Susan Kirby-Smith and Clay Davidson were married Sunday, May 25, 2008 at the Greensboro Arboretum in a ceremony officiated by Tommy Trull, a friend of the couple. The wedding ceremony texts were selected from Shakespeare's plays and a sonnet. The couple celebrated afterward with family and friends at a dinner given by the bride's parents at the O. Henry Hotel. The evening before the wedding the groom's parents honored the couple with a dinner at the Proximity Hotel.Susan is the daughter of Noel and Tom Kirby-Smith of Greensboro. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and is a graduate student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She works as an editorial assistant for The Southern Review, a literary quarterly.Clay is the son of Dale Walker of Greensboro and Gerard Davidson of Summerfield. He works as an investigator for Ward Black Law. He teaches martial arts with Mike Carr Karate and plays guitar in the band Hi-Rollers.The bride's attendants were Lucy Danford and Abigail Soles, maids of honor, and Christine Schadegg and Sharyn Chen, all of Greensboro.The groom's attendants were Erik Strom of Greensboro, best man, Walker Davidson of Charlotte, brother of the groom, Jeremy Fountain of Greensboro and Owen Dollar of Wilmington. Linda Danford directed the wedding rehearsal. Gaines and Cary Green, cousins of the groom, and John Soles ushered the guests to the wedding site.Rob Reich of San Francisco, a multi-instrumentalist who plays and records with several musical groups and a college classmate of Susan's, played the accordion for the wedding ceremony. Chris Danford played the trumpet for the rehearsal on Saturday. The Hot Club of North Carolina, a jazz band in the "Hot Club" style, played for listening and dancing during the wedding dinner.Alex Forsyth and Matilda Kirby-Smith, Janet Ward Black and Jim Gutsell photographed the wedding event.Susan and Clay met in the summer of 1996 at Ben & Jerry's on Tate Street, where Susan was working when Clay stopped in to visit his friend Tommy Trull, the shop's manager.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
i. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
admit impediments. Love is not love
which alters when it alteration finds,
or bends with the remover to remove:
Oh, no! It is an ever-fixed mark.
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
it is the star to every wandering bark,
whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
within his bending sickle's compass come;
love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
but bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.
ii. from Love’s Labor’s Lost
But love, first learned in a lady's eyes,
Lives not alone immured in the brain;
But, with the motion of all elements,
Courses as swift as thought in every power,
And gives to every power a double power,
iii. from Hamlet
Doubt thou the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
iv. Exchange of Rings from several plays and Sonnet 88
One half of me is yours, the other half yours
Mine own, I would say; but if mine, then yours,
And so all yours.
Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.
Keep thy friend
Under thy own life's key.
You may kiss the bride
Friday, May 9, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Here's a picture of Susan and Maid of Honor Lucy "Goose" Danford.
Here she is again with her parents, Steve and Linda, at Tivoli outside of Rome.
She is a great Maid of Honor and a wonderful friend. She's also an accountant-in-training, a freelance New Orleans tour guide, an art history scholar and an accomplished socialite.