2008-08-20 / County Lifestyles


Melanie Ann Snow and Christopher Todd Beninga were united in marriage on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at six o'clock in the evening at the First United Methodist Church in Raymondville. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Reverend Maurice McLeroy of Spring, with music provided by pianist Mrs. Janice McLeroy and soloists Reverend Russ Willis and Kathy Willis.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Judith Ann Snow and the late Raymond Howard Snow. She is the granddaughter of the late Kenneth and Vera Brackhahn and the late Luther and Clara Dean Snow all of Raymondville. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Thomas Beninga of Topeka, Kansas. He is the grandson of Mrs. Alexandria Schwab and the late Russell Schwab of Manhattan, Kansas and Mr. Thomas Beninga and the late Chrystal Beninga of Riley, Kansas.

The bride was presented in marriage by her uncle Jerry Dean Brackhahn.

Kimberly Rae Acevedo of McAllen served her sister as Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Lori Lull of Virginia Beach, VA; Suzanne Riggs of Houston; Heather Davis and Shelley Speciale of Austin. Best Man was Jason Beninga, brother of the groom, of Manhattan, Kansas. Groomsmen were George Mallon of Lee's Summit, Missouri; Curtis Anderes of San Francisco, CA; Chad Champney and John Gonzales of Topeka, Kansas. Flower girls were Harley Gogolek of Edinburg and Angela Lull of Virginia Beach, VA. Jackson Snow, nephew of the bride, of Denver, CO and Braiden Beninga, nephew of the groom, of Manhattan, Kansas served as ring bearers.

Melanie is a graduate of Raymondville High School and a 1997 graduate of Texas A&M University in College Station with a degree in education and is pursuing a Masters in Counseling and Guidance at Texas State University. She is currently employed with the Lake Travis School District in Austin.

Chris is a graduate of Shawnee Heights High School in Topeka and received a degree in Life Science from Kansas State University. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and K-State baseball team. Chris received a Masters degree in Physical Therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. He is currently employed by UCB Pharmaceuticals.

Following the ceremony, the bride's mother hosted the reception at the Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum. On the eve of the wedding the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the La Playa Restaurant in Harlingen.

After a honeymoon trip to Riviera Maya, Mexico, the couple are at home in Austin, TX.

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