Friday, May 26, 2017

Social and Civic Whirl: Stephanie L. Sutton and Joseph R. Walters Join in Wedded Bliss

By Ola Goss

Stephanie L. Sutton, daughter of Dr. Alveta J. Green and Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Ronald Sutton and Joseph R. Walters, son of Mr. and Mrs. Delvin Walters of Prince George, Maryland wed in a beautiful setting in the Chrysler Museum of Art, located in downtown Norfolk, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Sweet Tea Restaurant, in downtown Norfolk, was the venue for the after rehearsal dinner for these Hampton University graduates.

Following the seating of the grandmothers of the bride, the grandparents of the groom, and the parents of the bride and groom, Mrs. Alveta V. Green, grandmother and the late Walter H. Green, Sr. (grandfather) of Norfolk, escorted by Walter H. Green, Jr./uncle of the bride and Mrs. Beulah Sutton, grandmother and the late William Sutton (grandfather) of Chesapeake, escorted by Rev. James E. Sutton/uncle of the bride; and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lucas grandparents of the groom from Queens, New York, and prior to the entrance of the wedding party a love story video, produced by the couples’ Redelynn Group started the ceremony. The wedding ceremony was officiated by, Rev. Joyce Rose Scott, the Senior Pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

The wedding party consisted of two Maids of Honor, Dr. Adrian Sutton, cousin of the bride and a friend of the bride Mrs. Candice Reid; Bride Maids included Ms. Ida Andarge and Dr. Courtney Hudson Hinton friends of the bride; and the bride’s cousins Mrs. Sheron Sutton Collins and Dr. Ashley Sutton Tilahun. Mr. Courtney Walters was his brother’s Best Man. Friends of Joseph served as his Groomsmen. They were Mr. Brandon Coney, Dr. David Green, Mr. Marvin Jones, Jr., Mr. Joseph McQueen and Mr. Darryl Scott, Jr. The Ushers were Mr. Matthew Dawley and Mr. Elijah Wilson; and the two Hostesses were Ms. Shene’ Owens and Ms. Tasha Turnbull. After the entrance of the Groom, the Bride was escorted down the aisle by her father. After the exchange of vows and rings and before the pronouncement of marriage and the presentation of the newly married couple – MR. and MRS. JOSEPH R. WALTERS – Holy Communion was served and the Lord’s Prayer prayed.

A cocktail hour began at 7 p.m. in the first floor galleries followed by a sit down dinner in the main lobby; cake cutting and toasts; party time with music by DJ Precise; and a farewell to the couple at 12:30 a.m.

The bride was given two bridal showers. A miscellaneous shower given by Benita Morris at Gilfield Baptist Church Hall in Petersburg; and a cocktail shower hosted by Judges Jerrauld and Lynn Simmons Jones.

Out of town guests were from Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Brooklyn and Queens, New York, New Jersey; Chester, Richmond, Petersburg and Northern Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Dover, Delaware; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D. C.

A big thank you to the wedding planner, Apryl Roberts of Memorable Events.

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