We both knew that this was the one that God had made for us very early on in the relationship. While I knew about a month into our relationship, Jerett took a few more months. We were able to experience a lot of life in the beginning of our relationship. We both lost family members, I was in graduate school, and I moved further away in order to change jobs, in addition to a global pandemic that changed countless plans that we had made. When the pandemic began, I was hopeful that it would be over soon. We all know now that this wasn’t the case. Before our engagement, I entered a contest to win a wedding gown from Vow’D Weddings, the new bridal brand of the Altar’d State brand. I was shocked to be selected as one of 25 winners on my birthday. Little did I know that Jerett and I would be engaged two weeks later. The events of 2020 altered many of our wedding plans. We weren’t able to have an engagement party due to restrictions. We selected bridal party attire on Amazon due to international shipping and production delays. We watched as friends changed and postponed their wedding plans and wondered if we would have to do the same. I feel as if we planned five different weddings in 2020, and yet we knew that the only thing that mattered was that we became husband and wife. We had drive-by wedding showers, small bachelor and bachelorette parties at home, and registered for wedding gifts exclusively online. But on the day of our wedding, we knew we had finally made it. We had to reschedule our original reception plans and we had to cut our guest list by a lot. We streamed our wedding online and offered to-go boxes of wedding treats. Was our wedding the wedding I had dreamed of and planned since I was a little girl? No. Yet, it was absolutely the best day of my life. That’s because it didn’t matter that things had not gone according to our plans. It didn’t matter that guests wore masks or that our ceremony location smelled of sanitizer and eucalyptus. It didn’t matter that many friends and family watched our wedding online. What mattered was that we had each other. What mattered was that we were just as married that day as we would have been if there hadn’t been a pandemic and all our plans had come to fruition. While a beautiful wedding and perfect details are wonderful things, what truly matters is the love that you share for each other. We spent a lot of our time before our wedding preparing ourselves for marriage. It was time that we wouldn’t have had if there wasn’t a pandemic going on. So while I don’t recommend wedding planning or getting married during a pandemic, we were blessed to be married beside our closest loved ones. We had the time to prepare our hearts for marriage. We have each other, and that’s all we truly needed on our wedding day.
Madison Anleigh Rhoads and Jerett Dewayne Butler were married October 10, 2020 at 4:00 in the afternoon at The Chapel in Sheffield with Bryant Newell, close friend of the bride and groom, officiating. A full reception will occur at a later date.
The bride is the daughter of Kelly Killen Rhoads of Lexington and Rodney and Lorianne Rhoads of Davie, Fla. She is the granddaughter of the late Brenda Kelly of Greenhill, Neil Killen of Lexington, the late Manuel Nazario of Florence, the late Minnie Bacon Bowman of Reading, Pa., and the late Bill Rhoads of Reading, Pa.
The groom is the son of Barry and Rita Butler of Haleyville. He is the grandson of Freddie and Carolyn Butler of Haleyville, Betty Gray Harris and the late Hardy Harris of Oak Grove.
The bride chose her gown, veil and belt from The Something Blue Shoppe. Her departure dress was from Vow’D Weddings, and her earrings were from Mary’s Bridal in Moulton.
Matron of honor was Jessica Smith, friend of the bride. Bridesmaids were Caroline Walker, Anna Beahm, Catherine Martin, Grace Johnston, Danielle Stokes, and Alyssa Turner, all friends of the bride. Flower girls were Lois Martin and Willow Smith, cousins of the bride.
Best man was Jared Fannin, friend of the groom. Groomsmen were Barry Butler, father of the groom; Bryant Newell, Ryan Donaldson, Matt Fannin, all friends of the groom; and Matt Aycock, cousin of the groom. Ring bearers were John Michael Ozbirn and Brantley Ozbirn, cousins of the groom.
Wedding director was Katrina McConnell. Floral designer was Bonnie Stokes. For the wedding cake, the couple selected a tiered cookie cake of chocolate chip cookies and buttercream icing made by Stratton Abbey Cupcakery and Cakes, with a topper custom made by Kanani Miller. The groom’s cake was a red velvet cake made by the groom’s aunt, Teresa Butler. Other special helpers were Bonnie Stokes, Robin Hollander, Amy Stratton, Katrina McConnell, Teresa Butler, and other family and friends of the couple. Hair stylist and makeup artist was Georgia Plummer. Photographer was Rebekah Handley and videographer was Slightly Gigantic Media.
The couple plans to honeymoon at a later date due to the current Covid-19 pandamic. They are currently residing in Haleyville.
Photos by Rebekah Photography