Miss Heather Vanover became the bride of Mr. Wesley Nance on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 6 in the evening at The Plantation Barn of 1810 in Morristown. The double ring ceremony was performed by the Reverend Terry Williams of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in Thorn Hill.
The parents of the couple were escorted in to the venue to the song, “Keeper of the Stars.” The bride is the daughter of Jamie Vanover of Tazewell. She is also the granddaughter of the late Oscar and Molly Vanover and the late Frank and Ethel Kinsler. The groom is the son of Charles and Micki Bailey of Harrogate. The groom-elect is the grandson of Ettalene Rhymer of Speedwell.
The ceremony took place on the stage inside the historic barn where white curtains hung from the rafters to the floor. The stage was bordered by antique barrels topped with Boston ferns. Decorated mason jars filled with candles decorated the side stage steps to accent the rustic feel of the barn. The couple spoke their vows and exchanged rings standing before a hand hewn cross draped with navy fabric. There were also Boston ferns flanked on each side of the cross. The couple also shared in the building of the Unity Cross during their ceremony that was held on an antique barrel covered in vintage lace. Centered above the stage was a glimmering crystal chandelier and nine additional hanging chandeliers that were accented with burlap and draping pearls. The aisle was outlined with galvanized buckets overflowing with baby’s breath.
As the song, “I Cross My Heart” began to play, the minister, groom and best man began their walk to the stage. The wedding procession followed to the song “1000 Years.” The maid of honor was Sarah Poore. The bridesmaids were Paige Austin, Casey I’dell, Ciara Curtis and Stephanie Bailey. The best man was Brandon Bailey. The groomsmen were Dylan Gambrel, Jake Elliott, Alex Vanover and Ilas Hurley.
The ladies wore navy lace tank dresses with a flutter ruffle hemline. They all wore cowgirl boots, pearl necklaces and carried bouquets of fresh pink roses, baby’s breath and asparagus fern. The flower girl was Addie Shackleford and Sophia Bailey. They wore ivory, knee-length, scoop neck dresses and scattered pink rose petals. The ring bearer was Dakota Vanover, adopted son of the bride.
The bride was escorted in by her father to the song “All of Me” and then given in marriage by her parents. The bride wore a candlelight bridal gown that featured spaghetti straps and a scalloped plunging neckline. The gown was heavily beaded in bugle beads, sequins and pearls on schiffli embroidery. The dress silhouetted the bride and then fell into a trumpet style skirt that featured insets of billowy chiffon. The back of the gown fell into a soft chapel length train. Her headpiece was a matching fingertip veil with matching schiffli embroidered motifs. Her something old was the penny sixpence in her boot that dated back to 1938. Something borrowed was the pearl earrings borrowed from her niece, Casey. Something new was the bride’s wedding dress, veil and cowgirl boots. The bride chose her garter as her something blue. The hand tied bridal bouquet was of white and pink roses, baby’s breath and asparagus fern.
The wedding recessional was the couple’s favorite song, “Rocky Top” and the guests were ecstatic.
The bride’s mother chose a navy street length dress with a pink and white floral pattern and a matching navy cardigan. The groom’s mother wore black slacks and a white lace blouse.
The reception was held outside in the meadow, under a tent, with the barn as the backdrop. White curtains flowed from the ceiling beams of the barn and were tied back with burlap bows accented with ivy, grapevine and curly willow. Sherry Collins and Jamie Curtis, sisters of the bride, were the bride’s attendants the day of the wedding. Alice Rogers directed the wedding. Brittany Martin was the photographer. Neyland Bolden was the wedding videographer. The wedding cake, cupcakes and groom’s cake were made by Karen Hopper. Guests were greeted by Abbi Givens and asked to sign the guest canvas.
The couple honeymooned in Pigeon Forge and will reside in Tazewell, or wherever the United States Air Force takes them.