Wedding of the Century reenacted at Carter Home


Submitted photo The wedding of Mayetta N. Wilkinson and George L. Carter was held April 9, 1895 at the Presbyterian Church in Hillsville. The 120th wedding anniversary event of the couple was reenacted May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville by Vicky Town and her husband Steve Pottorff.

The guests were entertained with music performed by pianist Cynthia Flannagan and soloist Carolyn Honeycutt.

The wedding of Mayetta N. Wilkinson and George L. Carter was held April 9, 1895 at the Presbyterian Church in Hillsville. The 120th wedding anniversary event of the couple was reenacted May 30 at the Carter Home in Hillsville.

The Rev. Alfred Jones performed the ceremony. The bride was given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Wilkinson. The bride was dressed in a beautiful fitted long dress of white Venetian lace over French satin. The bodice and long fitted sleeves were embellished with seed pearls and iridescent sequins. The lower ruffle skirt extended into a chapel-length train decorated with floral motifs of seed pearls and sequins. Her fingertip veil was fashioned with a Juliet Capulet of lace and tulle decorated with seed pearls and sequins.

She carried a cascading Victorian-style bouquet of white roses, stephanotis and English ivy with pearls and ribbon streamer. The bouquet was fashioned by floral designer Lori Huff.

The church was decorated at the pulpit with arches decorated with lighted candles, lilies, ivy and evergreens. Many relatives, friends and business acquaintances were in attendance.

Following the ceremony, the Wilkinson family hosted the wedding reception dinner at the Wilkinson Home. The lovely three-tiered wedding cake was designed and decorated by Mrs. Tina Kemp with roses and English ivy.

The home was decorated with arrangements of white and pink roses, English ivy, and baskets of ferns. The guests were entertained with music performed by pianist Cynthia Flannagan and soloist Carolyn Honeycutt.

After the honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Carter will reside at the Maple Shade Inn at Pulaski, Va., where Mr. Carter works for the Pulaski Development Company.

Vicky Town, a professional storyteller, and her husband Steve Pottorff, the Carroll County Extension Agent, were the talented couple who portrayed Mayetta and George L. carter.

Mr. and Mrs. Jay Botschen portrayed Mr. and Mrs. James Wilkinson, the parents of Mayetta, while the Rev. Elmon and Janette Thompson portrayed Rev. Alfred and Mrs. Jones.

Many thanks to the volunteers of the Hale-Wilkinson-Carter Home for the good dinner, newspaper articles in The Carroll News by Allen Worrell and in the Gazette by Shaina Stockton in the Galax Gazette, Sandy Worrell at Delp’s Studio, Lora Terry at Country Formals, musicians Carolyn Honeycutt and Cynthia Flannagan, Adelaid Smith for news items, Nancy Morris at the Carroll County Historical Society, Omega Office Supply, and many thanks to the public in attendance.

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