Merritt - Booth
Rhonda Marie Booth and Ryan Allen Merritt were married on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.
The Rev. Neal Wingfield officiated at the double-ring ceremony at Salem United Methodist Church.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. John Douglas Booth of Goldsboro. She is the granddaughter of Elizabeth Sauls of Eureka and the late Ronald Earl Sauls and Virginia Booth of Pollocksville and the late John Merritt Booth.
Parents of the groom are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Allen Merritt of Goldsboro. He is the grandson of Jan Williams of Burgaw, the late Sonny Williams and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Jay Merritt.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a formal gown of Italian satin with a strapless neckline. The fitted bodice was embellished with re-embroidered Alencon lace, pearls and sequins and ended in a Basque waistline. The A-line skirt was enhanced with box pleating in the back and at the waist with beaded lace and pearls cascading throughout the semi-cathedral train. For something old, she wore a swatch of her baby blanket sewn into her dress.
For her headpiece, she chose a tiara of rhinestones that extended into a two-tiered veil of silk illusion adorned with stardust crystal with a pencil edge. She carried a clutch bouquet of white miniature calla lilies, lisianthus, roses, freesia and stephanotis accented with Italian ruscus entwined with English ivy and stems wrapped in a double-faced white satin ribbon.
Shannon Myers Booth, sister-in-law of the bride, was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Dee Liverman, Jennifer Tillman of Chapel Hill and Kim Turner of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Allen Merritt was his son’s best man. Brandon Merritt, brother of the groom, was the usher. Groomsmen were Jeff Booth, brother of the bride, Jarrett Lewis of Gulf Breeze and Will Ginn.
Judy Mallery and Cindy Jackson directed the ceremony. Presiding at the register was Kathy Harris. Davis Harris distributed programs.
A program of wedding music was provided by Kim Honeycutt, pianist; Jill Howell and Jay Sauls, vocalists; and Doug Tart, trumpeter.
After a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple will reside in Goldsboro.
The bride is a 1996 graduate of Charles B. Aycock High School and a 2001 graduate of Wayne Community College’s dental assisting program. She is employed as a surgical assistant with Drs. Lutcavage, Schaberg and Fidler.
The groom graduated from Eastern Wayne High School in 1997. He is employed as manager of White’s Tire Service.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Goldsboro Country Club. Mr. and Mrs. Jerry S. Jackson, uncle and aunt of the bride, greeted guests. Donna Enright and Linda Hayes, aunts of the groom, said good-byes.
The groom’s parents held a rehearsal dinner Sept. 24 at Goldsboro Country Club.
On Sept. 18, a bridesmaids’ luncheon was held at Billie’s on the Green.
Dr. and Mrs. John Fidler and co-workers held a miscellaneous shower Sept. 15 at the Fidler home.
On Sept. 11, Jeff and Shannon Booth, brother and sister-in-law of the bride, held a lawn and garden shower at their home.
The groom’s mother and Wanda Cato held a stock-the-pantry/kitchen shower Sept. 9 at the home of the groom’s mother.
On Aug. 29, Gina Maxwell, Mary Long and Donna Rose held a bridal shower at Goldsboro Country Club.
The bride’s family and friends held a bridal shower Aug. 22 at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.
On Aug. 6, co-workers held a bachelorette party in Raleigh.
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Weddings on September 26, 2004 3:30 AM