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Wal-Mart provides setting for couple to renew vows

April 02, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Family members, friends and customers of the Wal-Mart in Martinsburg served as witnesses for a local couple who renewed their vows in the supercenter's jewelry department Monday.

Tina and Steve Holiskey were married on April 7, 1995 in South Carolina where Steve, a retired 1st sergeant, at the time was stationed with the U.S. Army.

"It was a lot of fun, and it was good to have family and friends here this time around," Tina Holiskey said.

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Neither of their mothers could attend their first wedding because of the location.

"She has been married twice and I wasn't able to make it to either. I am very, very happy and sad at the same time. She just looked beautiful," said Lucy Huff, the bride's mother.

The groom's mother, Jane Wallen, bought the wedding dress for her daughter-in-law.

"She is a very special person. She is good to his kids and good to him. I wanted this to be special for her," Wallen said.

"He is my knight in shining armor and I love him very much," said Tina Holiskey, an employee at the store for about four years and now manager of the lady's wear department.

Both Steve and Tina Holiskey were married previously. They both had three children from those marriages. The family lives near the Eastern Regional Airport in Martinsburg.

"We call them the Brady Bunch," Huff said.

Tina Holiskey's sister, Kim Stanley, said Monday's ceremony was the only one of her sisters' weddings she has been able to attend.

"I am very proud of her. I'd of moved heaven and earth to get here," she said.

A reception with punch and cake was held in the front of the store.

The couple volunteered to renew their vows as a symbolic representation for the new line of Keepsake diamond jewelry now sold at Wal-Mart, according to Cindy Brown, manager of the jewelry department.

Brown said store associates came up with the wedding idea to usher in the new line, and store officials asked employees if anyone would volunteer to have their wedding there.

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