MR. AND MRS. BRADLEY RUSSELL ADAMS

Jennifer Leigh Williams and Bradley Russell Adams were married July 16, 2016 at the Farm at Brusharbor in Concord. The Rev. Darrell Poole officiated at the 6 p.m. ceremony. The groom was heralded to the altar with Scottish bagpipe music by neighbor and friend, Chad Graham. Wedding music was provided by Virtual Sounds.

The bride is the daughter of Sandra Williams of North Wilkesboro and Robert Williams of Mount Airy. She is a 2006 graduate of North Wilkes High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She is in her last year of graduate school to earn a master’s degree in English at UNC-C and she teaches English at Central Cabarrus High School.

The groom is the son of Mike Adams of Hays and Mr. and Mrs. Scottie Shore of Stuart, Va. He is a 2006 graduate of North Wilkes High School and earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is currently employed by Choice USA Beverage Inc.

The bride, escorted by her father, wore a vintage style ivory and light champagne gown of non-beaded lace and point d’ esprit tulle with an illusion neckline and a laced sheer back. Her gown had buttons and loops from the top of the neckline to the natural waist and the fit and flare skirt featured scalloped lace trim around the entire hemline. She wore a single-tiered, tulle veil with a lace border.

The bride carried a loosely bound bouquet of white hydrangeas, Juliet peach garden roses, white lisianthus, seeded eucalyptus, coral spray roses, coral hypericum berries, dusty miller, and a bundle of cotton, to match the groom’s cotton boutonniere.

Matron of honor was Traci Presley-Barker, of Charleston. S.C, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaids were Elizabeth Lilly of New York City, N.Y., Katie King of Pineville, Beth Graham of Midland and Angela Presley Wyatt of Huntersville and Stephanie Presley-Miller of North Wilkesboro, cousins of the bride.

Brandon Adams of Winston-Salem served as best man for his brother. Groomsmen were Jason Wolfe, of Fort Mill, S.C., William Billings of Traphill, Matt Rhoades, of North Wilkesboro, Corey Mull, of North Wilkesboro and Brad Simpson, of Newton.

Mackenzie Reavis, cousin of the bride, was the flower girl, escorted down the aisle in a wagon by her brothers, junior groomsmen Gage and Connor Reavis.

 Program attendant and guest greeter was John Palmer of North Wilkesboro. Ushers were Shawn Adams of Boone, brother of the groom, and Daniel Wade of Raleigh.

The wedding ceremony included a unity tree ceremony during which the couple planted a tree to symbolize their marriage. A lantern was lit in memory of deceased family members.

Following a wedding trip to the Mayan Rivera, the couple is currently residing in their new home in Midland.

Reception

Immediately following the wedding ceremony, guests moved down the path to a closed barn setting at the farm for a cocktail hour where guests were served fresh fruit kabobs, homemade barbecue potato chips and assorted beverages.

The bride’s portrait was displayed. The bride had prepared pictures of the couple with their families and their friends displayed on pallets for guests to view. Patio games such as Corn Hole and Giant Jenga were also available, as well as a photo booth.

Disc jockey Dustin Jones introduced the wedding party. Tables were covered with white tablecloths, burlap overlays, and white lace doilies under white china. Tree stumps decorated with fresh flower arrangements and floating candles in mint tinted mason jars belonging to the groom’s family served as centerpieces.

Cloth covered books decorated the tables, commemorating the bride’s love of reading and her profession as an English teacher. After the wedding party introduction, the couple had their first dance followed by the father/daughter and mother/son dance.

Guests were served a southern meal of sliced beef brisket, grilled chicken breast, homemade mac ‘n cheese, slow cooked green beans, mashed potatoes with brown gravy, creamy cole slaw and cheese biscuits.

The three tiered “naked” wedding cake, was decorated with fresh flowers. Lemon, strawberry, chocolate peanut butter cup, and banana pudding flavored cupcakes were displayed on wooden stands around the cake.

Elizabeth Lilly and John Palmer, childhood friends of the couple, offered a toast to the newlyweds.    

After the meal, the disc jockey invited all married couples to dance. The challenge was to have the couple married the longest to be the last one on the dance floor.  Buford and Mary Blackburn, relatives of the bride, of North Wilkesboro, married 65 years, won the challenge.

The couple left through a tunnel of sparklers. They exited in an old decorated Toyota pickup, previously owned by the bride’s deceased grandfather, Wayne Pardue, in his memory and honor.

 

Rehearsal dinner

Scottie and Tammy Shore were hosts at a rehearsal dinner in the open barn at the wedding venue, honoring the bridal couple and wedding party the night before the wedding.

Guests were served a meal of honey almond chicken and Caribbean pork tenderloin with loaded baked potatoes and a fresh farm salad. Dessert favorites of the prospective groom, banana pudding, and strawberry shortcake were served.

Navy and coral wine bottles of baby’s breath on gray tablecloths served as centerpieces and candles as well as a caricature of the couple and candles decorated the indoor-outdoor space.

The prospective groom presented his best man and his groomsmen with personalized engraved pocket knives.  

Bridesmaids’ brunch

On the morning of the wedding, the prospective bride and her mother, Sandra Williams, honored the bridesmaids with a brunch at CC & Company Salon and Spa, where they were pampered with manicures and other chosen beauty services.

The bridesmaids were given floral silk robes. The flower girl was given a personalized necklace adorned with her initial, a heart-shaped flower girl pendant, and a coral resin rose charm.

The brunch menu included brie, fruit kabobs, chicken ‘n waffles with orange glaze, and two types of quiche, one with spinach swiss, shallots, and bacon, and a vegetarian option with sundried tomatoes and cheddar. Beth Graham, Angela Wyatt and Cali Stott assisted with the event.

Courtesies extended

Prior to Christmas 2015, matron of honor, Traci Presley-Barker organized ornament gift-giving from the wedding party for the couple to decorate their first Christmas tree together.

Traci Presley-Barker and friends of the bride-to-be honored her by arranging to attend a Great Gatsby-themed dinner and dance at a vineyard in Surry County for which they dressed in 1920s flapper attire.

On April 23, 2016, a bridal shower was given by Amy Maneval, Lori Zeman and Traci Presley-Barker at the home of Lori and Matt Zeman in Charlotte.

Guests were served chicken salad croissants, spinach-artichoke dip and fresh fruits. A strawberry champagne cake was made by friend, Kristen Fye.

On May 28, 2016, a bachelorette celebration was held during which friends of the bride-elect honored her by spending the day, visiting local wine tastings, picnicking, and enjoying memories and time together.

On July 2, 2016, the prospective groom’s bachelor party was planned by his best man and brother, Brandon Adams. The men enjoyed a day of racing go-carts in Mooresville before going to the home of groomsman, Brad Simpson, for grilling out and playing pool.

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