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Jenny (Abbott) Kitchings
On Saturday, June 28, at 6 o'clock in the evening, Jenny Elizabeth Abbott and Joseph Craig Kitchings Jr. were united in marriage.
The wedding, which was accented with stargazer lilies and stephanotis flowers, was at the First Presbyterian Church of Sumter, S.C., and was officiated by Dr. Mark Edward Durett.
On the eve of the wedding, the groom's parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Swan Lake Visitor's Center, and today, the bride's parents were to host a reception at the Sunset Country Club.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. John Julian Abbott, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wardell Clark Jr. of Charleston, S.C., and of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Benjamin Abbott of Sumter.
The groom is the son of Joseph Craig Kitchings Sr. of Hinesville and of Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Peter Palanza of Greenville, S.C. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wade Hampton Padgett Jr. of Clemson, S.C., and of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kitchings of Hinesville.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a beautiful gown of candlelight silk with a bodice beaded with crystals and a chapel length train and veil.
The bride's sister-in-law, Megan Mincey Abbott, served as the matron of honor. The bridesmaids were Allison Marie Abbott, Susan Ellen Abbott, Carley Robben Abbott, Mary Elizabeth Staggs, Alice Elizabeth Williams, Emily Bray Staggs, and Koribrett Turner-Vaught.
The groom's father was the best man. The groomsmen were Alberto Peter Palanza, John Julian Abbott Jr., Vance Lamar Blackwell, David Aaron Bryant, Jimmy Dean King, Jason Shepherd, and Kevin John McDermott Jr.
The groom's neice, Logan McKenna Blackwell, served as the flower girl, and the groom's nephews, Caleb Quinn Bryant and Dylan MacArthur Bryant, served as the ring bearers. Also participating in the ceremony were Melissa Blackwell, Carrie Bryant, Billie Rae King, Cooper Marlowe, Amy McDermott, Abbott Staggs, and Charles Staggs.
The bride received her bachelor's of arts in modern languages from Converse College, her juris doctor from the USC School of Law, and her master's of business administration from the Moore School of Business. She works at Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes P.A. The groom received his bachelor's of arts from the Citadel, and works at New York Life Insurance.

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