Abby Hester and Jake Ward

Abby Hester and Jake Ward were married September 26, 2020 at 6:30 in the evening in a beautiful outdoor ceremony held at Hurricane Creek Lodge with Jacob Wallace officiating. The reception followed at the Lodge.

The bride is the daughter of Richie and Amy Hester of Belgreen. She is the granddaughter of Harold and Kathy Coats of Vina and the late John B. and Grace Hester of Belgreen.

The groom is the son of David and Tracy Ward of Russellville. He is the grandson of Daniel and Anita Williams and the late James and Gladys Ward, all of Russellville.

The bride chose a beautiful white lace gown from Kay’s Kreations in Tupelo, Miss.

Maid of honor was Layla Hester, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Maggie Adams and Asia Hester, sisters of the bride, and Baylie Sims, friend of the bride. Flower girl was Campbell Wright, niece.

Best man was the groom’s father, David Ward. Groomsmen were Judd Ward, Jaret Ward, and Dee Harvey, brothers of the groom. Ring bearer was Keegan Strickland, cousin.

Wedding director was Channing Wright. Floral designer was Felicia Renfro of Muscle Shoals Florist. Pianist Tommy Malcolm Quinn provided music for the ceremony, and Michael and Greg Green entertained guests at the reception. Caterer was Ruth Manor Catering of Fulton, Miss. April Young of Belmont, Miss. made the wedding cake and Samantha Montgomery of Russellville made the groom’s cake. Hair stylist was Meagan Holloway and makeup artist was Abby Kikta. Photographer was Sommer Hamilton of Saving Grace Photography. Special thanks to Channing Wright and Gena Childers, who planned almost everything and did a fabulous job.

The couple is now residing in Russellville, Ala.

Jake proposed on Bow Bridge in NYC in December, 2019. Even with Covid-19, we were able to keep our original date. The wedding was honestly a dream come true. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank everyone who made our big day so special. After an eventful year (to say the least), we will be welcoming a baby boy into our lives in January, 2021.

Photos by Saving Grace Photography

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