Jillian Garant and Jake Straley exchanged their wedding vows Aug. 10, 2013 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Alpena. Father Gerald Okoli officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Jim and Nancy Garant of Alpena. The groom is the son of Rick and Jennifer Straley of Alpena.
Attending the bride as maid of honor was their friend, Jamie Smigelski. Bridesmaids were Michelle Schultz and Lindsay Hayes, both cousins of the bride; Rachel Gebauer, friend of the bride; and Amelia Straley, sister of the groom. Attending the groom as best man was his cousin, Jon Straley. Groomsmen were Tyler Skiba and Alex Tarkington, both cousins of the groom; and Andrew and Anthony Garant, both brothers of the bride. The flower girls were Courtney and Alyssa Schultz and the ring bearer was Stephen Miller. Serving as ushers were Chris Schultz, cousin of the bride, and Drew Tarkington, cousin of the groom.
Following the ceremony, a reception in honor of the newlyweds was held at St. Anne's Parish Hall.
The couple are 2007 graduates of Alpena High School. Jake is a 2012 graduate of Saginaw Valley State University and Jillian is a 2012 graduate of Ferris State University.
In October, they honeymooned in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The couple currently reside in Auburn.