ROLESVILLE — Rebecca Page Perry and Joseph Walker Coward exchanged vows Saturday, Sept. 18, 2015 at The Sutherland Estate and Gardens in Wake Forest. The Rev. J. Marshall Neathery officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Ronald and Diana Perry of Rolesville. She is the granddaughter of the late Billy Thomas and Louise Perry of Rolesville and the late Page and Helen Haynes of Wake Forest.
The groom is the son of Cathy McLaurin of Wadesboro and Robert Coward of Rockingham.
The bride wore an ivory and champagne ball gown with a sheer, crystal-beaded, lace bodice. The gown’s semi-cathedral train was beaded lace tulle over champagne satin with a champagne satin sash. A broach belonging to the bride’s great grandmother was attached to the bride’s bouquet.
The matron of honor was Jenna Kuhls of Rolesville, sister of the bride.
Bridesmaids were friends of the bride: Meredith Elchholz of Fayetteville, Beth Baker of Wake Forest, Lisa Crawley of Raleigh and Brittany Whitmire of Brevard. All wore full-length, navy gowns with a navy lace bodice.
Goddaughter of the bride, Paige Crawley of Raleigh, served as flower girl.
The best man was Robert Coward of Rockingham, father of the groom.
Groomsmen were Ben Coward of Concord, cousin of the groom and Tim Kuhls of Rolesville, brother-in-law of the bride. Ushers were Donavan Hall of Panama City, Fla. and Layne Coward of Concord, both cousins of the groom. All wore gray suits with navy ties.
Mason Kuhls of Rolesville, nephew of the bride, served as the ring bearer.
Music was provided at the ceremony and cocktail hour by Charles Pettee and FolkPsalm. Brittany Whitmire sang Psalm 37, The Desires of your Heart.
The register attendant was Julie Ivey of Durham, friend of the bride and groom.
The reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at the The Sutherland Estate Pavilion. The StoneAge Romeos performed.
The first dance, Randy Travis’ Forever and Ever, Amen, was chosen by the bride’s grandmother when the bride was just a little girl and was also played when Jody (Joseph) proposed to Rebecca while visiting St. Michaels, Maryland on her maternal grandmother’s birthday.
Florals of fall colors were carried by the bridal party and decorated the alter, pavilion, and four-tier wedding cake. A tobacco basket representing the bride’s heritage was used to frame the couple’s monogram.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s family at The Boondocks in Youngsville. A buffet dinner featuring prime rib was served. The groom’s cake was a North Carolina geocache map.
The bride received a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina. She is employed at the National Institute of Health.
The groom received a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University and a master’s from East Carolina University and is employed at the Department of Defense.
The honeymoon was in Maui, Hawaii.