Lisa Mary Huelskamp and Benjamin David Herington exchanged vows Oct. 10, 2015, the 16th anniversary of the couple’s meeting, at COSI in Columbus. The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s uncle Pastor Tom Herington of Jonesboro, Tennessee.
A ceremony to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage took place the following afternoon at St. Thomas More Newman Center Catholic Church in Columbus, officiated by Father Steven Bell.
COSI holds significant importance to the couple as it is the location of their first date 16 years ago when they met put the finishing touches on the metal sculptures newly and permanently installed in COSI’s Gadget Room. From there, their journey unfolded into new chapters of global travels, animal rescue efforts and building a life together in Columbus.
In celebration, vintage map luminaries lined the walkway of the museum’s entrance as guests found their way to the Plaza Deck overlooking the Columbus skyline along the Olentangy River.
Maid of honor Susan (Huelskamp) Meyer (bride’s sister) and bridesmaids Katie Herington (groom’s sister) and Brittany Meyer (bride’s niece and godchild) entered wearing wine, floor-length satin dresses. Helping to create the bride’s bouquet of burgundy, orange, peach, and yellow roses, many close friends of the bride entered in small groups handing single roses to Brittany.
Flower friend attendants were escorted by John Huelskamp (brother of the bride), Lance Liston and Chad Berens (future brothers-in-laws of the bride and groom); Tyler and Drew Meyer (nephews of the bride), and Josh Miller (‘like a brother’ to the bride). Dale and Marylin Miller (like ‘second parents’ to the bride) followed and handed bridesmaid Brittany the bouquet ribbon.
The bride’s nieces – Clare and Brielle Huelskamp – followed as junior bridesmaids. Their sister Elizabeth served as the flower girl.
The bride’s childhood classmates Rhonda (Grillot) Albers, Diane (Paulus) Heeter, Deb (Hesson) Hemmelgarn, Stefanie (Miller) Monnin, Melissa (Heitkamp) Puthoff, Jill (Poly) Siegel, and Brenda (Subler) Pohl helped sing the unity candle song assisting vocalist/guitarist Wyatt Hall, violinist Lexi Hall, neighbors of bride and groom, and guitarist Tim Berridge, band mate of the bride.
The bride wore a Henry Roth gown from Kleinfeld in New York City. It was a v-neck, a-line gown in soft white silk organza featuring a natural waist and beaded embroidery in pearls and rhinestones at the waist and a chapel train. Accessories included her mother’s pearls, pearl drop and rhinestone earrings, and a cathedral-length veil with edge beading by Justine M Couture.
The bride, a 1988 Versailles HS graduate, is the daughter of Gary and Donna (Brunswick) Huelskamp of Versailles; granddaughter of Mary (Grilliot) and the late Lawrence Huelskamp of Versailles/Greenville; and granddaughter of Mary (Pax) and the late Connie Brunswick of Minster.
The groom, a 1988 graduate of West High School in Iowa City, is the son of Kenneth and Brenda (Van Iperen) Herington of Kalona, Iowa; grandson of Marjorie (Dawson) and the late Robert Renwick of Ottawa, Illinois; grandson of Alidade (Johnston) and the late Byron Herington, of Kalona, Iowa; and grandson of Shirley (Schuller) and the late John Van Iperen of Spirit Lake, Iowa.
The bride graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor of science in science education, a master of arts in gifted education, and a PhD in STEM education. She teaches at Westerville City Schools, is an adjunct at The Ohio State University and the University of Toledo, and sings with Hat Trick.
In 1988, her husband graduated from West High School in Iowa City and graduated from The University of Iowa after playing football for the Hawkeyes and double majoring in English and political science with a minor in photography. He is the owner of Professional Welding Inspections LLC, is employed at Mistras and CTL Engineering in Columbus, and is a metal artist.
Following a honeymoon in Maui, the newlyweds returned to their country home outside of Marysville.