Cora Cristina Amaya and James Anthony Ligori were married Saturday, July 21,
2007 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral.
Father Efstathios Varvarelis officiated the 5 p.m. ceremony.
Organist Irina Monzolevskaya provided the classical and Byzantine selections
and vocalists Anne Bowen Goss and Brian D. Burgess performed a duet.
The bride wore a strapless gown created in ivory silk satin. It featured a
slight sweetheart neckline. Graduated silk banding with a chevron pointed
finish continued down the modified A-line skirt and came to a finish down the
elegant chapel length train. She wore an heirloom Spanish lace mantilla
borrowed from her aunt, Mary Jane Amaya Gomez of Granada, Spain, which was
attached to an antique headdress made of pearls and wax orange blossoms. The
bride carried an ivory lace fan from Spain on to which was attached an ivory
cymbidium orchid with a pink center. Multiple ribbons trailed from the fan
onto which were tied variegated ivy.
The couple was united in the traditional Greek Orthodox marriage ceremony,
which has not changed since the ninth century. It consists of two parts — the
Service of Betrothal and the Service of the Crowning.
Cora is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dicky Amaya of Shelby. She is the
granddaughter of George H. Shull of Shelby and the late Winston S. Shull and
Jean K. Amaya of Shelby and the late Jaime Amaya. She is a 2001 graduate of
Shelby High School and was presented in the 2001 Shelby Junior Charity League
Debutante Ball. She is a 2005 graduate of the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dental Hygiene.
Prior to the wedding, she was employed by Dr. John Crosland.
Jim is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tony Ligori of Jackson Hole, Wyo. He is the
grandson of Kay Haldes of Chicago and the late James Haldes and the late
Dominic and Rose Ligori. He is a 1998 graduate of Jackson Hole High School and
a graduate of the University of Montana in Missoula where he received a degree
in Recreational Management and Nature Based Tourism. He is employed by Jackson
Hole/Teton County Parks and Recreations as a Youth Coordinator.
Maid of honor was the bride’s sister, Isabel Rose Amaya of Shelby. Bridesmaids
were the bridegroom’s sister, Crystal Ligori of Portland, Ore.; the bride’s
sister-in-law, Sharai Correll Amaya of Greenville, S.C.; Ashley Pitt of
Cornelius, Morgan Tubbs of Shelby and Anna Hawkins Surratt of Coronado, Calif.
The bridesmaids wore tea length, bright rose, silk faille halter dresses and
carried an assortment of pink roses.
The bridegroom’s god brother, James Touzios, served as the best man. Groomsmen
were the bride’s brother, Evan Amaya of Greenville, Tony Fritts of Jackson
Hole, Wyo., Darin Ramsay of Victoria, BC, Brook Saunders of Laramie, Wyo., and
Eric Renbarger of Phoenix, Ariz.
Meghan McInnis of Raleigh attended the register, and Emily Martin and Dianna
Calareso, both of Boston, distributed programs. Mary Frances Patterson of
Shelby was the wedding director.
The reception, hosted by the bride’s parents, was held at the historic
Banker’s House in Shelby. Catering was provided by Dressing on the Side.
Greenhouse Effect Jazz Ensemble provided the music, with Anne Goss adding the
vocals. Each of the guest tables was decorated with goblets of multi-colored
roses and votive candles. A dinner buffet was served in the garden. The
five-tier strawberry cake was decorated with fresh strawberries and pink
A bridesmaid’s luncheon was hosted at the home of Susan Bell with the
assistance of her daughter, Elizabeth Schweppe, and Frances Sizemore. The
rehearsal dinner, hosted by the bridegroom’s parents, was held at the home of
the bride’s parents. The guests enjoyed a Southern Barbecue dinner served in
the garden. Following dinner, the bride’s family hosted a Latin-themed dance
A wedding breakfast for the bridal party was hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Greg
Blalock, Dr. and Mrs. Sandy Brenneman, Dr. and Mrs. John Crosland, Mr. and
Mrs. Greg Gallagher and Mr. and Mrs. Graham Pitt at the Cleveland Country
The couple will honeymoon on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, and will make
their home in Jackson Hole, Wyo.