RIDGELEY, W.Va. — On June 11, 2011, Natalie Marie Hodges and Matthew Stephen Wellons were married at an outdoor ceremony at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrel’s Inlet, S.C., surrounded by close friends and family. The Rev. Gary Lowe officiated the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. W. Royce and Mrs. Nancy Hodges, Ridgeley. She is the granddaughter of the late Phyllis (Perk) Smith and Neil Smith and Dr. W. Royce and Betty Hodges. The groom is the son of Dr. Stephen and Mrs. Susan Wellons of Charleston. He is the grandson of Mrs. Helen Howard of Gainesville, Fla., and the late Dr. William Howard and the late Lucy and LaVern Wellons.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride carried a bouquet of pink peonies, orange calla lilies, red tulips and raniculus, and pale green symbidium orchids and roses.
Serving as maid of honor was Ms. Mindy Smith of Nashville, Tenn. Her daughter, Miss Roxy Smith, served as flower girl. Karl Hodges, the bride’s brother, served as the bride’s best man. Jonathan Wellons of Nashville and Mark Wellons of Madison, Wis., served as the groom’s best men.
Music for the ceremony was provided by Mr. Glenn Taylor, acoustic guitarist and vocalist.
A cocktail hour followed the ceremony at the Holliday Cottage at Brookgreen Gardens. An oceanside reception was held at the Litchfield Beach and Golf clubhouse.
A bridal luncheon was hosted in April at the Cumberland Country Club by Mrs. Paula Mattingly.
Natalie is a 1998 graduate of Allegany High School, a 2002 graduate of the College of Wooster and received her master’s degree in school psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005. She is currently employed with the Aiken County School System.
Matt is a 1997 graduate of George Washington High School in Charleston, a 2002 graduate of the College of Wooster, and received his doctorate in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2008. He is currently employed as a research scientist at the Savannah River National Laboratory near Aiken, S.C.