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Rebecca Anne Barker, Jimmy Keith Byrd wed / March 03, 2009
Rebecca Anne Barker and Jimmy Keith Byrd were united in marriage on Saturday, Jan. 17, at two in the afternoon at North Wake Church, Wake Forest, N.C. The Rev. Nathan Knight officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Donnie and Marsha Barker of South Boston. She is the granddaughter of Virginia Marshburn of Lynchburg and the late Rev. Earl Marshburn of South Boston and Katherine Barker of Eden, N.C. and the late Elmer Barker of Scottsburg.
The groom is the son of Bettra Mallett of Covington, Tenn., and the late William Byrd of Memphis, Tenn. and the grandson of Mary Ann Hinkson and the late Arthur Hinkson of Covington, Tenn., and Katherine Byrd and the late Thomas Marvin Byrd of Memphis, Tenn..
The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, wore a strapless ivory taffeta draped a-line gown with beaded lace appliqués on the bodice and skirt, which flowed into a chapel length train. The elbow-length veil adorned with miniature pearls and beads fell from a beaded tiara. The bride carried a bouquet of red roses.
Matron of honor was Meredith Adams of Rye, N.Y., cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Mandie Bradberry and Charity Tinnin of Wake Forest, Katie Shearin of Warrenton, N.C., Elizabeth McDaniel of South Boston, friends of the bride; and Marilyn Byrd, sister of the groom, of Covington. They wore black cocktail dresses and carried red roses.
The flower girl was Shayna Lloyd, cousin of the bride, of Eden, N.C. She wore an ivory gown with a red satin sash and carried a basket of red rose petals.
Best man was Mikey McMahan, friend of the groom, of Bolivar, Tenn. Groomsmen were Daniel Byrd, brother of the groom of Covington, William Byrd, father of the groom, of Memphis, Justin Filipowski and Nick Bruner, friends of the groom, of Wake Forest and Daniel Barker, brother of the bride, of Wake Forest. They wore two-button black tuxedos with ivory ties and vests.
A special selection of music was played by pianist Jennifer Ferrell, friend of the bride. The grandmother and mothers were seated to "Be Thou My Vision." The entire wedding party entered to "Fairest Lord Jesus" sung by soloist Rachel Condon, friend of the bride. She also sang "The Communion Hymn" during the observance of communion by the bride and groom. The call to worship, Psalm 145: 1-12, was read by Jessica Mayes, friend of the bride. The bride and groom sang "Be Unto Your Name" during the ceremony.
A reception featuring hors d'oeuvres and various flavors of cheese cakes was held immediately following the ceremony. Jane Lloyd, aunt of the bride, of Eden, was the reception hostess. Nick Johnson, cousin of the bride, of Charleston, S.C. served as DJ.
The wedding director was Ashley Bruner, friend of the couple, of Wake Forest. Sarah Ostenski, cousin of the groom, of Memphis, was guest book attendant. Peg Joyner and Stephanie Joyner, friends of the couple, of Wake Forest, were program attendants.
The bride is a graduate of Southeastern College at Wake Forest and is obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is employed as a staffing consultant with Qualified Staffing in Wake Forest. The groom is a graduate of Union University and is pursuing a Masters of Church Music degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is employed by ACI Support Specialists.
Following a honeymoon to Sapphire Valley, N.C., the couple now resides in Wake Forest.
Couple Honored
Patty Davis, Debbi Bowen, Deborah Crenshaw, Elizabeth Mills and Karen Smith hosted a miscellaneous shower for the couple on Dec. 13 at the home of Patty Davis in Halifax.
Meredith Adams, cousin of the bride, hosted a bridal luncheon and shower for the bride on Dec. 27 at the home of Sallie Johnson, aunt of the bride, of Lynchburg.
Peg Joyner, Stephanie Joyner and Allyson Newcomb hosted a dessert party honoring the bride on Jan. 10 at the home of Ms. Peg Joyner of Wake Forest.
On Jan. 16, an after rehearsal dinner was hosted by Bettra Mallett, Mary Ann Hinkson, Tina Caldwell, Sarah Ostenski and Tori Hinkson. A fajita bar was served. The couple honored their wedding party with gifts after the dinner.

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