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Michael Charles Ahrens married Patricia (Trish) Bannon Duran on April 22 in a ceremony at Ladue Chapel. A reception followed at Forest Park Visitor’s Center in the Trolley Room, where guests enjoyed dinner and dancing.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Kathleen Ahrens of St. Louis. Brian Lihs, a friend from college and former roommate, served as best man. Groomsmen included Eric Barber, Douglas Chod and Benjamin Duran. The ring bearer was Thomas Duran. Michael is a financial analyst for Exxon-Mobil.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. Troy Duran and Ms. Stephanie Duran. Amber Schaefer, a childhood friend, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids included Claire Tichenor, Elle Kekec and Madeline Bishop. Trish is a fifth grade math teacher for the Lumberton, Texas, school district.

On the morning of their nuptials, rain greeted the couple, but luckily stopped by the time the wedding party left for pictures. The ceremony began just as sun streamed through the church windows. Fortuitously, Michael and Trish recessed to the planned music of “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. The couple honeymooned in Great Exuma of the Bahamas, with a chance to swim with the pigs. They now reside in Beaumont, Texas.

LN's advertorial/wedding coordinator and staff writer has a love for all things beautiful, from fashion and beauty to picturesque places found around the world. Photo by Essence Photography by Martha