BEAUFORT - Brooks Christine Burdette of Columbia and Candler Grady Mathews III of Columbia, formerly of Sumter, were united in marriage at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016, at The Beaufort Inn.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Allen Ray of Columbia, and the granddaughter of Mr. Nate Rhodes and the late Mrs. Winona Rhodes of Columbia, and Mr. and Mrs. Sam Ezell of Irmo. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of arts in public health. She is employed as an elementary school teacher with the S.C. Public Charter School District in Columbia.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Candler Grady Mathews Jr. of Columbia, formerly of Sumter, and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Raymond Avin of Sumter, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Candler Grady Mathews of Saluda. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of science in exercise science and is pursuing a doctor of medicine at USC School of Medicine.

The Rev. Josh Squires of The First Presbyterian Church in Columbia officiated at the ceremony.

Mrs. Amanda Tyner, cousin of the bridegroom, chimed the hour with hand bells and performed the opening solo of "Holy Spirit." Guitarist and brother of the bride, Mr. Grant Burdette, played "Can't Help Falling in Love" as the bride entered. Mrs. Carrie Herlong, cousin of the bridegroom, sang "Good Good Father" for the wedding prayer as the first act of the newly married couple.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a designer gown by Stella York featuring illusion lace detailing on the bodice, back and sleeves, with a skirt of fine French tulle over satin accentuated at the waist with a thin band and finished with pearl buttons. She carried a bouquet by Harvey Designs of Savannah of white Ohara garden roses, Sahara roses, Vendela roses and blush spray roses with eucalyptus and Italian ruscus.

Miss Hunter Burdette, sister of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Candace Mathews, Miss Clara Kinnison, Miss Mary Kate Korpita, Miss Shelby Tilley, Miss Shannon Wells, Miss Nicole Bulding, Miss Dana Hurtik and Miss Taylor Yellman. Miss Molly Anne Burdette and Miss Emma Katherine Tyner served as flower girls.

The bridegroom's father served as best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Spencer Brabham, Mr. Zachary Sherrill, Mr. Trent Pannell, Mr. Wesley Newsom, Mr. Grant Burdette, Mr. Chad Bowman, Mr. Tanner James and Mr. Matthew VanDyne. Mr. William Burdette and Mr. Jackson Connor served as ring bearers. The engagement ring is a family heirloom from the bridegroom's mother; the bridegroom's band is a family heirloom from his grandfather.

The cocktail social and wedding reception were given by the bride's parents at The Beaufort Inn.

The rehearsal party and oyster shucking were given by the bridegroom's parents at the Lucy Creek Dock House, Lady's Island, Beaufort.

Following a wedding trip to Turks and Caicos, the Caribbean, the couple resides in Columbia.