Mary Norris Preyer Fountain and Matthew Ryan Tilmes were united in marriage on January 18, 2014, at four o’clock at Fairmont United Methodist Church in Raleigh. The Reverend Russ Andrews officiated. A reception hosted by the bride’s parents followed the ceremony at the Carolina Country Club. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at the Renaissance Hotel.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tillman Fountain, III, of Raleigh. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Tillman Fountain, Junior, of Rocky Mount and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lunsford Richardson Preyer of Greensboro.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas William Tilmes, Junior, of Milford, Ohio. He is the grandson of Mrs. Yvonne Darlene Alkire of Milford, Ohio, and the late Mr. Kenneth Alkire and the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas William Tilmes, Senior, of Cincinnati, Ohio.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. Janie Fountain of Raleigh, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Maggie Bridgforth of Denver, Colorado, Hollister Dibble of Durham, Carley Dixon of Raleigh, Sarah Dupre of Washington, D.C., Melissa Graunke of Atlanta, Georgia, Emily Hawkes of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Grace Mann of Raleigh, Emily Oglesby, cousin of the bride, of Providence, Rhode Island, Elizabeth Preyer, cousin of the bride, of Hillsborough, Rebecca Schultz of San Antonio, Texas, and Sally Turner of Flowery Branch, Georgia.
Timothy Brady of Washington, D.C. and Jonathan Grissom of Akron, Ohio served as best men. Groomsmen were Josh Bechtel of Winston-Salem, Peter Fountain, brother of the bride, of Raleigh, Preyer Fountain, brother of the bride, of Raleigh, Richard Fountain, IV, brother of the bride, of Raleigh, Joey Scavuzzo of Akron, Ohio, Danny Tilmes, brother of the groom, of Milford, Ohio, Tommy Tilmes, brother of the groom, of Milford, Ohio, and Sam Zang of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Caroline O’Hare of Memphis, Tennessee, served as Scripture reader. Serving as greeters were Laura Gernatt of Charlotte and Emily Grigg of Charlotte.
The bride is a graduate of Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh. She received a Bachelor of Arts in the School of Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a channel marketing manager for Piedmont Hardware Brands.
The groom is a graduate of Milford Senior High School in Milford, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. He is a product manager for My Classic Garage.
Following a honeymoon in Mexico, the couple will reside in Charlotte.