Allison Hayes-Freeze of South Bend, Indiana, and Nick Shelton of Niles, were married Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Shelton Family home in Niles. A reception took place at The Brick in South Bend.
Allison is the daughter of Rich and Debbie Hayes and granddaughter of Calvin Percy, the late Marge Percy and the late Hazel Rice. She is the mother of her 8-year-old daughter, Emery Clementine Freeze. Allison is a graduate of Niles High School and University of Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in science of telecommunication news and a master’s degree in science of commercial recreation. She is a sports anchor and reporter for Big Ten Network and WBND-ABC57.
Nick is the son of Mike and Kathleen Shelton, and the grandson of Jim Shelton, the late Betty Shelton, the late Ethan and Rose Shelton, and the late William and Joan Straw. Nick is a graduate of Brandywine High School and Albion College, where he studied economics and management. He is the current mayor of Niles, and he is also a fruit peddler at Shelton’s Farm Market in Niles.
The newlyweds were married by officiant and friend of the groom, Patrick Donovan Schefsky, at the home of the groom’s parents in Niles. There were seven bridesmaids, including “mommy’s maid of honor, junior bridesmaid, and flower girl,” Emery Clementine Freeze, daughter of the bride. There were 11 groomsmen and one groomsmaid. The best man was Mike Shelton, father of the groom. The ring bearer was Jimbo Shelton, grandfather of the groom.
Several Niles businesses played a part in the couple’s special day, including Paris Soda Co. (reception dinner); Pizza Transit and Pete’s Patio (rehearsal dinner pizza); The Brass Eye (rehearsal dinner beverages); Veni’s Sweet Shop (gifts for friends); Westley Leon Studios (wedding photography); Riley’s Recycled Relics and Cross the Street Collectibles (building food displays); Bella’s Gifts and Memories (ceremony setup); French Paper Company (wedding invitations and programs); H & B Tent Rental (shade during the hot, hot wedding); Niles High School (First Student) (post-wedding transportation via school bus); and Shelton’s Farm Market (fresh fruits, veggies and meat). The couple was happy to support and work with some of their favorite Niles businesses.
The couple enjoyed a European honeymoon, where they explored Ireland, London, Rome and Greece, an adventure they will cherish for the rest of their lives.