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Mary Virginia Farris and Benjamin Timothy Asma, both of Boone, exchanged marriage vows Saturday in a 3 p.m. ceremony at St. Therese Catholic Church in Wilson.

The Rev. David Thomas Brzoska of Boone officiated.

The bride is the daughter of the Honorable and Mrs. William Charles Farris of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Downing Barnes and the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arthur Farris of Wilson. She graduated from Ralph L. Fike High School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a school guidance counselor at Watauga High School in Boone.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark David Asma of Covington, Va. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Michael Henry Kramer of East Quogue, N.Y. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Herman Joseph Asma of Norwich, N.Y. He graduated from Alleghany High School in Covington and James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology and Appalachian State University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. He is an assertive community treatment team therapist for Daymark Recovery Services in Boone.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a white Alencon lace sheath gown fashioned with a strapless bodice and a white satin ribbon at the natural waist. The gown featured a modified sweep train.

For her headpiece, she chose a silk fingertip veil with a lace edging.

She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white hydrangeas and chrysanthemums. Dendrobium orchids and white lisianthus accented the bouquet.

Maid of honor was Sarah Barnes Farris of Raleigh, sister of the bride.

Matron of honor was Emily Farris Carinci of Wilson, sister of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Kristen Alia Asma of Clifton Forge, Va., sister-in-law of the groom; Mary Theresa Asma of White Plains, N.Y., sister of the groom; Rebekah Winslow Farris of Chapel Hill, sister-in-law of the bride; Julie Anne Moree of Portland, Ore.; Laura CaJacob Ugokwe of Houston, Texas; and Elizabeth Barnes Thomas of Wilson.

Bridal attendants wore blue silk strapless dresses topped with an embroidered floral overlay.

Flower girl was Sophie Lucille Carinci of Wilson, niece of the bride.

Best man was Michael Herman Asma of Clifton Forge, brother of the groom.

Groomsmen were Steven Joseph Asma of Port Orange, Fla.; John Matthew Olewine of Harrisburg; Nathan Lewis Olewine of Lexington, Va.; Peter Elias Stuart of Charlotte; Ryan Matthew Higgins of Charlotte; William Charles Farris Jr. of Chapel Hill, brother of the bride; and Justin Gabriele Carinci of Wilson, brother-in-law of the bride.

Ring bearers were Farris Gabriele Carinci of Wilson and Jackson Arthur Farris of Chapel Hill, nephews of the bride.

Register attendant was Allison Keith Benton of Durham.

Program attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Timothy James Putnam of Boone.

The wedding was directed by Charmian Edwards Herring.

Wedding music was provided by organist Mark Nicholas Peterson, violinist Patricia Williams Tessnear and vocalist Sophia Stumpf Stevens.

Following the wedding, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at their home. Guests were greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Branch Harrell Benton and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Arthur Farris Jr.

On the eve of the wedding, the rehearsal dinner was held at the Wilson Country Club hosted by the groom’s parents. After dinner, family and friends of the bride’s parents entertained at a wedding eve dance at the Wilson Country Club. Earlier Friday, a bridal luncheon was given at Quince by the bride’s aunts, Betsy Barton, Nancy Farris, Kay Gill and Betty Whitley.

The couple will take a honeymoon trip to the Dominican Republic. They will reside in Vilas.


Pre-nuptial events:

March 24: An engagement party was given by family and friends of the bride and groom.

Sept. 13: A bridal shower was given by co-workers of the bride.

Sept. 23: An around the house shower was hosted by Lynn Barnes, Barbara Clark, Nancy Brown, Honeybun Matthews and Terri Robbins at the Clark Home.
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