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Couple braves spring blizzard for wedded bliss

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Denise Elizabeth Sloan and Dan Lee Smart exchanged wedding vows at South Lake Tahoe during a heavy spring blizzard.

Denise Elizabeth Sloan and Dan Lee Smart were united in holy matrimony in a double-ring ceremony March 25 in the Forest Suite wedding chapel during a heavy spring blizzard. The Rev. JB McIntyre officiated while his wife, Sherry McIntyre, also a friend of the newly wed couple, photographed the wedding and subsequent buffet reception.

The bride has been a resident of South Lake Tahoe since 1971 and the bridegroom has been a resident of Sutter Creek, Calif., since 1979.

The bride wore a two-piece white gown of silk and chiffon with a strapless corset top that laced up the back. The skirt was a three-layer floor length. Her headdress consisted of an elbow-length white veil with a row of small white silk flowers. Her flowers, created by friend, Vi Tara of Pollock Pines, Calif., were more than a dozen over-sized, imported red roses arranged in a large presentation bouquet with baby’s breath and white silk ribbons.

The bridegroom wore a black frock coat, black brocade vest, dress slacks, black cowboy boots and hat, with a red silk tie and red rose boutonniere.

The flower girl was 5-year-old Olivia Smart, daughter of Erik and Marisa Smart of Saratoga, Calif. Eric is the bridegroom’s youngest son. Olivia wore a red satin dress and sprinkled red silk rose petals in the chapel. Ring bearer was 5-year-old Kyle Smart of San Ramon, Calif. He is the son of Steve and Nancy Smart. Steve is the bridegroom’s oldest son.

There ceremony and reception were attended by 30 of the couple’s family members and closest friends, including the bridegroom’s two sons, the bride’s oldest brother and his wife, Michael and Kathy Marks of Tucson, Ariz., and the bridegroom’s brother and his wife, Dave and Jeanette Smart of Cool, Calif. Michael Marks and Dave Smart lit the Unity Candle tapers for the wedding couple at the beginning of the ceremony.

A second wedding celebration took place May 20 at the South Lake Tahoe home of Stan and Denise Moore. That was attended by another 30 family and friends of the couple. The Rev. JB McIntyre performed that ceremony as well. A lunch reception preceded the ceremony. The bride’s daughter, Sadie Sloan Tucker, son-in-law, Miles Tucker; and 2 1/2-year-old grandson, Gavin William Tucker, all of Chesterton, Ind., were among those guests. The ring bearer for that ceremony was 9-year-old Kyle Johnke, son of Peter and Mindy Johnke of South Lake Tahoe. Sadie Tucker and Joel Sweeny of Sutter Creek, lit the Unity Candle tapers.

The bride graduated from California State University, Chico with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art. She was entertainment and cuisine editor for the Tahoe Daily Tribune for nearly 18 years and is now working with El Dorado Savings Bank on Emerald Bay Road and continuing freelance writing. She was raised in Winters, Calif., and is the daughter of Shirley Marks of Winters and James Robert Marks of Ocean Shores, Wash.

The bridegroom is a licensed contractor and is an owner/operator excavator in Amador County. He was raised in Santa Cruz, Calif., and is the son of the late Theo and Abbey Smart.

The newlyweds are planning a honeymoon trip to Mexico at a future date. They plan to keep their Lake Tahoe home as well as their Sutter Creek home and enjoy both of them.

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