Hanna Adell Church and Nevin Shaughn Johnson were united in marriage Oct. 22, 2016, at Rendezvous Mountain State Park, Purlear. The Rev. Ronnie McMillan of First Baptist Church of Ronda officiated at the 2 p.m. ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Sonja Hinshaw Church and Stephen Ray Church of Ferguson. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. The bride is employed as an office assistant at Physical Therapy Associates of Wilkes.

The groom is the son of Steve and Junie Eller of North Wilkesboro. He is a graduate of Wilkes Community College with an associate in arts degree and will attend East Carolina University in the fall to obtain a bachelor’s degree in public health. The groom is employed by the North Wilkesboro Post Office.

Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a vintage, designer, A-line gown   of satin. The fitted bodice with a scoop neckline was adorned with heavily beaded embellishment and loop buttons down the back. She carried a fall bouquet of orange gerberas, bright red berries, autumn leaves and greenery.

Amber Church of Ferguson, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Kayla Parsons and Kendall Parsons of Purlear and Rebecca Willis of Millers Creek.

Steve Eller of North Wilkesboro, father of the groom, was best man. Groomsmen were Cory Colbert of North Wilkesboro, Dustin Gregory of Millers Creek, Joe Higgins of the Mulberry community and Stephen Bell of Wilkesboro.

Ushers were Araya Shumate, Heath Billings, Justin Walker and Jake Handy.

Jayden and Marleigh Cayton of Purlear, daughters of Kendall Parsons, were flower girls.

Ring bearers were Barett Oakley of Purlear, son of Kayla Parsons, and Braylen Bell, cousin of the groom.

The couple spent their honeymoon in New York City, N.Y., for New Year’s Eve and will be residing in Greenville, where the groom will attend school.


A reception was held in honor of the bridal couple at the picnic shelter at Rendezvous Mountain State Park. A barbecue meal was served, provided by Cindy Perry, a family friend.

Music was provided by Jake Handy, friend of the bridal couple.

A rustic, four-tiered cake stand made of log slabs was crafted by the groom and his close friends. The top tier was a specialty pumpkin pie flavor with cream cheese icing. Cupcakes in strawberry, red velvet, chocolate and pumpkin pie flavors were placed around and up and down the stand.

Assisting with the wedding and reception were Evelyn LeFever, wedding cake, Darlene Edwards, photography, Kelly Shumate, wedding gown, Lorien Roten and Brianna Johnson, hair and make-up and the staff of City Florist, bouquet.

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