Kristen Elizabeth Nygaard of Lugoff and Alexander "AJ" Jackson III of Sumter were united in marriage at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019, at San Souci Farm in Sumter.

The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Melissa Ray of Lugoff, the granddaughter of Rickey and Cathy Ray of Lugoff, William Ladmer and Helen Taylor-Ladmer of Columbia and the late Robert Taylor of Camden and the great-granddaughter of Edith Craft and the late James Craft of Lugoff. She graduated in 2016 from Lugoff-Elgin High School and in 2018 from Central Carolina Technical College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science of Engineering Graphics Technology. She is an engineering associate for the City of Sumter.

The bridegroom is the son of Alexander "Zan" Jackson Jr. and Susan Jackson of Sumter, the grandson of Bryan Smith and Judy Jackson-Smith of Bishopville, the late Alexander "Alex" Jackson Sr. of Bishopville, William and Myrtis Bright of Sumter, and the great-grandson of the late Harrison and Rosa Hopkins of Bishopville. He graduated in 2012 from Sumter High School and in 2015 from Central Carolina Technical College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science of General Technology with a Minor in Mechatronics. He is employed as a water treatment operator for the City of Sumter.

Minister Matt Sprinkle officiated at the ceremony.

Music was provided by Johnathan Sterling, keyboardist.

Escorted by her father, the bride wore an ivory V-neck, A-line gown adorned with beading and lace and featuring a sheer back and buttons leading to the natural court train. She carried a hand-made cascading bouquet of sunflowers, white hydrangeas, white roses, snowball leaves, babies' breath and mimosa wrapped in burlap and lace.

The bride's mother served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Tezla Mullins and Julee Saverance. The bridal couple's daughter, MaryAnn Nygaard, served as flower girl.

The bridegroom's father served as best man. Groomsmen were John Pritchard and Josh Izaguirre. Ushers were Robert Ray, Patterson Saverance, Samuel Ray and Matthew Saverance.

Also participating were Patrick Belken Sr. and Melanie Hatfield.

The reception was held at the San Souci Farm Pavilion.

The rehearsal party was held at the First Church of the Nazarene.

Following a wedding trip to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, the couple resides in Sumter.

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