October 21, 2013
Amanda Lynne Isenhour of Taylorsville and William Herman Queen, of Stony Point, were married on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at eleven o’clock in the morning.
The double ring ceremony was held at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church, Hickory, with Pastor John Whaley officiating. The bride was escorted to the alter by her father and given in marriage by her parents. She wore a taffeta A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline and a sweep train from David’s Bridal. Her dress was accented with a long, black, satin sash, with beaded embellishment. She wore a fingertip veil decorated with sequins and rhinestones. Her hair was beautifully styled by Paula Price of Taylorsville.
The bride is the daughter of Sidney and Lynne Isenhour of Taylorsville. She is the granddaughter of Jo Stringer of West Jefferson, and the late Harold “Bud” Stringer, and the late Hayden and Marceline Icenhour.
Amanda is a 2002 honor graduate of Alexander Central High School and a 2006 cum laude graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Exercise Science. She is employed with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. She is also a certified fitness instructor, working part-time at Fitness Plus, Catawba Valley Medical Center, Hickory, as a group fitness instructor.
The groom is the son of Donald and Sandy Queen of Stony Point. He is the grandson of Betty Queen of Wilkesboro, and the late Herman Queen, and the late William and Rachel Fann. He is a 2001 graduate of West Iredell High School, and served in the U.S. Marine Corp from 2002-2006, including two tours of duty in Iraq. He attended Mitchell Community College for Criminal Justice. He is employed with KM Electrical, Heating, and Air in Statesville.
Mrs. Cindy Pender of Denver, friend of the bride, was Matron of Honor. Bridesmaids were Jessica Puckett of Granite Falls, friend of the bride, and Alice Fowler, of Granite Falls, friend of the bride. Emma and Adyson Queen, daughters of the groom, were flower girls.
Daniel Queen, of Statesville, brother of the groom, was Best Man. Groomsmen were Luc ValCourt, of Taylorsville, friend of the groom, and Donald Queen, of Stony Point, father of the groom.
A rehearsal dinner and gathering was hosted by the groom’s parents on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at PJ’s Seafood & Steak Restaurant, Bethlehem. The menu included choices of prime rib, grilled salmon, grilled chicken, flounder fillet, fried chicken, tossed salad, potatoes, steamed vegetables, blueberry or peach cobbler with ice cream, and choice of drink.
The bride’s parents hosted a reception of brunch, music, and dancing in the church fellowship hall following the wedding ceremony. Assisting with music for the reception was Andy Isenhour, brother of the bride. Brunch was catered by Patty Loveless of Patty Cakes & Candies, Hickory. The menu included breakfast bake, ham biscuits, sausage balls, mini bacon/lettuce/tomato sandwiches, mixed fruit, punch, tea, and coffee. Also, as a special request of the bride and groom, pecan tarts were homemade by the bride’s mother. The beautiful, three-tiered wedding cake and homemade mints were made by Kathy Porter Bowman of Morganton. The top and second tiers of the cake were red velvet cake, with the bottom tier being chocolate cake, and all decorated with delicious butter cream icing, in colors to match the wedding color theme of black, purple, and white.
Wedding planner, Tara H. Bland, of Tara B’s Eventful Planning, Hickory, directed the wedding and provided the beautiful floral arrangements of mixed wild flowers in lavender, fuchsia, and pink with puddle fabric underneath. Using milk glass vases provided by the bride’s mother, floral arrangements were prepared and placed on black, hand-made doilies as centerpieces on each reception table. The bridal bouquet included lavender Elisabeth, deep purple roses, and purple spray roses with Potts petals, ivory ribbon wrap, and a diamond pin tuck.
Wedding music was presented by pianist/vocalist Kathy Oliver, of Hickory, and vocalist Brian Hefner of Hickory. Photographer Andrew Hampton, of Fresh Reflections Photography, Granite Falls, took photos during the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. Photographer Misty Borders, of Borders Photography, Ronda, took photos before, during, and after the wedding ceremony and during the reception.
The couple enjoyed a honeymoon to Surfside Beach, S.C., immediately following the ceremony. They now reside in Taylorsville.