Shannon Lea Waybright and David Paul Hartshorn, both of Parkersburg, were united in marriage Aug. 18 on Holden Beach in North Carolina. The Rev. Joe Steinbach officiated the double-ring ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Steven and Pamela Saunders of Vienna. She is the granddaughter of Naomi Jean Smith and the late Howard Glen Smith and Gretta and the late A. Paul Saunders of Vienna.
The groom is grandson of Sarah and the late Paul Hartshorn of Williamstown.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore an ivory chiffon gown with a plunging beaded v-neckline and short flowing train. She wore a rhinestone haircomb and fresh daisies in her hair. She carried a bouquet of orange and pink gerbera daisies with natural stems tied with orange satin ribbon. The trellis on the beach was covered with gerbera daisies and greenery.
The flower girl was Taylor Saunders of Marietta, Ga. She wore a simple pink cotton dress with flowers in her hair and scattered pink rose petals on the beach down the seashell lined aisle. The ringbearers were Chase Waybright, son of the bride, and Logan Hartshorn, son of the groom. They wore matching orange and blue Hawaiian shirts and khaki shorts. They carried satin-lined oyster shells containing the rings.
The ceremony also included a special "sand ceremony" in which the bride and groom and both of their sons each poured a separate vial of sand into a heart-shaped glass container to symbolize the blending of their lives.
A reception was held at a beach house by the bride's mother and sister-in-law, as well as several family members and family friends.
The cake was two tiers with ivory buttercream icing, decorated with white chocolate seashells and topped with two white Adirondack beach chairs and graham cracker crumbs to depict sand.
The bride is a 1998 graduate of Parkersburg High School and a 2000 graduate of Washington State Community College. She is employed at Camden Clark Medical Center as a registered respiratory therapist.
The groom is a 1998 graduate of Williamstown High School and a 2004 graduate of Washington State Community College. He is also employed at Camden Clark Medical Center as a registered respiratory therapist.
After a week-long honeymoon at Holden Beach, the couple reside in Parkersburg.