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Melissa Catherine Evett and Cory Thomas Puryear, both of Raleigh, exchanged marriage vows Saturday in a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Fairmont United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The Rev. Randall Holste officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Richardson Evett Jr. of Apex. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Richardson Evett Sr. and Marie Outlaw Sutton and the late Virgil Lee Outlaw, all of Wilson. She graduated from Raleigh Charter High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and anthropology. She was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She received a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jordan Puryear III of Roxboro. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jordan Puryear Jr. and the late Mr. and Mrs. Felix J. Poole, all of Roxboro. He graduated from Person High School, North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and from Elon University School of Law with a Juris Doctor.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory Alencon lace gown featuring graceful cap sleeves and a softly fitted A-line skirt, accented by an ivory satin sash embellished with satin flowers. The back of her gown featured covered buttons and a chapel train.

For her headpiece, the bride wore her mother’s chapel-length veil, bordered in Venise lace, which was embroidered with pearls and crystals.

She carried a bouquet of white hydrangeas, pink spray roses, Queen Anne’s lace and gardenias.

Maid of honor was Christina Evett of Raleigh.

Matron of honor was Kristen Matthews of New York City.

Bridesmaids were Meghan Arnold of Charlotte, Alyson Boswell of Los Angeles, Sarah Boswell of Wilson, Jessica DeLade of Winston-Salem, Catherine Ezzell of Winston-Salem, Jordan Puryear of Roxboro, Heather Thorpe of Durham and Leigh Wilfley of Chapel Hill.

Honorary bridesmaids were Katie Heath of Wilson, Lauren Heath of Emerald Isle and Faith Stephenson of Angier.

Best man was the groom’s father.

Groomsmen were Chase Abel of Abingdon, Va.; Tommy Evett of Apex; Christopher Hall of Baltimore; Kenny Hamlin of Raleigh; Joey Hawkins of Richmond, Va.; Dwight Johnson of Raleigh; Rob Nance of Chapel Hill; Christopher Stevens of Mount Airy; and Andrew Vanderberry of Charlotte.

Ring bearer was Spencer Heath of Wilson.

Register attendant was Kristy Gura of Aberdeen.

Program attendants were Ginny Carter of Durham and Brooks Pope of Charlotte.

Wedding director was George Lasley.

Wedding music was provided by organist Dayle Welch and vocalists Alyson Boswell and Sarah Boswell.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the North Carolina State University Club in Raleigh hosted by the bride’s parents.

On the eve of the ceremony, the rehearsal dinner was held at Backyard Bistro in Raleigh hosted by the groom’s parents. Earlier that day, a bridesmaids’ luncheon was held at Caffe Luna in Raleigh hosted by the bride and her mother in honor of the bridesmaids.

The wedding took place on the eve of the 56th wedding anniversary of the bride’s paternal grandparents.

After their return from a honeymoon to Jamaica, the couple will make their home in Raleigh.
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