Valerie Grate | Dominic Williams



Valerie Grate of Columbiana and Dominic Williams of North Lima exchanged wedding vows in a 1 p.m. ceremony May 23 at New Life Assembly, where a reception followed. The Rev. Keith Bruner, the groom’s uncle, officiated at the ceremony.

The couple reside in Youngstown after a wedding trip to Ocean Isle Beach, S.C.

The bride’s draped white satin A-line gown was fashioned with a jewel-encrusted, cross-shaped bodice and a lace-up back. The strapless gown featured a sweetheart neckline and a chapel-length train.

The attendants wore pool blue-colored dresses. Angela Grate, sister of the bride, served as her honor attendant. Bridesmaids were Liz Morris, Olivia Sukosd, Anna Neely, Sarah Jilg, the groom’s cousin Taylor Bruner and his sister Victoria Coleman.

The groom’s sister Olivia Gallaugher was the flower girl.

Jake Kohler served as the best man, and groomsmen were Austin Burkholder and Brandon Burkholder, cousins of the groom; Zachary King, cousin of the bride; Josh Williams, brother of the groom; and Wally Kukla.

Zane Betz, cousin of the bride, was the ring bearer, and ushers were Tyler Grate and Adam Grate, cousins of the bride.

The bride, a daughter of Charles “Sam” and Debra Grate of Columbiana, is employed by Homes for Kids in Niles.

She graduated from Youngstown State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.

The groom is a son of Angela Gallaugher of North Lima, and Bob and Lisa Williams of Calcutta.

He is an intern for American Standard in Salem while studying engineering at YSU.

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