Lisa Michelle Howell and Matthew Wayne Robbins, both of Wilson, were married Oct. 1 in a 4 p.m. ceremony at the Wilson Rose Garden. The Rev. Jerry Nelson officiated.
The bride is the daughter of David and Barbara Howell of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of the late Willie and Marjorie Boykin and the late John and Helen Howell, all of Wilson. She graduated from Beddingfield High School and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in School Administration at East Carolina University. She is employed with Pitt County Schools as Assistant Principal at Stokes School.
Parents of the groom are Gary and Beth Robbins of Wilson. He is the grandson of Lois Johnson of Wilson and the late Leon F. Johnson and the late Irene and Joseph T. Robbins of Elm City. He graduated from Fike High School and Nash Community College with a degree in criminal justice. He is employed with the City of Wilson as a gasline technician 3.
Escorted by her father, the bride wore a sleek ivory satin Casablanca gown adorned with Swarovski crystals, crystal sequins, pearls and silver beadwork and embroidery and fashioned with a soft sweetheart neckline. The empire waist flowed into a modified A-line skirt. Beaded buttons line the entire gown starting at the empire waist. To complement her attire, she wore a fingertip veil highlighted with a silver bugle bead edge accented with Swarovski rhinestones. She carried a bouquet of hot pink Gerbera daisies and spray roses wrapped with lace from her mother’s veil.
Erin Corbett of Wilson served as maid of honor, and Katie Heacox of Wilson served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Ashley Robbins of Wilson, sister of the groom; Deanna Wetherington of Del Haven, New Jersey; Amanda Bennett, Suzanne Colbert and Jamie Walls of Wilson; and Elicia Anderson of Morehead City. They wore navy Alfred Angelo gowns designed with a haltered, sweetheart neckline featuring an empire waist and pleated front detail on the A-line skirt.
Travis Aycock of Fremont served as best man.
Groomsmen were Gary Robbins of Wilson, father of the groom; Tucker Robbins of Wilson, brother of the groom; Spencer Howell of Del Haven, New Jersey, brother of the bride; Thomas Thorne of Middlesex; Mark Bunn and Jon Chesson of Wilson; and Dustin Kintzele of Black Creek.
Director was Kerri Wheeler of Wilson.
Wedding music was provided by violinists Abigail Korfmann, Crista Ange and Frances Nowell.
Following the ceremony, a reception was given by the bride’s parents at the Wilson Elks Lodge with Brandon Ham as the DJ.
A rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at the home of Mike and Hope Glover.
A brunch was given on the day of the wedding for the bride and bridesmaids at the Wilson Elks Lodge and was hosted by Donna Boykin and Lynn Jenkins.
They have returned from a wedding trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and reside in Wilson.
Sept. 12, 2015: An engagement party given by Katie Heacox and Erin Corbett.
June 24: A bridal shower was given by Donna Johnson, Laura Johnson, Linda Bennett, Teresa Nelson and Janet Johnson.
July 16: A bridal shower was given by Katie Heacox and Ashley Davidson.