Carawan - Kulers
Cortney Michelle Kulers and Christopher Gray Carawan of New Bern exchanged vows in a double-ring ceremony Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern with the Very Rev. Dr. James Garneau officiating.
The bride is the daughter of John and Sharon Kulers of Mount Olive and the granddaughter of Roy Kulers of Georgia and the late Estelle Kulers and the late Norma and Holland Martin.
She is a 2006 graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She is a registered nurse on the cardiovascular intermediate care floor at Craven Regional Medical Center in New Bern.
The groom is the son of Timothy and Joy Carawan of New Bern and the grandson of Millie Carawan of New Bern, the late Virgil Carawan and Russell Lee of New Bern, and the late Ruth Lee.
He is a 2004 graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice. He is employed by the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents.
She wore a formal gown of white satin with a halter neckline. The bodice and A-line skirt were adorned with beaded lace appliqués and a lace-up corset back. A tea rose sash enhanced the semi-cathedral train.
Her headpiece was a tiara of rhinestones and Swarovski crystals that ended in a one-tier elbow length veil of silk illusion trimmed with satin cord.
The bride carried a clutch bouquet of pink Titanic roses and stephanotis with crystals and hand-tied with white satin ribbon.
Kimberly Kulers-Law of Wilson, sister of the bride, was her matron of honor.
Bridesmaids were Terri Salter of New Bern, sister of the groom, and Lisa Botticelli of New York, friend of the bride.
Brian Carrawan of New Bern, brother of the groom, was his best man.
Groomsmen were Tim Carawan of New Bern, father of the groom; Craig Styon of New York, cousin of the groom; and Chad Evans of Wilmington, friend of the bride and groom.
Ushers were Brian Martin of Wilmington, cousin of the groom; Ty Martin of Raleigh, cousin of the bride; and Andrew Altman, cousin of the groom.
Faith Salter of New Bern, niece of the groom, was flower girl. Bryce Salter of New Bern, nephew of the groom, was ringbearer.
Barbara Martin of South Carolina, aunt of the bride, directed the wedding. Presiding at the register was April Philyaw of Comfort, friend of the bride and groom. Erika and Elise Kulers of Georgia, cousins of the bride, distributed programs.
Steve Martin of South Carolina, uncle of the bride, was Scripture reader.
A program of wedding music was provided by Paula Murray, pianist, and Jeremy Law, brother-in-law of the bride, vocalist.
Following the ceremony, the brides’ parents held a reception at St. Paul’s Family Life Center. Jewel and C.H. Styron, aunt and uncle of the groom, greeted the guests. Donna Altman, aunt of the groom, cut the cake.
After a wedding trip to Florida, the couple will reside in New Bern.
Events held before the wedding included a miscellaneous bridal shower Aug. 19 hosted by the ladies of St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Mount Olive at the church’s parish hall; a cookout and ice cream social Sept. 8 hosted by Marion and Donna Altman and C.H. and Jewel Styron, aunts and uncles of the groom, at the home of the Altmans in Grantsboro; a miscellaneous bridal shower on Sept. 9 hosted by the Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Ladies Auxiliary at the Arapahoe Free Will Baptist Church in Arapahoe; a bridesmaids’ luncheon on Oct. 12 hosted by Barbara Martin, aunt of the bride, at The Catered Affair Restaurant in New Bern, at which time the bride chose to present gifts to her attendants.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents on Oct. 12 at the Sheraton in New Bern.
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Weddings on October 28, 2007 3:30 AM