The bride-to-be is a graduate of Ironton High School and is a senior at Marshall University. She is the granddaughter of Helen Schafer Bruce and the late Charles Bruce of Ironton, and the late John and Cathryn Long Elkins of Ashland, Ky.
The groom-elect is a graduate of Teays Valley High School in Ashville, graduated from Ohio State University in 2005 and is a former U.S. Navy officer. He is employed by Marathon Petroleum Company. He is the grandson of Tom and Mabel Hawkins of Hilliard, and the great-grandson of Dorothy Gilkerson of Huntington, W.Va.
The exchange of vows will take place in May 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Ironton, followed by a reception at the Crump & Field ballroom in Ashland, Ky.