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Johnson-Rascoe exchange wedding vows

Published 8:38am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

LEWISTON-WOODVILLE – Briley Marie Johnson of Lewiston-Woodville and Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe, Jr. of Windsor were married Saturday, June 15 at the home of the bride.

The Rev. Jeffrey Allen Douglas and the Rev. Joseph Wiley Cooper performed the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McCollum Griffin of Lewiston Woodville, and Mr. and Mrs. James Stanley Johnson of Wilmington. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. LJ Johnson of Wilson, the late Rev. and Mrs. Linwood E. Blackburn of Wilson, Mrs. David Moore and the late Mr. David Moore of Wilmington, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Griffin, Jr. of Lewiston Woodville.

Mrs. Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe, Jr.
Mrs. Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe, Jr.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe of Windsor. He is the grandson of  Mrs. Eugene Spencer Stone and the late Mr. Stone of Rocky  Mount, and Mrs. John Peter Rascoe, Jr. and the late Mr. Rascoe of Hertford.

The bride was given in marriage by her fathers, John McCollum Griffin and James Stanley Johnson. The bride wore the wedding gown of the groom’s paternal grandmother, which the groom’s mother also wore on her wedding day.  It was embroidered silk organza with a portrait neckline.  The skirt formed a court train.  She wore the veil of her sister and jewelry of her maternal great grandmother.

Mrs. Lindsay Griffin Vaughan, sister of the bride, of Woodland, and Mrs. Claire Spruill Tyler of Edenton were the Matrons of Honor.

Maid of Honor was Miss Emily Susanne Newnam of Beaufort.

Bridesmaids were Sally Blaine Blackburn, cousin of the bride, of Raleigh, Mary Kathleen Boone of Jackson, Stacey Winstead Buescher of Raleigh, Jodie Godwin Crawford of  Savannah, GA, Anna Vaughn Creech of Raleigh, Elizabeth Paxton Peters of Raleigh, Martha Boren Swain of Wilmington, and Megan Lowe Vaughan of Raleigh.

The bridesmaids’ dresses were coral in color and made of summer linen.  They were designed by Emily Newnam, owner of Southern Frock and the Maid of Honor.

Ann West Griffin of Columbia, SC, Finley Cabel Griffin of Richmond, VA, and Margaret Kruesi Griffin of Greenville, all cousins of the bride, were the flower girls.

Braxton Bragg Dawson Rascoe of Windsor, served as his son’s Best Man.

Groomsmen were William Stackhouse Anderson Bell of Carolina Beach, Whitley Timberlake Brown of Raleigh, Joseph Hardwick Caldwell of New York, NY, Kemp Rush Dunaway, III of Charlotte, John McCollum Griffin, Jr.,  brother of the bride of Lewiston Woodville,   William Ascher Michalove of Wrightsville Beach, Norman Freeman Perry, III of Colerain, Hunter Aaron Spivey Rascoe, brother of the groom, of Wilson, Wayland James Sermons, III of Aspen, CO, James Burton Swain, III of Charleston, SC, Daniel Staten Waters of Charlotte, and John Forrest Williamson of Charleston, SC.

Ushers were Ian Stafford Ballantyne of Wrightsville Beach, Zachery Bain Cyrus of Raleigh, John Hunter Davis Leggett of Wilson, Vann Keith Pair, Jr. of Raleigh, Andrew Denis Simpson of Raleigh, Justin Davis Sykes of Durham, and John Southgate Vaughan III, brother in law of the bride, of Woodland.

Griffin Southgate Vaughan, nephew of the bride, of Woodland served as the ring bearer.

The Mistresses of Ceremonies were Mrs. Laura Matheson Beasley of Colerain, and Mrs. Ella Plyler Frantz of Raleigh.

Music was presented by Nowell Strings of Wilson. The choir was directed by Lloyd Ambrose Owens.

Crucifer was Lucy Mae Holiday Rascoe, cousin of the groom.  Acolytes were Elisabeth Joyner Rascoe, Katherine Granbery Rascoe, and Francis Edward Nixon Rascoe, Jr., all cousins of the bride.

Scripture readers were Wayland Outlaw Spruill, James Dawson Tyler, III, and Eliza Hill Urquhart Warren, cousin of the bride.

Greeters were Kathryn Ann Coleman, and Mary Hayden Ester.

Prayers of the People were read by Mary Riddick Stallworth, John Hyman Woolard, III, Anna Wooten Gauss, Melvin Chester Joyner, Sheldon Suzanne Woolard, Whitney Bryan Brackett, Zachary Dempsey Moore, Lauren Rutherford Perry, and Sarah Battle Peters.

A reception in the yard of the home of the Bride followed the ceremony.

On Friday evening, a dinner dance hosted by the groom’s parents along with family and friends was held at their home, Briar Patch Hall.

Following a wedding trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico, the couple will reside in Wilson.

The bride graduated from MeredithCollege in Child Development, then earned a Masters of Science in Child Development and Family Relations from EastCarolinaUniversity. She was presented by the Terpsichoren Club of Raleigh at the 2003 Debutante Ball.

The groom graduated from Virginia Episcopal School and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Cameron School of Business. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He is employed by Alliance One International, Inc.

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