Brian and Melissa Wheeler
Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon, was the scene of the July 17, 2015, wedding of Melissa McBride and Dr. Brian Wheeler. Father John Kerns solemnized the nuptial rite. Scriptural readings were given by Stefan Skorich, friend of the groom, Brittany Niebergall, cousin of the bride and Kate Sheets, friend of the bride.
Melissa is the daughter of Beth and Ken McBride of Tualatin, Oregon. Matron of honor was her sister, Mandy Natsch. Bridesmaids included Alicia Kachmarik, sister of the groom, Amy McBride, sister-in-law of the bride and Brittany Niebergall, cousin of the bride. Flower girls were nieces Ashley Natsch and Kaitlyn Kachmarik.
Brian is the son of Janet and Dan Wheeler of Fairmont. Brian’s brother, Dr. Robert Wheeler served as his best man. Groomsmen included Dan Kachmarik, brother-in-law of the groom, Danny Natsch, brother-in-law of the bride and Matt McBride, brother of the bride. Ring bearers were nephews Connor and Drew Kachmarik.
Special guests were the bride’s grandparents, Flavia and Tom Niebergall. Unable to attend were Brian’s grandmother, Helen Wheeler and Melissa’s grandmother, Geneice Meiners. Especially remembered were the couples’ deceased grandparents Alice and Dan Connors, Ardell McBride and Homer Wheeler.
A reception was hosted at the Tualatin Country Club where dinner was served and music and dancing followed. A second reception honored the couple at Fairmont Hot Springs in August.
Melissa graduated from Oregon City High School in 2002. She earned her degree in business administration and finance from the University of San Diego in 2006. Melissa is currently vice president of Mortgage Equities Northwest in Portland.
Brian, a 2001 graduate of Butte Central Catholic High School, earned his degree in biology with minors in chemistry and philosophy from Gonzaga University in 2005. In 2009, he graduated from Creighton School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Wheeler is currently an assistant professor of medicine at OHSU Hospital.
Following a honeymoon to Tahiti and Bora Bora, Melissa and Brian have made their home in Portland, Oregon.