The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Davis of Columbus. The bride’s maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. George Stephenson Hazard. The bride’s paternal grandparents are Dr. James Austin Davis, Jr. of Birmingham, Ala., and the late Mrs. Davis.
The bride received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she was an Echols Scholar, and earned a master’s degree in teaching from American University in Washington, D.C. She is a program director for the D.C. Region of Teach for America in Washington, D.C. The bride is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and was presented at the White and Gold Ball of the Southern Debutante Assembly.
The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. George Eric Matthews Jr. of Winston- Salem. His maternal grandparents are the late Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Leroy Dutton, who were from Peachland. His paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George Eric Matthews Sr. of Wadesboro.
He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and earned a earned a Master of Public Administration degree with honors from the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He is a budget analyst for Fairfax County, Va. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honorary Society and the Pi Alpha Alpha Honorary Society. The bride was escorted by her father. The maids of honor were the bride’s sisters, Mary Katherine Davis of Charlotte, and Margaret Fairfax Davis of Columbus. The bridesmaids were the groom’s sister, Kelly Matthews Silliman of Fletcher; Ellen Kathleen Connell of Alexandria, Va.; Meghan Elizabeth Dyer and Emily Ann Morris, both of Arlington, Va.; Amanda Gabriela Penabad of Chicago, Ill.; Jennifer Elaine Saik of Houston, Texas; Elizabeth Victoria Stork of Locust Valley, N.Y.; and Kathryn Elise Wilkinson of Richmond, Va.
The best man was the groom’s father. The groomsmen were the groom’s cousin, James Patrick Matthews of Athens, Ga.; the groom’s brother-in-law, William Shawn Silliman of Fletcher; the bride’s cousins, George Stephenson Hazard III and James Armstrong Hazard, both of Columbus; Jason Lee Cournoyer of Centreville, Va.; Joshua Stephen Edwards of Durham; Gary David Palin of Knightdale; Matthew Douglas Somers of Colfax; and Erich Matthew Fabricius of Mebane.
The bride wore a strapless ivory silk satin ball gown by Priscilla of Boston that featured a full skirt, crystal encrusted appliqués accenting the bodice and hand-draped waist, and a cathedral train. She wore her mother’s cathedral-length veil of silk illusion edged with delicate piping and swirled with motifs of open rose French Alençon lace cascading from a headpiece sprinkled with seed pearls.
The flower girl was Katherine Carr Sanders of Columbus, Miss. The ring bearer was the bride’s cousin, James Austin Davis V of Birmingham, Ala.
The wedding director was Susan Jones. Ceremony music was performed by Dr. Debra Atkinson on the Aeolian- Skinner organ.
The program attendants were Katie Bray, Destinie Dutton, cousin of the groom, of Peachland, and Elizabeth Dyer. The readers were Patricia Lynn Pyle and Jill Dutton Allison, cousin of the groom, of Peachland. The torch bearers were Schuyler Ann Matthews cousin of the groom of Athens, Ga., and Marian McLean Stooksberry. The crucifer was Joel Harper Hudnall. Flowers were designed by Ralph Null. Catering was provided by Columbus Country Club. The wedding cake was provided by Taylor Made Cakes. The bride’s parents hosted a reception at Columbus Country Club, with entertainment provided by The SoulSations.
A rehearsal dinner, hosted by the groom’s parents, was held at Trotter Convention Center in Columbus.
A bridesmaid luncheon was hosted by the bride’s aunt, Mrs. George Hazard Jr., at her home. A wedding day luncheon was hosted by friends and family at the home of Mrs. Martha Kirkley. A good-bye brunch was held on Sunday at Temple Heights, the ante-bellum home of Mrs. Dixie Butler.
After a honeymoon trip to Antigua, the couple will live in Aldie, Va.