Bridesmaids were Raschelle Jirak of Wichita, cousin of the bride, and Jenna Simpson of Kansas City, sister of the groom.

They wore gowns identical to the matron of honor and carried similar flowers.

Junior bridesmaids were Elizabeth Jirak of Kensington and Felicity Gear of Andale, goddaughters of the bride.

They wore tea-length gowns with silver sequined bodices and blush-colored, tiered chiffon skirts.

The girls carried flowers identical to the bridesmaids.

Bridget Gear of Andale and Josephine Jirak of Colwich, nieces of the bride, were flower girls. They wore white sleeveless dresses with satin bodices and layered tulle skirts, tied in back with a satin bow.

Matt Pianalto of Wichita, friend of the groom, served as best man.

Groomsmen were Heath Hermes of Manhattan, friend of the groom, and Marshall Simpson of Wichita, brother of the groom.

Junior groomsman was Augustine Jirak of Colwich, godson of the bride, and the ring bearer was Patrick Gear of Andale, nephew of the bride.

The groom wore a gray tuxedo with a white vest and white rose boutonniere.

The groomsmen wore gray tuxedos with navy blue vests and apple green carnation boutonnieres.

Monica Jirak of Kensington, niece of the bride, served as the bride?s personal attendant.

Guestbook attendants were Annette Quaney of Colwich, Stephanie Quaney of Colwich, and Emma Jirak of Oakley, cousins of the bride.

The cake was baked and decorated by Sandra Jirak of Kensington, sister-in-law of the bride.

Cutting and serving the cake were Barb Pianalto of Wichita, Amy Dreiling of Colwich, and Kelly Court?ney of Kansas City, friends of the couple.

Dominic and Isaac Jirak of Kensington, nephews of the bride, were in charge of distributing programs.

A reception, dinner and dance were held at the Religious Education Center in Colwich.

The bride is a 2008 graduate of Centre High School and a 2011 graduate of Benedictine College in Atchison. She is employed at Solution Inc. in Colwich.

The groom is a 2006 graduate of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School and a 2011 graduate of Conception Seminary College in Con?ception, Mo. He is employed as a quality assurance test engineer at NetApp in Wichita.