Emily Sarah Hawthorne and Braeden Michael O’Connell were united in marriage Dec. 28, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. at River City Ale Works in Wheeling. The ceremony was officiated by Pastor Barry Taylor.
Parents of the bride are Marge Rizzardi Hawthorne of St. Clairsville, and Wayne and Maria Hawthorne of St. Clairsville. Parents of the groom are Tracey and William O’Connell, also of St. Clairsville.
Andrea Timko served as maid of honor, and Travis Smith was best man. Other attendants were Sarah Westlake, Brooke O’Connell, Tabatha Hawthorne, Michelle Maffe, Ellie LeMasters, Jacob Hawthorne, Chase Maffe, Anthony DePasquale, Matt Riffle and Bobby Barsch. The flower girl was Lily Hall, and the ring bearer was Chance Maffe.
The bride is a 2011 graduate of St. John Central High School in Bellaire. She is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in accounting at DeVry University.
Her husband is also a 2011 graduate of St. John’s. He is serving in the United States Navy and is currently deployed overseas.
The couple hopes to be reunited sometime within the next year.