Turner - Bland
MOUNT OLIVE — Melissa Dawn Bland and William Christopher Turner of Mount Olive exchanged vows in a double-ring ceremony June 12 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, with Dr. Dennis R. Atwood officiating.
The bride is the daughter of Richard Allen and Stephanie Mackie McCloud of Goldsboro and the granddaughter of Jennie Mackie and the late Larry Mackie of Goldsboro.
She is a 2004 honor graduate of Southern Wayne High School and a 2008 cum laude graduate of Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and attends Campbell University School of Pharmacy for a Doctorate of Pharmacy.
The groom is the son of William Carroll Turner and Sharon Brogden Turner of Mount Olive and the grandson of Edna Turner, the late William Turner and the late Marion and Eva Brogden of Mount Olive.
He is a 2002 honor graduate of Southern Wayne High School, a 2006 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and a 2010 distinguished graduate of Campbell University Divinity School with a Master’s of Divinity with a concentration in preaching and pastoral ministry. He is employed as pastor at Stanford Presbyterian Church in Mount Olive.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her family.
She wore a satin-faced taffeta gown with embroidered trim. Swarovski crystals decorated the embroidery that trimmed the V-neckline and empire on the draped bodice. The asymmetrical draping crossed over the waist and met the A-line skirt with a chapel-length train.
Her headpiece was a single-layered veil accented with crystals and beading on the edges.
The bride carried a bouquet of white roses and white stephanotis accented with pearls in the center.
Heidi Allen was her friend’s matron of honor, while Katie McCloud, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor.
Bridesmaids were Jessica Horne, friend of the bride, and Kellie Best, friend of the couple.
Carroll Turner was his son’s best man.
Groomsmen were Jeffrey Turner, brother of the groom, and the Rev. Reggie Mathis and Scott Foster, friends of the groom.
Ushers were John and David Brogden, cousins of the groom.
Summer McCloud, sister of the bride, was flower girl. Braxton McCloud, brother of the bride, was ringbearer.
Jennifer Sykes directed the wedding. Presiding at the register was Lauren Annas, friend of the bride. Melissa Smisor, friend of the bride, distributed programs.
A program of wedding music was provided by Justin Smith, organist; Paige Barwick, violinist; Cindy Grant, trumpeter; and Brandi Worth, vocalist.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held at First Baptist Church Christian Life Center.
After their wedding cruise to Key West, Grand Cayman, and Ochos Rios, Jamaica, the couple will reside in Lillington.
Events held before the wedding included a Pampered Chef shower Nov. 21 hosted by the mother and grandmother of the bride at their home; a Christmas Ornament Shower Dec. 13 at the home of Scottie and Bill Bryan; a bachelorette weekend March 12-14 in Myrtle Beach S.C., hosted by the bridesmaids; a dinner party April 17 at the Steak Barn hosted by Glenn and Frances Brogden, uncle and aunt of the groom; a miscellaneous shower April 18 in Stanford Presbyterian Church fellowship hall hosted by members of the church; a miscellaneous shower May 1 at First Baptist Church Christian Life Center hosted by friends of the couple; and a bachelor weekend June 5-6 in Myrtle Beach hosted by the groomsmen.
The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Country Squire in Warsaw. The couple chose this time to present gifts to their attendants.
By News-Argus Staff
Published in Weddings on June 13, 2010 1:50 AM