Abigail Liane Phipps and Essex Javelin Taylor were united in marriage on Saturday July 23, 2016 at six o’clock in the evening at Marbles Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Reverend Rick Hall officiated the ceremony.Following the ceremony the bride’s mother hosted a celebration at Marbles Museum. A rehearsal dinner was held on the eve of the wedding at the Borden Building and was followed by a Welcome Party for out of town guests. A bridal party luncheon hosted by Amy Weaver, aunt of the bride, was held on Friday, July 22nd. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Julia Flack Phipps of Raleigh and Mr. and Mrs. Marshal Phipps of Salem, Virginia. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Talmage DeWitt Flack and the late Mr. Flack of Winston-Salem and Dr. and Mrs. Robert Phipps of Stedman, North Carolina.The groom is the son of Mrs. Angela Taylor of Greensboro and Mr. John Essex Taylor of Lexington, Kentucky. He is the grandson of the late O’Neal and Delores Searles of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the later Irving and Sarah Taylor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bride was attended by Mrs. Libby Phillips of Nashville, Tennessee as matron of honor. Ms. Anna Lane of Washington, District of Columbia served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ms. Bethany Surowka of Raleigh, North Carolina, Mrs. Cherie Hudson of Raleigh, North Carolina, Ms. Caroline Smith of Raleigh, North Carolina, Ms. Sara Jennings of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Ms. Shelby Fischer of Reston, Virginia.The groom’s best men were Trent Joseph of Browns Summit, North Carolina, Mr. Andrew Johnson of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Mr. Dan Wood of Raleigh, North Carolina. Groomsmen were Michael Killian of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Danny Unda of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mr. Phillip Little of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Mr. Tony Phipps of Nashville, Tennessee.Mrs. Taylor is a graduate of William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Furman University. In August she will receive her Master’s in Education from Meredith College. The bride taught third grade at Brooks Elementary and will teach at PAVE SE Raleigh Charter School beginning in August.The groom graduated from Northwest Guilford High School in Greensboro, North Carolina. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Furman University. He served in the Army, is a veteran of Iraq, and continues his service in the National Guard. Mr. Taylor is a network engineer with Sageworks, Inc.Following a wedding trip to Morocco the couple will reside in Raleigh.
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