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Tying the Knot

Kelsey Forde and Marc Wilson Wed

Marc and Kelsey Wilson. Photo by Joe Latter Photographer.

A perfect California day blessed the April 28, 2012 wedding of Kelsey Rhoads Forde and Marc Devant Wilson as they exchanged vows under a majestic, Georgette-draped Italian rotunda overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Pelican Hill Resort, Newport Coast.

At the following reception and dinner at Pelican Hill Resort, the new Mr. and Mrs. Wilson delighted guests by performing a tango in their first dance as husband and wife.

The couple is at home in Chicago after a Hawaiian honeymoon on Lanai.

Kelsey Wilson grew up in Malibu and is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She is studying business at Kendall College in Chicago.

Marc Wilson is a psychology graduate of Duke University and earned a master’s degree in psychology at Pepperdine University. He is a senior planner for McGarry Bowen advertising agency.

They met when both worked in the entertainment field in Los Angeles, renewing their acquaintance several years later when Kelsey was living in and working for a promotion company in New York and Marc was an account manager at an advertising agency in Chicago.

Marc proposed to Kelsey on a street corner in New Orleans, presenting her with a ring he had designed.

The marriage brought together family and friends from 19 states and South Africa.

Bishop Dr. Michael J. Love of Trinity Baptist Community Church at Crystal Lake, Ill., officiated. Love is Marc Wilson’s lifelong friend and pastor.

The bride’s sister Laurel Bluhm served as matron of honor. Nathan J. Hamilton was Marc’s best man. Six bridesmaids and groomsmen stood with the couple as they said traditional vows accompanied by poignant personal statements.

Ring bearer Carson Bluhm escorted flower girls Sydney P. Boone and Chloe Genda, who scattered rose petals on the grassy aisle.

Thousands of white roses, tulips, hydrangeas and lilacs accented with soft-hued greens and succulents carried out the white and sage theme.

Rita Wilson of Laguna Beach, the groom’s mother, hosted the wedding events. The groom’s father is Harold Wilson of Cary, Ill.

The parents of the bride are Ron Forde of Brookings, Ore., and Tina Fisher Forde of Tehachapi, Calif.

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