Each week, we feature a couple from our latest issue.
Stephanie and Austin Shockey know how to take things in stride. What might have been annoying or problematic to other couples—Austin messing up his vows during the ceremony—was a source of humor for the Shockeys and their guests.
“Everyone started laughing,” Stephanie recalls. “Austin then stated, ‘This is my first time,’ which made everyone laugh harder and calmed our nerves.”
The rest of the wedding was filled with personal touches from both sides of the family. Stephanie’s gown included a heart-shaped cutout from the wedding dress her grandmother had made for herself 60 years prior, while her bouquet was accompanied by the handheld family Bible—complete with seven previous generations of married couples’ signatures. Austin’s family baked hundreds of cookies to fill the cookie table at the reception, which doubled as guests’ favors at the end of the evening.
Wedding date: Aug. 12, 2017
Wedding colors: Blush and ivory
Attendants: Eight bridesmaids, eight groomsmen, a ring bearer and a flower girl
Bride wore: A Madeline Gardner gown and a veil from Wendy’s Bridal, shoes from DSW and accessories from Von Maur
Hair and makeup: Hair by Rachael Rodriguez at Salon Lofts and makeup by freelance artist Leanne Johnson
Groom wore: Suit purchased from Pursuit
Rings: Diamond Cellar
Rehearsal dinner: Cimi’s Bistro
Ceremony: Pinnacle Golf Club
Reception: Pinnacle Golf Club
Cake: Michele Ciminello
Florist: Michele Ciminello
Photographer: AddVision Studios
Photo booth: Master Mix DJ
Videographer: Broken Lightbulb Productions
Reception tunes: Master Mix DJ
First dance: “Yours” by Russell Dickerson
Guest favors: Boxes filled with cookies made by the groom's mother, grandmother and friends
Registries: Target and Bed Bath and Beyond
Honeymoon: St. John’s Bay in the Virgin Islands