Freeman–Shelton Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shelton

Miss Megan Freeman became the bride of Mr. Michael Shelton on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 6 o’clock in the evening.

The ceremony took place at The Plantation Barn of 1810 in Morristown. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Rev. Robert Williamson. The couple shared in the braiding of the “Cord of Three Strands” based on the Bible passage Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.

The bride is the daughter of Eric and Stacey Freeman of Newport and the late Melissa Freeman. She is also the granddaughter of Patsy Atkins of Newport.

The groom is the son of Todd and Mary Shelton, and the grandson of Larry and Teala Jenkins, all of Newport.

As you entered into the barn there was an array of vintage and shabby-chic decorations along with an antique buffet held the guest register, which was a personalized canvas for the guests to sign. There were also program fans that were given out by Tjara Reed as everyone arrived. The wedding ceremony took place inside the historic barn where white fabric draped from the ceiling to the floor. The stage wall featured fabric flowing down from the ceiling and was backlit by the sun beaming through to highlight the old rugged cross that held center stage and in front of which the couple spoke their vows. The rafters suspended a sparkling crystal chandelier as well as an additional twelve hanging candeliers scattered throughout venue that were embellished with burlap bows and draping pearls. The aisle way was outlined with galvanized buckets overflowing with mounds of baby's breath and coral flowers. The steps to the altar were flanked by antique storage barrels topped with massive Boston ferns. There were oak logs of varying heights nestled against the stage steps that held lanterns and decorated mason jars filled with candles and arrangements of coral and mint green florals. On each side of the hand hewn cross was a single hay bale that was enhanced with an Boston fern. The fabric covered center post of the barn featured a lace and pearl covered “S” monogram flanked by baby's breath and coral flowers.

Recorded music selections included “Mama’s Song” as the parents and the bride's grandmother were seated. The wedding processional began with “Marry Me” as the minister entered the barn followed by the groom and best man along with the balance of the groomsmen and bridesmaids. The aisle cloth was pulled by the bride's uncles, Doug Atkins and Scotty Atkins. The ring bearer, Konner Gregg, was pulled by Takaylan Hill in a decorated wagon. Kenleigh Large dropped coral and mint colored rose petals on the aisle cloth to mark the way for the bride. The bride entered the venue as the song, “1000 Years” played. The bride was escorted to the altar by her father and given in marriage by her family. The bride paused at the seat in which a memorial photo was placed in honor of her deceased mother, so that symbolically she could watch her daughter walk down the aisle. The bride turned the photo so that it could also be part of the ceremony. As the bride approached the altar to meet her groom, he and his groomsmen took off their cowboy hats and bowed to the bride. The wedding recessional was the couple's favorite song, “Faithfully.”

She wore a candlelight white, lace bridal gown designed by Zac Posen as part of his Truly Collection. The fit and flare gown featured a sweetheart neckline with bustier ruching covered in schiffili embroidered lace adorned with sequins and seed pearls. The bride's waistline was accented with a beaded rhinestone, crystal and pearl satin sash which then fell into a chiffon chapel length train. Her headpiece was a rhinestone and pearl headband that was intertwined into the bride's braided hair from which a sheer veil with pearl edging cascaded. For something old, the bride chose a pearl bracelet from her late grandmother, Mickey Freeman. Her borrowed piece was a pearl earrings from her grandmother, Patsy Atkins. Something new was the bride's wedding dress and veil. The bride wore cowgirl boots with her blue socks tucked away as her something blue. Her sixpence in her shoe was a coin dating back 100 years to 1917. The bridal bouquet was a silk arrangement featuring soft white, coral and mint green roses along with pearls, baby's breath and topped with an assortment of pearl and rhinestone brooches. The bride was surprised by her maid of honor with a vintage-style brooch, with a photo of her late mother, to adorn her bridal bouquet.

The maid of honor was Hailey Hill. She wore a coral knee length dress with a lace bodice and chiffon skirt. The bridesmaids were Dusty Vaughn and Katie Gregg. The ladies wore mint green lace knee length gowns. The maids carried hand tied bouquets matching the bride. The flower girls wore soft white lace gowns matching the bridesmaids.

Travis Vaughn served as best man. Groomsmen were Chase Gregg and Brandon Large.

The bride’s mother wore a coral lace, fitted, knee-length dress with a scoop neckline. The groom’s mother was attired in coral blouse and white skirt. Both mothers were pinned with hand tied corsages.

The reception was held outside under a white tent and guests entered through a set of rustic white french doors that was embellished with a coral and mint green garland on the frame and a coral flower arrangement on the doors.

Wedding director was Alice R. Rogers. Heather Holt baked the wedding cake and the groom's cake. Cinda Costner was the photographer. Wilma Bryant and Holly Tritt catered the reception. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the bride's parents on the eve of the wedding at the venue. As the couple exited the reception in a convertible mustang, the bride tossed her wedding veil into the air and waved good bye.

The new Mr. and Mrs. Freeman honeymooned in the Bahamas and Dominican Republic, and will reside in Newport.

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