Weddings (Aug. 10, 2011)


Tajchman and Trofim united in marriage



Joe and Barbara Tajchman of Marion announce the marriage of their daughter, Jenna, to Alexei ?Alex? Trofim of Chisinau, Republic of Moldova.

The double-ring ceremony took place May 8 in Chisinau.

The bride?s parents joined their daughter for the wedding while the bride?s sister, Jessica Laurin, and aunt, Terrie Bolte, watched the wedding events over the internet.

Their wedding day began with the groom picking up his bride in a rented 1967 white Cadillac convertible. The bride wore a white European-style wedding dress with train.

The couple drove through Moldova?s scenic capital city to the civil ceremony hall. The civil ceremony was conducted in Romanian by a local government official. The bride and groom agreed to be man and wife by saying ?Da,? the Romanian equivalent of ?I do.?

Witnesses were Kelsey Walters of Canute, Okla., and Rodion Gudym of Chisinau, Moldova. Following the ceremony, the couple enjoyed locally produced sparkling wine and candies which were shared with their guests.

As commonly done in Moldova, the couple proceeded on a three-hour photo shoot in the countryside and at the National Natural History Museum.

The bride and groom were joined by about 40 family, friends, and coworkers for their reception, dinner, and dance at 6 p.m. at the La Roma Club, decorated with historical Italian art. As in Moldova tradition, each guest table was covered in a selection of food. The menu, delivered in three courses, included items such as baked stuffed grape leaves, marinated herring, grilled chicken, and slow-cooked veal. Toasts were given by parents and the groom?s grandfather.

The groom, a harmonica player, and his blues band performed traditional American blues. The band also performed classic rock and Russian songs.

The bride and groom met while she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Moldova from 2007 to 2009.

The bride is a 2002 graduate of Centre High School and a 2005 and 2007 graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor of science degree in Agribusiness and a master of science in Agricultural Economics. She is employed as an agriculture development officer for the U.S. Agency of International Development in Manila, Philippines.

She is the granddaughter of the late Herman Jr. and Ruth Bolte of rural Durham and Joseph G. and Rose Tajchman of rural Lincolnville.

The groom is a 1994 graduate of Chisinau Lyceum Nicolai Gogol and a 1999 graduate of the Stefan cel Mare Police Academy.

He is employed as the safety and security coordinator for the U.S. Peace Corps in Chisinau.

The groom is the son of Vladimir and the late Liudmila Trofim.

The couple will reside in Manila, Philippines. They are also planning a wedding reception in Marion this fall.


Aaland and Krotz exchange vows


Laurie Aaland and Mark Krotz, both of Mesa, Ariz., were married at 5 p.m. July 22 in a double-ring ceremony.

Parents of the bride are Otto and Marjorie Aaland of Northwood, N.D.

Parents of the groom are the late Florian and Nina Krotz of Hillsboro.

The couple reside in Mesa.

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