Bright, Lytle wed

Published 7:53 pm Saturday, February 4, 2012

Miss Jena Leann Lytle and Mr. Paul Thomas Bright were united in marriage on Sept. 10, 2010, at the groom’s great-grandmothers church, Parker’s United Methodist Church in Corapeake, N.C. The Rev. John Alan Bright, the groom’s father, presided.

Jena Leann Lytle and Paul Thomas Bright

Mrs. Bright was escorted by her stepfather and given in marriage by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack Anderson, of Bedford. The bride is also the maternal granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Curd, of Thaxton. She graduated from Liberty High School in 2007 and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta campus, in June 2011.

Mr. Bright is the son of the Rev. and Mrs. John Alan Bright, of Richmond. The groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Bradshaw and Mr. and Mrs. John Robert Bright, of Suffolk. He also is a 2007 graduate of Liberty High School in Bedford and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religion from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., in May 2011.


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Kate Bellingrath, friend of the bride, of Pine Bluff, Ark., was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Samantha Leigh Bright, sister of the groom, of Richmond; Stacie Anderson, sister of the bride, of Lynchburg; Kristin Reynolds, cousin of the bride, of Bedford; Stephanie Whalen and Amanda Mae Heffelfinger, of Bedford, and Heather Lacey McCall, of Big Island, all friends of the bride. The flower girl was Miss Taitum Barksdale, of Lynchburg.

Seth Christian Bride, brother of the groom, of Richmond, was the best man. Groomsmen, all friends of the groom, were Erik Robert Hove, of Gwinnett, Ga., Sris Moparthy, of Atlanta, Ga., Joshua Daniel de Gastyne, of Christiansburg, Adam Thornton Tomlinson, of Big Island, and David Harlow, of Bedford.

Mrs. Amy Coates, of Clayton, N.C., and Mrs. Becky Austin, of Natural Bridge, were mistresses of ceremonies.

Traditional wedding music was provided by Mrs. Mary Lee Taylor, of Corapeake, N.C.

Seth Bright read one of the groom’s favorite poems, “Splitting an Order,” by Ted Kooser.

On Friday evening, the rehearsal dinner was hosted by the groom’s parents at a private hunt club in Suffolk.

Following the wedding, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at the Caleb Savage Plantation Home, circa early 1800s, in Corapeake, a place the groom visited frequently as a young boy. It has been recently restored and now is the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Shultis.

After a honeymoon in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina, Mr. and Mrs. Bright are making their home in Richmond.