LEDYARD, Iowa - Heidi Elise Karels and Brian Jon Knutson were married Aug. 16, 2008, at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church, Ledyard. The Rev. Douglas Van Der Pol performed the ceremony.
Parents of the couple are Doug and Pam Karels of Ledyard, and Marlin and Lorraine Knutson of St. Peter.
Maids of honor were Sara Karels of Ledyard, and Holly Karels of Emmetsburg, sisters of the bride. Bridesmaids were Tara Klocke of West Des Moines and Janeen Perrizo of Marshall, Minn., cousins of the bride, and Chelshe Schmidt of Bode, friend of the bride. Flowergirl was Alexa Golle of Prior Lake, Minn., niece of the groom.
Best man was Jeremy Mathews of Mankato, Minn., friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Scott Knutson of Minneota, Minn., brother of the groom, Jason Jensen of Minnetonka, Minn., Travis Preuss and Robert Sinn, both of Blue Earth, Minn., friends of the groom. Ringbearer was Hayden Sass of Frost, Minn., cousin of the bride.
Guests were ushered by Jeff Anderson of Rochester, Minn., and Todd Golle of Prior Lake, Minn., brothers-in-law of the groom, Gary Fessler of Mitchell, S.D., cousin of the groom, and Tim Dontje of Ledyard, friend of the bride. Junior ushers were Matthew Knutson of Minneota, Minn., and Jeremy Wheeler of Pemberton, Minn., nephews of the groom.
Wedding music was performed by April Gunderson, vocalist, and Sherry Schaumburg, organist.
A reception was held at Fairmont Veterans of Foreign Wars.
The couple plan to live in Blue Earth.