The cold February weather broke into a warm, sunny Saturday for Mr. Grayson Gordon Kelley to wed Miss Mary Penny Thompson in historic Manteo. One of the couple’s good friends, John F. Wilson, IV, officiated the intimate family ceremony that commenced on February 22, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The bride wore her mother’s vintage floor-length gown made by Priscilla of Boston out of ivory peau de soie embellished with Alencon lace appliques and seed pearls. She carried a winter bouquet of locally grown white roses, tulips and grape hyacinths surrounded by silvery foliage of dusty miller. The bride entered on the arm of her father to the music of Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” and the ceremony concluded with the couple’s exit to Bruce Springsteen’s romantic song, “If I Should Fall Behind.” A private reception with tables aglow in candlelight followed at Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills hosted by the bride’s parents.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. David Allen Thompson and Phillis Myers Thompson of Wilmington. Prior to the wedding, the bride’s parents honored their daughter with a bridal shower and tea in their home on February 15, 2014.
The groom is the son of Rosa Stephenson Kelley of Raleigh, North Carolina and the late Gordon Bennett Kelley. The mother of the groom along with the groom’s sister, Sharon Kelley Stanley, honored the couple with a rehearsal party at Croatan Cottage in Manteo on the eve of the wedding.
The sister of the bride, Dr. Amy Thompson Moubry of Pinehurst, stood next to the bride as her matron of honor. The bride’s nephews, Lawson Jacob Moubry and Anson Davis Moubry of Pinehurst, served as ushers.
The groom’s son, Kevin Sullivan Kelley of Raeford, stood next to the groom as his best man. The groom’s grandson, Aiden Richard Hazel of Holly Springs, served as ring bearer.
The ceremony included wedding sentiments from the bride’s parents read by Dr. David A. Thompson; original poetry to the couple by Mrs. Sharon Kelley Stanley of Wendell; an excerpt from “Farewell to Arms” by Ernest Hemingway read by the bride’s brother, Dr. Benjamin Aaron Thompson of Raleigh; an excerpt from “First Letter to the Corinthians,” by the Apostle Paul read by the bride’s nephew, L. Jacob Moubry; and an excerpt from “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams read by the bride’s nephew, A. Davis Moubry. The bride’s sister-in-law, Dr. Susan Smith Thompson of Raleigh, coordinated the wedding ceremony. Other family members and friends attending the ceremony included the groom’s brother-in-law, Dave Stanley of Wendell; the groom’s daughter-in-law, Kristen Reibsamen Kelley of Raeford; the daughter of the groom, Jennifer Kelley Gritton, and her husband, Tyler Wayne Gritton, both of Holly Springs; the bride’s brother, John David Thompson, and his girlfriend, Rochelle Vicki Koren, both of Orlando, Florida; the bride’s brother-in-law, Lawrence Shannon Moubry of Pinehurst; the bride’s nephew, Benjamin Lane Thompson of Raleigh; and the couple’s friend, William Parker of Manteo.
The bride graduated from North Carolina State University and Tulane University School of Law, specializing in environmental law. She worked for eight years at the North Carolina Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General and another eight years at the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources serving in the executive positions of General Counsel and Chief Deputy Secretary. She recently founded her own law firm and is enjoying private practice.
The groom graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgetown University School of Law. His career has been dedicated to public service representing the state’s interests. He currently supervises the legal services in the North Carolina Department of Justice as its Chief Deputy Attorney General.
After a honeymoon trip to Italy, the couple will reside on a 16-acre farm in Spring Hope.