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Jeff and Debra Vavra of Minnetonka, MN, along with Daniel & Christine Woodward of Tenstrike, MN, joyfully announce that their children Melissa Maria Vavra and Mark Daniel Woodward were united in marriage on July 1st, 2017 at Wooddale Church in Edina Minnesota.

It was a blessed ceremony with Pastor Heather Flies (Melissa’s Junior High Pastor) officiating. Pastor Steve Pomp (uncle of the groom) offered the prayer of blessing along with Mark and Melissa’s parents and the entire wedding party joining in prayer for the Bride & Groom. Melissa’s cousin Mary Miller played the harp accompanied by violinist Noah Johnson.

A beautiful wedding reception followed at Outback Steakhouse in Bloomington, MN. There was a father of the bride song/dance/& the couple had their first dance as husband/wife. The Pomp family (Mark’s Mom & Aunts & Uncles) sang two acapella songs followed by speeches by Best Man, Matron of Honor, and Father of the Bride. The Bride presented a slide show of the couple’s growing-up years. The evening ended with a “sparkler” send-off.

The bride is a 2009 graduate of Hopkins High School, a 2013 graduate of Bethel University, majoring in Athletic Training/Kinesiology. Melissa then acquired a masters of Arts-Organizational Leadership degree at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul (2015) while working as a GA Athletic Trainer. She was hired as the Head Women’s Athletic Trainer at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul in August 2015 – August 2017.

The groom is a 2007 graduate of Blackduck High School, a graduate of Bemidji State University (2011) with a Chemistry/Biology major and psychology minor. He worked as a GA/laboratory instructor in the Chemistry Dept. at Bemidji State University while working on master of science. After graduation, Mark worked at 3M Maplewood in the dental department as a Design Engineer II. Mark is employed by Clariant Corporation. He started out at New Hope, MN as a Development Engineer and is currently a Regulatory Affairs Specialist with Clariant in Charlotte, NC. He is working on his Masters in Toxicology Degree. Mark & Melissa Woodward drove to Charlotte, North Carolina (where they will reside) after the wedding. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! We rejoice that “Their steps are ordered by the Lord”. (Psalm 37:23)