The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


April 7, 2006

Mr. and Mrs. Luke Allen Gerdes (Jennifer Lee)

DANVILLE — Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danville was the setting for the Dec. 3, 2005, wedding of Jennifer Scarlett Lee and Luke Allen Gerdes.

Jennifer is the daughter of Hershall and Katherine Lee of Danville. She is a graduate of Danville High School, Danville Area Community College and Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in English and theater. Jennifer is employed as a sales assistant in event planning at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Luke is the son of Allen and Peggy Gerdes of Lebanon, Ill. He is a graduate of Lebanon High School and Eastern Illinois University with a bachelor’s degree in theater. He is employed in the entertainment division of Walt Disney World.

Matron of honor was Heather Christensen. Bridesmaids were Lucy Johnson, Sara Luttrell, Rebekah Tazaelaar, Katie Noland and Caroline McClellan, all friends of the bride.

Best man was Matthew Gerdes, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Ryan Cummings, Chad Reynolds, Brady Stewart, Aaron Lawson and Jeff English, friends of the groom.

The Rev. Daniel Fienan performed the ceremony. All music, including the processional and recessional, were selections from Tchaikovsky’s ballet, “The Nutcracker.” Music was performed by Carol Douglas, violinist; Jan Matthews, violist; and Brian Gaona, cellist. The Lord’s Prayer was sung by Pastor Fienan.

Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at Harrison Park Clubhouse. Dinner and dance music was provided by K. C. Express. The sit-down dinner was catered by O’Leary’s and photography was by Sempsrott Photography. Flowers and decor were designed and made by the bride’s mother. “A Winter Wonderland” was the theme of both the wedding and the reception.

Pre-wedding events included a shower hosted by Heather Christensen and Lucy Johnson, a tea and shower at the Grand Floridian Resort hosted by Caroline McClellan, a shower at the Magic Kingdom, and a bachelorette party in Chicago hosted by Rebekah Tazelaar. The groom enjoyed a bachelor party with friends at Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney.

Following a Caribbean cruise, the couple is at home in Orlando.

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