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Emily Martha Cayton and David Christopher Weathersby of Benson exchanged marriage vows June 29 in a 5:30 p.m. outdoor ceremony at Wilkins Farm in Coats. Officiating were Kenneth Easter of Wilson and Dave Bode of Raleigh.

The bride is the daughter of John and Martha Cayton of Saratoga. She is the granddaughter of Bettie and J.E. Woodard of Wilson and the late E.L. “Buster” and Margaret Thigpen of Saratoga. A graduate of Beddingfield High School, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in middle grades education from East Carolina University and a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in science education from N.C State University. She is an assistant professor at Campbell University.

The groom is the son of Charles and Katy Weathersby of Zebulon and the grandson of Jean Weathersby of Zebulon and the late Charles Weathersby, and the late Jerry and Nancy Leatherwood of Kinston. He graduated from Southeast Raleigh High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary history education from N.C. Central University. He is a history teacher and football and wrestling coach at Triton High School in Harnett County.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a ballgown of ivory tulle. The fitted bodice was adorned with scroll lace and fashioned with illusion cap sleeves. A satin waistband accented the full skirt that flowed to a chapel train.

She carried a bouquet of lavender and green roses, light pink spray roses, dark pink miniature calla lilies, purple lisanthus, green dianthus and moonshade dark purple carnations tied with ivory satin ribbon.

Erica Gill of Garner was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Amanda Etheridge Frazier of Nashville; Jennifer Thorndyke of Omaha, Nebraska; and Megan Ennes of Gainesville, Florida. Their wisteria-colored gowns featured a crisscross neckline and ruched waist designed with a slit skirt. They carried bouquets of lavender, purple and green roses, miniature calla lilies, dianthus, carnations and ruscus tied with ivory satin ribbon.

Flower girls were the bride’s cousins Catherine Dunham of Greenville, South Carolina, and Della Russell of Greensboro, also goddaughter of the bride.

Best man was Alex Weathersby of Cary, brother of the groom.

Groomsmen were Billy Lane of Raleigh, B.J. Brock of Asheville and Edward Cayton of Farmville, brother of the bride.

Ring bearers were Mac Russell of Greensboro and Landon Gill of Garner.

Casey Keel of Farmville was register attendant.

A reception at The Barn at Wilkins Farm followed the ceremony. Hosts were the bride’s parents.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at Banquets Off Broad in Dunn. Caterer was MOFU Shoppe. Earlier that day, Betty Russell of Winston-Salem, aunt of the bride, and Ann Raper of Saratoga hosted a bridesmaids’ luncheon at Simply Divine Bed and Breakfast in Dunn.

They have returned from a honeymoon to Las Vegas and are living in Benson.


March 14: A luncheon was hosted by the bride’s co-workers.

May 5: A bridal shower was given at Wilson Woman’s Club hosted by Bettie Woodard, grandmother of the bride; Elizabeth Logan, aunt of the bride; Erica Gill; and Lisa Batts and Susan Hoffman, cousins of the bride.

May 4-5: A bachelor golf weekend was given in Charleston, South Carolina.

June 1: A bachelorette weekend was hosted by the bridesmaids and the bride’s cousins in Raleigh.