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Published 11:01am Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Laura Catherine Modlin and John McNeill Holmes III were united in marriage at 5 o’clock in the afternoon on June 14, 2014 at First United Methodist Church in Washington.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Blount Modlin, junior of Washington.  She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Dora Harris Modlin, the late Mr. James Thomas Harris, and the late Mrs. Mary Woolard Modlin and Mr. Roland Blount Modlin, all of Washington.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John
McNeill Holmes, junior of Cary.  He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. John McNeill Holmes of Sanford and the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baynes Horner of Charlotte.

The double ring ceremony was officiated by Reverend Danny Allen.  Wedding music was provided by organist Mr. Doug Cutler.

Given in marriage by her parents and brother, the bride was escorted by her father, Roland Blount Modlin, junior.  She wore an ivory lace designer gown by Maggie Sottero.  She carried a hand tied elegant bouquet comprised of white hydrangeas and roses.

Miss Sara Olivia Woolard of Washington served as maid of honor and Mrs. Cristen Rencsok Switzer of Washington served as matron of honor.

Bridesmaids were Claire Eileen Finch of Austin, Texas, Dr. Lauren Holmes Griffin, sister of the groom, of Raleigh, Leslie Holmes Marshburn, sister of the groom, of Atlanta, GA, Ashley Drew Sprouse of Chapel Hill, Madison Jane Ward of Raleigh & Elizabeth Oden Woodard of Rocky Mount.  The bridesmaids carried a bouquet of hydrangeas and roses.

Mr. John McNeill Holmes, junior, father of the groom, served as Best Man.  Groomsmen were Randall David Avram, junior of Raleigh, Matthew David Hargrove of St. Michaels, MD, Mark Elliot Howard of Winston-Salem, Roland Blount Modlin III, brother of the bride, of Washington and
Neusom Holmes Parker of Lexington, NC.

Mrs. Georgia Anne Gardner Atkins and Mrs. Margaret Jones Mallard served as Mistresses of Ceremony.  Program and Register Attendants were Mary Josey Parker and Sydney Elizabeth Parker, both of Lexington and Meghan Elizabeth Horton of Washington.

A reception was held at the Washington Yacht and Country Club and was hosted by the parents of the bride.  The Embers featuring Craig Woolard of Raleigh provided music.  The three-tiered wedding cake was designed by Kaye Woolard of Washington.

An after rehearsal dinner and dance was held at Flowers Landing at Woodstock Pointe in Belhaven hosted by the grooms parents and family.  The Walrus provided music for the evening.

Pre-wedding parties included an engagement party in Raleigh hosted by the grooms family & friends.  A casual dinner party was held at The North Carolina Estuarium in Washington hosted by friends of the bride.  A cookout was held for the bride and groom’s families on the Pamlico River hosted by family and friends.  The Bridesmaids Luncheon was held at the riverfront home of Mrs. Beth Oden, hosted by Mrs. Beth Oden, Mrs. Elizabeth Woodard, and Mrs. Carolyn Wetmore.

The bride was presented by the Terpsichorean Club of Raleigh at the 2004 North Carolina Debutante Ball.  She earned her Bachelor Degree and Masters Degree from East Carolina University. She is currently employed at Easton Elementary School in Easton, Maryland.

The groom earned his Bachelor Degree at East Carolina University and is employed at Total Home Performance in Easton, Maryland.

The couple will reside in St. Michaels, Maryland.

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