Laura Bissell and Noah Van Ark were united in marriage at an outdoor ceremony on Aug. 27 at the Black Canyon Inn in Estes Park, Colo. The Rev. David B. Joachim, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Boardman, officiated.
The immediate families of the bride and bridegroom joined them on a tiny island for the celebration with a background of vivid blue sky, majestic mountains, and clear water.
The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Paul and Susan Bissell of Columbiana. She wore a custom gown designed with a sweetheart neckline, a shirred, fitted bodice that closed at the back with pearl buttons and tied at the waist with a satin sash. Asymmetrical rows of organza ruffles flowed softly to just above her ankles. A single wildflower was tucked behind one ear. The barefoot bride carried a colorful array of wildflowers bound with a sheer white ribbon.
Her bridesmaids were Katie Maruskin of Nashville, Tenn., Christina Stackhouse of Boulder, Colo., and Lee-Anna Upperman of New Castle, Pa. They wore knee-length fuchsia halter dresses and carried matching wildflower bouquets.
The bridegroom is the son of Mark and Candace Van Ark of Boulder, Colo.
Groomsmen were Schuyler Van Ark, Brian Mercer, and Stephen Milburn, all of the Boulder vicinity.
Following the ceremony, guests gathered on the lawn for appetizers and a champagne toast before entering the Twin Owls Steakhouse for a dinner celebration.
The newlyweds traveled to the Pacific Northwest for their honeymoon and have made their home in Broomfield, Colo.