Wrightsville Weddings

BY Rachel Dickerson and Jessica Haywood

Courtney and Tim

Flirting happens at the gym but no one imagines they’ll meet their dream husband there. At least Courtney Kearney didn’t. “I was exercising and Tim (Kearney) noticed me ” Courtney says laughing. After some warming up she gave him a chance. Two and a half years later he proposed on Masonboro Island. The couple went out on a friend’s boat disembarked and Tim got down on one knee. “I thought he was picking up a shell but he asked me to marry him ” Courtney says. They were wed at Porter’s Neck Plantation. Self-made “message in a bottle” invitations played to the wedding’s beach theme as did the pouring together of unity sand rather than the traditional lighting of a unity candle. The couple honeymooned on St. Kitts in the Caribbean. Courtney is the assistant sales manager for Lumina News and Wrightsville Beach Magazine and Tim owns FitEquip a fitness equipment repair company located in Wilmington. — Rachel Dickerson

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Courtney Alexandra Seymour GROOM’S FULL NAME: Timothy Michael Kearney WEDDING DATE: April 26 2008 CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: Porter’s Neck Plantation & Country Club REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Beach House on North Lumina PHOTOGRAPHY: Jay-Cyn’s Creations WEDDING PLANNER: Bride and groom and Nicki McLaughlin at Porters Neck Country Club OFFICIANT: Deb Bowen GOWN: Demetrios — Yolandas VEIL & SHOES: Beautiful Brides of Wilmington HAIR: Becky Dreschel — Head to Toe Day Spa MAKEUP: Barbara Brinkley — Head to Toe Day Spa FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse FLOWERS: Salt Harbor Designs CAKE: Apple Annie’s Bake Shop MUSIC: Global D.J. Entertainment — Jason Jackson RENTALS: L & L Tent and Party Rentals FAVORS: Donation to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation HONEYMOON: St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino St. Kitts

Mamie and Greg

Blind dates don’t always turn out badly; just ask Mamie Lynn Keeter and Gregory Sherwood Gibson. Introduced by a mutual friend Lynn cooked dinner for Greg at her home and one hour into the evening she knew he was the one. “It took me 38 years and I went through a lot of boyfriends but I finally found my prince ” says Lynn. After dating only three months Greg asked her to be his wife. The couple was married on the lawn at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort Hotel and Conference Center with the ocean in the background. “It was the most beautiful day I’ve ever seen ” Lynn says. The wedding was attended by 300 guests and according to the Blockade Runner it was the largest wedding the resort has ever hosted. The couple honeymooned for three weeks in Florida visiting West Palm Beach Juniper and Disney World. Lynn is the owner of Head to Toe Day Spa. Greg is the manager of the spa and is also enrolled in massage therapy school. The couple is expecting a baby in October 2008. — Jessica Haywood

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Mamie Lynn Keeter GROOM’S FULL NAME: Gregory Sherwood Gibson WEDDING DATE: October 14 2007 CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: The Blockade Runner REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Bluewater — An American Grill PHOTOGRAPHY: Anne McGowan WEDDING PLANNER: Jane Roberson OFFICIANT: Pastor Bob Boumen GOWN: Enzio VEIL: David’s Bridal SHOES: Steve Madden HAIR: Phyllis Gates — Head to Toe Day Spa MAKEUP: Penelope Grace Selby BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse INVITATIONS: Mindy & Angie’s FLOWERS: Something Special CATERING: Blockade Runner CAKE: Nancy Hearn MUSIC: Sea Pans Jim Fields Wake Zone special guest Benny Hill ACCOMMODATIONS: The Blockade Runner HONEYMOON: West Palm Beach Florida

Alexis and Brett

rett (Bostic) and my dad were hunting and fishing buddies before we were ever engaged before I even knew him ” says Alexis Trask. The couple met at Bluewater — An American Grill when she was working as a waitress there. After dating 4 1/2 years he proposed on Christmas Day. “Dad (Bill Trask) is a gossiper. He said ‘I know what you’re getting for Christmas.’ I knew right then Brett had something special planned ” says Alexis. The wedding took place at Mount Lebanon Chapel in Airlie Gardens on May 3 2008. The bride wore emerald earrings from Brazil a gift from her father when she was a young girl her grandmother’s aquamarine necklace nicknamed “the Titanic ” and carried her grandmother’s and aunt’s wedding bands on her bouquet. Her aunt’s veil trailed Alexis down the aisle. Alexis is an ER nurse at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Brett owns a local construction company. — Rachel Dickerson

