Rocky Mount Museum in Piney Flats was the setting for the outdoor country-western wedding of Brittany Marie Hartman and John Wesley Bates on Saturday, September 29, 2012, at 5 p.m.
The Rev. Dennis Wilson officiated the double-ring exchange of vows with the couple’s daughter, Ashton Danielle Bates, participating in a unity sand ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of the late Chrissy Hartman. She is the granddaughter of Melvin and Shirley Nave and Glenda Garland, all of Elizabethton, and the late Crawford Garland. She is the great-granddaughter of Ada Nave, Elizabethton.
The groom is the son of Johnny and Karen Bates and Ginny Bryan, all of Elizabethton. He is the grandson of Patricia Bryan, Elizabethton, and the late J.D. Bryan, Teddy and Evlyn Greer, Elizabethton, and the late James and Nettie Ruth “Bootsie” Bates. He is the great-grandson of Wanda Calloway, Elizabethton.
Music for the ceremony included the recordings of At Last, I Wanna Be Your Everything and My Kinda Woman.
Given in marriage by her grandparents, Melvin and Shirley Nave, and escorted by her grandfather, the bride wore a floor-length ivory organza designer gown, enhanced by a one-shoulder strap embellished with iridescent stones. The fitted bodice extended into a tiered front-split skirt, flowing into cascading ruffles and featuring a high-low hemline. The back’s lace-up corset was accented with camouflage ribbon.
For her headpiece, she wore a fingertip veil trimmed in camouflage lace adorned with seed pearls attached to a rhinestone tiara.
She carried a bouquet of yellow and orange daisies with a hint of mini brown daisies and green mini flowers wrapped in burlap.
Ashton Bates, serving as flower girl, wore a camo pillow case dress accented with orange ribbon. She carried a tin pail adorned with lace and orange flowers filled with ivory, orange and brown mini daisies.
Following the ceremony a reception was held at Rocky Mount Museum.
After a honeymoon in Pigeon Forge, the couple are residing in Elizabethton.