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MaryStuart Kathleen Avants and Christopher Michael Hulsey were united in marriage at 5:30 p.m. March 25, 2017, at The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee in Greensboro. The bride is the daughter of Sharon and Gary Avants of Watkinsville. The groom is the son of Vicky Howell of Gainesville and Mike Hulsey of Winder.

The minister Whit Smith performed the ceremony. Soloist Becky Kinder presented a program of wedding music.

The bride was presented in marriage by her father. The bride’s sister Melissa Crowe of Bishop was matron of honor. Bridesmaids were the groom’s sisters Kimberly Hulsey of Gainesville and Jenny Hulsey of Gainesville and the bride’s friends Darby Rogers of Watkinsville, Candace Conglose of Nashville, Tenn., Laura Patat of Athens, Nora McDuffie of Atlanta, Gabby Kroll of Atlanta and Kristina Turner of Lexington. The groom’s niece Charley Barnes of Gainesville and the bride’s niece Lily Crowe of Bishop were the flower girls.

The groom’s friend Will Maynard of Bogart was the best man. Groomsmen were the groom’s stepbrothers Jake Royal of Jefferson and Jody Royal of Tacoma, Wash., the bride’s brother Jordan Avants of Asheville, N.C. and the groom’s friends Matt Maynard of Jefferson, Kevin Boy of Bethlehem and Michael Roberds of Winder.

Tara Jordan  was the wedding coordinator.

The groom’s mother gave a rehearsal dinner at Washington Grass Inn in Greensboro on the eve of the wedding.

The bride’s parents gave a reception at the Ritz-Carlton at Lake Oconee in Greensboro following the ceremony.

Following a honeymoon to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, the couple reside in Bogart. 

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