Kassandra Lee Bennett and Jacob Ray Riley were united in marriage on July 27 at Cornerstone Church in Grand Island, N.Y. The Rev. Joel Riley, father of the groom and pastor of Dennyville Baptist Church in Ronda, officiated at the 1 p.m. ceremony.  Wedding music was provided by guitarist and soloist, James Tucker, of Hamptonville.  The wedding couple completed the Unity Cross sculpture in recognition of their commitment to making Christ the center of their marriage.

The bride is the daughter of Scott and Dorothy Bennett of Grand Island, N.Y.  She is the granddaughter of Patricia Bennett and Sally Baker.  She is a graduate of Grand Island High School and North Greenville University, earning a bachelor’s degree in social studies education.  The bride is employed by the Wilkes County School System as a social studies/language arts teacher at East Wilkes Middle School.

The groom is the son of Joel and Patricia Riley of Hamptonville.  He is the grandson of Margaret Swaim of Hamptonville and the late Bill and Opaline Riley and Garlis Chambers.  He is a graduate of Starmount High School and Appalachian State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in social studies education.  The groom is employed by the Elkin City School System as a history teacher and coach at Elkin High School.  He is currently working on his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore a white designer gown and veil. She carried a silk bouquet of sunflowers, baby’s breath, muscari and greenery, designed and created by Janet Key of Elkin. The bride wore a pearl necklace belonging to her from her cousin, LeeAnn Wright, and earrings belonging to her grandmother.

Matron of honor was Katarina Asbach of Hobart, N.Y., long-time best friend of the bride.  Bridesmaids were Amy Foley of Pittsfield, Mass. and Keli Ortega of Colorado Springs, Col., sisters of the bride; Maria Dunets of Youngstown, N.Y.; LeeAnn Wright of Grand Island, N.Y., cousin of the bride; Logan Forster of Gastonia, and M’Lynn McNely of Greenville, S.C., college roommates of the bride; Morgan Bennett of Grand Island, N.Y., sister-in-law of the bride; and Rebecca Floyd of Tigerville, S.C, sister of the groom. Flower girls were Annabella, Adalynn and Arielle Bennett, nieces of the bride.

Best man was Luke Vanhoy of Hamptonville, childhood friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Eli and Cole Shore of Hamptonville, cousins of the groom; James Tucker of Hamptonville, childhood friend of the groom; Nick Tomlin of Elkin, and Kerry Norman of North Wilkesboro,  coaching friends of the groom; Korey Bennett of Grand Island, N.Y., brother of the bride; and Stuart Floyd of Tigerville, S.C., brother-in-law of the groom.

Courtney Mohr directed the wedding ceremony.

Following a wedding trip to Cancun, Mexico, the couple is residing in the former home of the groom’s grandparents in Hamptonville.

Rehearsal Dinner

The bridal couple and wedding party were honored at a rehearsal dinner on Friday evening at the Cornerstone Church Fellowship Hall. Hosts were the prospective groom’s parents. Guests were served buffalo wings, New York pizza, and hoagies with all the fixings, along with a “The Hunt is Over” groom’s cake.


Following the wedding ceremony, a reception honoring the bridal couple was given by the bride’s parents at the Bonds Lake Warming House in Ransomville, N.Y.   Guest tables were draped with white floor-length tablecloths, navy napkins and burlap table runners.  Centerpieces were white mason jars, sunflowers and wood blocks cut from the groom’s family farm.  Miniature white lights were draped from the ceiling.        

Guests were served a buffet dinner of rolled steak, carved ham, and various side dishes. The wedding cake was covered in white buttercream icing, adorned with fresh sunflowers, daisies and greenery, and the Willow Tree “Love ever endures” cake topper.  Cookies and cupcakes decorated with sunflowers were also served.

 Mr. And Mrs. Catering assisted with the meal and Sandra Wright, aunt of the bride, assisted during the reception.  Music for dancing was provided by Moving Music Event Entertainment.

During the evening, guests also participated in a photo booth which were used for creating a scrapbook for the bridal couple.  A custom-made North Carolina-New York corn hole game given to the bridal couple was set-up outside for the guests to use.

Earlier in the week, out-of-town guests from North Carolina, South Carolina and Alabama enjoyed sightseeing in nearby Niagara Falls and  Canada.

Courtesies Extended

A bridal shower for the prospective couple was held on March 31 at Say Cheese Pizza in Grand Island, N.Y.  Many of the prospective bride’s family and friends attended.

The bridal couple were also honored at a wedding shower on April 14 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Hamptonville given by family and friends.

On Friday, July 26, Maria Dunets was hostess at a bridal brunch for the female members of  the wedding party in Lewiston, N.Y. A sunflower motif was used. Guests were served a variety of quiche and other breakfast foods. 

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