Paula Elaine Hardy of Roanoke Rapids and Randall Austin Britton of Ahoskie exchanged wedding vows during a 4 o’clock ceremony Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019, at First Christian Church in Roanoke Rapids.
The bride is the daughter of Donna Hardy and the late Douglas Hardy. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Hardy of Scotland Neck and the late Brenda and Flora Glenn Hardy and Mrs. Helen Ramsey of Franklin and the late Frank Ramsey.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Britton of Greenville, and the late Kimberly Britton. He is the grandson of Dr. and Mrs. Jesse Croom of Edenton, and the late Randy Britton, and the late Harold and Billie Holloman.
The Rev. Jesse Croom, grandfather of the bridegroom, and Minister Bane Angles performed the nuptial ceremony.
A program of music was provided by Mrs. Kitty Archer, pianist, Mr. Randy Archer, guitarist, and Jacob Overton, guitarist. A solo was performed by Mrs. Lauren Hinnant.
Presented in marriage by her family and escorted by her mother, the bride wore a totally unexpected and very fun, wedding gown by designer Stella York! Lace and tulle over matte-side luster satin created a subtle fit-and-flare silhouette with a lace halter neckline. The neckline of this dress was incredibly unique with a V-shaped bust and illusion lace overlay which matched the finished hemline of the dress. A soft, short train had a large print lace motif that matched the front lace pattern, creating a symmetric look. The dress had a soft shimmer throughout, adding just enough twinkle to brighten the bride’s walk down the aisle. The back was updated with a modern keyhole feature and ziped under buttons. The bride wore a full, flowing floor-length veil that enhanced the beauty of her gown, as it was enveloped with matching lace from her dress.
Mrs. Kayla Pittman of Roanoke Rapids attended her sister as matron of honor. Serving as bridesmaids were Jessica Britton of Ahoskie, sister-in-law of the bridegroom, Courtney Taylor of Franklin, cousin of the bride, Claire Abshire of Ahoskie, Kallie Arthur of Roanoke Rapids, Paige Lockamon of Richmond, Virginia, Ashley Powell of Roanoke Rapids, Kristie Shaw of Roanoke Rapids, and Rena Stevenson of Raleigh, all friends of the bride. Addyson Butts of Roanoke Rapids, cousin of the bride, served as junior bridesmaid.
Mollie Britton of Ahoskie, niece of the bridegroom, and Sadie Pittman of Roanoke Rapids, niece of the bride, served as flower girls. Ring bearers were Master Ben Britton of Ahoskie, nephew of the bridegroom, and Master Colt Pittman, nephew of the bride.
Mr. Timothy Britton, father of the bridegroom, was his son’s best man. Groomsmen were Bryan Britton of Ahoskie, brother of the bridegroom, John C. Pittman IV of Roanoke Rapids, brother-in-law of the bride, Grant Brown of Sanford, Jordan Harrell of Ahoskie, Miles Harrell of Ahoskie, Nathan Pearce of Murfreesboro and Kinchen Taylor of Seaboard, all friends of the bridegroom.
Mrs. Kristy Stanfield, Mrs. Billie-Joe Harrell and Rochelle Harrell served as mistresses of ceremonies.
Wedding memories were captured by photographer Kelly Parnell and videographer Dean Garris Films.
Flowers were designed by Mrs. Denise Beaver of Simplicity Florist.
Serving as guest book and program attendants were Mary-Joe Harrell of Ahoskie and Marvin Butts IV of Roanoke Rapids, cousin of the bride.
The bride is a 2013 graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School. She is a 2017 graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Therapy.
The bridegroom is a 2011 graduate of Ridgecroft Academy in Ahoskie. He is a 2015 graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a 2018 graduate of East Carolina University with a Master of Business Administration.
Following the wedding, a reception was held at Chockoyotte Country Club with a dinner and dancing hosted by the bride’s family. The food was provided by Top of the Pines Catering of Pine Tops. The cake was created by Dianne Taylor and served by Alice Bostater, friend of the bride, and Flora Beth Butts, aunt of the bride. Music was provided by Taylor’s DJ service.
On the eve of the wedding Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Britton, parents of the bridegroom, hosted a rehearsal dinner at The Kennon House in Gasburg, Virginia.
On June 29, 2019, Anthony and Betty Cooper of Ahoskie hosted a cocktail party at their home to honor the couple.
On July 20, 2019, an engagement party was held in Ahoskie, at the home of Ronnie and Bea Harrison. The couple enjoyed a barbecue dinner, the RT Johnson Band, and dancing hosted by friends and family of the bridegroom.
A wedding shower was held at First Christian Church and given by friends of the bride on July 21, 2019, to honor the couple.
On Sept. 17, 2019, a lawn and garden shower was given by the bridegroom’s family in honor of Paula and Austin, at the Christ Covenant Church in Rocky Mount.
A wedding shower brunch was hosted at the home of Tom and Kris Stanfield on Sept. 21 honoring the couple.
On Oct. 24, 2019, the bridegroom’s coworkers of Ag Carolina Farm Credit in Williamston showered him with a bridegroom’s shower.
A bachelorette weekend was hosted by the bridesmaids and friends in Savannah, Georgia, Oct. 11-13. The bridegroom was honored the same weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, by his groomsmen and friends.
A bridal luncheon was hosted by friends and family on Nov. 1, 2019, at the home of Sue Conger.
On the day of the wedding, the bride’s wedding party enjoyed breakfast and lunch while preparing for the big day, at the home of Kristy Stanfield, friend of the bride. The groomsmen enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the Hilton Garden Inn with the groom.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon in St. Lucia.