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Farrell Leigh Wiggins and Dr. Daniel Matthew Lercher were united in marriage on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at half past five in the evening in the Gardens of Fearrington at Fearrington Village. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by The Rev. Dr. Thomas Jeans Watkins assisted by Dr. Karen Elizabeth Dresser.
Music for the ceremony was provided by Arioso Strings of Cary.
A reception hosted by the parents of the bride followed the ceremony. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner followed by dessert and music at the Horace Williams House in Chapel Hill.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lawrence Wiggins III of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Leonard Barker of Oxford and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Lawrence Wiggins Jr. of Wilson. The groom is the son of Dr. Minnie Abromowitch and Mr. David Hyman Welles Lercher of Omaha, Nebraska. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Abromowitch and the late Mr. and Mrs. Louis Lercher.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a gown of French Alencon ivory lace on cream underlay featuring a V-neck and lace capped sleeves. Covered buttons adorned the back through the sweep train. The bride’s cathedral length veil was trimmed in French Alencon lace and was worn by her aunt, Mrs. Edward Jack Ferguson, on her wedding day. Her earrings were a gift from Mr. and Mrs. William Clark Moore. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of lily of the valley, a favorite flower of the grandmothers.
Barker Elizabeth Wiggins of Raleigh, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Lindsey Ferguson Lotspiech of Poughkeepsie, New York, and Sarah Ferguson Sloderbeck of Oxford, cousins of the bride; Alison Michelle Lercher of Seattle, sister of the groom; Dr. Madison Johnson Auwers Bissette of Raleigh; Meredith Allen Clarke of Atlanta; Kristina Fondren Mesoznik of New York City; Melissa Kathryn Hofman of Boston; Caroline Grace Lowrance of Charlottesville, Virginia; Julianne Capel Hoell and Mary Elizabeth Lovelace of Chapel Hill. The flower girl was Lucille Faye Lercher, niece of the groom.
The maid of honor and the bridesmaids wore floor-length gowns of desert gray chiffon. Each carried a hand-tied bouquet of Queen Anne’s lace, ranunculus and white veronica with garden foliage.
Eduardo Avilez of Seattle served as best man. Groomsmen were Ryan Michael Lercher of Miami and Stephen Aaron Lercher of Minneapolis, brothers of the groom; Christopher William Berrens and Nicholas Lewis Vanwagner of Minneapolis; Paul Thomas Penke of Omaha, Nebraska; Dr. Daniel Boram Park and Michael Christian Sharp of Chapel Hill.
On Saturday morning, Debra Barker Ferguson and Jennifer Wiggins Moore, aunts of the bride, and Mary Etta Moore and Anne West Bissette of Wilson, family friends of the bride, entertained the bride and her bridesmaids with a luncheon at the DuBose House in Chapel Hill. In April, the bridal couple was feted by friends with an engagement party at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park of Wilson.
The bride is a graduate of Ralph L. Fike High School in Wilson, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in exercise and sport science and East Carolina University in Greenville where she earned a Master of Science in occupational therapy. She works as an occupational therapist in the Cancer Hospital at UNC Medical Center. The bride was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and presented by the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh in 2008.
The groom is a graduate of Burke High School in Omaha, the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in genetics, cell biology and development and earned a medical degree from the University Of Nebraska Medical Center. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Intensive Care. He is a physician in the pediatric intensive care unit at UNC Children’s Hospital and an assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine.
Following a honeymoon in Africa, the couple will make their home in Chapel Hill.