Dr. Monica Lynn Shepherd and J. David Culler were married Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m., on the veranda of the couple’s home, 156 First Winston Road, North Wilkesboro. Members of BackPorch Bluegrass, including the groom, Tony Joines, Jim Matthews, Wes Tuttle and Jacob Joines, provided music.

The bride is the daughter of Brenda Shepherd  and the late Robert Shepherd. She is a graduate of Wilkes Central High School, Appalachian State University and Gardner-Webb University, earning a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, a master’s degree in school administration and a doctorate degree in educational leadership. The bride is employed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction as a regional education facilitator.

The groom is the son of Barbara Culler and the late Jay Culler. He is a veteran of both the United States Navy and the United States Army. He served in the U.S. Navy in Great Lakes, Ill. and Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Va. He was stationed at Fort Bragg in the U.S. Army and in King Khalid Military City, Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. The groom is a graduate of Elkin High School, Forsyth Tech and New York State University. He is a registered nurse, who works as a solution consultant manager at Athena Health in Watertown, Mass.

The couple’s son escorted his mother down the aisle. She wore a boutique A-line wrap dress in the wedding colors of purple and white.

 The bride wore her father’s watch and her father-in-law’s ring, and carried two white roses. She presented one rose to her mother and the other to the groom’s mother.

The groom’s ring was designed by the couple and was created using rings belonging to the groom’s father and grandfather.

The couple’s five children served as attendants in the wedding. The couple’s twin daughters were the flower girls.

Following the 11:11 a.m. wedding on Veteran’s Day, guests were served lunch at the couple’s home.

Neil and Leigh Shepherd, Liz Bowman, Hilda Holbrook, Brenda Shepherd, Robert and Kim Lockhart and Cindi Rigsbee assisted with the event.

The couple is planning a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland to see the Northern Lights. They are residing in North Wilkesboro.

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