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Kathryn Hempel-Brett Dotson
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Kathryn Allison Hempel and Brett Daniel Dotson, both of Nevada City, were married Oct. 12 at Sierra Friends Center. The ceremony was conducted by former Nevada City Mayor Kerry Arnett.

The bride is the daughter of King and Linda Hempel of Fallbrook. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1994 with an art degree. She works for South Yuba River Citizens League.

The groom is the son of Paul and Carol Dotson of Salem, Va. He graduated from Virginia Weslyan in Virginia Beach in 1993 with an art degree. He works for Sierra Group Exhibits in Grass Valley.



The bride wore a gown she designed that was sewn by Renee Asmus. She carried a bouquet of sunflowers and chili peppers.

The matron of honor was Sara Patrick of Las Vegas.




The bridesmaids were the bride’s sister, Kelly Johnston of San Diego; Evangeline Elston of Nevada City; Natalie Gangemi of Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Sheridan Kelley of Cherryfield, Maine; Diane Batchelder of Hillsboro, Ore.; and Liana Campus of Nevada City.

The junior bridesmaid was Ryan Johnston, the bride’s niece.

The flower girl was Skylar Garvey, age 3, of Nevada City.

The ring bearer was Angelo Campus, 9, of Nevada City.

The best man was Mike Benne of Salem, Va.

The groomsmen were Merv Helms of Mill Valley; the groom’s brother, Rand Dotson of Baton Rouge, La.; Mike Weitzman of Modesto; and Kirill Pint of Mesa, Ariz.

The ushers were Rod Kinney of Nevada City and Robert McCarty of Virginia Beach.

Music for the ceremony was provided by soloist Rainbo of Oregon, Paul Kamm and Tom Menig. A local band, the DeadBeats, played for the reception.

Approximately 325 guests attended the ceremony and buffet reception at Sierra Friends Center.

The quilt cake was made by friends.

Special guests included the bride’s 95-year-old grandmother, Lotta Hempel.

The couple honeymooned in Hawaii.

They live in Nevada City.


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