Tabitha Lee Messick and Robert Williams Childs were united in marriage 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, at Lewisville Baptist Church in Lewisville.
The bride, escorted by her father, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Messick of Lewisville. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Langley of Darlington, S.C., and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Messick of Lewisville and the late Mrs. Jeanette Messick. She is the graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is in her second year of law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
The groom is the son of Mrs. Juli Hennings of Houston, Texas, and Mr. William Childs of Gainesville, Fla. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Black of Tubac, Ariz., and Mrs. William Childs and the late Mr. Williams Childs of Columbia, S.C. The groom is the graduate of Northern Arizona University and is presently a managing partner in an International Renewable Energy Company.
The bride wore a white “Victorian Exclusive” Allure designer gown with signature Aloncen lace with soft off the shoulder straps, a sweetheart neckline and key-hole back and a lace fingertip veil. The gown has a fitted bodice and cascading cathedral train. The bride carried an inverted bouquet of white hydrangea, roses and clusters of dendrobriums bursting from the center. Attached to the bridal bouquet was the handkerchief used by her mother in her wedding 30 years ago.
The maid of honor was Heather Fields, cousin of the bride, of Kernersville, and matron of honor was Brittany Suth, friend of the bride, of Clemmons.
Honorary Bridesmaids include Sarah Yancey, Holly Drawdy, Katie Royall, Andrea Luebchow, cousins of the bride; Hannah Norman, Amanda Lashmit, high school friends of the bride; and Ashley McDaniel, Lindsay Maidment, Molly Alderfer, college friends of the bride.
Serving as best men were Bryan Ericsson, brother of the groom, from Houston, Texas, and Matt Eller, college roommate and friend of the groom from Tucsan, Ariz. Ushers were Christian Messick, brother of the bride, Brad Luebchow, Andy Luebchow and Mark Luebchow, all cousins of the bride.
Registry attendants were Jordan Palmer, Jana Matthews and Bethany Bearden, all cousins of the bride.
Josh Hill performed the double ring ceremony. A program of wedding music was provided by Rev. Jeff and Carolyn Sifford of Darlington, S.C. Trumpeter Dough Woolard also performed. Harpist Julie Hammarback entertained at the reception.
The wedding was captured by photographer Dennis Kale and videographer Liz McLaughlin.
The couple left the church in a horse drawn carriage after the ceremony. A reception followed at the Shaffner House in Winston-Salem. The couple sailed away in a hot air balloon following the reception.
After a brief honeymoon to the Biltmore Estate, a more extended trip is planned to Beijing, China, where the couple first met. The couple will live in Durham.