The groom is the son of Dr. Bruce and Christine Melin of Garden City.
The bride is the daughter of Akhtyam Khasanovich Akhermov and Venera Minetdinovna Akhmerova of Kirgiz-Miyaki, Bashkortostan, Russia.
The bride is a graduate of the mathematics faculty of Bashkortostan State University in Ufa, with a degree in applied mathematics and computer science. She is employed as an engineer-programmer at Iska-Pro in Ufa.
The groom is a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a bachelor's degree in Slavic languages and literatures, and a master's degree in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies. He is in his final year of study at the University of Kansas School of Law.