Kari Martina Gerke and Joshua Robert Bustillos exchanged their wedding vows Dec. 20, 2008, at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Herron. Pastor Leslie Nye officiated the 4 p.m. double-ring, candlelight ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Kurt and Tina Gerke of Hubbard Lake. The groom is the son of Thomas and Susan Bustillos of Alpena.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was her sister, Kim Gerke. Bridesmaids were Kristen Liske, sister of the bride, and Alison Bustillos, sister of the groom. Attending the groom as best man was his friend, Michael Antonsen. Groomsmen were Kris Gerke, brother of the bride, and Isiah Lyons, the groom's cousin. Usher was Eliazar Lyons, cousin of the groom.
Following the ceremony, a reception in honor of the newlyweds was held at Northern Lights Arena. Pre-nuptial parties included a rehearsal dinner at Jeppetto's in Alpena.
Kari is a 2002 graduate of Alpena High School, a 2008 graduate of the University of Phoenix and is currently attending Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C. Josh is a 2002 graduate of Alpena High School and is a sergeant in the U.S. Army Airborne at Fort Bragg, N.C. He has served two tours of duty in Iraq.
The couple resides in Fayetteville, N.C.