The bride is the daughter of Bobby Charles Bishop and Judith Ann Bishop of Rome. She is the sister of Candy Brewer and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. James William Whitaker of Rome.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Shirk of Rockford, Ill. He is the brother of Jenna Shirk and Emily Shirk of Rockford. He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Higginson of Rockford.
The Rev. Dean H. Harvey performed the candlelight ceremony before an altar decorated with an arch, spiral and nine-branch tree brass candelabras accented with Boston ferns and peace lilies. The unity candle and brass profile prayer bench completed the setting. Family pews were marked with spring fern and satin bridal ribbon.
A program of wedding music was provided by Scott’s Productions and soloist Julie Elrod. Selections included “Greensleeves,” “The Flower of Scotland,” “Practical Magic,” “How Beautiful” by Paris, “A Page is Turned” by Norman and “A Beautiful Day” by U2.
A scripture reading included Ephesians 5:22, 23.
Melissa Graham attended the bridal registry.
Candy Brewer, sister of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Emily Manis, Katie Goetz, Meg MacDonald and Jenna and Emily Shirk, sisters of the groom.
Attendants chose two-piece gowns of periwinkle iridescent taffeta featuring corset bodices with spaghetti straps and scoop necklines. Full A-line skirts were accented on the left side with matching fabric flounces forming sweep trains. They carried clutch bouquets of lavender-blue hydrangea, blue agapanthus and ambergris tulips.
Maggie and Millie Brewer, nieces of the bride, were flower girls. They wore periwinkle organza overlay dresses. Their hair was adorned with rose petals and vine greenery intertwined. They carried white wicker baskets filled with rose petals.
The bride, escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents, chose an ivory matte satin gown with a satin organza overlay. The portrait bodice was encrusted with bugle beads, sequins and pearls throughout the intricate gold soutache. The full A-line skirt of matching fabric flowed into a cathedral-length train and repeated the same embellishment as the bodice. Her fingertip-length veil of English illusion with gold thread edging was held in place with a pearl and crystal headpiece. She carried a clutch bouquet of cream and lavender blue hydrangea.
Jon Coke served as best man. Groomsmen were Travis Free, Lee “Otis” Whisnant, Jimmy Mull, Jerry “Boogle” Whitman and Andrew Harris.
The mother of the bride chose a three-piece dress of ivory silk chiffon. The camisole top was embellished with a delicate, hand-beaded design of clear and pale pink rocals and crystals worn over a soft swing skirt that repeated the bead pattern of the top and was finished with scalloped beading on the hem. A matching beaded jacket completed the ensemble.
The mother of the groom wore a lavender two-piece dress embellished with lace and pearl beading. The slim georgette crepe skirt featured a slit in the back.
The mothers of the bridal couple carried tussie mussies of arias roses and lavender.
The grandmothers of the bride and groom wore corsages of ivory roses.
A reception was held in the garden area of the Rome-Floyd County Library. Servers were Lauren Parker, Haley Haggerty, Brandon Crook and Lydia Tankersley.
Refreshments included the bride’s four-tier carrot cake with cream cheese icing placed on a round mirror surrounded by a wreath of grapevines intertwined with miniature English ivy. The cake was decorated with grape hyacinth and miniature English ivy. The top held a miniature grape vine arch and a bride and groom figurine. The groom’s two-tier basketweave chocolate cake was decorated with strawberries and greenery. The bride also had the groom a heart-shaped cake of olives.
The evening before the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted a rehearsal dinner at Dr. and Mrs. Toby Morgan’s farm on Bells Ferry Road.
Other pre-nuptial parties included a luncheon held at Claremont House hosted by Dee Anna Rittenhouse, Nancy and Lora Lee Bell and Julie Elrod; a miscellaneous shower hosted by Calvary Baptist Church; a miscellaneous shower at the Newberry home hosted by Diana Newberry and Haley Haggerty; a miscellaneous shower hosted by the ladies of Chapel Wood Community Church in Rockford; and a reception held in Rockford at Chapel Wood Community Church.
Following a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple lives in Rockford