Monique Chivonta Byrd and Charles Brendan Shirer were united in marriage on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, at The Founders Inn and Spa located in Virginia Beach.The Rev. John Pretlow, the uncle of the bride, conducted the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Major and Janice Byrd.The groom is the son of Melvin and Sherry Shirer. Candace Hope, friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Meleia Shirer, sister of the groom, LaRita Fullwood, and Ebony Harris, friends of the bride. Best man was Jeffrey Shirer, brother of the groom. Groomsmen were Major Byrd, III, brother of the bride, Steve Johnson and Muyudeen Alharazim, friends of the groom. The ring bearer was Solomon King, cousin of the bride. Flower girls were Lyric Smith, niece of the groom, Mya Quinones, Spirit Wallace, and Kaitlyn Cole, cousins of the bride.The future bride was Lianna Matthews, friend of the bride. The ushers were Dwayne Pretlow,Wallace Pretlow, Jr., and Herbert Stringfield, Jr., cousins of the bride. The hostesses were Maya Matthews, friend of the bride, Kenda Claggion, Aletta Scales, Janica Cole, Denesha Wallace, and Monica Quinones, cousins of the bride. The wedding coordinator was Cassandra Currie,owner of Sandy's Bridal Creations located in Wilson, N.C. Following their honeymoon in Aruba, the happy couple will reside in Newport News. A special thanks to all of our guests and vendors who contributed to this special occasion.
Published in the Daily Press on March 10, 2013