Dakotah Allen Campbell and Janet Marie Dudley were married June 5, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford, N.C., with Rev. Dr. Thomas Peake of Mountain City, Tenn. officiating. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.
The couple met the first day of classes as freshmen at King College in Bristol, Tenn., in the Fall of 2006, They really started getting to know each other on the “Experience DC” trip that the class took about a month after school started.
The bride is the daughter of Revs. David and Kathryn Dudley of Sanford, N.C. She is the granddaughter of Sam and Pinks Dudley of Starkville and Rev. William Mitchell of Rock Hill, S.C.
She is a 2006 graduate of St. Stephens High School in Hickory, S.C. and a 2010 summa cum laude graduate of King College in Bristol, Tenn. At graduation, she received a Distinguished Service Award for “outstanding leadership and commitment to the King College student body and the Bristol community.”
At the 2010 Honors Convocation she received the Advanced Studies in Spanish Award given by the Modern Languages Department.
She is currently pursuing a nursing degree.
The groom is the son of Tina Lipford of Mountain City, Tenn., and Rick Campbell of Shady Valley, Tenn. He is the grandson of Janie Robinson and John Robinson.
He is a 2006 graduate of Mountain City High School in Mountain City, Tenn., and a 2010 magna cum laude graduate of King College in Bristol, Tenn. He was named a Snider Honors Fellow and received honors in independent study in Biology.
He is currently pursuing graduate studies in Plant Biology, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga.
While on a cruise to the Bahamas with the Campbell family over the 2008 Christmas break, the ship went into port at Nassau. They toured the city and while at the “Queen’s Staircase,” a site full of greenery and a beautiful waterfall, Dakotah got down on one knee and proposed.
The wedding was a memorable day full of tradition and romance.
The bride wore a sleeveless white matte satin gown featuring a V-neckline with an A-line skirt. The bodice was accented with rows of mini-pearls, rhinestones, and Swarovski crystals set into a deep V design front and back. The gown featured a deep V-back leading to a peek-a-boo inverted chapel-length train accented with Swarovski crystals.
The bride wore an elbow-length, two-tiered tulle veil trimmed with sequins and a mother-of-pearl teardrop necklace in a gold setting.
She carried a cascading bouquet of fresh flowers and greenery, which included a stem of pale pink phalaenopsis orchids from her father’s orchid collection.
The bride wore white ballet shoes which her mother originally wore in her own wedding.
The groom wore a black tuxedo with a white tie and vest and a boutonnière of Sweet William and other small flowers matching the bride’s bouquet.
Miss Emily Wallace of Blountville, Tenn., a college roommate of the bride, served as the Maid of Honor.
Serving as bridesmaids were Miss Emily Hansen of Portland, Ore., friend of the bride since high school; and Miss Kendall Reese of Hickory, N.C., friend of the bride since middle school.
The Maid of Honor and the bridesmaids wore floor-length sleeveless gowns of pool blue jersey and their bouquets were of white and purple hydrangeas. The bridesmaids bouquets were assembled from a church member’s garden flowers at the last minute. The original bouquets of daylillies had been inadvertently pushed to the back of the large church refrigerator against the cold metal — they wilted and turned brown when taken out of the cold!
Serving as the Best Man was Mr. Matt Lipford of Elizabethton, Tenn., stepbrother of the groom.
Groomsmen were Mr. Tyler Hamrick of Shelby, N.C., a college roommate of the groom; and Mr. Jake Canter of Bristol, Va., a college friend of the groom.
The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with pool blue vests and ties.
The church was decorated with vases of fresh flowers by Mrs. Wanda Wilson of Sanford, N.C., who also created the bouquets, boutonnières, and corsages. Decorations included a unity candle and a group of three pillar candles originally used in the the bride’s parents’ wedding.
The congregation sang a congregational hymn, “Be Thou My Vision” and joined in the Lord’s Prayer.
Serving as the wedding director was Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas and Mrs. Edith Gladden, both of Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford, N.C.
The pianist was Mr. David Almond, the Music Director and Organist of First Presbyterian Church in Sanford, N.C.
Cousins of the groom, Miss LaKeisha McQueen and Miss LaTasha McQueen, both of Shady Valley, Tenn., provided guests with worship bulletins. Miss Alana Godbey of Goldston, N.C. served at the registry table.
The reception featured a table of fresh fruit arranged in a decorative tier. The punch table was decorated with greenery and flowers and a large grapevine wreath with flowers and greenery framed the window behind the cake table.
The wedding cake featured three square tiers of poundcake with white buttercream icing on a square silver stand, decorated with fresh greenery and topped with fresh flowers.
Friends of the bride from Pocket Presbyterian Church in Sanford, N.C., volunteered to help in the kitchen.
For the bouquet throw, bridesmaids and other young women lined up on one side of the large Fellowship Hall in front of the cake table, with Janet on the other side. Someone reminded her to put a little muscle behind the throw so that the bouquet would not fall short. Instead, it whizzed over the girls’ heads, straight into the wedding cake! Fortunately, the guests had already been served. The young woman helping cut the cake claimed the bouquet!
The rehearsal dinner
The groom’s parents hosted the rehearsal dinner in the fellowship hall of Pocket Presbyterian the evening before the wedding.
In March, the bride and groom enjoyed a shower given by Circle Two of the Presbyterian Women of Pocket Presbyterian Church.
In April, they were hosted by members of the groom’s family at a shower in Mountain City, Tenn.
The bride also enjoyed a lingerie shower given in April by college friends in Bristol, Tenn.
On the morning of the wedding, the mother of the bride hosted the bridesmaid’s breakfast at home, using the bride’s china originally belonging to her maternal grandmother.
After the wedding, the couple took a honeymoon trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They spent a week touring the coast of North Carolina, visiting historic lighthouses and enjoying the beach.
Following their honeymoon trip, the couple are now making their home in Athens Ga.