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Ray and Potter joined in marriage, Nov. 12

Posted: December 14, 2016 4:42 p.m.
Updated: December 16, 2016 1:00 a.m.

Mary Jo Lynn Ray Potter and Matthew Potter

Mary Jo Lynn Ray of Camden, S.C. and Matthew Gregory Potter of Charlotte, N.C. were wed November 12, 2016 at Swift Creek Church at 3:30 p.m. Reverend David Baxter officiated the ceremony of the covenant before the Lord.

Parents of the bride are Diana Ray and Ira Ray of Camden, S.C. The bride is the granddaughter of the late Kermit and Arla Murfield of Nunda, S.D. and of the late Joe and Mary Ray of Camden S.C. The bride is a graduate of Presbyterian College.

Parents of the bridegroom are Deane and Lisa Potter of Hendersonville, N.C. The bridegroom is the grandson of John and Elizabeth Gleason of Hendersonville, N.C. and of Erika and the late James Bolanis of Newton, Ma. He is a graduate of Wingate University and is currently pursuing a PHD in optical Engineering at UNC Charlotte.

The wedding ceremony was decorated with organic floral greenery swags adorning the banisters, a grapevine floral cross above the altar and floral pew bouquets. A gold, hand lettered banner read “I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is mine” from Song of Solomon 6:3.

Musical selections were “I will Glory in my Redeemer,” played during the bridal processional, “The Church’s one Foundation” and “A Mighty Fortress is our God” played during the recessional. 

Vocalists were Mrs. Jennifer Jordan and Ms. Elisabeth Herrin. Mr. David Huffman was the guitarist and Mr. Michael Johnson played the trumpet. He led the Bridal party and guests in a jazzy parade from the church to the reception with “When the Saints go Marching In”

The bride wore a pale rose satin slip dress with white lace embroidered tulle overlay and a velvet rose ribbon belt. Rose beading and appliqué details were along the neckline and shoulders of the dress. The veil was cathedral length and made of white tulle and lace. The bride wore her grandmother’s 1940s headpiece attached to the veil. 

The bridal bouquet consisted of bronze and burgundy Mums, white Roses, burgundy and pink Carnations, burgundy Astilbe, Evergreens and seeded greenery (abundant greenery).

Matron of Honor was Mrs. Rachel Baxter of Charlotte, N.C. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Nancy Fisher of Greer SC; Mrs. Kara Ballard of Macon, Ga.; Mrs. Tricia Baney of Chattanooga, TN.; Mrs. Kristen Turner of Bunnevel, N.C.; Mrs. Samantha Marquez of Camden, SC and Mrs. Rung Thiamjan of ChiangMai, Thailand.

Bridemaids wore gold and cream beaded 1920s gowns with beaded headbands. Their bouquets consisted of burgundy and pink Carnations, white Roses, bronze Mums, organic greenery and trailing ribbons.

Mother of the Bride, Diana Ray, wore a blush beaded 1920’s dress and a pearl headpiece. Mother of the Groom, Lisa Potter, wore a sage beaded 1920s gown, white gloves and a beaded headpiece. Elizabeth Gleason, Oma of the groom wore a pink vintage gown

Best Man was Mr. Hunter Carter of Wingate, N.C. Groomsmen were Mr. Tennant Brastow of Charlotte, N.C.; Mr. Anthony Del Priore of Lynchburg Va.; Mr. Samuel Barker of Greensboro, N.C.; Mr. Justin Giersbrook of Monroe, N.C.; Mr. David Potter of Greenville, S.C. and Mr. Deane Potter of Hendersonville, N.C. 

Ushers were Mr. Michael Radford II of Charlotte, N.C.; Mr. Ian Logan of Charlotte, N.C.; Mr. Mason Courter of Charlotte, N.C.; Mr. Nathan Bucci of Charlotte, N.C.; Mr. Michael Bradley of Camden S.C. and Mr. Andrew Moyer of Ridge Spring, S.C.

Flower girls were Miss Emma Woody, Miss Lily Woody and Miss Julianna Woody of Greenville, S.C.; Miss Georgia and Clementine Fisher of Greer, S.C.; Miss Briley Ray of Camden, S.C. and Elizabeth and Nora Kate Baxter of Charlotte, N.C.

The flower girls wore white, heirloom style dresses with floral crown hairpieces.

Cameron and Connor Marquez of Camden, S.C. were sign bearers and carried a sign which read “Here Comes Your Bride.” 

The wedding reception was held at the Boykin Mill Store in Boykin, S.C. Guests wore 1920s vintage attire.

The couple honeymooned in Boone, N.C. and will reside in Charlotte, NC.


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