During the program, McKoy was introduced to academy life through a regimen of academics, physical training, intramural sports, sailing and seamanship, as well as leadership training and social activities.
The summer program was designed by the U. S. Naval Academy's office of admissions to give students a taste of the challenges and benefits of a Naval Academy education.
McKoy is a student at East Bladen High School.
Escorted to the altar and given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a long gown of ivory and gold with pearl beaded overlay. It featured a halter neckline, fitted waist, and Cathedral length train. The entire gown was trimmed with pearl beading and was designed by Kim Watkins, sister of the bride. The veil of ivory tulle was trimmed with gold and was held with a gold tiara of rhinestones.
The bride carried a bouquet of purple and white roses with gold accents.
Matron of honor was Karin Watkins Smith of Lawrenceville, Georgia. She wore a long gown of lilac crepe, styled with a halter neckline, fitted waist, and shoulder-bearing sheer sleeves, also designed by the bride's sister. She wore gold accessories in her hair and carried a purple, white and gold bouquet.
Maid of honor was Courtney Suddreth of Greensboro. She wore a lilac crepe dress with capped sleeves and carried a bouquet identical to the matron on honor.
Bridesmaids were Marieka Harrison of Greenville; Cherie Kimbrough of Winston-Salem; Caprice Whitley of Winston-Salem; and Shana Wilson of Charlotte. They wore long gowns of wine-purple crepe, styled with a short jackets with short sleeves and carried pomander bouquets.
Best man was Kareem Bethea of Bladenboro. Groomsmen were Akeem Bethea of Bladenboro; Angus Bethea of Bladenboro; James Dunbar of Winston-Salem; and Tony Thompson of Winston-Salem. Ushers were Chris Farabee of Winston-Salem and Craig Saunders of Brooklyn, New York.
The groom wore a black tuxedo with ivory vest and white winged-collar shirt. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with lavender vests and black ties.
Flower girl was Abbey Harrison and ringbearer was Philip Watkins. Junior bride was Chandler Watkins and junior groom was Jason C. Hewitt.
Music for the ceremony included "Ave Maria," which the bride sang as she walked into the church, and another selection, which the bride composed and performed on the piano, titled, "You Are Everything," dedicated to the groom and sung by Danny Goldston. The ceremony ended with "The Lord's Prayer," sung by Kim Watkins. The organist was Chris Farabee.
The bride and groom are both employed by the Forsyth County School system
and they will reside in Kernersville.
The wedding reception was held following the ceremony at the church. Alderman Joycelyn Johnson of Winston-Salem was the hostess.
The rehearsal dinner was held on August 2 at the church. It was hosted by Priscilla Dixon.
A bridal shower was held on July 12 at the home of the bride's mother. Hostesses for the occasion were Karin Smith and Kim Watkins, sisters of the bride.