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Howell-Vesely

By Victoria Advocate
Nov. 10, 2013 at 5:10 a.m.


Lauren Elise Howell and Heath Tyler Vesely, both of Amarillo, were married at 3:00 p.m. on November 9, 2013 at Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph Catholic Church in Victoria. Reverend George Henninger officiated the double-ring ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Ray and Sylvia Howell of Victoria. She is the granddaughter of Henry and Julia Samaniego of Mansfield and the late Ray and Jodie Howell.

The groom is the son of Larry and Sheila Volkmer Vesely of Victoria. He is the grandson of Kenneth and Gloria Volkmer of Victoria and Paul Vesely and the late Mildred Vesely of Victoria.

Elizabeth Sansone of Fort Worth, cousin of the bride, attended as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Skylar O'Neal of Dallas, Ally Gump of Dallas, Meg McDowell of Lubbock, and Brittany Abbate of Albuquerque, New Mexico, cousin of the bride. Natalie Mares of Victoria, cousin of the groom, attended as flower girl.

Hayden Vesely of Victoria, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Ben Johanson of Victoria, Michael Rokyta of Houston, Michael Uzelac of San Francisco, California, and Chase Anderle of Amarillo. Cooper Mares of Victoria, cousin of the groom, served as ring bearer.

Ushers were Jason Mares, Clay Ohrt, Kyler Ohrt, and Kyle Lesak, cousins of the groom, all of Victoria. House party members were Mallory Stocker of Houston and Jenn Shimer of San Francisco, California. Special wedding participants included Cindy and Greg Heitzman of Mansfield, aunt and uncle of the bride, and Karen and Joe Mares of Victoria, aunt and uncle of the groom, Dr. Lisa Null of Victoria, Sharon Garner of Victoria, aunt of the groom, Glenn and Deborah Machicek of Victoria, cousins of the groom.

Mark Zepeda and Steven Volkmer, uncle of the groom, provided music for the ceremony.

A reception was held following the ceremony at Spring Creek Event Center in Victoria. The couple will honeymoon in Belize and reside in Amarillo.

Lauren is a 2006 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Victoria. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nutrition from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She completed her dietetic internship through Texas Tech University. Lauren is employed as a dietician by Plum Creek Specialty Hospital in Amarillo.

Heath is a 2006 graduate of St. Joseph High School in Victoria. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Agribusiness from Texas A&M University in College Station. He will graduate with a Master's in Business Administration from West Texas A&M in May 2014. Heath is employed by Cargill as a merchandiser for the U.S. Feed Business in Amarillo.

Heath and Lauren are members of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Amarillo.

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