Kelsey E. Schwantes and Bret McGraw were married on April 11, 2014 at Starlight Meadow in Burlington. The wedding ceremony was officiated by Mr. Pat Radack. Following the ceremony in a picturesque field in an open meadow, the reception was held at the Starlight Meadow barn, hosted by the bride's parents. The rehearsal dinner was held in Burlington, hosted by the groom's mother.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay P. Schwantes of Durham, NC. The groom is the son of Dennis McGraw from Winter Haven, Florida, and Barbara Kisiah of Matthews, NC.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her father and mother. She was attended by her sister, Canden M. Schwantes as the Maid of Honor, accompanied by her bridesmaids, Nikko Pendergrass, Brittany Wilson, Caroline Neyland, Sarah Rogers and Bahar Karkouki.
The groom’s brother, Erik Kisiah, served as Best Man, and accompanied by Groomsmen Mike Tustin, Garrison Branch, Chuck Mikitin, Jen Tustin and Stefon Dudley.
The bride is a graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, MO and Riverside H.S. in Durham. The groom graduated Pensacola Junior College in Florida.
The bride is employed by Bailey's Fine Jewelry in Raleigh, N.C. The groom is employed at Whole Foods in Durham as Head Chef. Following a honeymoon cruise in the Eastern Caribbean and Central America, they will reside in Durham, NC.