Reality star Tori Bates and Bobby Smith exchanged vows on Saturday at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Calvary Baptist Church.
The Bringing Up Bates personality, 21, married Bobby Smith, 22, in a ceremony officiated by her dad, Pastor Gil – and attended by more than 700 guests including the Duggars – in what she described to People as ‘the wedding of our dreams.’
Tori told the publication that the wedding ‘was more than we could ever hope for,’ and that the newlyweds ‘couldn’t be happier about sharing the rest of our lives together.’
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The big day: Tori Bates, 21, and Bobby Smith, 22, exchanged vows on Saturday at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Calvary Baptist Church
Tori walked to Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years in a gown designed by Renee Miller, the owner of the business Renee’s Bridal.
‘We’re so grateful to God for His love and the love and support we received from our family and friends that helped us celebrate this magical day,’ Tori said.
As the young duo exchanged vows, Smith began weeping, at which point Tori said she was ‘messing [the ceremony] up.’
But her pastor/parent reassured her, ‘This is your day, you’re not messing anything up. I’m proud of both of you.’
Fast track: Bobby (L) and Tori (R) met two years ago and began dating in 2016, People reported
Welled with emotion: Bobby began weeping during the ceremony, leading Tori to joked that she was ‘messing’ things up
According to the magazine, Tori’s mother Kelly Jo spearheaded a successful effort to fix up the church in the spirit of the season for one of her 19 kids, using mounted Christmas trees from the clan’s farm.
Another member of the family, Tori’s brother Lawson, sang One Plus One, a song he wrote, at the nuptials.
The duo first met two years ago and began dating last year. They announced their engagement to the public three months back, telling People in a joint statement: ‘We’ve been looking forward to this day for so long and it’s finally here – we’re engaged!
Satisfied: Tori described her nuptials as ‘the wedding of our dreams’ to People
Save the date: The couple and their extended family return to the tube when Bringing Up Bates airs on UP TV early next year
‘The day could not have been more magical, and the moments we shared will never be forgotten. It feels like a dream. Our hearts are overflowing with excitement.’
The Duggar family was in attendance, sans Jinger, who appeared to be in Texas, according to recent social media posts.
Bringing Up Bates next airs on UP TV January 4 at 9/8c.