Alanna Brooke Harrison and Thomas Lee O’Connor were united in marriage on June 19, 2009. The evening ceremony was officiated by Pastor Todd C. Shell, uncle of the bride, and followed by a dinner and dancing at the Vinton War Memorial in Vinton.
The bride is the daughter of Rick and Lorrie Harrison of Christiansburg and the granddaughter of Don and Maria Roman of Vinton and the late Yvonne Harrison Lescue and Joe Lescue of Roanoke County. She is also the great-granddaughter of Earl and Reba Powell and Doris J. Murray, all of Roanoke.
The groom is the son of James and Sandra O’Connor of Spring, Texas, and the grandson of Charlotte Moore of Humbolt, Ariz.
The bride was escorted by her father and given away with blessings in marriage by her mother and father.
Marissa Katherine Harrison of Fredericksburg, sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Derrie O’Connor, sister-in-law of the groom, of San Diego, Calif; Grace Conner, friend of the bride, of Norfolk; Haleigh Grace Shell, cousin of the bride, of Vinton; and Haley O’Connor, niece of the groom, of San Diego, Calif.
Andy Rineheimer of Spring, Texas, friend of the groom, was his best man. Other groomsmen were Sam Rineheimer, friend of the groom, of Surfside, Texas; Jason O’ Connor, brother of the groom, of San Diego, Calif; Chase Harrison, brother of the bride, from Christiansburg, and C.J. O’ Connor, nephew of the groom, of San Diego, Calif.
Lucas Harrison of Adamstown, Pa., cousin of the ride, was ring bearer.
Austin Shell of Vinton, cousin of the bride, read the scripture, 1 John 4: 7-16.
The bride’s veil was made by her late grandmother, Yvonne Harrison Lescue, and worn with loving remembrance. It was fashioned with pearls from her late great-grandmother. Her grandmother also hosted a bridal shower at her home in January and coordinated the wedding.
The rehearsal dinner was held the previous night at Fiji Island, hosted by the groom’s parents.
Alanna is a financial reporting accountant for HCC Insurance Holdings in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate of Christiansburg High School and Christopher Newport University in Hampton, with a B.S. in accounting and a graduate of San Houston State University in Houston, with a master’s in business administration with specialization in finance.
He is currently pursuing his studies and graduated from Tomball University with a degree in science. He will attend the police academy in Houston, Texas, in the fall.
After a brief stay at Hotel Roanoke, the couple honeymooned in Jamaica. As their first anniversary approaches, they are grateful to everyone who shared their joyful day.
They now make their home in Spring, Texas.