Erin Elizabeth Michaelis and Jon Brian Kennedy were united in marriage July 15, 2011, at Ross Castle in County Galway, Ireland. The couple was legally married in the U.S. on Nov. 23, 2011, in New York, a marriage equality state.

Parents of the couple are Mike and Jeanie Michaelis and Bill and Mary Kennedy, all of Hays.

Grandparents of the couple are Betty Miller, Hays, the late Frank Miller, the late Clarence and Frances Michaelis, the late Jerry and Millie Maska, and the late Don and Frances Kennedy.

The bride was escorted by her parents.

Ruby Smith, niece of the groom, was the flower girl and Deegan Smith, nephew of the groom, was the ringbearer. Katy Michaelis, sister of the bride, and Kristi Kennedy, sister of the groom, performed the handfasting ceremony.

Emily Jeter and Blake Schmidtberger, friends of the couple, led the unity candle ceremony.

The bride is a graduate of the University of Kansas and earned a master's degree from Fort Hays State University. She is employed as the director of member and vendor services at Absolute Recreation Management.

The bridegroom is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He is employed as an electronic network specialist at Paychex Inc.

Following a wedding trip to Iceland, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, the newlyweds are at home in Portland, Ore.