Elkins - Victoria

Diana Furtado Victoria and Steven Jonathan Elkins were united in marriage on May 12, 2007, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Stephenville. The candlelit service was a formal, double-ring ceremony officiated by Father Sam McClain.

The bride is the daughter of John and Judy Victoria of Friona. She is currently employed by Apple Tree Learning Center in Austin.

The groom is the son of Dr. David and Judy Elkins of Stephenville. Steve is employed by Bat Conservation International in Austin where he is the assistant manager of information technology.

The bride was announced by her brother, John, and escorted down the aisle and given away by her father. Her gown of white lace with pearl beading had a chapel length train. She wore white roses in her hair and a fingertip length Mantilla veil. Diana carried a bouquet of red roses and a white linen and lace handkerchief, which had belonged to the groom’s great-grandmother. She wore a pearl necklace and earrings presented to her for her wedding day by her parents.

The maid of honor was Melanie Porter. Other attendants included Alison Gray, Janis Miller, and the bride’s two sisters, Elizabeth Joy and Suzie Victoria. They all wore floor-length red satin dresses and carried bouquets of white stock. At the guest book was Kelly Pingleton. Other members of the House Party included Renee Gresham, Sandra Porter and Jane McClain who helped coordinate the service and reception. A very special guest present was the bride’s grandmother, Mrs. Maria Furtado from Sumas, Wash.

The groom’s best man was his brother, Michael Elkins. Groomsmen included Allen Pingleton, Adam Mercer, Joseph Reeves, Ryan Lystad, and Ben Ackerman. Ushers were John Culp and Mike Castro. Irma Mottley, who is the groom’s godmother, and Dave Elkins, father of the groom, read scripture passages from Song of Solomon, and 1 Corinthians 13. Eucharistic Ministers were Sherrie Evans and David Kincannon. Barbara Thurman was the organist.

Following the recessional to “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” the church bells pealed. Wedding guests were then invited to a candlelit reception in St. Luke’s Garden where the bride and groom danced their first dance to “There Were Bells on a Hill.” Mike Elkins led the toasts to the bride and groom and then surprised the bride by performing one of her favorite songs.

After a honeymoon trip to Southern California and Las Vegas, the couple will reside in Austin.

An outdoor barbecue at the home of the groom’s parents was held to honor the couple the night before the wedding.

Pena

Gloria Elena Marroquin of Dublin and Jorge Luis Pena of Lamesa were united in marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Martin Marroquin of Dublin and Hope Aguirre of Stephenville. Gloria is a graduate of Dublin High School.

The groom is the son of Fred and Lupe Pena of Lamesa. Luis is a graduate of Lamesa High School and is currently employed by G&E Trucking.

The bride was given away by her father, Martin Marroquin. The maid of honor was Claudia Dnetto, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Hope Marroquin of Dublin, sister of the bride; Haleigh Pena of Van Horn, daughter of the bride; Lisa Tey of Houston, and Amy Novak of Stephenville.

The groom’s best man was Benny Pena from Houston. The groomsmen were Rick Villalobos of Lamesa; Ramsey Medrano of Lubbock; Joey Lopez of Lamesa, and George Aguirre of Stephenville. Flower girls were Savahnna Tey and Isabella Pena, daughter of the bride and groom. The ring bearer was brother of the bride, George A. Agurrie.

After the ceremony, there was a reception for the newlyweds at City Hall at City Limits. The couple will reside in Stephenville.