St. Joseph RC Church, Fredonia, was the setting for the June 2, 2012, nuptial Mass uniting Alana Margaret Hens, daughter of Deacon Matthew and Mary Jane Hens of Fredonia, and Michael David Flitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Nancy) Flitt of Dunkirk. The wedding ceremony was performed by the father of the bride. The Rev. Charles A. Zadora, pastor, celebrated Mass and gave the blessing. The Rev. James L. Fugle concelebrated and delivered the homily. Deacon Michael Lemieux assisted.
Music was provided by Lucy Hurley, piano and organ, Virginia Miller, vocals, and Lucyanne Georger, violin. A communion meditation was sung by the bride's mother and sisters Lauren Helper and Maria Hens. Readings were proclaimed by Jane Russo, godmother of the groom, and Jeanne Malovich, godmother of the bride. Petitions were read by Fred Tripp, godfather of the groom, and Steve Malovich, godfather of the bride. Gifts were presented by Mr. and Mrs. John (Margaret Long) Hens and Linda Maggio, grandparents of the bride, and Virginia Pasierb, grandmother of the groom.
The bride was escorted by her father. She wore a strapless white-on-white Casablanca empire-waisted gown of organza crystal taffeta with a beaded lace applique skirt finished with a scalloped hem. Her illusion veil was hand sewn by her great aunt, Rose Casillo. She carried a bouquet of white roses and blue delphinium.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael (Alana) Flitt
Lauren Helper, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Maria Hens, sister of the bride; Stacy Flitt, sister of the groom; Sarah Root, cousin of the bride; and Tarah Wetherby, friend of the bride. They wore knee-length gowns in cornflower blue and carried white lilies accented with bright pink and yellow carnations. Ella Helper, niece and goddaughter of the bride, was flower girl.
Eric Flitt was best man for his brother. Groomsmen included Jason Bishoff and Jacob Dudzic, friends of the groom; Dr. Matthew McNinney, brother of the bride, and Patrick Helper, brother-in-law of the bride. Matthew Helwig, cousin of the groom, was ring bearer.
The bride is currently pursuing her doctorate of chiropractic degree at D'Youville College in Buffalo, to be completed in May 2013. The groom is a commercial banking specialist at M&T Bank in Buffalo.
A reception was held at The Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Getzville. Following a honeymoon in the Florida Keys, the couple is at home in Orchard Park.