March 16, 2013
Kayla Justine Kendra and Matthew James Dewey were united in marriage on July 21, 2012, at St. Jude Church, Mountain Top. The Rev. J. Duane Gavitt performed the double-ring ceremony.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Dallas Erinn Kendra, as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sarah Dewey, sister of the groom, and Megan Miller, friend of the bride. Flower girl was Caroline Austin, cousin of the groom.
Serving as best man for the groom was his brother, Bryan Dewey. Brothers of the bride, Kevin Kendra and Zachary Kendra, served as groomsmen. Noah Kendra, brother of the bride, was ring bearer.
The bride is the daughter of Kevin and Deborah Kendra, Mountain Top. She is the granddaughter of Joseph and Marie Moran, Mountain Top, and Michael Kendra and the late Anna Mae Kendra, Wilkes-Barre.
Kayla is a 2006 graduate of Crestwood High School and a 2011 graduate of Misericordia University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education. She is employed by the Caroline County Public School District in Maryland as a special education teacher.
The groom is the son of Ronald and Kate Dewey, Mountain Top. He is the grandson of Betty Austin and the late James Austin, Mountain Top, and Doris Dewey and the late Paul Dewey, Geneva, Ala.
Matthew is a 2003 graduate of Crestwood High School and a 2008 graduate of King’s College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is employed as an employment specialist for Crossroads Community Inc. in Cambridge, Md.
The bride was honored at a shower given by the mothers of the bride and groom, the bridesmaids and the grandmother and aunts of the bride at the Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dorrance. The maid of honor hosted a party for her sister at her home in Mountain Top. A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom to honor the couple, was held at Kings Restaurant in Mountain Top. A cocktail hour, followed by an evening reception, were held at the Best Western Genetti Inn and Suites in Hazleton.
The couple honeymooned at the Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Canta, Dominican Republic. They reside in Federalsburg, Md.