Melanie Zahra Motahari and Christopher Galen Duling were married Oct. 1 in a double-ring ceremony at Stanhope Baptist Church. Officiating was Chaplain Jamie Eubanks of Barton College.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Masoud Motahari of Bailey and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dickinson of Stanhope and the late Mr. and Mrs. Hadi Motahari of Tehran, Iran.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Duling of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Galen Duling of Harrisonburg and Carolyn Taylor and the late Howard Taylor of Charlotte.
Music was provided by guitarist Ryan Phillips and violinist Jesse Wells from The Whiskey Rebellion Band of Richmond, Virginia. Singers were Kendal and Kyla Brice of New Bern.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore an Amy Kuschel artfully draped, feminine trumpet silhouette in an ethereal sheer silk organza fashioned with a sweetheart neckline. She carried a bouquet of ivory garden roses, white hydrangeas and magnolia foliage. Her gown was complemented by her mother’s heirloom cathedral lace-trimmed mantilla.
Monica Kinton and Melissa Beard, both of Wake Forest and sisters of the bride, served as matrons of honor. Bridesmaids were Sara Duling, sister of the groom of Harrisonburg, and Hope Motahari, cousin of the bride of Raleigh. They wore hunter green full-length chiffon knit dresses.
Flower girls were nieces of the bride Meritt Beard and Molly Kinton of Wake Forest.
Ring bearer was Ayden Duling, nephew of the groom, of Elkton, Virginia, and Jacob Duling of Harrisonburg.
Sign holders were brothers Micah and Mason Kinton, nephews of the bride, of Wake Forest.
Best man was Matthew Duling of Morgantown, West Virginia, cousin of the groom. Groomsmen were Jacob Duling, brother of the groom, and Aaron Evans, cousin of the groom, both of Harrisonburg; and Morgan Basagic, cousin of the groom, of Morgantown.
Program attendant was Heather Brown of Wilson. Guest registrar was Julie Tyson of Denver and Lisa Brice of New Bern, cousins of the bride.
Director was Samatha-Kate Shuford of Whiskey and White Events of Raleigh.
A Persian ceremony was held at the Motahari home officiated by Khosro Neshat. The ceremony was designed and directed by Nazi Malek and Masti Neshat of Raleigh.
Immediately following both wedding ceremonies, the bride’s parents were hosts for a reception and dance at their home. Dinner was catered by Flame Kabob of Raleigh. Music was provided by The Whiskey Rebellion Band. The wedding cake was designed by Trisha Metzer of Sims.
The bride, a 2006 graduate of Southern Nash High School, attended N.C. State University and was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority.
The groom is a 2001 graduate of Spotswood High School in Harrisonburg and a 2012 graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte with a culinary arts degree. He also served four years in the Marine Corps.
On the eve of the wedding, a rehearsal dinner was held at Peachtree Hills Country Club in Spring Hope, hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Danny Lewis.
Since their return from a wedding trip to Wilmington, the couple made their home in Harrisonburg, Virginia.