Ethan Andrew Bonnette and Karissa Marie Brown were united in marriage Sept. 24, 2011. The ceremony took place on the front lawn of Roger and Kathy Bonnett's home, parents of the bridegroom, who reside in Marietta. The Rev. Karl Kesselring officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Brian and Hidi Brown of Waterford and the granddaughter of Joyce Brown and David Brown of Weston, W.Va., and the late Zora Jane Paugh and Rodney Paugh of Jane Lew, W.Va.
She is a 2009 graduate of Waterford High School and a 2011 graduate of Washington State Community College with an associate of applied business degree. She is employed by Marietta Memorial Hospital as a clinic coordinator for Dr. Buck.
The bridegroom's grandparents are the late Virgil and Lorraine Bonnette of Marietta and Estelle and the late Carylos Starkey of Belpre.
He is a 2007 graduate of Warren High School and a 2011 graduate of Glenville State College where he received a bachelor's degree in natural resource management. He is employed by Artex Oil Company of Marietta as a landman.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a white floor length gown with a princess neckline. Her veil was borrowed from her cousin, Brittany Gould. She carried a bouquet of white calla lilies.
The maid of honor was Kara Brown, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Meagan Ellis, Amanda Crousser, Jennifer Murray and Emily Hendershot, sister of the bridegroom. They wore burgundy tea length gowns and carried bouquets of burgundy and gold calla lilies. The flower girl was Taylor Starkey, cousin of the bridegroom.
The best man was Adam Hoff and ushers were Tyler Spence, Darek Brown, brother of the bridegroom, Joe Starkey, cousin of the bridegroom, Nathan Heiss, and Mark Hendershot, brother-in-law of the bridegroom. The ring bearer was Braun Doak, cousin of the bridegroom.
Special music for the ceremony was provided by Shirley Doak who played the keyboard and Claire Dent, violinist.
A reception dinner followed the ceremony in the back yard of the bridegroom's parents' home.
The couple reside at 11 Washington St., Waterford.