Hannah Elizabeth Smith and Brian Curtis Dabbs were united in marriage August 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM at Sundara in Boones Mill, Virginia. The Reverend Doctor Stephen Ray officiated the ceremony.
Hannah is the daughter of Dr. Mary Elizabeth Lyon-Smith and Mr. Thomas Franklin Smith of Sparta, North Carolina and the granddaughter of Louise Brooks Smith. She is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where she majored in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is currently employed in the United States Senate office of Christopher Coons of Delaware. Brian is the son of Mrs. Gail Adams Burke and Mr. Stewart Douglas Burke of Arnold, Maryland and Dr. William Alexander Dabbs and Sally Ann Trapp of Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated from Western State Colorado University and received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Georgetown University. He is currently employed at National Journal of the Atlantic Media Group.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a Calla Blanche gown, featuring an elegant V-neckline in the front and back, a natural waist and flowing gathered tulle skirt with a cathedral train.
Holly Souther Bazemore of Cary, North Carolina was Matron of Honor. The bridesmaids were Lauren Elizabeth Brown of Newnan, Georgia, Taylor Loftis Hollingsworth of Raleigh, North Carolina, Katherine Margaret King of Apex, North Carolina, Erin Lee Locker of Denver, Colorado, Shannon Rebecca Miller of Raleigh, North Carolina, Samantha Zwemer Sifrar of Apex, North Carolina, Jessie Simpson Smith of Sparta, North Carolina and Tshering Yanzom of Washington, District of Columbia. The bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo Annabelle tulle dresses in 3 different colors of mink gray, champagne and blush.
Michael Adams Dabbs of Washington, District of Columbia and William Corbett Dabbs of Ellicott City, Maryland, brothers of the groom, were the best men. Groomsmen were Stephen Kenneth Lee of Washington, District of Columbia, Dennis David Liburkin of Washington, District of Columbia, James Patrick Murphy of Washington, District of Columbia and Thomas Worth Smith, brother of the bride, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Sadie Kathleen Dabbs and Jackson Manning Dabbs, niece and nephew of the groom from Washington, District of Columbia served as flower girl and ring bearer. Sloan Markson Cimmet, cousin of the bride from Burlingame, California and Mackensie Rebecca Dabbs, niece of the groom, from Ellicot City, Maryland presided at the guest register. Alexandra Marianne Ruggiero of Corning, New York and Michael Adams Dabbs were readers at the ceremony.
Musicians for the ceremony, playing traditional Appalachian tunes, were Jack Cahn, fiddle and banjo, Harrol Blevins, guitar and Deborah Sherrill, guitar, banjo and soloist.
The reception immediately followed the ceremony at Sundara with dinner and dancing. After the honeymoon in Portugal, the couple will reside in Washington, District of Columbia.
The groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner at Billy’s Restaurant in Roanoke, Virginia on Friday, August 10.
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dabbs hosted an engagement party for the couple at their home in Washington, District of Columbia on Saturday, July 14, 2017. Mr. and Mrs. Mebane Turner, Jr, uncle and aunt of the bride and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin Smith, parents of the bride, hosted an engagement party at the Turner’s home in Sparta, North Carolina on October 14, 2017.
Mrs. Kim Brown, Mrs. Debbie Kovacich, Ms. Linnea Miller and Mrs. Rita Woodruff hosted a brunch at Olde Beau Golf and Country Club on Saturday, April 21. Mrs. Meghan Norris and Mrs. Yvonne Oliver hosted a shower at Becca’s Backwood Bean Coffee Shop on Sunday, June 24. Mrs. Ann Larsen of Durham, North Carolina, Mrs. Linda Turner, and Dr. Beth Lyon-Smith, mother of the bride, hosted a bridal luncheon on the Magnolia Terrace at Hotel Roanoke on Friday, August 10. The parents of the bride and groom hosted a farewell brunch at the Regency Dining Room at Hotel Roanoke on Sunday, August 12.
Photo by Stewart Royall/Studio Roxie