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Ashley Lynn Strickland and Richard Scott Suggs, both of Wilson, exchanged marriage vows Saturday in a 4:30 p.m. ceremony at First Free Will Baptist Church of Wilson. The Rev. Wayne King officiated.

The bride is the daughter of the late Randy and Patty Strickland of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Hubert and Virginia Wheeler of Wilson and the late Ransom and Jeanette Strickland of Wilson. She graduated from Fike High School and Barton College with cum laude honors with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is pursuing a graduate degree in social work at East Carolina University. She was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority at Barton College.

The groom is the son of Ricky and Donna Suggs of Wilson. He is the grandson of Dorothy Suggs and the late Earl Suggs and the late Nelson and Leah Jones of Richlands. He graduated from Fike High School and Wilson Community College with an associate’s degree in fire protection technology and is a critical care paramedic at Wake Med.

Escorted by John and Mary Lou Skinner, uncle and aunt of the bride, the bride wore a strapless sweetheart, fit and flare gown. She wore her mother’s slip under her wedding gown.

For her headpiece, she chose a one-tier, elbow-length veil edged with pearls, beads and sequins.

The bride carried a bouquet of hand-tied green kiwi hydrangeas, pink and coral roses and pink ranunculus. Dahlias and zinnias were arranged throughout the bouquet with accents of coral spray roses and white lizianthus. The bouquet was wrapped with satin ribbon with an attached memory locket holding photographs of the bride’s parents.

Maid of honor was Mary Ellen Strickland of Wilson, sister of the bride.

Matron of honor was Amanda Garner of Kenly. Bridesmaids were Katelyn Suggs of Raleigh, sister of the groom; Lyndsey Wilson of Bunn; Michelle Webb of Wilson; Katelyn Jarman of New Bern; and Samantha Roark of Bunn. They wore coral reef strapless, satin short dresses styled with pleating and a strapless, sweetheart bodice.

Flower girls were Emory Skinner of Wilson, cousin of the bride, and Caraline Jones of Wilmington, cousin of the groom. They wore satin tea-length ball gowns featuring spaghetti straps and a coral reef sash with a back bow.

Honorary bridesmaids were Amber Gupton of Henderson and Kara Smith of Grifton.

Best man was the groom’s father.

Groomsmen were Michael Jones of Wilmington, Brian Jones of Richlands and Zachary Jones of Cary, cousins of the groom; Brandon Bryant of Wilson; Zach Wade of Charleston, S.C.; Bennett Bame of Raleigh; and Josh Dail of Wilson.

Ring bearer was Landon Guerra, nephew of the bride.

Register attendant was Jenny Starling, cousin of the bride.

Program attendant was Megan Temple and Hannah Jones, cousins of the groom.

Wedding director was Maggie Taylor.

Wedding music was provided by pianist Ramey Jo Dail, soloist Amy Varnell and violinists Emma Skinner and Alyse Skinner, cousins of the bride.

Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Wilson Country Club, hosted by the bride and her family. Greeters for the reception were Mary Jo and Edward Stancil and Anna Batts and Thomas Futrell.

On the eve of the wedding, the rehearsal dinner was held at Wilson Country Club, hosted by the groom’s parents. Earlier in the day, Mary Lou Skinner and Donna Suggs gave a bridesmaids’ luncheon at Something Different.

After a honeymoon cruise to the Southern Caribbean, the couple will make their home in Wilson.


Pre-nuptial events:

• An engagement party was given March 23 by John and Mary Lou Skinner and Ricky and Donna Suggs at the Skinner home.

• A lingerie shower was held April 21, hosted by Amanda Garner at her home.

• A dinner in honor of the bride was given May 18 at the home of Alyson Skinner, also hosted by Kristen Skinner.

• A wedding shower was held June 23 at First Free Will Baptist Church hosted by family and friends.

• A bachelorette weekend was held July 19-21 in Emerald Isle, hosted by Mary Ellen Strickland and Amanda Garner.

• A bachelor weekend was held in Myrtle Beach, S.C., July 26-28 hosted by friends of the groom.
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