Newlyweds begin life together in their college town |

Newlyweds begin life together in their college town

Nathan Huntsinger, formerly of Grass Valley, met his new wife, Darlene Bower, when the two played intramural volleyball in college two years ago.

Soon after the volleyball match, Huntsinger brought Bower home to meet his parents.

“He surprised me,” said his mother, Jean Huntsinger. “He said, ‘Mom, you’ve got to get over here and meet someone. She’s wonderful. Very special.'”

The new Mrs. Huntsinger can easily go from “athletic to glamorous,” Jean Huntsinger said, a quality important to her son, who played several sports while he attended Forest Lake Christian. He graduated in 2000 and went to Simpson University in Redding, where he and Bower both majored in business.

Nathan Huntsinger is a program coordinator for Redding Soccer Park, and his wife is a teacher for the Shasta Union High School District.

Huntsinger and Bower wed Aug. 11 at the First Presbyterian Church of Redding, with Pastor Dan Eckley officiating. The bride wore a strapless taffeta gown with a lace train and carried a bouquet of red roses and white calla lilies. Approximately 120 people attended.

The bride’s matron of honor was Audra Koopmans of Auburn. Bridesmaids were Deanna Teska of Vacaville, Robin Honzell of Rohnert Park, Trisha Schmitt of Redding, Niki Helsel of Redding and Janice Clark of Vacaville.

The best man was Joel Koopmans Auburn. Groomsmen were Aaron Koopmans of Twin Falls, Idaho; Sam Koopmans of Auburn; Adam Honzell of Rohnert Park; Brian Schmitt of Redding; Brandon Clarke of Vancouver, Wash.; and Tony Horner of San Jose.

Ringbearers were Niall and Karsten McKenzie, sons of the groom’s college soccer coach.

Ushers were the groom’s brothers: Josh Huntsinger of Nevada City, Dan Huntsinger of San Jose and Mark Huntsinger of Grass Valley.

Music was provided by the groom’s mother, Jean Huntsinger, and Joel Koopmans and Adam Honzell.

A buffet reception was held at Mercy Oaks in Redding.

The couple honeymooned in Maui, Hawaii, and reside in Redding.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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