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ALCOLU – Manning’s Celia Burgess Wilson and Conway’s Hunter Tyson Chestnut united in marriage on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the New Harmony Presbyterian Church in Alcolu.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson Jr. and the granddaughter of Mrs. Edward Guy Gibbons and the late Mr. Edward Guy Gibbons and the late Mr. and Mrs. John Joe Wilson, all of Manning. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health and Columbia College with a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She will be employed by SLP Services in Whitesville, North Carolina.

The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tyson Chestnut Jr. of Conway and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Waylon Samuel Johnson of Aynor and the late Mr. and Mrs. Homer Tyson Chestnut of Conway. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He obtained a master’s degree in nursing from Francis Marion University. He is employed by Conway Medical Center Family Practice as a family nurse practitioner.

Reverend William Kenneth Herrington and Reverend Ronald Clark Hickson presided over the ceremony.

Music was provided by Ms. Kathy Owen Gatlin, pianist; Dr David Lee Preston, cellist; Mr. Herbert Len Brown, bells; and Ms. Shelia Tomlinson Lee, Ms. English Nagy Preston and Ms. Linda Mininger Sanders, singers.



The scripture reading was conducted by Reverend David Hart Sanders. The program participants were Miss Summer Scarlett Ann Hickson and Miss Ansley Grace Hill. Mrs. Margaret Bland Cooper was the director of the wedding.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore her mother’s white long-sleeved wedding dress with a lace bodice. The back of the dress fell in the shape of a lace handkerchief accented with a bow with pearls. This dress was completed with a chapel length train in dupioni silk. The lining of the dress was monogrammed in blue with the bride’s initials and wedding date as well as her mother’s initials and wedding date. She wore a formal cascading bouquet with a large concentration of white roses centered by a large white lily, accented with tendrils of foliage and wrapped in an heirloom handkerchief that was a gift to the bride when she was born. It was completed with a pearl pendant that had belonged to his grandmother.

Ms. Olivia Wilson Davis and Ms. Macey Wilson Stokes served as honorary matrons. The bridesmaids were Mrs. Perrin Jackson Anderson, Mrs. Kristan McElveen Coker, Mrs. Hanna Chestnut Hamill, Mrs. Shelia Tomlinson Lee and Mrs. Denise Turner McPherson. Miss Vivian Graham Preston served as junior bridesmaid and Miss Ann Garrick Gibbons and Miss Everly Sophia Hamill served as bridesmaids. The bridesmaids were Ms Maggie Brown Dittmar, Ms Kaylee Williams Goff, Ms Allison Page Hill, Ms Mary Ashleigh Bleasdale Mahoney, Ms Gena DuRant Reeder, Ms Kathryn Windham Warren and Ms Haley Graham White.

The groom’s father served as a witness. The groomsmen were Mr. Christopher Tanner Brunson, Mr. Lawrence Joseph Hamill IV, Mr. Daniel Glenn Rabon, Mr. Benjamin Stewart Teal, Mr. Thomas Shuler Ward and Mr. John Joe Wilson, lll. Mr. Westin Thomas Hamill served as junior groomsmen, and Master Nicholas Rance Stokes Jr. served as ring bearer. The bailiffs were Mr. Ashton Neil Cullick, Mr. Raymond Bradley Davis and Mr. Nicholas Rance Stokes.

The parents of the bride hosted the reception on the back lawn of the church.

The groom’s parents gave Bridlestone’s rehearsal dinner in Sumter.

After a honeymoon in the mountains of North Carolina, the couple will reside in Conway.


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