(Shenandoah) – June always means three things to me: weddings, softball and storms.

This reporter saw all three of them in an extremely busy week. Monday and Tuesday nights were dedicated to my stay as an announcer for the Shenandoah High School softball team at Bob “Lucky” Folden Field in beautiful Sportman’s Park in Shenandoah (like my usual opening). On Thursday evening Don Hansen and I were at the ring to fight the storm that was sweeping through the area. And judging by the tree damage in Nebraska City, Riverton, and Farragut, the storms won!

Then there were the weddings. Saturday was a busy day for weddings across the region. And we here at KMA celebrated the wedding ceremonies of sports spokesman and all-round good guy Trevor Maeder and important other Gentry Sheffield on Saturday afternoon in Bedford. All the best goes to Trevor and Gentry (not to mention their dog Moose and their cat Cattrick).

The Saturday wedding was sentimental to me for many reasons. On the one hand, there was another important wedding in the Orient, Iowa, for 27 years and one day.

Where were YOU on June 25th, 1994? If you were in the Orient that day, you have probably heard of the wedding of Michael Lee Peterson and Mary Blazek at the Orient United Methodist Church. Or maybe you were there. As memory shows, the day my beloved and I exchanged vows, the church was quite full.

Even though it was a wonderful day, 27 years later it still seems like a blur to me. However, a few memories of that momentous day stand out.

First the weather. Earlier I mentioned that June is known for weddings and bad weather. Both forces were on a collision course for our ceremonies. Adair County and most of southwest Iowa were under tornado guard at the time of our wedding that afternoon.

There is an old saying that rain on a wedding day is a sign of good luck. In this case we hit the jackpot in Las Vegas! In fact, shortly after our ceremonies, a heavy storm swept through the Orient. Torrential rain fell outside the church during the traditional photo ritual (which luckily took place inside!). Where was Weatherology when we needed it?

Fortunately, the rain had stopped by the time we left church for the wedding reception of the century at Williamson Legion Hall. Ah, the legion hall. The small venue that will go down in history for the party-to-end-all parties. Great food. A great participation. Great food. Lots of music and dance. And then there was the food.

It was the party that could have lasted forever. No doubt some family members could still be there today if we hadn’t done everything around 10 o’clock in the evening.

Here’s a fun fact about the wedding: Our reception DJ was Jeff Angelo. Jeff was a colleague at KSIB and became a state senator a few years later. Now he is hosting his own morning talk show on WHO radio in Des Moines. Without a doubt, the notoriety Jeff gained as a Peterson wedding DJ helped move him towards bigger and better things!

All in all it was a wonderful day. Mary and I still take pride in planning the wedding. Weather disturbance aside, the ceremonies were held with the precision of an Apollo moon landing (with the exception of Apollo 13, which is a different story).

Almost three decades later, we are still going strong. Mary remains my better half – she keeps me down, takes good care of me, and helps me stay sane in a demanding job that can be ungrateful at times. She has made many sacrifices for me over the years. I don’t know what I would do without her.

We raised two wonderful daughters along the way. That brings up another reason why Trevor’s wedding was really sentimental to you.

27 years before our wedding date, my daughter Abby was engaged! Her longtime friend Derek asked the question in Minneapolis on Friday. (In another touch of irony, Minneapolis is where Mary and I honeymooned in ’94!)

Our family is longingly waiting for a wedding sometime next summer. And I’m preparing for my role of giving the bride away. And I couldn’t be more excited than giving my daughter to such a fine young man as a present. Other than that, this reporter will sit back and let Abby and Derek plan their event. It should be a great time.

All I ask is for the tornado warnings to go away and for the food to be great. And that the Huskers have a new sporting director at this point!

Mike Peterson is the senior newscaster / reporter for KMA News. The opinions expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of this broadcaster, its broadcaster, or its owners.

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