Couples announcements for July 2007

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Wedding

Simmins and Simpson

Simmins-Simpson Natalie Simmins of Steamboat Springs and Chancey Simpson of Gordon, Texas, were married June 9, 2007, at the Yampa River Botanic Garden. Natalie is the daughter of Thomas and Mary Simmins. Chance is the son of the late Lynn and Katherine Simpson. Natalie walked down the aisle with Thomas and Mary by her side. Natalie was attended by her sister, Emily Simmins, as the maid of honor, and Jasmine Davies and Miranda Manly. Chance walked down the aisle with his sister, Melissa, each of them carrying a rose in memory of their parents, who both are deceased. Chance was attended by his brother, Eric Simpson, as best man, and Mark Patterson and Josh Brownlee. Following a beautiful day in the park, the reception was held at Rex's Bar and Grill, where dancing, great food and fun was had by all into the wee hours. The couple took a honeymoon to Tulum, Mexico. They reside in Steamboat and plan to move to Hayden in September.

Engagement

Velasquez and Scott

Tom T. Velasquez and Alena Scott are pleased to announce their upcoming wedding, which will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7, 2007. The ceremony and reception will be held at the Routt County Fairground Exhibit Hall in Hayden. The couple would like to invite all friends and family to attend.

Wedding

Pennington and Conlon

Myka Pennington and Russell Conlon were married May 3, 2007, at Lionscrest Manor in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Myka is the daughter of Tim Pennington and Jill Clay. Russell is the son of the late Ed Conlon and Dale Conlon. The couple took their honeymoon in Maui, and they reside in Fort Collins.

Engagement

Erdman and Durino

The engagement of Sarah Calene Erdman to John Daniel Durino is announced by the couple and their parents. Sarah is the daughter of Phyllis and Stan Gardner of Lyndon, Kan., and the late Michael Erdman. John is the son of Anne and John Gray of Hayden, and J.D. Durino and Maggie Smith of Lyndon, Kan. The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Lyndon High School and is currently completing her bachelor's degree in nursing at Washburn University. She is employed in the emergency room at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. The groom-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Lyndon High School and is employed by Westlake Ace Hardware in Topeka. The couple plans to wed Oct. 11, 2008, at Grace Community Church in Overbrook, Kan. Reception and dinner to follow at The Vinewood in Topeka.

Engagement

Zito and Gibbon

Jennifer Lynn Zito, the daughter of Paul C. Zito and Freeda Goldberg of Long Island, N.Y., is engaged to be married to Luke Gibbon, the son of Kenneth and Eva Gibbon of Hayden. Luke, a native of Hayden and Steamboat Springs, works for Greenscenes and is a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School. Jennifer is a customer service representative at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. She graduated from West Hampton Beach High School. The couple met through a mutual friend in Steamboat in 1996 and reunited eight years later, on Jan. 18, 2004. A date for the wedding has not been set.

Engagement

Johnson and Blocker

Kristin Lynne Johnson and Joe Chad Blocker became engaged April 21, 2007. Kristin is the daughter of Jimmy Johnson, of Krum, Texas, and Rick Restall and Donna Kerr-Restall, of Steamboat Springs. She is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in education. She is a teacher at Blanche Dodd Intermediate in Krum. Chad is the son of Gale and Joe Blocker, of Aubrey, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce with a degree in agriculture. He is employed with All Texas Fence in Lake Dallas, Texas. The couple will be married at Circle R Ranch in Flower Mound, Texas, on Aug. 11, 2007. Following the wedding, Kristin and Chad will honeymoon in Italy and will reside in Aubrey, Texas.