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Channing Elyse Harper and David Lee Smith, both of Wilson, were married in a 5 p.m. ceremony on Oct. 22 at The Beaufort Club in Beaufort. The Rev. Barry Ginn officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Dori Deanhardt of Harkers Island and Allen Harper of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Joseph Harper and Jeanette Lucas Harper of Wilson and Susan Ediss and the late Dr. Gerald Ediss of Dayton, Ohio. She graduated from Hunt High School and Wilson Community College with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. She is the owner of South Boutique.

Parents of the groom are Lee and Donna Smith of Elm City. He is the grandson of Ellen Bass and the late Julius Preston Bass of Stantonsburg and the late Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Vernon Smith of Elm City. He graduated from Fike High School and Wilson Community College with a degree in business management. He is employed with LECO Builders Inc.

The bride was escorted by her stepfather, Brian Deanhardt, to her father — pausing to receive her bouquet from Terry Woods, then escorted by her father, Allen Harper, down the aisle. Her gown was styled with a sleeveless bodice and illusion shoulders that add a romantic touch. The contouring silhouette was accented with exquisite Venetian lace in a three-dimensional floral pattern accented with Swarvorsky crystals over tulle overlay creating a stunning focal point while the trumpet skirt adds drama. The chapel-length veil was handmade in Ireland of soft flowing tulle. She carried blush and white roses adorned with sprigs of rosemary in a round bouquet.

Kelsey Elaine Harper, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Liza Woods of Raleigh; Amber Taylor or Greenville; Dao Vo of Raleigh; Ashley Mills of New York City, cousin of bride; and Amanda Clemons of Eilm City, sister of the groom. They wore slate grey multi-wear chiffon, floor-length gowns and carried white hydrangea bouquets.

The groom’s father served as best man.

Groomsmen were Phil Roberts of Raleigh; Cody Hardison of Wilson, cousin of the bride; Chris Bunn of Sims; Chip Adams of Wilson; and Kyle Rohde of Wilson. Junior groomsmen were Hunter Adams and Logan Adams of Wilson, nephews of the bride.

Readers were Devon Wills, sister of the bride, and Bryson Deanhardt, brother of the bride.

Director was Amanda Adkins of Greenville.

Wedding music was provided by guitarist Avery Harper, cousin of the bride, during seating. Chase Adams, nephew of the bride, played bagpipes for the wedding march.

Following the ceremony, a reception was hosted by the parents of the bride at The Beaufort Club. Music for dancing was provided by DJ Hal Wallas of Cherry Point. Emcee for the reception was Amber Miller of Greenville. The reception was catered by Floyd’s Restaurant in Morehead City.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at Clawsons Restaurant in Beaufort.

An after-rehearsal cocktail party was held at the Harkers Island home of the bride’s mother and stepfather, Dori and Brian Deanhardt.

On the morning of the wedding, a bridesmaids’ brunch was hosted by JoAnn Mangum and Sandi Burks of Harkers Island. A groomsmen lunch was given by the father of the groom on the day of the wedding in Harkers Island.

They have returned from a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, and are living in Wilson.


July 1: A “White Party” shower was given by cousin of the bride Ashley Mills in Harkers Island.

July 16: A couples shower was hosted by the maid of honor, sister of the bride, and wedding party.

Aug. 12 -13: The bridesmaids hosted bachelorette weekend in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Aug. 12 -13: The groomsmen hosted bachelor weekend in Harkers Island.

Aug. 21: A bridal shower was given by Valerie Durham and Angie Batts in Wilson.

Aug. 21: The bride’s father, Allen Harper, and the groom’s father, Lee Smith, entertained the the groomsmen at O’Cools.