First Posted: 8/1/2009
Jessica Rae King and James Eric Goodman were united in marriage on Aug. 1 in a ceremony performed at Friendly Tabernacle, Mount Airy. The Rev. Dud Spencer officiated. The special day was also the 28th wedding anniversary of the brides parents.
The bride is the daughter of Mark and Janice Pell King of Mount Airy. Her grandparents are Bobby and Alene Pell and Clayton and Ossie King of Mount Airy. She is the goddaughter of Carl and Sandra Whitaker of Dobson. She is a 2002 graduate of North Surry High School and a 2006 graduate of Surry Community College with an associates degree in nursing. She is pursuing a bachelors degree in nursing at Western Carolina University and is employed as a registered nurse in the ICU at Northern Hospital of Surry County.
The bridegroom is the son of Alma Bacon Goodman Strickland of Cana, Va., and the late Mark Steven Goodman. He is the stepson of Johnny Strickland. His grandparents are Judy Easter Bacon of Mount Airy and the late William Bill Bacon and the late Marvin and Gracie New Goodman. He is the godson of Carlton and Darlene Goins of Mount Airy. He is a 2002 graduate of North Surry High School and a 2006 graduate of Surry Community College with associates degrees in business administration and accounting. He is employed as a dispatcher at Cooke Trucking.
A beautiful floral arrangement adorned a table at the entrance to the sanctuary which held memorial candles and portraits honoring the late Brittany Jade King, sister of the bride, as the honorary maid of honor, and the late Mark Steven Goodman, father of the bridegroom, as the honorary best man.
As the wedding guests were being seated, they were treated with a slideshow tribute of the couple from birth to present time. The ceremony began with a slideshow tribute in memory of the family members who could only be with them in spirit and were watching over them on this special day.
The processional featured Pachelbels Canon in D and the bride entered to the traditional Wedding March, both played by Kevin Williams, pianist. The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a white satin A-line gown with twisted straps, ruched waist with a large bow and a chapel train by designer Oleg Cassini. The brides elegant look was completed with a jeweled headpiece and a two-tier fingertip-length veil with white satin trim. She carried a bouquet of white miniature calla lilies. The brides hairstylist was her cousin, Shawna Jackson Francis.
Carla Goins Dean of Mount Airy was the brides matron of honor. Bridemaids were Jennifer Talarico and Autumn Cheek of Mount Airy and Amanda Wall of Cana. They wore pool blue sleeveless long jersey dresses with charmeuse straps and waist and carried bouquets of white miniature calla lilies.
Addison Southern, cousin of the bridegroom, of Mount Airy, was the flower girl. Luke Francis, cousin of the bride, was the ring bearer.
Josh Wills of Mount Airy served the bridegroom as best man. The groomsmen were Jake Hill, Justin Dean and Chris Sparks, all of Mount Airy. Ushers were Sam Simmons, Cory Thomas and Kyle Thomas, cousins of the bride, of Mount Airy; Andrew Goins and L.J. Goins, cousins of the bridegroom, of Cana; and John Strickland, stepbrother of the bridegroom, of Mount Airy.
Cassidy Bonds of Mount Airy and Allie Pell of Ararat, Va., cousins of the bride, were program attendants. Billy Pell, uncle of the bride, and Laura Strickland, stepsister of the bridegroom, of Mount Airy, presided over the guest register.
The wedding director was Mary Pell Simmons, aunt of the bride, of Mount Airy.
The couple lit their unity candle during the song selection of Tangled up in You by Staind. The recessional featured Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Calliat. Brent and Sherry Riddle and Adam Spencer assisted with the audio/video equipment.
Flowers were provided by Steve Scott of Airmont Florist. The photography was provided by Annette McMillian and April Wood with In-A-Flash Photography. Videography was provided by Kenneth Quesenberry of Dugspur, Va. A special thanks to Chris Alderman of Cooke Rentals, Mount Airy.
The couple was transported from the church to the reception site in a blue 1930 A-Model owned and driven by a dear friend, Garry Scearce.
A dinner and dance reception was hosted by the parents of the bride and the parents of the bridegroom and was held at the home of the brides parents. The father of the bride and the bridegroom built a 20- foot bridge over a creek in the backyard as a focal point for the reception. The area was beautifully landscaped with potted plants, azaleas, hostas and lirope.
The celebration took place under a large white tent adorned with white tulle, pool blue bows and white lights. Round tables were covered with white floor-length linen table clothes and adorned with beautiful floral centerpieces. A wooden dance floor in the center of the tent provided guests with hours of dancing, games, and toasts to the newlywed couple. The entertainment was provided by MTP DJ Productions of Kernersville.
As the couple was introduced, they entered the dance floor to Brad Paisleys Everything to Me for their first dance. The bride danced with her father to Heartlands I Loved Her First. The bridegroom danced with his mother to Molly Pasuttis The Man Youve Become. The brides parents danced to George Straits I Cross My Heart in honor of their 28th wedding anniversary.
Rosellis Bakery provided the five-tier wedding cake beautifully decorated with white and pool blue icing and white and pool blue trims and accents. Randy Brown and Randy Kirby of R&R Catering provided a delicious meal consisting of barbecue pork, baked beans, whole potatoes, slaw and rolls.
Barbara Pell Burleson, Tammy Pell, Judy Pell Thomas, Mary Pell Simmons and Kathy Pell Bonds, all of Mount Airy, and Sherelda Pell and Angela Pell of Ararat, Va., aunts of the bride, assisted with serving the guests. Ruby Pell Maxey, special cousin of the bride, was instrumental with all the decorations for the church and the reception.
The rehearsal dinner was held at the Friendly Tabernacle fellowship hall and was hosted by the parents of the bridegroom and the parents of the bride. The dinner included a pasta bar with chicken, meatballs, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and was catered by Sagebrush Steakhouse.
After the reception, the couple departed for Port Canaveral, Fla., to enjoy a romantic honeymoon cruise aboard Royal Caribbeans Monarch of the Seas and travel to the private island of CocoCay and to Nassau, Bahamas.
The couple will reside at 199 Washington Ave. in Mount Airy.
The couple was honored on June 27 with a wedding shower in the fellowship hall of Friendly Tabernacle hosted by family and friends. Jessica was honored on July 25 with a lingerie shower hosted by the aunts of the bride and held at the home of the brides mother.