June is the month for brides. And for every June bride there is a June groom, and each couple has their own story. 

For Jack and Joan Wiaduck of Riverside it means that on June 13 they celebrated their  50th anniversary. The Riverside-raised Joan Smith and Oak Park boy Jack Wiaduck were married at a High Mass at St. Mary’s Church, a hot day with no air-conditioning in the church. 

The couple settled in Riverside and raised their family, which consists of Jane, Julie, MaryJo (JoJo), Jim, Jill and John and now includes daughters-in-law, sons-in-law and 13 grandchildren.

Now here is one of the stories from this wedding. The gown worn by Joan was made into a christening gown, which has been worn by many of the Wiaduck children. Both Jack and Joan have been active at St. Mary’s and in the village, Jack having served as village president.

This year is also marks 50th anniversary of Pat and Carol Creadon of Riverside. Pat Creadon and his father, Francis, sang at the Smith-Wiaduck nuptials.

Riversider Judy Miller became a June bride when she wed Chicagoan Bob Finn 42 years ago on June 17. They stayed in Riverside where they raised their two sons, Richard and William. With both boys married, they now are the proud grandparents of two boys.

The Finn story? Judy Miller made her own wedding dress, and each year she gathers the family and puts on the dress she wore to become Mrs. Robert Finn — veil and shoes included (which she says are getting tight) and the necklace she received from her new husband and they take a picture.  

I find it amazing she can still wear the dress! Good for her. All the pictures are in an album dating back to 1972 with three pictures on each page. Judy says her family is very patient when they “pose” for the picture on or near the anniversary.

There are many June brides and grooms out there, many are newlyweds and others like the above couples, have and all have their own stories to tell and we wish them all well.

There will be another couple to add to the June bride and groom list this year — when Pam Kerry marries our son, Michael Kosey, and joins our family. We wish them both the best and welcome to the family.