THE DALLES, Oregon - Merri Madalynne Lewis of Sumter and Patrick Lowell Long of Sweet Home, Oregon, were united in marriage at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum.

The bride is the daughter of Col. and Mrs. Thomas Edward Lewis Jr. of Sumter and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Allen Wise of Dawsonville, Georgia, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Edward Lewis Sr. of Bowling Green, Kentucky. She graduated from Leilehua High School in Wahiawa, Hawaii, in 2012 and Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, in 2016. She is a U.S. Army military police officer.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Roy Long of Sweet Home and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eugene Long of Sweet Home and the late Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Lee Swaney of Tucson, Arizona. He graduated from Sweet Home High School in 2011 and attended Oregon State University in Corvallis. He is a U.S. Marine Corps infantry machine gunner.

Matthew Munger officiated at the ceremony.

Music was provided by Only the Best Sound Wedding DJ.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore a Nurit Hen designer ball gown featuring a one-shoulder sheer pearl-beaded neckline and tulle-layered skirt with a detachable cathedral train embroidered with pearl beads at the waist belt. She also wore diamond earrings given to her by her Grandmother Wise and carried a bouquet of white and soft pink roses with dusty miller and wild green leaves.

Georgia Madison, the bride's cousin, served as maid of honor. Ashley Rowe served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Kaitlyn Hermann, sister of the bridegroom, Brandi Trotter, Abigail Zimmerman and Marie Hunt. Allison Munger and Sadie Brucker served as flower girls.

T.J. Hilton served as best man. Groomsmen were Jason Long and Matthew Long, brothers of the bridegroom; Thomas E. Lewis III, brother of the bride; Taylor Hermann, brother-in-law of the bridegroom; and Brandon Fiedor. Owen Munger served as ring bearer.

The bride's parents held the reception at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum.

The bridegroom's parents held the rehearsal party at Holiday Inn, The Dalles.

The couple resides on Oahu, Hawaii.