Wedding: Van Valkenburg/Hill 2011.12.14

Written by David Green.

wedding.vanvalkTimothy Joel Van Valkenburg and Lydia Ann Hill, both of Portsmouth, Va., were united in marriage Sept. 17, at Slayton Arboretum on the campus of Hillsdale College.  The groom’s father, Rev. William Van Valkenburg, pastor of Seneca Community Church, officiated the ceremony.

The groom is the son of Bill and Rosie Van Valkenburg of Seneca. He graduated from Morenci Area High School in 2003, and after attending Cedarville University for a year moved to Portsmouth.

The bride is the daughter of Sam and Christine Hill of Clayton. She graduated from Lenawee Christian School in 2004, then graduated from Michigan State University in 2009 with a degree in human resources.

Holly Ramsey, friend of the bride of Morenci, served as maid of honor and Erin Woods, sister of the bride of El Paso, Texas, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were friends of the bride Heidi Miller of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Crystal Hamann and Crystal Van Valkenburg, both of Portsmouth, Va. Abigail Roberts, daughter of the groom’s cousin from Greenfield, Ohio, was flower girl.

William Van Valkenburg, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen were Andrew Van Valkenburg, brother of the groom of Hudson, Mich., and friends of the groom, Joshua Etter of Sylvania, Ohio, Joshua Keifer of Morenci, Mich., and Loren Delmonico of Adrian, Mich. The ring bearers were Brock Woodard, the bride’s nephew, and Billy Van Valkenburg, the groom’s nephew. 

Steve Garrow of Jackson, Mich., and Colin Pikula of Portsmouth, Va., served as ushers. 

A reception followed the ceremony in the Dow Conference Center on the campus of Hillsdale College.

After a honeymoon trip to Rocky Gap Lodge & Golf Resort in Flintstone, Md.,  the groom returned to his job as a crew leader with the Dow Construction Company of Portsmouth and the bride returned to her duties as the banquet supervisor with the Marriott at City Center in Newport News, Va.

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