Gifford — Spear
Christine M. Gifford, daughter of Michael and Joanne Gifford of Johnstown was united in marriage to Benjamin M. Spear, the son of Craig and Rosella Spear of North Bellmore, Nassau County, on August 20.
The ceremony took place at Christ the King Church, Albany, with the Rev. James T. Fitzmaurice officiating.
The matron of honor was Katherine Fazel, sister of the bride, from Alexandria, Va. Bridal attendants were Samantha Belkin, Denver Colo., Tracie Lo, Los Angeles Calif., Leigh Fisch, New York, City, Michael Gifford, brother of the bride from Johnstown and Rebecca Spear, sister of the bridegroom from North Bellmore. Kamron Fazel, nephew of the bride, from Alexandria, Va. was ring bearer.
The best man was Nicholas Spear, brother of the groom, from North Bellmore. The groom’s attendants were Jayson Kratoville, Albany, Michael Atwood, Albany, Hillary Goldstein, New York City and Cynthia Mellen, Washington DC.
Karol Gifford, godmother and aunt of the bride, of Johnstown, and Claire Marsico, aunt of the groom of Merrick, did readings.
Gifford, who is a 2006 graduate of Johnstown High School, received a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Colgate University and a master’s degree in public administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Albany. She is employed as a project manager at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Albany.
Spear, who is a 2006 graduate of Wellington C. Mepham High School, North Bellmore, received a bachelor’s degree in political science and European history from the State University of New York at Albany and a master’s degree in public administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. He is employed as a senior intelligence analyst at the Center for Internet Security, East Greenbush, Rensselaer County.
The couple took a wedding trip to Hawaii. They reside in Niskayuna.