Amy Mahnken, Paul Tieslau wed
Amy Mahnken and Paul Tieslau exchanged wedding vows July 24 at Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierra. The 4:30 p.m. double-ring ceremony was performed by Pastor Joel Martyn and witnessed by 130 relatives and friends.
The bride is the daughter of Stephen and Linda Mahnken of South Lake Tahoe and the bridegroom’s parents are Robert and Marjun Tieslau of Fiddletown, Calif.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. Matron of honor was the bride’s sister, Tara Nixon of Anchorage, Alaska, maid of honor was Stacey Harmon of Costa Mesa, Calif., and bridesmaids were Victoria Mossler of Sunnyvale, Calif., and the bridegroom’s sister, Bettina Wilson of South Lake Tahoe. Flower girl was the bride’s cousin, Kayla Tyler of Camarillo, Calif., and ring bearer was the bridegroom’s nephew, Brandon Wilson of South Lake Tahoe.
Best man was the bridegroom’s brother, Adrian Tieslau of Kings Beach, Calif., and groomsmen were the bride’s brother, Ryan Mahnken of South Lake Tahoe, Kurt Easton of Concord, Calif., and Robert Steed of San Jose, Calif. Greeters were the bride’s cousins, Brandon Carter of Tampa, Fla., and Kirsten Tyler of Camarillo, and the bridegroom’s cousin, Heidi Tieslau of Nashville, Tenn. Scripture readers were the bridegroom’s aunt, Carol Stuart of Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the bride’s aunt and godmother, Julie Goodman of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds greeted their guests during a reception at Lake Tahoe Golf Course. They danced the first dance to a swing number “Cheek to Cheek” by Peggy Lee. Special guests at the wedding were the bride’s grandparents, Kenneth and Margaret Nipstad of Camarillo, and relatives came from as far as Alaska, Boston, Florida and Georgia.
Upon their return from a wedding trip to Mendocino and Fort Bragg, Calif., the couple established their home at South Lake Tahoe, where they are first-time homeowners.
The bride attended Lake Tahoe Unified School District from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating from South Tahoe High School in 1992. She received a bachelor of science degree in 1996 and a master of science degree in speech pathology and audiology in 1998, both from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is employed as a speech-language pathologist by Lake Tahoe Unified School District and works at Bijou Community School and Tahoe Valley Elementary School. She is a member of Hope Lutheran Church of the Sierra.
The bridegroom is a 1986 graduate of Amador High School. He received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics in 1992, and a masters degree in mathematics in 2002, both from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a math instructor at Western Nevada Community College.