Miss Twon Quinette Taylor and Mr. Derek Christopher Dukes exchanged vows during a formal ceremony at three o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, September seventeenth, at the Eastern Star Missionary Baptist Church, Tarboro, NC. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by father of the groom, Rev. Leroy Dukes of Wilmington, NC. The bride was accompanied by her mother, escorted by her father and given in marriage by both parents.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Turner H. Taylor III of Tarboro, NC. Her paternal grandparents were the late Mr. & Mrs. Turner H. Taylor, Jr. of Tarboro, NC. Her God parents are Rev. and Mrs. William McKinley Parker of Tarboro, NC. Her maternal grandfather was the late Mr. William J. Hopkins, Jr. and her maternal grandmother is Mrs. Mary Jo Nunn Hopkins Marshall of Tarboro, NC. The groom is the son of Rev. & Mrs. Leroy Dukes and Mr. & Mrs. James Swepson all of Wilmington, NC. His paternal grandmother is Mrs. Evelena Leslie of Wilmington, NC. His maternal grandfather was the late Leslie Streby McFayden and his maternal grandmother is Mrs. Rebecca McFayden of Wilmington, NC.
The double ring ceremony was directed by Mrs. Ernestine Smith of Tarboro, NC. Guests were formally greeted by Ms. Tanya Johnson of Tarboro, NC. The church was decorated with truffle calla lily floral arrangements by “Love & Lace”. The wedding and reception colors were truffle, taupe, and ivory. The vows were spoken before the altar with three tiered candelabras with burning ivory tapers, adorned with truffle calla lily floral arrangements. There was a truffle calla lily and ivory rose floral arrangement in each stained-glass window.
Mr. Johnny Gray, soloist and Mr. Tremayne Clark, musician, presented the nuptial music. The bride posed at the entrance of the sanctuary while “You are so Beautiful” was sung. “Here We Are” was sung as the bride approached the altar.
The bride wore a strapless ivory gown by Michael Angelo with beaded lace appliques adorned with sequins. The fitted tulle sheath gown featured a shirred bodice with lace appliques and a chapel train. Her double banded tiara accented with rhinestones and pearls accented the ivory piped bordered blusher veil. The bride’s pearl jewelry complimented both gown and tiara perfectly. She carried a bouquet of truffle calla lilies and ivory roses, which was the decorative floral choice used for the wedding and reception.
Mrs. Toria Moore of Tarboro, NC, friend of the bride, served as matron of honor. Maids of Honor were: Miss Nicarsia Reed of Phoenix, AZ, best friend of the bride; Miss Cami K. Parker of Tarboro, NC, God sister of the bride and Miss Damesha Vick of Raleigh, NC, friend of both the bride & groom. Bridesmaids were Miss Turneshia Taylor, sister of the bride and Miss Benita Bullock, friend of the bride, both of Raleigh, NC; Miss Tiffany Batts of Greensboro, NC, friend of the bride and Norisha Yeoman of Jamaica, NY, friend of both bride & groom. All dresses were truffle and varied in style and design according to each attendant’s preference. Each carried a bouquet of truffle calla lilies and ivory roses.
Little Miss Nysia Brown of Jamaica, NY, friend of the bride & groom was the flower girl and Little Miss Jeneise Harrell of Elizabeth City, NC, cousin of the bride, was the bell ringer. Both dressed in floor length truffle gowns complimenting the dresses of the attendants. Each scattered truffle and ivory rose petals from white/truffle baskets. Master KaQuan Staton of Tarboro, NC, cousin of the bride, was the bible bearer. Master Jaylen Taylor-Dukes of Raleigh, NC, son of the bride & groom, was the ring bearer.
Hostesses for the occasion were Miss Arriel Hopkins of Rocky Mount, NC, cousin of the bride; Mrs. Malikea Suggs of Tarboro, NC, cousin of the bride; Miss Courtney Hopkins of Greenville, NC, cousin of the bride and Miss Tejuana Murphy of Tarboro, NC, friend of the bride.
Mr. Marcus Bryant of Wilmington, NC, and Mr. Kevin Bryant of Durham, NC, both cousins of the groom, served as best men. Groomsmen were Mr. Darryl Brown of Jamaica, NY, friend of the bride and groom; Mr. Melvin Miller of Temple Hills, MD, friend of the groom; Mr. Julius Parker of Tarboro, NC, friend of the bride and groom; Mr. Mortisse Smith of Charlotte, NC, cousin of the bride, and Mr. Taj Wheeler of Winston-Salem, NC, friend of the bride and groom.
Ushers were Mr. Geraud Henderson and Mr. Robbie Scott both of Greensboro, NC, both friends of the bride and groom and Mr. Alaric Hopkins of Tarboro, NC, uncle of the bride.
Immediately following the ceremony, the parents of the bride entertained guests at a casual outdoor reception held at the residence of the bride’s parents. The front lawn of the residence was beautifully canopied with a lit white tent hovering truffle covered cocktail and round tables for 200 guests. Music was provided by Barry (DJ Blitz) Andrews of Staten Island, NY and the delicious dinner was courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Turner Taylor, III. Dinner attendants were Mrs. Margaret Staton, Miss Dedra Satterfield, Mrs. Phyllis Willoughby, Mrs. Mary Lloyd, Ms. Renee’ Howard and Mrs. Cathy Parker, all of Tarboro, NC. Guests will forever remember the joyous occasion by the photo fans, compact discs, calla lily candle holders & boxes of chocolate as each served as wedding favors.
The bride attended North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University & graduated from Edgecombe Community College in 2007 as a Registered Nurse. She is currently employed with University Health Systems at Heritage Hospital. The groom attended North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University & graduated from South Texas Vocational Technical Institute. He is the owner of JTD Perpetual Services, LLC. The couple and their son, Jaylen, reside in Raleigh, NC.
The following events led to the wedding of the couple: a bridal shower hosted by the God mother & God sister of the bride, Mrs. Cathy & Miss Cami Parker on July 16th ; a bridal shower hosted by the bride’s co-workers on September 2nd, a bachelorette party hosted by Miss Benita Bullock on September 15th, an after rehearsal seafood buffet dinner hosted by the bride and groom on September 16th and a breakfast at “Old Henry’s” Restaurant hosted by Ms. Faye Taylor Smith, Mrs. Winnie Harrell, Mrs. Ethel Taylor and Mrs. Kelly Taylor, aunts of the bride, on September 17th.
The couple honeymooned in Las Vegas, Nevada after the wedding.