Nicole Marie Benson and Ryan Michael Lewis were united in the sacrament of marriage on Oct. 15, 2011, at St. Maria Goretti Church, Laflin, by the Rev. Monsignor Neil J. Van Loon.
The bride is the daughter of Louise and Paul Menendez and James and Diane Benson, all of Wilkes-Barre. She is the granddaughter of John and Ann Marie Benson, Wilkes-Barre, and Betty Ann Devens, Pringle.
The groom is the son of Michael and Robin Lewis, Plains Township. He is the grandson of Alice Lewis and the late Michael Lewis and Jessie Sorber and the late Charles Sorber, Wilkes-Barre.
The bride was escorted down the aisle and given in marriage by her brother, James P. Benson. She chose her best friend, Beverly Esh, as her maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Michelle Menendez and Emily Menendez, sisters of the bride; Gabrielle Erbacher, cousin of the groom; and Jennifer Parker and Amanda Roebuck, both long-time friends of the bride. Flower girl was Hannah Doherty, friend of the bride.
The groom chose his brother, Kevin Lewis, as his best man. Groomsmen were Joseph Rodano, Keith Ewonishon, Todd Tarnalicki, Joshua Fennel and Aaron Bailey, all friends of the groom. Ring bearer was Ethan Benson, godson and nephew of the bride.
Scriptural readings were given by Ralph Quadrini, godfather of the groom, and Kathy Marinelli, godmother of the groom. Offertory gifts were presented by Barbara and Ralph Quadrini, aunt and uncle of the groom.
The bride was honored with a bridal shower hosted by the mothers of the bride and groom and bridesmaids at The Café, Plains Township. A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at Rodano’s Pizza, Wilkes-Barre. An evening cocktail hour and reception were held at Bentleys of NEPA, Ashley.
The bride is 2003 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Central Pennsylvania College, Summerdale, in 2007. She graduated in 2010 from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine with a Master of Science degree in forensic medicine. She is employed by Luzerne County Community College, Nanticoke, and Central Pennsylvania College, Harrisburg, as a college professor of anatomy and physiology, biology, sociology and criminalistics.
The groom is a 1999 graduate of James M. Coughlin High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is employed by SK Technology Group, Pittston, as an IT programmer.
The couple will be honeymooning on New Year’s Eve in Riviera Maya, Mexico. They reside in Wilkes-Barre.