Sonja King Bailey

How it all started....

High School Sweethearts - It was a cold rainy night so I decided to make a Walmart run. As I was browsing through the aisles I noticed this cute girl smiling at me so I strolled over to the electronic dept and begin to talk to her. We talked a while and I left. Now the electronic department at Walmart was my new hang out spot, lol. We became friends and one day exchanged numbers. We talked for a while and begin dating and then she joined the army and we lost contact for years. One day as I was traveling through Rogersville I saw her mother’s car at Foodland, so I stopped to see if it was her car and Sonja walked out and it was like she saw a ghost. We talked awhile, exchanged numbers again, and shortly after we began dating again. On February 16, 2020 I planned a romantic dinner at Grill 29 and proposed, she said yes of course! Here we are finally becoming one Mr. and Mrs. Bailey.


SSG Sonja Denise King and Mr. Kendrick Bailey were married October 9, 2021 at 4:30 in the afternoon at the Huntsville Botanical Garden with Pastor Macrus Watkins officiating. The reception was held at the Huntsville Botanical Garden Grand Hall following the ceremony.

The bride is the daughter of Donald King and the late Ella Mae King of Rogersville, Ala. She is the granddaughter of the late Cleveland and Flora Watkins and the late Nathan Boiling. A native of Rogersville, she is a U.S. Military Veteran, currently serving in the 123rd Signal Battalion in Arab, AL. She also works at the Social Security Administration office in Florence, AL and serves as Quartermaster of VFW Post #5846, Rogersville. SSG King is a graduate of Lauderdale County High School She has four associate’s degrees from Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala., and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Alabama.

The groom is the son of Ruby Bailey and the late Bobby Bailey of Athens, AL. He is the grandson of the late Raymon Coleman, the late Odell Yarbrough, and the late Chestnut and Elnora Bailey. Mr. Bailey is a native of Athens, AL and is a graduate of Athens High School. He works at Daikin of America, Decatur, AL, and operates KB Lawn Service, Athens.

The bride wore a custom gown by Chantale by Wona Concept located in Spain from La Mariee Bridal in Madison, Ala. Her veil was from Bel Aire Bridal. She wore shoes from David’s Bridal, jewelry from Tiffany Victoria, and carried a clutch from Gucci.

Maid of honor was Sunjia Denise King-Davis, daughter of the bride, and matrons of honor were Emma Sue Watkins and Dorothy Jean Fuqua, aunts of the bride. Bridesmaids were Latara Reels, Heather Beckwith, Charis Boddie, Marvalene Elston, all friends of the bride; Monica Fuqua and Phyllis Fuqua, cousins of the bride. Flower girls were Olivia Fuqua and Olivia Turner, cousins of the bride.

Best man were Pastor Bill Perkins, best friend of the groom, and Grant Bailey, son of the groom. Groomsmen were Jeffrey Hicks, friend of the groom; Anthony Horton, Billy White, Eric White, and Pastor Jimmy Bailey, all cousins of the groom. Junior groomsman was Gage Bailey, son of the groom. Ring bearer was Karson Jordan, cousin of the bride. Grooms and groomsmen attire was from Enstyle Apparel in Athens, Ala.

The bride and groom were the first couple at Huntsville Botanical Gardens to incorporate a butterfly release during their ceremony to symbolize the unity of their marriage. The bride and groom also wanted to make the presence known of their parents that had already passed away so they released lanterns in their honor.

Wedding director was EricaThimsen of Helping Hand Parties. The florals were designed by the bride and groom. Ceremony music was provided by Dr. Collins of Valley Conservatory. Caterer was Chef Jeff Burgess of 117 Catering. The wedding cake and groom’s cake were made by Scottie’s. Reception entertainment was provided by Paradise Entertainment of Memphis, TN. On site nurse was RN Kim Campbell. The reception featured an ice sculpture by Chef David, and paintings by Artbysandra. Hair stylists were Kendra LaTrice and Karen West, and make up artist was KY Glover, MUA Bridal. Photographer was Chip Dizard Studio of Baltimore, MD and videographer was Joysmediaco.

The bride and groom wowed their guests by preparing for their first dance by taking six weeks of ballroom dancing lessons from Southern Elegance Dance Studio in Huntsville, Ala.

The couple spent their honeymoon at Royalton Resort in St. Lucia.They are now residing in Rolling brook in ­Rogersville, Ala.

Photos by Chip Dizard Studios

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