Sarah Francis and Joseph Birkestrand wed

Sarah L. Francis of Ames, daughter of Bill and Mary Francis of Kannapolis, NC, and Joseph Birkestrand of Ames, son of Ron and Kathy Birkestrand of Webster City, married on Aug. 9, 2013 at St Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Ames.

The Maid of Honor was Evelyn Francis, of Greensboro, NC, sister of the bride. The Matron of Honor was Vania Wilmer of Montvale, NJ, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Ashley Stillman of North Hollywood, CA, friend of the bride, and Jana Ott of Minneapolis, MN, sister of the groom.

The Best Man was Matt Smith of Urbandale, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Andrew Birkestrand of Minneapolis, MN, brother of the groom, David Birkestrand of Huxley, brother of the groom, and Bryan Kelley of Jackson Heights, NY, friend of the groom.

A dinner and dance reception at The Gateway in Ames followed the ceremony.

The bride is Assistant Professor/State Nutrition Extension and Outreach Specialist at Iowa State University. She served two years in the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan.

The groom is a copy editor for The Stelter Company in Urbandale.

The couple resides in Ames.