DEFIANCE - Michelle Kay Benecke-Rodriguez and Russell Wells Detwiler II were married during an evening ceremony July 13 at the Defiance Eagles Reception Hall.
The bride is the daughter of Dexter and Janis Benecke, Ridgeville Corners.
The groom is the son of Russell and Marsha Detwiler, Lisbon.
Michelle and Russell Detwiler
Jeffrey Drown officiated the ceremony.
Escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a chiffon A-line gown, with a ruched front bodice with a halter top neckline, trimmed with silver sequins and silver and pearl beading and a chapel length train. A finger tipped ribbon edged veil with diamond accents was secured by a diamond headband. She carried a bouquet of white silk roses with accents of black, silver and pearls with black ribbon and pearls cascading down.
Jennifer Rodriguez, Defiance, served her mother as maid of honor in a knee length black halter top dress. In matching dresses were bridesmaid Ivy Detwiler, Spencer, W.Va., daughter of the groom; and junior bridesmaid Jessica Rodriguez, Defiance, daughter of the bride. Flower girl was Jasmine Rodriguez, Defiance, daughter of the bride.
Serving best man was David Detwiler, Salem, brother of the groom. Groomsman was Joel Detwiler, Boardman, brother of the groom; and junior groomsman was Gabe Detwiler, Salem, nephew of the groom. Ring bearer was Hayden Detwiler, Salem, nephew of the groom.
Shaundra Detwiler, Salem, presided at the guest book and handed out programs and bells.
The bride is a graduate of Archbold High School and is employed as a Head Start bus monitor.
The groom is a graduate of Southern Local School and is employed as a Local 8 union electrician.
A reception for 250 guests followed at the Defiance Eagles Reception Hall.
A rehearsal dinner was held at The Second Story, Defiance.
Following a honeymoon to Cocoa Beach, Fla. and a five-day Bahamas cruise, the couple reside in Defiance.