Daina Brooke Port and Samuel Rickenbaker Small, Jr. were united in marriage on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. The five o’clock ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Robert Barrows and the Reverend Maurice E. Nason.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Armando Patino of Murrells Inlet, SC and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon LaDain Port of Georgetown, SC. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Vivian Tanner Port of Hemingway, SC and the late Mr. Vernon Eugene Port and the late Mr. and Mrs. Cole Blease Miller of Hemingway. Daina is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education. She is employed as a teacher in Richland School District Two.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Rickenbaker Small of Camden, SC. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hulan Alva Small of Camden and the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank James Lowe also of Camden. Sammy is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with an International Master in Business Administration and Juris Doctor. He serves as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of First Palmetto Savings Bank.
A program of nuptial music was rendered by Ms. Dorothy Rogerson, pianist and Mr. Doug Merritt, violinist. Selections included Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” Handel’s “Finale,” and “Bless the Broken Road.” Mr. Robbie Taylor sang “The Wedding Song” and “The Lord’s Prayer.”
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her father and step father. The bride wore a lovely fitted Alencon lace gown. The sweetheart neckline was met with a ruched chiffon empire waist that accentuated the waistline. The skirt was of the same beautiful scattered Alencon lace, and had a delicately scalloped hemline with a chapel length train. The dress was framed by a fingertip length veil of matching Alencon lace that perfectly complemented the gown.
The bride carried a classic style compact bouquet of full white hydrangeas, white lisianthus, white freesia, and mini green hydrangeas and green buttons, with a small border of looped aspidistra leaves and looped bear grass with burlap wrap on stems.
The bride’s sister, Ms. Tara Lynn Port, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Mrs. Jacquelyn Callicutt Marsha, Ms. Anna Elizabeth Martin, Ms. Felicia Ann Port, Ms. Mary Sims Pressly and Mrs. Joy Lambert Rush. Flower girl was Miss Ava Isabel Patino, niece of the bride.
The groom’s father, Mr. Samuel Rickenbaker Small, served as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. James Thomas Biggins, Mr. Robert McLaurin Burch III, Dr. James William Duckett III, Mr. William Reamer Johnson, Mr. Benjamin Lofton Johnston, and Mr. Jeffrey Matthew Schilz. Ring bearer was Master Capers Bouton II, nephew of the groom.
Program attendants were Mrs. Brenda DeLuca and Ms. Julie Campbell.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at Kimbels at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet featuring the music of Tru Sol. Dr. and Mrs. Terrell Lewis greeted guests.
Following the rehearsal of the wedding on Friday, June 17, a dinner was given to honor the couple by the groom’s parents at The Carriage House at Litchfield Plantation in Litchfield, SC.
Also on Friday, a luncheon honoring the bride and her bridesmaids was hosted by Mrs. Dorothy Floyd, Mrs. Jennifer Floyd, Mrs. Trevada Granberg, Mrs. Carolyn Cribb, and Mrs. Linda Lewis at Quigley’s in Litchfield, SC.
Following a honeymoon trip to the French Polynesian islands of Moorea and Bora Bora, the couple will reside in Columbia, SC.