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Anna Boykin Batts of Wilson and Daniel Christopher Tyson of Ayden were united in marriage April 6 in a 4 p.m. ceremony at Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church in the Rock Ridge community. The Rev. Ray Wells officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Reggie and Lisa Boykin Batts of Wilson. She is the granddaughter of the late L.H. and Helen Boykin of Wilson and the late Harvey “Tab” and Ollie Mae Batts of Elm City. She graduated from Hunt High School and Barton College with a bachelor’s degree in gerontology and a minor in social work. She received a Master of Science in social work at East Carolina University and is a social worker with PruittHealth Hospice in Greenville.

The groom is the son of Michael and Katherine Tyson of Ayden and the grandson of the late John “J.D.” and Jeanette Haddock of Winterville and the late Louis and Virginia Tyson of Ayden. He graduated from Mount Calvary Christian Academy and attended N.C. State University. He farms with his family at Tyson and Sons Farms.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a fit and flair gown of ivory lace over light gold satin styled with an illusion bateau over sweetheart neckline, illusion straps and a lace-trimmed illusion open back. Covered buttons extended down the chapel trail.

For her headpiece, the bride chose a fingertip ivory veil edged in lace. She carried a bouquet of peach roses, pastel pink carnations, burgundy miniature carnations and mixed greenery. The stems were wrapped with white satin ribbon.

Sora Batts, niece of the bride, was maid of honor. She wore a formal peach gown designed with a criss-cross, pleated bodice and full skirt.

Matrons of honor were Emily Sloop and Azlynn Tyson, sister-in-law of the groom. They wore peach and burgundy floral gowns with ruffled cap sleeves.

Bridesmaids were Eva Hoffman and Jillian Hoffman, cousins of the bride; Katelyn Jarman; and Leia Davis. Their deep rose gowns featured a criss-cross pleated bodice and full skirt.

The attendants’ clutch bouquets complemented the bride’s flowers.

Flower girls were Addie Miller and Audrey Miller. They wore knee-length white dresses and a ringlet of flowers in their hair.

Jordan Tyson, brother of the groom, was best man.

Groomsmen were Robert Batts, brother of the bride; Shane Phillips; J.W. Miller; Cliff Laughinghouse; and Landon Lewis, cousin of the groom.

Ring bearers were Jack Beaman and Graham Beaman.

Wedding musicians were Debbie Prickett, pianist; Emily Morton, soloist; and Miles Hoffman, uncle of the bride, violist.

Register attendants were Larry and Tracy Lewis, cousins of the groom.

A fiesta-theme reception in the church fellowship hall followed the ceremony. Hosts were the bride’s parents.

On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Something Different in Wilson. Earlier in the day, a bridesmaids’ lunch was given at Daniel’s Casual Fine Dining in Wilson. Hostesses were the groom’s mother and his aunts, Gail Wynne and Sue Worthington.

Mr. and Mrs. Tyson have returned from a honeymoon in Sanibel Island, Florida. They are making their home in Ayden.

Pre-nuptial events

Nov. 18: The families of the bridal couple entertained at an engagement party at Rose Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Winterville.

Feb. 9: A bridal shower was given at Marsh Swamp Free Will Baptist Church by Susan Hoffman, aunt of the bride; Betty Russell, Martha Cayton and Nancy Boykin, cousins of the bride; and Emily Sloop.

Feb. 23: Azlynn Tyson hosted a fiesta bridal shower at her home in Ayden.

March 25: The bride’s co-workers at PruittHealth Hospice gave a shower at the Greenville office.