Sharples and Schmidt wed Riva Sharples, daughter of Doug and Judi Sharples of Wakonda, and Glen Schmidt, son of Pat Burba of Coal City, IL, and the late Leonard Schmidt, were married July 8, during a Renaissance-style celebration in Illinois.
The ceremony took place in Coal City in the colorful backyard garden of Dan and Pat Burba. In keeping with the Renaissance theme, the bride and groom, their parents and the wedding party, as well as some guests, dressed in medieval and Renaissance attire (a period spanning roughly 1300-1600 A.D.).
The ceremony included a hand fasting ritual, an ancient Celtic tradition during which the couple's hands are loosely bound together to symbolize two becoming one. The couple read their vows, as was traditional in days of olde, from letters they had composed to one another.
An Irish Blessing and Sonnet Number 116 by Shakespeare were read as a harpist played Celtic folk favorites including Greensleeves and Scarborough Faire.
The bride's matron of honor was Christine Miller of Lisle, IL. Bridesmaids included Laura Wilson of Vermillion; Jeanne Day-Cadd of Chicago, and Tanya Hedes of Troy, NY.
The groom's best man was Joe Miller of Lisle, IL. Groomsmen included Gary Puhr of Plainfield, IL, Andrew Schmidt of Carbondale, IL, and Quentin Duroy of Troy, NY. Scott Schmidt served as usher.
After the ceremony, the wedding party and guests traveled to a dinner and dance reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall in nearby Joliet. There, Sir Glen and Lady Riva performed a traditional Renaissance dance as their first dance. In keeping with the Renaissance theme, after dinner the couple served pastries (the Renaissance tradition) instead of cake and performed a traditional pastry kiss instead of today's practice of cutting the cake.
The couple honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Canada, before returning to their home in Edinboro, PA, where the bride teaches journalism and writing courses at Edinboro University and where the groom is finishing a degree in computer science.