by Cori Hilsgen
Former Newsleader reporter TaLeiza Calloway married Richmond Appleton June 15 at the St. Cloud Country Club.
Calloway is a native of Ohio. Her travels brought her to St. Joseph where she became a writer for the Newsleader.
She met Appleton, who came to the United States from Liberia, Africa. The two met in St. Cloud. At the time, Appleton was working toward his master’s degree in San Francisco, Calif.
Calloway and Appleton wrote and shared their vows at the ceremony held on the outside deck. At the wedding the couple jumped the broom, which the Rev. Jayne Thompson explained is an African tradition symbolic of sweeping away the old and welcoming new beginnings.
Thompson explained how remarkable it was these two people came from various locations, met in St. Cloud by the Mississippi River and were married by the river.
Guests travelled from many locations, including Ohio and Liberia, to attend the wedding. They were treated to a delicious meal of a fresh lettuce salad, warm rolls, pasta primavera and white cake with a taste of lemon. The couple plans to reside in California.
Hilsgen is a contributing reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management and Communication from Concordia University – St. Paul, MN and enjoys learning about and sharing other people's stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.