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Sarah Rae Strunk and Nickolas Paul Easter were married on Oct. 22 in a candlelight ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Abingdon, Va.
The Rev. Ray Jones Jr., pastor emeritus of Wise Baptist Church in Wise, Va., officiated during the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Langley Settle Jr. of Abingdon, Va., and Kenneth Ray Strunk of Huntsville. Her maternal grandparents are Sarah Baird Hutcheson of Franklin, Ky., the late James Offutt Swearingen and the late Robert Baird Hutcheson. Paternal grandparents are the late Delmus Elmer and Flonnie Strunk of Oneida.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Edward Easter of Harriman and Gwen Loy Easter of Maryville. His grandparents are Benny and Betty Lynn Hamby of Acworth, Ga., and the late Andrew Loy Jr. of Harriman. His paternal grandparents are Virginia Mee Easter of Harriman and the late Paul Ellis Easter.
The bride wore an ivory French Alencon lace gown in a trumpet silhouette with a chapel-length train. Her cascading cathedral-length veil was also ivory, and her hair was adorned with an heirloom crystal brooch. Her great-grandmother’s cameo was pinned to her cascading bouquet of gardenias, Virginia roses, dendrobium orchid sprays and delphinium, and was punctuated with white calla lilies with a deep purple throat.
The maid of honor was Kelley Nicole Mulfinger of Atlanta. Bridesmaids were Kelsey Marie Orlyck of Santa Monica, Calif., 2nd Lt. Elizabeth Perovich Wearin of Allentown, Pa., and the groom’s sister, Alison Cynthia Easter of Maryville.
The bridesmaids wore aubergine floor length brushed silk gowns and carried hand tied bouquets of dark purple calla lilies, deep red black magic, and tomango and baccaro roses with green hypericum berries.
Michael Jared Easter of Columbia, S.C., served as his brother’s best man. Groomsmen were Anthony Drew Gaylon of Maryville, Whitney Parker Pershing of Denver and David Brian Rule of Knoxville. Ushers were Cale Anderson Hensley of Knoxville, Richard Alexander Woodard of Maryville, James Thomas Settle and Jared Thomas Settle, both of Lebanon, Va.
Readings from the New and Old Testament were by Eric Faires of Huntsville and the groom’s father. The bride’s stepfather read a passage from Walt Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road.”
Musicians at the church were Schery Collins on organ, Tammie Davis on viola and Linda Waltner, the bride’s former violin teacheron violin. The musical score chosen by the bride included Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” “Air in G” by Bach, “Prince of Denmark’s March” by Clarke, Beethoven’s “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” as a hymn, “Meditation from Thais” by Massenet and “The Wedding March” by Mendelssohn.
The guests were entertained by pianist Dave Collins during the cocktail hour in The East Parlor of The Martha Washington Inn. Dinner and dancing later ensued in the ballroom of the 18th-century hotel, with music provided by The Janitors of Virginia Beach, Va. The bridal couple’s first dance song was presented by Tim Tyler, a personal friend and singer from Atlanta. The groom’s first dance with his mother was performed by Jay Faires, a personal friend and musician from Huntsville.
The couple is at home in Boston, where the bride is in her first year of residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, a program of the Harvard Medical School. The groom is a contract sales specialist with Millipore Corp., a division of the Merck Group. The couple will return to Africa, site of the groom’s proposal in September 2010, to honeymoon in Dakar, Senegal, where the bride will present her research from Rwanda at the International Conference on Family Planning.
Pre-wedding events included a bridal tea hosted by the bridesmaids in May at The Watershed Restaurant in Decatur, Ga., and a fiesta and bonfire hosted by Deb and Eric Faires and the father of the bride in Huntsville. The bride’s mother and stepfather hosted the wedding party at a Virginia-is-for-Lovers-themed party at their home to kick off the wedding weekend. The groom’s parents hosted all of the wedding guests at the rehearsal barbecue dinner with the Bluegrass band, Bluestone, at Glenrochie Country Club in Abingdon. Fran and Rob Goddard and Martha and Jim Swearingen were hosts to a Sunday morning brunch for all the wedding guests at Glenrochie Country Club.