Real Wedding Wednesdays: Stephanie Mitchell and Austin Shockey

Georgia Drost

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.  

The Details

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

Caterer: In-house

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