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We couldn’t be happier about sharing the rest of our lives together.” The nuptials took place at Calvary Baptist Church, where the happy couple walked down the aisle surrounded by their family and friends — including the entire Duggar family — minus Jinger. In total, 700 people attended the wedding. The church was decorated with Christmas trees, which were sourced from the Bates family farm. The trees were mounted in concrete and painted white before being lit in the church. Tori’s mom, Kelly Jo, was instrumental in the decorating. Tori walked down the aisle to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years,” which was a break from the family’s conservative choices as they usually tend towards more traditional music choices. Her father, Pastor Gil, took part in the ceremony by officiating the vows. During the ceremony, Bobby got teary-eyed and Tori got the giggles, prompting her to joke that she was “messing it up.” “This is your day, you’re not messing anything up. I’m proud of both of you,” Gil said. Bates’ brother Lawson also performed an original song at the ceremony — called “One Plus One” — though in line with the family’s conservative upbringings, here was no dancing or entertainment at the reception — but Bates’ aunt Kay did bake a special lemon blueberry cake. However, the reception did include a baked potato bar and sweet tea and lemonade in addition to the cake.
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