DECATUR, Ga. -- Mary Suzanne Lock and Stephen Harris Ragains were united in marriage during a 6 p.m. candlelight ceremony May 6, 2006, at Decatur First United Methodist Church in Decatur. The Rev. Dr. David S. Naglee officiated.
Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Nelson Lock of Atlanta. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hays Pickens of Stone Mountain and the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Nelson Lock.
The bridegroom is the son of Mrs. William Melton Barksdale of Sylvania and the late Harold Harris Ragains. He is the grandson of Mrs. William Grant Simmons of Sylvania and the late Dr. William Grant Simmons and the late Mr. and Mrs. Harold Doris Ragains.
Given in marriage by her father, the bride chose her sister, Karen Elizabeth Lock of Atlanta, to serve as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kathryn Lee Bowling of Decatur, Megan Elizabeth Lawley of Decatur and Dr. Sara Shaw Nicholas of Charleston, S.C., friends of the bride; and Amanda Lane Pickens of Atlanta, cousin of the bride.
Flower girl was Olivia Hopson Ledbetter of Atlanta, cousin of the bridegroom.
James Albert Vaughan of Avondale Estates served his friend as best man. Groomsmen were Daniel Joseph Burdick-Shepherd of Nutley, N.J. and Danny Wayne Ledbetter of Atlanta, friends of the bridegroom, Danny Wayne Ledbetter of Atlanta; Walter Hays Pickens III of Atlanta, cousin of the bride; and David Alan Reed of Atlanta, cousin of the bridegroom.
Molly Mattingly of Nashville, Tenn., was the reader. The Rev. Laura Putman Rappold of Avondale Estates was the soloist. Greeters were Jennifer Lindsey Jones and Barabara Carol Overend.
A reception followed the ceremony at the Druid Hills Golf Club.
Mrs. Ragains is a 1998 graduate of Marist School in Atlanta and graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in French and Italian. She was president of Kappa Delta Sorority and member of the Dance Line. She is employed at Pickens Inc. Jewelers in Atlanta.
A 1988 graduate of Screven County High School in Sylvania, Ragains attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1993 with a major in economics. He received a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and accounting from Georgia Tech in 1995. He is a certified public accountant and is employed at Georgia-Pacific in Atlanta. Following a honeymoon in Italy, the new Mr. and Mrs. Ragains now reside in Decatur.