Lindsay E. Smith — Florian S. Weuthen

Last modified: 4/10/2015 6:07:24 PM
Lindsay Elizabeth Smith of Turners Falls and Florian Sebastian Weuthen of Remsheid, Germany, were married Aug. 6, 2014.

The bride is the daughter of Mark and Elizabeth Smith of Turners Falls.

The groom is the son of Michael and Petra Weuthen of Remsheid.

The 11 a.m. ceremony took place at Our Lady of Peace Church in Turners Falls with the Rev. Stanley J. Aksamit officiating. Co-celebrating was the Rev. Henry L. Dorsch of Southwick. Vows and other parts of the ceremony were spoken in both English and German.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Readers were Fran Burpee and Dot Pelis, aunts of the bride. Church musicians were Alana Martineau (vocals), Ken Lively (vocals and guitar), and Steve Glover (piano).

Maids of honor were Dana Williams and Ashley Wilcox, friends of the bride. Jonas Subel, friend of the groom, served as best man.

The bride carried on the family tradition of wearing her grandmother’s wedding garter. In addition to her grandmother, Lorraine Wasileski, it had been previously worn by 12 other brides in family weddings. The bride also wore her mother’s wedding garter. Both the bride and the mother of the bride carried handmade hankerchiefs that were made by Tabitha Martinelli, cousin of the bride.

The reception was held at The Log Cabin in Holyoke. Stephan Warren, disc jockey, provided music. For their first dance, the bride and groom composed, sang, and recorded a song entitled “A New Journey.”

At the reception, the couple took part in the Polish custom of sharing bread and wine. The bread was made by the mother of the bride and the wine was made by the parents of the groom.

The theme at the reception was air travel. Upon arrival, guests reviewed an airport departure board to direct them to their table. Centerpieces were made of white flowers to resemble clouds with small airplanes flying above them. The couple chose a custom cake topper resembling the bride and groom sitting on top of the world. Mini suitcases, luggage tags, and a passport-style guest book were all part of the decorations. Airline pretzel snacks, provided by IcelandAir, were available to guests.

Guests attended from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Germany.

The newlyweds took a wedding trip to Edmonton and Jasper, Canada.

The bride graduated in 2010 from Mohawk Trail Regional High School and in 2013 from the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She was awarded a National Fulbright Scholarship and spent the last year as an English teaching assistant in Borken, Germany.

The groom is a 2010 graduate of Roentgen Gymnasium and a 2014 graduate of Bonn University, both in Germany.

The couple will live in Germany and the bride will use the name Lindsay Weuthen.


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