OAHU, HAWAII — The Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, Hawaii was the scene of the wedding of James Allan “Jay” Liotta and Amarjargal Namsrai. The beach nuptials occurred on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at 4 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Roy Allan Carter, uncle of the groom, presiding over the double ring ceremony.
Ms. Namsrai is the daughter of Mr. Namsrai Yondon and Ms. Ichinkhorloo Dorj of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. After graduating high school, she studied finance for two years in Berlin, Germany and completed her degree at the University of Mongolia. She is employed as the General Director of ICMC LLC in Ulaanbaatar. Mr. Liotta is the son of the late James Anthony Liotta, Fairmont sttorney, and the Rev. Dr. Ellen S. Carter, retired United Methodist pastor, now of Upper St. Clair, Pa., formerly of Buckhannon. He is the grandson of the late Thomas and Helen Gallo Liotta of New Kensington, Pa. and the late Clare Allan “Nick” and Mary Alice Reger Carter of South Charleston. He graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1996 where he was in the band, the honor society, president of the senior class and homecoming king, as well as an active member of First United Methodist Church.
His double major in college in political science and government was from American University in Washington, D.C., where he was a summer intern with Senator Jay Rockefeller. After serving two years in the Peace Corps in Arvaikheer, Mongolia, he attended and graduated the WVU Law School in 2005 with a JD, 100 years after his great-grandfather Roy Reger, former prosecuting attorney of Upshur County, graduated. He then earned an LLM from the Temple University campus in Toyko, Japan in Asian Law and also and LLM from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China in Chinese Law. After working with Lehmann, Lee and Xu for four years, he and Daniel Mahoney formed their own law firm in Ulaanbaatar, Mahoney Liotta, where he currently works.
Serving the bride as the maid of honor was Dulmaa Bor of San Francisco. Others in the bridal party were Tsendsuren Bordukh of Ulaanbaatar, Enkhee Tumendelger of Las Vegas, Ariuntuya Tsend-Ayuush of South Korea and Anudari Boldbayar of Chicago.
Ms. Namsrai’s two sisters were in attendance: Munkhjargal Namsrai of Ulaanbaatar and Enkhjargal Namsrai of San Francisco, Calif. The special honor of being the ring bearer went to Sonor Erdenetugs, son of the bride. Sarah Gantulga, great-niece of the bride from San Francisco, was the flower girl.
Best men were Dr. Carter T. Liotta of Philadelphia, brother of the groom; best friend attorney Ronce Almond, formerly of Buckhannon and now of Washington, D.C.; Bobby Barnes of Spartanburg, S.C.; Jacob Hinkle of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., formerly of Buckhannon, and Munkhbat Narmandakh, former student of Mr. Liotta in Arvaikheer. Eddie and Ardis Carter Meadows of Oviedo, Fla., aunt of the groom with their son, Eddie Meadows III of Baltimore, and Linda Kaye Carter of Endicott, N.Y., aunt of the groom were present. Drs. Greenbrier and Araceli Ganan Almond of Buckhannon with daughter-in-law Yasmine Landin Almond and granddaughter Harper Rose Landin Almond, of Washington, D.C. attended; also Dr. Maria Almond with her daughter, Aliza Eloise Almond Pope, of Ann Arbor, Mich. Deborah Davis, former law partner of Mr. Liotta in Ulaanbaatar, and now of Reno, Nev., attended along with Mr. Alphonse LaPorte, former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia.
The rehearsal dinner was held at the nearby Polynesian Cultural Center preceded by canoe rides, a Luau and a traditional dance and music program, “The Breath of Life.” The wedding dinner and dancing was held at the Turtle Bay Resort on the beach.
The wedding party was garbed in Mongolian attire - traditional shirts for the men and dresses for the women. The bride wore a gown which was a replica of a 13th Century Mongolian Queen’s gown. The groom and ring bearer were dressed in blue silk dells with Mongolian hats and boots. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii before resuming their duties in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, where they reside.