Shireen Soltani, of Auke Bay and Tehran, Iran, and Matthew Taintor, of Silver Bay, Minn., were married on July 2 at the Shrine of St. Therese in Juneau. The bride was given in marriage by her father, Mohammad A. Soltani Sr. The Rev. Paul Taintor, father of the groom, officiated. A reception followed at the Juneau Yacht Club. Master Chef JB Blankenship served sockeye salmon, along with halibut, venison and moose, provided by Mr. and Mrs. James Wilcox Jr. A traditional Irish wedding cake was cut and served by Patricia Glowaski. The bride's shower was hosted by the bride's great aunt Sheila Wilcox; cousin, Theresa Nolen and god mother, Lori Buzzell.
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The bride is the daughter of Jerry L. Jones-Soltani and Mohammad A. Soltani Sr. She is a 1996 graduate of Juneau-Douglas High School and a 2002 graduate of Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore. She is enrolled in Master of Art in Teaching at the University of Alaska Southeast and works for the Center for Advancement of Women in Iran.
The groom is the son of Mary Jo and Paul Taintor. He is a 2002 graduate of Bethel College in Minnesota. He is attending University of Minnesota-Duluth School of Medicine and works as a medical intern at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minn.
The maid of honor was Daiva Seavey. Bridesmaids were Kim Naylor, Rhonda Vrabel and Willow Gabor. Junior bridesmaid was Victoria Nolen, the bride's cousin. Clarissa Peratrovich was the flower girl, and the bride's god-brother, Teilhard Buzzell was the ring bearer. Theresa Nolen made the bride's tiara with white roses, lavender and rosemary, along with her bouquet and those of her attendants. Wedding music was provided by Dixie Belcher. The wedding song, "High Tide or Low Tide," was sung by Willow Gabor, and Mohammad A. Soltani Jr., accompanied on guitar.
The best man was Alec Bildeaux. Groomsmen were Josh Klemmer, Tim Pearson, Trent Schmidgall and Jeff Hall. Ushers were Mohammad A. Soltani Jr., Micah, Luke and Marcus Taintor, brothers of the bride and groom.
The couple honeymooned at the Shrine of St. Therese, Little Flower Retreat. They will make a temporary home in Duluth, Hibbing and Minneapolis, Minn., until the completion of groom's medical schooling, whereupon the couple intends to return to Alaska.