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Heather Porter and Ben Vines Wed
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 • Posted July 27, 2011

Heather Porter and Ben Vines, both of Lubbock, were united in marriage May 21, 2011. The ceremony took place at four o’clock in the afternoon at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. The Reverend Walt Marcum officiated.The bride is the daughter of Brian and Darlene Porter of Richardson. Heather is the granddaughter of Robert and Dorothy Porter of Dallas and the late William S. and Edna Jewel Nelson of Spring, Texas. The groom is the son of Van Vines of Fort Worth and Carol Townsend of Richardson. Ben is the grandson of Jim McNally and the late Patsy McNally of Lubbock and Darrell and Mary Vines of Lubbock and Mason.The bride wore a full tulle ball gown by Madeline Gardner that featured a drop waist, ruched sweetheart strapless bodice, and a jeweled sash at waist. Her dress had a dramatic lace up back, with overlaying layers of tulle and train. For something new, Heather wore a gold, ruby, and diamond pendant that was recreated jewelry which had belonged to her Grandmother Nelson. For her something old, she wore a double stranded string of pearls, also from Mrs. Nelson’s collection, on which she placed the pendant. For something borrowed, she wore the tiara of the groom’s mother, Carol Townsend’s. Something blue was represented by both the peacock feathers at the base of her bridal bouquet and a Tiffany blue ribbon tied to her garter. Great uncle of the groom, Mike Marcom, provided a sixpence for Heather’s shoe.The bridesmaids wore floor length horizon-blue one-shoulder dresses with cascading backs. They carried bouquets of blue iris, green cymbidium orchids, lily grass, hydrangeas, white roses, blue delphinium and peacock feathers. The bride carried a bouquet of eighteen white roses. The flower girls wore garlands of white roses and green hypercium berries. The groomsmen wore green cymbidium orchid boutonnieres. The mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom wore green cymbidium orchid corsages. The groom wore a white rose boutonniere. The maids of honor were Kate Onley and Staci Perrin, both childhood friends of the bride from Richardson. Bridesmaids were Barbra Vines of Richardson, sister of groom; Sunny Nelson of San Marcos, cousin of the bride; Lacey Jay Wilson of Belton, college friend of bride; and Jenna Burgin of Clovis, New Mexico, college friend of bride.The best man was Chris Sanders of Lubbock, long time friend since childhood of the groom. Groomsmen were Chris Felan of Lubbock, childhood friend of the groom; Hunter Porter of Richardson, twin brother of the bride; Jeff Jococy of Richardson, long time friend of the groom; Cory Thornton of Richardson, longtime friend of the groom, and John Bailey, friend of the groom.The reception was held at North Texas Automotive Museum in Richardson. The venue featured a large array of classic and specialty cars. The ballroom was decorated with candle lights, roses, and blue LED lights. The mother of the bride Crystal vases and bowls belonging to the mother of the bride were placed on each of the tables, creating an elegant ambience. Heather and Ben danced their first dance to “From This Moment” by Shania Twain, which was sung by talented friend of the bride, Leanne Moffett. The groom and his mother danced to “A Song for Mama” by Boyz 2 Men. The bride and her father danced to “Butterfly Kisses” but surprised the guests with an unexpected switch up. Halfway through the song, the music changed to “Superman” by Soulja Boy, (a hip hop song) to which they did a choreographed dance. Chuey’s Mexican restaurant catered the reception meal of fajitas, the bride and groom’s favorite meal. The bride’s cake was a four-layer ‘’tres leches” cake with butter cream icing. It was adorned with green cymbidium orchids. The grooms three layer chocolate cake was adorned with red DoubleT’s, for Texas Tech University, and strawberries decorated like tuxedos. The couple honeymooned at the Royal Resort in Cancun. Ben and Heather are both graduates of Berkner High School in Richardson, and both are scheduled to graduate May 16, 2012 from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock. Heather will receive a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, and Ben will receive a Bachelors Degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. They plan to make their home in Dallas after graduation.

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