Merrie Levi and Ben Stephenson were married Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at the Stockroom at 230, Raleigh. The Rev. Johnny Branch of Greenville officiated at the 5 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Dwight and Beth Levi of Wilkesboro. She is a 2009 graduate of Wilkes Central High School and is a 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science degree in food science. The bride is employed as a chemical analyst with Novozymes.

The groom is the son of Kent and Tammy Stephenson of Greenville. He is a 2009 graduate of J.H. Rose High School and is a 2014 graduate of North Carolina State University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. He was a charter member and president of NCSU’s chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon. The groom is employed as an electrical engineer at Duke University.

Given in marriage by her parents and escorted to the altar by her father, the bride wore an ivory, strapless, lace-covered gown, designed with a sweetheart neckline. The A-line silhouette was accented by satin buttons that continued through the length of the chapel length train. The gown was finished with a gray satin belt.

The bride carried a bouquet of white ranunculus, white lisianthus, white roses, coral “Movie Star” roses, green hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus and rhododendron leaves from the bride’s parents’ yard. The bouquet was designed by the bride’s aunt, Anna Wilkins of Fuquay-Varina.

Libby Levi, sister of the bride, of Raleigh, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Sara Hess of Raleigh, Kelly Young of Efland and Christina Pyle of Raleigh.

Kent Stephenson served as best man for his son. Ushers were Adam Stephenson of Raleigh, brother of the groom, Brooks Young of Efland and Travis Rackley of Charlotte.

Wedding greeters were David Britton, uncle of the bride, and Cindy Burke of Garner, and Ronnie and Roberta Padgett, aunt and uncle of the bride, of Raleigh.

Tammy Kelly of Louisburg directed the wedding ceremony. Allie Kittrell, Caroline Lewis and Mary Margaret Lewis, cousins of the bride, attended the guest register.

Following a wedding trip to Charleston, S.C., the couple is residing in Durham.


A cocktail hour was held following the ceremony at the Mahler Art Gallery, where Peter Max’s work was exhibited. Eric and Sandra Linney of Apex greeted the guests.

After the cocktail hour, the bridal couple was honored at a reception at Stockroom at 230. A buffet dinner was served, along with a three-tiered wedding cake, decorated with white buttercream icing, coral “Movie Star” roses and greenery. The cake was cut with the same knife used by the bride’s parents at their wedding.

Mike Steffan of High Impact Entertainment provided music for the wedding ceremony and reception. Donavan’s Dish Catering provided the meal.

Rehearsal dinner

A rehearsal dinner was held in honor of the bridal couple at Gravy Restaurant in Raleigh on Friday, Nov. 11. Hosts were the prospective groom’s parents, Kent and Tammy Stephenson.

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