Kari Mae Wilson of Girdwood, Alaska, and Ernest Victor Collins V, also of Girdwood, were united in marriage at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Sundog’s Laughing Trout Camp’s Bear Lake Beach. Howard Hanger from Jubilee Community Church in Asheville performed the ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mary Wilson and John Newman of North Wilkesboro and the late Benjamin Wilson. She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Marianne Wilson of Asheville and the late Glen and Edna Morr.
The groom is son of Susan and Guy Karcher of Webster and Ernie and Sharon Collins of Newbury, Ohio. He is the grandson of Mary Kennedy of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the late Walter Hmielewski; and Joan Barrow of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and the late Ernest Victor Collins III.
The bride arrived in her grandfather’s Model A Ford and was given in marriage by her grandfather, Wayne Wilson.
The bride wore a strapless, satin princess-style full-length gown with a sweetheart neckline, chapel train and lace-up corset back. The fitted bodice was embellished with crystal and silver sequins reminiscent of snowflakes. She wore flowers in her hair and carried a hand-fashioned bouquet of white roses and baby’s breath with cascading satin ribbons and ivy.
Flower girls were Aubrie Gut of Hong Kong, Maddy Karcher of Black Mountain, and Elizabeth and Grace Karcher of Manassas, Va.
Ring bearer was Cohen Gut of Hong Kong.
A reception at Sundog’s Laughing Trout Camp Pavilion at Bear Lake in Tuckasegee was given by both the bride’s and groom’s parents, and Deb and Robert Williamson of Columbus.
The bride graduated from Smoky Mountain High School and attended Appalachian State University. Prior to moving to Alaska, she lived in Asheville where she worked as a server at the Grove Park Inn and as an instructor at Cataloochee Ski Area. Presently she is a head server at Seven Glaciers Restaurant at the top of Alyeska Resort in Girdwood.
The groom attended Smoky Mountain High School and Southwestern Community College and presently works as a chef at Jack Sprat restaurant in Girdwood.
After a wedding trip to Hong Kong, the couple will be at home in Girdwood.