Jessica Lauren Witherspoon, Washington, and Ryan Dennis Gierer, Villa Ridge, were united in marriage Aug. 25, 2012, at St. John the Baptist Church, Villa Ridge. Father Kevin Schmittgens officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

Bride’s parents are Doug and Cindy Witherspoon. Groom’s parents are Don and Carol Gierer.

The bride was given in marriage by her father.

Serving as maid of honor was Brittany Mickel, Sikeston. Bridesmaids were Kendra Meyer, Alecia Turner, both of Washington, Haleigh White, Dearborn, Jacque Hagedorn, Kirksville, and Cassie Rauscher, Kansas City.

Best man was George Koch, Shrewsbury. Groomsmen were Tim Meyer, Caleb Turner, both of Washington, Casey Davis, Kansas City, Sam Straatmann and Nolan Zoellner, both of Labadie.

Flower girl was Lucie Mickel, East Prairie. Ring bearer was Stephen Meitz, Pacific.

Ushers were Aaron Witherspoon, Washington, Tim Huxel, Joplin, and Ryan Huxel, Washington.

Music for the ceremony was provided by Heritage String Quartet.

A reception was held at St. Joseph Neier. Entertainment was provided by Hysteria Sound DJ.

The bride graduated from Truman State University in 2011. She is employed as an accounting representative at ProComm Voice & Data Solutions, Fenton.

The groom graduated from Truman State University in 2011. He is employed as a project manager at Cassidy Turley.

After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple resides in Union.