South Tahoe High grads Stetson, Uppendahl wed
Melissa Stetson and Jarred Uppendahl exchanged wedding vows Oct. 6 at the Neighborhood Church in Chico, Calif. The double-ring, 2 p.m. ceremony was performed by Pastor Scott Vallance of Zion Worship Center in Chico and Pastor Terry Edwards of Lake Tahoe Christian Fellowship, South Lake Tahoe. The nuptials were witnessed by 180 family members and friends.
The bride is the daughter of Steve and Carrie Stetson and the bridegroom’s parents are Darrell and Holly Uppendahl, all of South Lake Tahoe.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride was attired in a Maggie Sottero “limited” white and gold strapless gown featuring dramatic lace appliqué over soft tulle and satin with Swarovski crystals. She wore a two-tier, hand-sewn veil with clear crystal and beaded edges and carried a bouquet of white and ivory roses, white tulips, and white ranunculus with brown hypericum berries, wrapped with ivory ribbon and off-white tulle.
Maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Natalie Stetson of Chico, and bridesmaids were Nicole Dunn and Brooke Reginelli of Chico, Nicole Hunt of New York City, Kyra Cruise of Vallejo, Calif., and Morgan Fairchild, Jessica Perasso and Brooke Regineli, all of South Lake Tahoe. Each attendant wore a floor-length, satin, espresso-colored strapless dress with cream sash and carried miniature versions of the bride’s bouquet wrapped with chocolate ribbon and tulle.
Best man was Peter Reginelli of Chico and groomsmen were the bridegroom’s brothers, Brett Uppendahl of San Jose, Calif., and Joel Uppendahl of South Lake Tahoe, and Brent Silberbauer, Jeff Hildenbrand, Alberto Hernandez and Danny Del Rio, all of Chico.
The flower girl was Olivia Vallance and the ring bearer was Judah Fairchild, both of Chico.
Immediately following the wedding ceremony a reception was hosted by the bride’s parents in the Neighborhood Church garden.
Upon their return from a one-week wedding trip to Maui, Hawaii, the newlyweds established their home in Chico.
The bride is a 2002 graduate of South Tahoe High School and graduated magna cum laude from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., with a bachelor’s degree in business and finance in 2006. She is a paralegal with Carter Law Firm.
The bridegroom is a 2001 graduate of South Tahoe High School and received a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Chico in 2006. He is employed at Longs Drug Store.
The bride and bridegroom both serve in a leadership capacity at Zion Worship Center in Chico.