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Alison Lee Edge and Christopher James Vurnakes, both of Charlotte, were married April 26 in a 5 p.m. ceremony at First Baptist Church in Wilson. Dr. Douglas Murray officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Jerry Lee Edge, Preston Brooks and Cynthia Whitley Bass, all of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Alton Lee Whitley of Wilson and the late Mary B. Whitley, the late Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Edge of Fayetteville and Ellen E. Bass of Stantonsburg and the late Preston Bass. She graduated from Hunt High School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Doctorate of Medicine. She is a pediatrician at Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The groom is the son of James George Vurnakes and Frances Vurnakes of Bahama and the grandson of Helen Pashales Vurnakes of Durham and the late Pete S. Vurnakes and the late Roger M. Woods and Eileen G. Woods of Durham. He graduated from Northern Durham High School and N.C. State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s Degree in Sport Management. He is an account executive with Charlotte 49ers IMG Sports Marketing.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a strapless satin and lace A-line gown by James Clifford. The dress featured a sweetheart neckline and re-embroidered lace applique trailing down the bodice to the hem. The hem featured matching lace with a scalloped edge. To complement her attire, the bride wore her grandmother’s pearl necklace. She chose a chapel-length mantilla style veil, edged with French Alencon lace with a scalloped effect to match the hem of the dress. She carried a bouquet of ivory roses.

Maid of honor was Shannon Sprouse of Washington, D.C. Bridesmaids were Dr. Jennifer Foster of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Dr. Anne Johnson of Nashville, Tenn.; Heather Fulghum of Wilmington; Ashley Rhodes of Emerald Isle; and Christina Vurnakes of Bahama, sister of the groom. They wore Bill Levkoff strapless, cocktail-style dresses of glacier chiffon fashioned with a sweetheart neckline and flowing skirt. Flower girls were Makenzie Brooks Mooring of Wilson and Trinity Breanne Roach of Rocky Mount, both nieces of the bride. They wore Bill Levkoff dresses with glacier tops and white flowing skirts. The attendants carried bouquets of white daisies and yellow roses.

Best man was Brant Wilkerson-New of Winston-Salem. Groomsmen were Richard Edge of Wilson, brother of the bride; Alex Kelly of Raleigh; Dr. Matt McNeill of New York City; Chris Covington of Winston-Salem; and Jacob Galloway of Melbourne, Fla.

Ring bearer was Samuel Westbrook Walter of Wilmington, cousin of the bride.

Program attendants were Dr. Jenna Brooks of Chicago and Alyson Boswell of Los Angeles. Director was Nicole Bryant of Wilson.

Wedding music was provided by William R. Pierce of Wilson, pianist, and Julia Lancaster of Stantonsburg, vocalist.

The wedding cake was cut by Kristin Mooring, sister of the bride, and the groom’s cake was cut by Dianne Vurnakes, aunt of the groom.

A reception followed the ceremony at Wilson Country Club. Hosts were the bride’s parents.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents were hosts for a rehearsal dinner at Something Different in Wilson. A bridesmaids’ luncheon was also given on the eve of the wedding at Quince, A Southern Bistro, hosted by Mary Jo Walter, aunt of the bride, and Lindsey and Emily Walter, cousins of the bride.

They couple took a “mini-moon” to Asheville that will be followed by a wedding trip to Turks and Caicos Islands this summer. The couple will live in Charlotte.


May 19: An engagement party was given by the groom’s parents in Bahama.

Feb. 15: A bridal shower was given by Kristin Mooring and Jamie Roach, sisters of the bride; Makenzie Mooring and Trinity Roach, nieces of the bride; and Tori Hall at First Baptist Church in Wilson.

March 1: A bachelorette party was given by friends and residents of Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.

March 20: A bachelor party was given by the groomsmen in Asheville.

April 4: A bachelorette party was given by the bridesmaids in Charleston, S.C.

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