Wedding – Massey-VanderWeit

Published 2:28 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Molly Anne Massey and Phillip Henry VanderWeit were united in marriage on May 21, 2011, at The Boathouse in Beaufort, North Carolina. The double-ring ceremony was performed by Chaplain Dave Jeltema of San Clemente, California.

1st Lt. and Mrs. Phillip Henry VanderWeit

The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Donahue Massey of Anchorage, Alaska. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arwood Britt of Minter City, Mississippi and the late Mr. John Starnes Ray of Doddsville, Mississippi and Mrs. Anne Massey of Corinth, Mississippi and the late Mr. John Whittle Massey of Greenville, Mississippi.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jay VanderWeit of Belhaven, North Carolina. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Henry VanderWeit of Yeatesville, North Carolina and Mr. Jake DeJong of Terra Ceia, North Carolina and the late Mrs.  Annie DeJong.

The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a strapless A-line gown designed by Maggie Sottero. It featured a ruched, beaded bodice, corset closure, and cascading tiers that fell over the skirt flowing into the chapel-length train.

She wore a pearl tiara and embroidered veil, carrying a bouquet of orchids, hydrangeas and Hawaiian ti leaves designed by Mrs. Susan Bowen of Greenville, North Carolina.

Attending the bride as her Matron of Honor was her sister Mrs. Lisa Shaw of Alexandria, Virginia, and Maid of Honor, Miss Nora Cori Ritter of Williamston, North Carolina. Miss Kelsey Gelderman of Terra Ceia, North Carolina, Miss Jessica VanderWeit and Miss Rachel VanderWeit, both sisters of the groom from Belhaven, North Carolina were her bridesmaids.

The father of the groom served as Best Man. Groomsmen were Mr. Jacob VanderWeit, brother of the groom of Belhaven, North Carolina, Mr. Devon Rhodes, cousin of the groom of Plymouth, North Carolina and Mr. Patrick Massey, brother of the bride of Anchorage, Alaska.

On Friday evening, a rehearsal dinner was held at Tar Landing and hosted by the parents of the groom.

The bride was honored on Friday with a bridesmaid luncheon hosted by close friends Mrs. Ann Ritter and Miss Nora Cori Ritter of Williamston at the home of Mrs. Diane Gainey of Morehead City, North Carolina.

Following the ceremony on the banks of Taylor Creek, the reception was held at The Boathouse at Front Street Village where many longtime family and friends reunited from Mississippi, Virginia and Eastern North Carolina. The wedding was directed by Mrs. Ruth Jones of Morehead City, North Carolina. The wedding planner and liaison for the bride’s mother was Mrs. Ann Ritter of Williamston, North Carolina. The wedding cake featuring layers of sweet potato, chocolate and strawberry was created by Mrs. Douglas Swanson of Morehead City, North Carolina.

A bridal shower was hosted by close friend of the bride and groom, Mrs. William Taylor of Washington, North Carolina on Thursday, March 17, 2011. A Pampered Chef shower was hosted by Mrs. Irene VanderWeit and Miss Jessica VanderWeit on Monday, March 7, 2011, at her home in Belhaven.

The Terra Ceia Christian Reformed Church hosted a bridal shower on Monday, March 21, 2011, at the church.

The bride and groom are both high school graduates of Terra Ceia Christian School in Pantego, North Carolina.

The bride is a graduate of Portland State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and is attending graduate school at the University of Southern California for her Master’s in Social Work degree.

The groom is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He is proudly serving our country in the United States Marine Corps as a First Lieutenant at Camp Pendleton, California. There, he is a Platoon Commander with the First Combat Engineer Battalion.

Following an island honeymoon in Maui and Oahu, Hawaii, the couple has made their home in San Clemente, California.