Miss Hannah Alicia Devotie became the bride of Mr. Cole Schurlknight on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The ceremony took place at The Plantation Barn of 1810 in Morristown. The double ring ceremony was performed by the bride’s maternal grandmother, the Rev. Sarah Wells. During the ceremony the couple built a Unity Cross symbolizing their becoming one.
The bride is the daughter of Kristen Bowers and Duane Devotie. She is also the granddaughter of Vernon and Sarah Wells of Johnson City and Betty Devotie of Greeneville.
The groom is the son of Joanna Schurlknight and the grandson of Carol Schurlknight of Johnson City, Tennessee.
The couple's mothers and grandfather were escorted inside the venue to the song "Take My Hand" as the ceremony began at 5:30 p.m. The ceremony took place on the stage inside the barn where white curtains hung from the rafters to the floor. A hand-hewn cross held center stage and was accented with a sunflower garland. Centered above the stage was a four foot crystal chandelier and nine additional hanging candeliers that were accented with burlap and draping pearls. The aisle was outlined with baby’s breath. The stage was highlighted in the front by antique storage barrels overflowing with ferns. Decorated mason jars filled with sunflowers were arranged around the stage steps.
The wedding processional began to, “When I Say I Do,” as the groom and best man, his twin brother Carson Schurlknight, entered into the venue, followed by the balance of the wedding party. The bride entered to the song, "Walk With You” as she was escorted to the altar by her father and given in marriage by her family. The couple chose “Marry Me” by Train for the wedding recessional.
She wore a candlelight bridal gown of hand spun silk that featured a sweetheart neckline with a bodice fully encrusted with ornate sequins and seed pearls and a cummerbund pleated waistline. The dress silhouetted the bride which then fell into a trumpet skirt. The back of the gown featured a plunging V-back and covered bridal buttons that cascaded down the back of the gown and fell into a chapel length train. Her headpiece was a matching alencon lace and sequin trimmed veil. For something old, the bride wore a pearl ring that she received as an infant. Something new was the bride’s wedding dress. The bride wore a pair of satin heels decorated with pearls around the ankles as her something borrowed from her twin sister. The bride chose a pair of sapphire earrings from her grandmother as her something blue. The bridal bouquet was of sunflowers, white daisies, roses, baby's breath and asparagus fern which all were hand tied together and wrapped in ribbon.
The maid of honor was Jordan Rush. The bridesmaids were Caitlin Schurlknight, Megan Bright, Alyssa Devotie, and Alexis Maroukas. The groomsmen were Tyler Knowles and David Bright. They ladies wore navy floor length gowns with convertible-style bodices. They also carried bouquets similar to the bride's but tied with burlap and ribbon.
The flower girl was Malia Maroukas. She wore a candlelight ivory lace dress and carried a jumbo sunflower blossom. The ring bearer was Zachary Maroukas and he carried a burlap and lace ring bearer pillow.
The bride’s mother wore a knee length, sleeveless chiffon dress featuring an attached rhinestone collar. The groom’s mother was attired in navy capri trousers with a sleeveless navy and white stripe tunic.
The reception was held outside in the meadow under a tent with the barn as the backdrop where white curtains flowed from the ceiling beams and were tiedback with burlap bows accented with ivy. Alice Rogers directed the wedding. Sarah Mast and her father, Wayne Mast, were the photographers.
The couple will reside in Fort Bragg, North Carolina where the groom serves in the military.