A Nuptial Mass on August 4 set the scene for the marrige of Lisa Marie Samaha, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Joseph Samaha and Ms. Leyla Ann Sheahin, of the Washington area, to Robert Ray Hunter Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ray Hunter of Richmond, Va. The Rev. Jeffrey Francis Samaha, brother of the bride, performed the ceremony in St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Clinton, Md. The reception was held at the Holiday Inn in Old Town, Alexandria, where the room had arrangements of aqua, peach and white.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, chose a white gown of chiffonette and seed pearls embedded in venise lace, styled with cap sleeves, high neckline of point esprit and lace. Matching lace edged the fingertip illusion veil. Peach and white ribbons fell from the cascading bouquet of white bridal roses, baby white carnations, peach-colored baby's breath, and ivy.
Isabel Maria Pfeifer, as maid of honor, was in pastel peach qiana with a lace yoke and cap sleeves. The bridesmaids: Mrs. Jean Hunter, Barbara Kfoury, Mrs. Barbara Manny, Susan Penniston, and Ramona Samaha, had matching gowns in aqua.They carried bouquets of white daisies, baby's breath, and baby carnations with matching ribbons. Jennifer Lynn Hawkes, the flower girl and cousin of the bride, carried a basket of flowers and wore a petite white, aqua, and peach print gown.
Mr. Hunter was his son's best man. Christopher, Timothy and David Hunter, along with Richard Samaha and David Hendricks, ushered; Arthur Paul Herrmann III, cousin of the bride, was the ringbearer. The men were attired in grey tuxedos and white tucked wing-tip shirts. The groom wore a traditional striped ascot and the ushers had grey bow ties.
The bridal couple graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University; she is a student in the School of Dentistry of the Medical College of Virginia, and her husband is an archaeologist in the Richmond area. They honeymooned in Virginia Beach and reside in Richmond.