Kathryn Suzanne Gilden and Bradley Thomas Zais were married July 2, 2011, at Oakley Hall, home of the bride, in Chester. The 6 p.m. ceremony was performed by Col. Hubert Thomas Fincher Jr., grandfather of the groom. Music was provided by Mrs. Rosemary Young, flautist. A reception followed at the bride’s home.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Gilden Jr. of Chester. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Joseph Frederick Gawrych and the late Mrs. Gawrych of Mount Pleasant, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Rumph of Charleston and Mr. and Mrs. William Gilden of Mount Pleasant. Suzanne is a graduate of Newberry College with a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is currently teaching second grade at Springfield Elementary School in Charleston.
The bridegroom is the son of Brig. Gen. and Mrs. Mitchell McGeever Zais of Columbia. He is the grandson of Col. and Mrs. Hubert Thomas Fincher Jr. of Chapin and the late Gen. and Mrs. Melvin Zais of Beaufort. Bradley attended Newberry College where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Bradley served in Honor Guard Company of the Old Guard and as an infantry soldier in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. He is currently working for Allied Barton while attending Trident Technical College in Charleston.
Sarah Elizabeth Gilden of Charleston served as her sister’s maid of honor. Other attendants were Ashley Zais Harper, sister of the groom, of San Francisco, and Crisna Moira Matheson of Columbia. The bride’s cousin, Julia Mabry Gawrych of Mount Pleasant, served as flower girl.
Dustin Dean Koch of Fort Lewis, Wash., served as the groom’s best man. Groomsmen in the wedding party included the bride’s brother, William Joseph Gilden, serving aboard the USS John S. McCain based in Yokosuka, Japan, and Thomas Preston Pierce of Hedgesville, W. Va. Ushers were Michael Culhane Harper, groom’s brother-in-law, of San Francisco; Matthew Mann Zais of Alexandria, Va.; and Mark Mitchell Zais of Washington, DC, both cousins of the groom.
After their honeymoon, Mr. and Mrs. Zais will make their home in Charleston.