Rachel Jordan Eller and Lance Kent Byrd were united in marriage on Nov. 5, 2016, at Bethel Baptist Church. The Rev. Vernon Eller officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Wedding music was provided by Casey and Heather Johnson, pianists, and Elisabeth Blevins and Megan Brown, vocalists.

The bride is the daughter of Maurice and Sharon Eller of Purlear. She is the granddaughter of Vernon and Sharon Eller and Hattie Jordan. The bride is a 2013 graduate of West Wilkes High School and is a 2015 graduate of Wilkes Community College with an associate of science degree in early childhood education. She is employed by Wilkes Communications.

The groom is the son of Kent and Julia Byrd of Hays. He is the grandson of Ted and Doris Combs and Minor and Marie Byrd. He is a 2012 graduate of North Wilkes High School and is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and a minor in mathematics. The groom is employed by RK&K as an engineering consultant.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a designer fit ‘n’ flare gown featuring a sweeping train, adorned with lace, and a cathedral length veil.  

Sara Caudill was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Devin Royal, Hannah Cardwell, Courtney Huffman, Sara Mosteller and Rebekah Lakey.

Kent Byrd served as best man. Ushers were Keith Royal, Justin Blevins, Chad Blevins and Bradley Pruitt.

Groomsmen were Tyler Hall, Ryan Walsh, Blake Johnston, Logan Johnson, Andrew Ayers, Tyler Minton and Trent Miles.

Jaylee Caudill, Eden Blevins, Kali Blevins and Lilly Caudill were child attendants.

Tamara Lakey directed the wedding ceremony. Lane Holbrook attended the guest register.

A reception was held in the Vision Center of Bethel Baptist Church. The Brushy Mountain Smokehouse assisted with the food. The tiered wedding cake was created by Donna Harris.

The bridal couple was honored at a rehearsal dinner on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in the Vision Center of Bethel Baptist Church. The meal was provided by Zaxby’s.

Following a wedding trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., the couple is residing in Hays.

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