MEMORABLE MOMENT: Petersen- Perlman, Graham weddingNina Petersen-Perlman and Matthew Graham, both of St. Paul, were married July 23 in Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minn.
Nina Petersen-Perlman and Matthew Graham, both of St. Paul, were married July 23 in Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minn.
Her parents are Deborah Petersen-Perlman and James Perlman of Duluth. His parents are Joyce and Pat McCue of Shakopee, Minn., and Jeffrey Graham of Marion, Iowa.
The bride chose her sister, Leah Petersen-Perlman, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Aleta Steevens, Amanda Keillor, Anna Weggel and Laurel Herold. Abbie Amundsen, Emma Harem and Ellie and Libby Karol were flower girls.
The groom chose his brother, Nathan Graham, as best man. Groomsmen were Chris Meek, Justin Fleck, Josh Gunderson and Chris Lund. Milo Amundsen was ring bearer.
The bride, a 2003 graduate of Duluth East High School, graduated from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis in 2007 with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and French. She is a major gifts manager for The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The groom, a 2002 graduate of Shakopee High School, graduated from the University of Minnesota Minneapolis in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a technical editor at Medtronic in Mounds View, Minn.
Upstaging the bride
I told our 8-year-old ring bearer, Milo Amundsen, that he could choose whatever costume he desired to wear as he performed his duties and reveal it during the ceremony. Milo being somewhat of a ham, I had pretty high expectations. Would he dress as an exotic animal? A pirate? Harry Potter?
I couldn’t see him go down the aisle, but I heard a huge laugh erupt from the crowd. Completely true to form for this precocious tyke, he had chosen to dress as a colonial-era British soldier, complete with purple sash, spiked Pith helmet, and a plastic sword that he brandished like nobody’s business. He didn’t just bear our rings — he defended them (presumably to the death). I was completely upstaged, and wouldn’t have had it any other way.
— Nina Graham