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Alexis McEachern Trask GROOM’S FULL NAME: David Brett Bostic WEDDING DATE: May 3 2008 CEREMONY SITE: Mount Lebanon Chapel Airlie Gardens RECEPTION SITE: William K. Trask & Sons Farm REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Carolina Yacht Club PHOTOGRAPHY: Eric Von Bargen OFFICIANT: Rev. Robert D. Cook GOWN: Herrera New York VEIL: Borrowed from her maternal aunt SHOES: Kate Spade Monkee’s HAIR: Amber Conatser and J. Gibson— Salon Beyond Basics MAKEUP: Sunny Blackwelder — Salon Beyond Basics BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Palm Garden FORMALWEAR: Ralph Lauren Belk J. Crew Brooks Brothers INVITATIONS: Mindy and Angie’s Fine Paper FLOWERS: Ikebana Designs CAKE: Alison’s Cakery (bride’s cake) Rhodes Family Bakery (groom’s cake) MUSIC: East Coast Entertainment Rentals: Party Suppliers & Rentals FAVORS: “Marlin” design cookies by bride’s sister-in-law Rhodes Bakery TRANSPORTATION: Azalea Limousine ACCOMMODATIONS: Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center HONEYMOON: Playa Mujeres Mexico

Cynthia and Corey

When Cynthia Anne Farr met Corey James Harrison at Wild Wing Café it was a match made in Carolina heaven. They were set up on a blind date perhaps because of their mutual love for the Carolina Tar Heels and the Atlanta Braves and “there was an instant connection ” says Cynthia. Six months later after dinner at Brasserie du Soleil the couple went for a walk and as they passed a fountain Corey got down on one knee. Cynthia told him to get up because he was in a puddle of water but to her surprise he proposed. The Carolina-blue themed wedding was held at noon so the couple could watch the Tar Heels basketball team play in the Sweet Sixteen that night. On the back porch of the Hanover Seaside Club 100 guests watched as Cynthia’s 4 1/2-year-old daughter walked her down the aisle. The pair wrote their own wedding vows and “after we read them there was not a dry eye in the house ” says Cynthia. The couple spent their honeymoon in Boston and Martha’s Vineyard and visited Fenway Park. Cynthia and Corey live in Wilmington where she is the property manager at Wimbledon-Chase Apartments and he is in data management for PPD. — Jessica Haywood

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Cynthia Anne Farr GROOM’S FULL NAME: Corey James Harrison WEDDING DATE: March 29 2008 CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: Hanover Seaside Club REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Trinity United Methodist Family Living Center (Family Life Center) PHOTOGRAPHY: David Hardin OFFICIANT: Pastor Mark Opgrand of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church GOWN: Siri — Portofino Party Dress SHOES: Anne Taylor JEWELRY: Diamond and pearl earrings brought back from Kona Hawaii diamond tennis bracelet given to the bride on the morning of the wedding by the groom. HAIR: Michael Shore — Salon Beyond Basics BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Ann Taylor FORMALWEAR: Cape Fear Formal Wear INVITATIONS: Sweet Pea Designs — Sterling House FLOWERS: Jennifer Rose Sandy — Salt Harbor Design CATERING: Hanover Seaside Club CAKE: Apple Annie’s Bake Shop RENTALS: Party Suppliers & Rentals FAVORS: Holl’s Chocolate from bride’s hometown and specially-made Tar Heel feet by Carolina Candy Company HONEYMOON: Boston and Martha’s Vineyard

Mandie and Trey

Mandie Lynn Mitchell and Trey Goodson celebrate Halloween for more than just the candy. Mandie then a bartender at a local restaurant was dressed as a bar wench on Halloween night in 2002 when she met Trey who came in to eat with a mutual friend. Four years later Trey proposed to Mandie on the south end of Wrightsville Beach. Their ceremony was held at a friend’s oceanfront home. “It was one of the prettiest days we’ve ever spent on the beach ” says Mandie. “The ceremony site was really special because Trey grew up playing there.” Sun Coast Cruisers drove them away in a 1956 Buick Special. The couple spent their honeymoon touring the different theme parks in Orlando Florida. Mandie originally from Raleigh moved to Wilmington for college and now works for PPD. Trey a native Wilmingtonian works for Bobcat of Wilmington. — Jessica Haywood

BRIDE’S FULL NAME: Mandie Lynn Mitchell GROOM’S FULL NAME: Trey Goodson WEDDING DATE: October 13 2007 CEREMONY SITE: Wrightsville Beach RECEPTION SITE: Bradley Creek Marina REHEARSAL DINNER SITE: Marsh Oaks Clubhouse PHOTOGRAPHY: Kathy Beach — Moonbeam Photography WEDDING PLANNER: Jennifer Evans — Intimate Events OFFICIANT: Rev. Donald Beach GOWN: Mari Lee SHOES: Rainbows HAIR & MAKEUP: Megan Tetreault — Cut’n Up at Tan Ya Hide TANNING: Club Tan Resort FORMALWEAR: Nautica FLOWERS: Kim Fisher Designs CATERING: Mussers CAKE: Taylor Ross MUSIC: DJ Lee Pearson RENTALS: Party Suppliers & Rentals FAVORS: Coozies designed by Chad Martin TRANSPORTATION: 1956 Buick Special HONEYMOON: Orlando Florida