The patio of the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Md., was the setting for the double ring ceremony uniting Rebecca Bess and Anthony Sutton in marriage Sept. 23.
The bride is the daughter of Greg and JaNoel Bess of Hardy. Mr. and Mrs. Willard Bess of Blytheville, Ark., and Mr. and Mrs. Solan Lott Sr. of Jonesboro are the bride's grandparents. Bess graduated with honors from American University in 2003 with a double major in economics and statistics. She is employed as an economist by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Larry and Kathy Sutton of Loretto, Pa., are the groom's parents. Peg Sutton of Chest Springs, Pa., Mr. and Mrs. Tom DePetris of Baltimore, Md., and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eller of New Freedom, Pa., are the groom's grandparents. Sutton holds a master's degree in international relations from American University. He is employed as a program analyst by the U.S.-China Economic 7 Security Review Commission.
The bride was given in marriage by her father. She wore a designer gown by Mon Cherie, fashioned with off-the-shoulder straps, an empire waistline and an A-line skirt with detachable sweep train. She carried a handtied bouquet of minicalla lilies in white and yellow. Aisles were marked by coordinating bouquets of hydrangea tied with turquoise ribbon.
Officiant A.C. Warden performed the double ring ceremony. Honor attendants were Leah Bess, sister of the bride, and Aaron Heresco. Marie Sutton, Brigette Sutton and Emily Sutton, sisters of the groom, served as bridesmaids. The bride's attendants wore turquoise tea-length dresses and carried bouquets of white calla lilies. Groomsmen were Scott Sutton, Bruno Marcos and Joseph Schaller. Nuptial music was presented by cellist Barbara Brown.
A reception hosted by the couple and their parents followed the ceremony in the ballroom of the mansion. Following a wedding trip to the big island of Hawaii, the couple will reside in Silver Spring, Md.