Katherine Virginia Tanner joins Thomas George Nelson in marriage

Katherine Virginia Tanner of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Thomas George Nelson, of Anacortes, Wash., were united in marriage at 4 p.m. April 25 in the vintage rose garden at Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie in Round Top, Texas.

The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Karen Hardison of Fredericksburg, Texas, and Louis Tanner of Rockport, Texas. She is a 2008 graduate of Fredericksburg High School in Fredericksburg Texas, a 2013 graduate of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, with a bachelor’s of arts in political science and international studies; and a 2014 graduate of Royal Holloway University of London with a master’s of science in geopolitics and security. She currently serves as a government liaison for the Red Cross of the Pacific Northwest and is an active member of the World Affairs Council of Seattle.

The bridegroom is the son of Dr. Gary and Carolyn Schoenrock of Oak Harbor, Wash., and Robert Nelson of Thorne Bay, Alaska. He is the grandson of Barbara Boeckling of Salem, and the late George A. Boeckling; and June Nelson of Great Falls, Mont. He is a 2008 graduate of South Anchorage High School and a 2012 graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in international business administration. He currently works at The Boeing Company as an engineering workflow manager on the 777 program.

The bride wore the 1958 heirloom wedding gown worn first by her grandmother, Billie Ricks and then by her mother, Karen Tanner Hardison, in 1982.

The groom wore a labeled, Richmond Brothers of Cleveland heirloom tuxedo originally worn by his grandfather, George Amos Boeckling, in 1947.

The maid of honor, Kirsten Wisniewski of Vlkermarkt, Austria, accompanied the bride with her bridesmaids, Kate Hayden of Dallas, Texas, Helen Prentice of Philadelphia, Pa., and Nicole Bayard of Tacoma, Wash. Each attendant wore an original vintage dress in shades of blush pink.

The best man, Mark Ogren of Flagstaff, Ariz., accompanied the bridegroom with his groomsmen, Colt Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska, Joel Hartleroad of Dallas, Texas, and Samuel Rockwell of San Francisco, Calif. The men wore matching newly fashioned trim-fit shark-grey suits and starched spread-collar white shirts.

Immediately following the outdoor ceremony, guests were included in a champagne celebration and garden fete that preceded the wedding dinner and dance held in the rose-decorated Pearl Barn adjacent to the Prairie’s formal gardens and fountain.

The couple made their sunset departure, traveling in a 1959 blue Cadillac. The bride wore the bridegroom’s grandmother’s going away dress from her 1947 wedding in Huron, Ohio.

The couple resides in Everett, Wash.


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