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Congratulations, Kathryn & Jason!

Kathryn Olivia Hjalmarson and Jason Stephen Blake were united in matrimony at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego, California, on April 15th. The bride is the daughter of Elizabeth and John Hjalmarson of Leawood, Kansas. Her groom is the son of Sharon and Stephen Blake of San Diego. The Blakes were the hosts for the rehearsal dinner, which was held at The Crosby Club on the evening of the 14th. The Hjalmarsons toasted their daughter and new son-in-law at a reception immediately following the ceremony. The newlyweds honeymooned in Tanzania. They are now at home in New York City. Kathryn is employed with Embrace, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and Jason is employed with Guggenheim Partners in New York City.

Stephen Balawajder with Charlie Balawajder, Sara Balawajder, John Hjalmarson, Jason and Kathryn Blake, Liz Hjalmarson, and JJ and Megan Hjalmarson


(Front row) Emma Sorrell, Kathryn and Jason Blake, Allison Kipke, and Olivia Mertensmeyer Alexander (back row) Guerin Schwarberg, Betsy Brandt Harbison, Emily Glaze Thomas, Jessica Bly Johnson, Ellie Levitt, Brennan Power, and Lily Gorosh

Featured in the July 8, 2023 issue of The Independent.
Photo credit: Jessica Rice


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