Bidne & Van Sloun

Published 9:00 am Saturday, February 9, 2019

Janelle Joan Bidne of White Bear Lake and Kevin Joseph Van Sloun of Andover were united in marriage on Sept. 22, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in rural Kiester.

Parents of the couple are Loren and Joan Bidne of Kiester and Thomas and Joan Van Sloun of Coon Rapids.

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The Rev. Katie Pals performed the double ring ceremony with the Rev. Michael Van Sloun, uncle of the groom, reading the scriptures and giving the marriage blessing.

Kathy Van Hove of Thompson, Iowa, was the organist. The Rev. Josh Enderson of Albert Lea, a pianist and soloist, sang “Precious Love.” The lyrics and music of the song were written by the bride’s grandfather, Armond W. Braun. Her grandfather wrote this song for his sweetheart, Marcella, the bride’s grandmother, before they married in 1940.

The bride’s maid of honor was Jennifer Bidne, the late sister of the bride. Her attendants were the Rev. Jeanette Bidne of Vernon Center, sister of the bride, and Anna Skare and the Rev. Stephanie Malin, friends of the bride. Elizabeth Cisar, friend of the bride, was the bride’s personal attendant. The bouquet carried by the bride included mementos borrowed from her grandmothers, a brooch from Elaine Bidne and a handkerchief from Marcella Braun.

Taran Burke, friend of the groom, was the best man.  Groomsmen were Chris Wacek, friend of the groom, and cousins Michael Beuning and Kevin Gilbertson. Ushers were the Rev. Dan Foster of Vernon Center; brother-in-law of the bride and Andrew Johnson, friend of the groom.

Harvey and Mary Lou Neel of Scarville, Iowa, family friends of the bride, distributed flowers.  Laura Bentley, friend of groom, attended the guestbook.  Maeryn Pier, cousin of the bride, was gift carrier.

After the service, wedding guests joined the bride and groom for dinner and dancing at the reception held at The Branding Iron in Thompson, Iowa.  Tyler Sampson, friend of the groom, was the reception host.  Alissa Pier, Ty Luepke and Valeri Luepke, cousins of the bride, cut and served the wedding cake. 

The bride is a graduate of United South Central High School in Wells, and earned her bachelor’s degrees at University Dubuque in Dubuque, Iowa, as well as a diploma from Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is a 3D designer at Landscape Structures Inc. in Delano. 

The groom is a graduate of Totino-Grace High School in Fridley and Brown College in Mendota Heights. He is a 3D print technician at Fantasy Flight Games in Roseville.

After a honeymoon in Hawaii, the newlyweds are establishing a home in Andover.