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Kathryn Thelma Bethune and Christopher Michael Simmons, both of Charleston, S.C., were united in marriage Saturday at half past six in the evening at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens in Charleston, Robert Harold Cathers officiated at the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Johnson Bethune of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Latham Conrad Peak of Clinton and the late Mr. John Lauchlin Bethune, and Philip Joseph Ferrari of Hollywood, Fla., and the late Doris Luhrs Ferrari. She graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was presented by the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh at the 2006 North Carolina Debutante Ball. She is currently completing her coursework at the College of Charleston to sit for the CPA exam and is employed with Richard B. Homes, CPA, LLC.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Stuart Simmons of Greenville, S.C. He is the grandson of Carroll Bailey Simmons of St. Clair, Mich., and the late Walter Pettibone Simmons and Mary Ann Crossley of Flushing, Mich., and the late Paul William Crossley. He graduated from Eastside High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Clemson University and a Master’s of environmental sciences from the College of Charleston. He is employed with Green Roof Outfitters.

The bride was escorted by her father and wore a Monique Lhuillier cut Bellflower, floral textured silk organza dress with a cross-over draped bodice and full hand tufted skirt.

For her headpiece, she chose a two-tier cut cathedral Vera Wang classic veil.

Elizabeth Ann Bethune of Raleigh, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. She wore an Amsale one-shoulder, full-length silk chiffon gown in dove.

Also in attendance were the brothers of the groom: best man, Andrew Crossley Simmons of Greenville, S.C.; and groomsman, Sean Patrick Simmons, of Canton, Mich. Ushers were Brendan Crossley Calvert of Flushing, Mich., and Henry Bailey Simmons of Battle Creek, Mich., cousins of the groom.

The ring bearer was Ty Michael Herbster of Coconut Creek, Fla., cousin of the bride. He wore wheat colored cotton chino vest and pants with a blue gingham bow tie and a river brown band trilby hat.

Attendants were Nicole Marie Pollio of Plantation, Fla, cousin of the bride; and Peytan Elizabeth Calvert and Marta Anne Crossley of Flushing, cousins of the groom.

The wedding music was provided by violinists Bailey Kay Hilty and India Ella Hilty and pianist Maya Jazz Hilty, all from Grand Junction, Colo., and cousins of the groom.

Thursday before the wedding, a Meet & Greet Open House was hosted by the bride’s parents at the Bridge House.

Friday before the wedding, a bridal luncheon was held at Fish in Charleston hosted by Jan Bethune Tart and Lori Ferrari Shepard, aunts of the bride.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner and after party at Blind Tiger Pub in Charleston. A Sunday brunch was hosted by the groom’s parents at a private home on the Battery.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held on the Veranda at the Plantation hosted by the bride’s parents.

The newlyweds spent their wedding night at the Restoration on King Street and will be honeymooning at Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, in Gold Beach, Ore. The couple resides in Charleston.


Pre-nuptial events

July 12: An engagement dinner party was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Murray Edward Shepard in Plantation, Fla., hosted by the bride’s maternal family.

Feb. 9: A kitchen shower and luncheon was given at the home of Kathleen Crossley Simmons of Greenville, S.C., hosted by family and friends of the groom.

March 23: A spring bridal shower and lingerie shower in Charleston was hosted by Elizabeth Ann Bethune, maid of honor.

May 11: An engagement cocktail buffet was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. N. Leo Daughtry of Smithfield, uncle and aunt of the bride, at their home.
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