Emily Mary Flora of Aiken, South Carolina and Captain Michael Pepper Riddick of Abilene, Texas were married December 21, 2013 at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church in Aiken, SC. The bride was given in marriage by her parents. Father Grant Wiseman officiated the ceremony.
The bride is a daughter of David and Mary Flora of Aiken, SC. She is a granddaughter of Mrs. Joan Lipscomb and the late Mr. Samuel Lipscomb and Mr. Salvatore Flora and the late Mrs. Mary Lou Flora.
The bridegroom is a son of Allen and Stacey Riddick of Aiken, SC. He is a grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Sherran Pepper and Mrs. Joyce Riddick and the late Mr. Walter Riddick.
Ms. Ellen Rachel Flora of Lexington, Kentucky, who is the sister of the bride, was the maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Ms. Leslie Townsend Barber of Greenville, SC, close friend of the bride; Mrs. Grace Lipscomb Vine of Greenville, SC, cousin of the bride; and Ms. Julia Anne Fishel of Aiken, SC, close friend and co-worker of the bride.
Mr. Ryan David Rutter of Wichita Falls, TX, who is a close friend of the groom, was the best man. Groomsmen were Mr. Taylor Christopher Roach of Del Rio, TX, close friend of the groom; Mr. Matthew Peter Tanis of Klamath Falls, OR, close friend of the groom; and Mr. Christopher Lange Kurtz of Jupiter, FL, close friend of the groom.
Following a reception at Newberry Hall, the couple left for a wedding trip to Asheville, North Carolina. They will reside in Rapid City, South Dakota in January. The bride is a 2005 graduate of Aiken High School. She is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering and is employed by URS Professional Solutions.
The bridegroom is a 2004 graduate of Aiken High School. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is employed as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.