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GRETCHEN FORBACH WEARS MOTHER'S BRIDAL CROWN

A crown of iridescent sequins and seed pearls that was worn originally by Gretchen Ann Forbach's mother held the cathedral-length veil included in the ensemble she chose for her wedding to Edward Paul Castorina at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Loew, pastor emeritus, who performed her parents' marriage ceremony 33 years ago, and the Rev. John C. Weimer, director of continuing formation for priests, Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, heard the vows of the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Forbach Jr. of Snyder and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Castorina of Schenectady. A reception was given in the Twentieth Century Club.

The bride designed her ivory shantung gown that had an overlay of re-embroidered Alencon lace sewn with seed pearls on the bodice.

It was styled with a scalloped scoop neckline and short sleeves. The skirt ended in a cathedral train. She carried orchids, roses and lilies of the valley.

Karen N. Harrison of Los Angeles, Calif., was matron of honor. Attendants were Nancy H. Forbach of Fairfax, Va., sister-in-law of the bride; Elise A. Geminhardt of Washington, D.C., and Gwendolyn B. Hall of Rochester. Andrea B. Reid of Schenectady, niece of the bridegroom, was the junior bridesmaid. Their teal-blue moire tea-length gowns were fashioned with puff sleeves. Fabric roses accented the V backs. They carried stargazer lilies and miniature carnations.

Stephen P. Henderson of Norcross, Ga., was best man. Ushers were Eric D. Forbach of Fairfax, brother of the bride, and Richard S. Piedmont and Dr. William M. Vacca, both of Schenectady. After traveling to Quebec City, Quebec, the newly married couple will be at home in Albany.

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