Garris, Vinson exchange vows

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, October 2, 2012

WASHINGTON – Clara Nicole Garris of Ayden and Joshua Bryant Vinson of Pendleton exchanged wedding vows on August 11, 2012 at The Washington Civic Center in Washington, NC.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Vernon Garris of Ayden.  She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rountree Cannon of Ayden, Mr. Bobby Gene Garris of Grifton, and Ms. Dottie Anne Garris of Tampa, FL.

The bridegroom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Wilson Vinson of Pendleton.  He is the grandson of Mrs. Jean Bryant Futrell and the late Fletcher Reese Bryant of Pendleton and Dr. Thomas Washington Vinson, Jr. and the late Eloise Sexton Vinson of Murfreesboro.

The Reverend Keith Gardner officiated.  Music was provided by Ms. Angela Davis, pianist, Ms. Amanda Ellis, violinist, and Joshua Vinson, soloist.

The bride was given in marriage by her parents and was escorted by her father.

Miss Anna Caitlin Skinner of Ayden, friend of the bride, served as maid of honor.  Other friends who served as bridesmaids were Miss Allison Brook Frazier and Miss Erin Jacylyn Savidge of Ayden, and Miss Hayley Carol Grady, Mrs. Rhys Myrik Potts, and Miss Tonina Stango, all of Greenville.

The groom’s father served as best man.  Groomsmen were Zachary Thomas Vinson of Murfreesboro and Cola Ralph Vinson of Knightdale, brothers of the groom, Brandon Cannon Garris of Ayden, brother of the bride, Rufus Jennings White IV of Pendleton and Dan Russell Crowder of Greenville, both friends of the groom.

Serving as flower girl was Miss Ramsey Kirkland of Farmville, cousin of the bride.  The ring bearer was Jacob Huggins of Ayden, cousin of the bride.

Mrs. Patricia Stokes served as wedding director.  Miss Lara Brickhouse of Greenville, friend of the bride, Mrs. Beth Garris Kirkland, aunt of the bride, and Miss Dava Kirkland, cousin of the bride and both of Farmville, served as registry attendants.

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception and dance hosted by the bride’s parents was held at The Washington Civic Center.

An after-rehearsal dinner was hosted on the eve of the wedding by the groom’s parents at Flair by Sharon in Washington.

Both the bride and groom are graduates of East Carolina University.  Nicole is a special education teacher employed with Pitt County Schools.  Josh is a chemical technician employed with Universal Leaf Tobacco Company, Inc. in Wilson.

After a honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple will reside in Greenville.


June 13 – A miscellaneous bridal shower was hosted by the exceptional children’s teachers from Wintergreen Intermediate at the Daily Grind.

June 24 – A luncheon and shower was given by the Rountree Christian Women’s Fellowship at the church in Ayden.

July 8 – A miscellaneous bridal shower was hosted by Janice Rogers, Donna Huggins, and Karen McGlohon at the home of Bernice Cannon in Ayden.

July 26 – A miscellaneous bridal shower was held at Conway Baptist Church hosted by Lori Barnes, Peggy Davis, Twyla Duke, Linda Knight, Dianna Richey, Cindy Ricks, Margaret Vann, Sandra Vann, Beth Vinson, and Cindy Watson.

July 27 – A gift card party was held in the home of Jentry and Winnie White and was hosted by Phil and Betsy Davis, Larry and Phyllis Mann, Johnny and Becky Martin, Jonathan and Rebecca Martin, Lemuel and Shelby Ricks, Lee and Gail Wade, Jennings and Anne White, and Jentry and Winnie White.

July 13-15 – A bachelorette weekend was given by the maid of honor and bridesmaids in Charleston, SC.

July 21 – A bachelor party was given by the groomsmen and friends in Greenville.

July 29 – A monogram shower was hosted by Kay Murphy and Susan Dunning at the Murphy home in Snow Hill.

August 4 – A bridesmaids’ luncheon was hosted by Beth Kirkland, Barbara Smith, Pam Vinson, all aunts of the bride, and Nina Paul Vinson at Dail’s in Farmville.

Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Bryant Vinson