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Longtime STHS friends get married

Tahoe Daily Tribune

Photo provided by Jarvis PhotographyKent Baer and Rebecca Bergner fell in love on a group camping trip in Alaska, but returned to South Lake Tahoe to wed.

Rebecca Bergner and Kent Baer were united in marriage Nov. 30 at the Riva Grill in South Lake Tahoe. The 3:30 p.m. double-ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Asa Collins of Incline Village and witnessed by 170 family members and friends.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. Gregory and Jean Bergner, and the bridegroom’s parents are Robert and Justin Baer, all of South Lake Tahoe.

Maid of honor was Leah Strohm of Rancho Cordova, Calif., and best man was Tyler Rork of Edison, N.J., childhood friends of the bride and bridegroom.

Immediately following the wedding ceremony a reception was hosted by the bride’s parents at the Riva Grill.

The newlyweds spent a one-week wedding trip at Maui, Hawaii, in December and plan to participate in a cross country camp and kayaking trip this summer. They will enter the Peace Corps in October to begin two years of service.

The couple have lived in South Lake Tahoe all their lives. They attended the same schools, church and lived in the same neighborhood. They were no more than casual friends until the year they graduated from college, when, not having seen each other for five years, they went on a group camping trip to Alaska. They fell in love and were married a little over a year later.

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A 1997 graduate of South Tahoe High School, the bride earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., in 2001. She is a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley and will receive a master’s degree in public health in May 2003.

The bridegroom graduated from South Tahoe High School in 1996 and received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Wash., in 2001. He is a counselor and classroom teacher for Contra Costa County Seneca Center.