Nevada County people: Happy marriage well worth the wait for young couple
Ryan August was a senior at Bear River High School, and Sabrina Parker was a freshman when they met.
Love blossomed a couple of years later, but they agreed that they both had some growing up to do. August graduated in 1998 and Parker graduated in 2001.
So they dated for nine years – including five years of long-distance romance while Parker attended California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo and August lived and worked in Reno.
In 2005, they both returned home to Grass Valley and finally had a chance to grow together – while living in the same town.
The two were married at the Lake of the Pines Country Club on Oct. 20, 2007. The clear, autumn day provided the perfect backdrop for the outdoor ceremony.
The new Mrs. August said she and her husband “feel incredibly blessed to have found love at such a young age and to have experienced life on our own through our college years.”
The bride’s eldest brother, Jason Parker, conducted the ceremony. Nearly 200 relatives and friends joined them to celebrate the marriage.
Attending the bride were maid of honor Lauren Kemp-Hesterman; matron of honor Rebecca Parker; and bridesmaids Alyssa Rochholz, Sarah Hudson, Rosie Robertson and Cari Nelson.
The groom was accompanied by best men Kyle August and Nathan Rakestraw; and groomsmen Mike Andersen, Kyle Rutherford, Casey Ahrens and Brian Parker.
The couple thanked their parents – Charlene and Randy Parker, Karen Parker and Sonny Fleming and Nancy and Joe August – for their support and love.
“It is because of them that we have been blessed with the incredible lives that led us to each other,” Parker said. “We have settled down together in our beautiful hometown of Grass Valley, with a bond stronger than either of us would have ever imagined.”
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