Victoria D. Vargas of Phoenix and Grant D. Smith of Corvallis, Ore., were married June 18, 2011, at a private residence in Phoenix. The 7 p.m., double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Glenn Stuart. The bride was given in marriage by her brother, James Pirkle.
The bride is the daughter of Jan Pirkle of Tavares, Fla., and the late Pier D. Wright.
The groom is the son of Stanley C. and Patricia D. Smith of Garden City.
Matron of honor was Deborah Ferguson of Tempe, Ariz. Best man was Anthony Kempka of Pine River, Minn.
Blaine Long of Phoenix was the musician. Selections included "The Wedding March," "All You Need Is Love" and original songs composed by Blaine.
The ceremony was followed by a reception hosted by Janet Wright and Mary Beier of Phoenix. Assistants were Tracy McCarthey and Linda Schilling, both of Phoenix.
The bride graduated from the University of Central Florida in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology, graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1994 with a master's degree in anthropology/archaeology and was a doctoral candidate in archaeology at Arizona State University until 2000. She is a archaeologist and historic preservationist.
The groom graduated from Garden City High School in 1985, from Kansas State University in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in geology and from Washington State University in 1992 with a master's degree in geology. He is a doctoral candidate in science education at Oregon State University and an adjunct earth science instructor at Western Oregon University.
After a wedding trip to Olympic Peninsula, Wash., where they stayed at Colette's Bed & Breakfast in Port Angeles, Wash., the newlyweds are at home in Corvallis.