It was a joyous occasion at the Tierra Verde Country Club in Arlington, Texas yesterday as Texas singer/songwriter Charla Corn married her love of three and a half years and strongman competitor Bryan Barrett of Kennedale,Texas. The two love birds met in 2009 in Mount Pleasant, Texas after a concert that Charla had performed at the area fair.
Growing up in Farwell, Texas, on the outskirts of Clovis, New Mexico, Charla dreamed of what her future husband would be like. "I have waited a long time for God to send me a good man. Bryan was well worth the wait." That long awaited day started with Charla and Bryan worrying if they were even going to get to have the wedding they’d been planning. Weekend weather put a big scare into the outdoor wedding, but the good Lord above saw fit to part the clouds, calm the storms, and allow the grounds to dry in time for the wedding. Once it was decided that the wedding would go as planned, the bride and groom began to get ready for the day with their bridesmaids/groomsmen as Kim and David Hayes of Kim Hayes Photography took pictures.
The wedding was very small and intimate, with just over 100 of the couples’ family and closest friends in attendance. The ceremony was one that not only the couple will remember, but the guests will too. As guests arrived, they were greeted by a golf cart that escorted all guests to where the ceremony was held. The gorgeous dress that Charla was wearing has a very interesting background. As most girls do, Charla had already done a lot of planning for her special day long before she met Bryan. “My dress was actually purchased 6 years ago from David's Bridal after my mother, Gwen Corn, had been diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. She battled and beat it after a difficult 5 years. However, during that time she and I selected this special dress together because no one was sure she would make it through, and I wanted that special moment with her. I only had to wait 6 years to find my Mr. Right to finally get to wear it! It has hung in my childhood closet in Farwell, Texas since 2006” says Charla, who got the vintage shabby chick-themed wedding of her dreams.
Charla and Bryan wanted something that was unique to them. And they definitely displayed their unique style in the wedding. As the special guests were being seated and groomsmen were lining up at the alter, Charla’s brother, Clayton Corn, along with close friend Steve Helms, performed Lyle Lovette's song "South Texas Girl" but changed the words to "West Texas Girl.” Before walking down the isle, Charla and her father, Edward Corn, pulled up in a shiny black 1954 Chevy Pick-Up truck with red wheels, built by House of Hotrods and provided by Arlington City Councilman Robert Rivera. As the singing came to an end and the crowd began to get excited with anticipation, the legendary Dolly Parton’s voice boomed throughout Tierra Verde, singing “Sweet By And By” as Charla walked down the isle with her father, arm in arm. The Rev. Steve Carter, of Calvary Baptist Church in Brownwood, Texas performed the ceremony. Rev. Carter was Charla’s childhood youth pastor when she attended Sandia Baptist Church in Clovis, New Mexico. The ceremony was beautiful with a little bit of a curly twist. When Rev. Carter asked for the rings, Charla's Shih Tzu, Wranger, came running down the isle bringing the rings for the couple. The crowd gasped in awe at the sight of Charla’s little buddy running down the isle. Through tears of joy and happiness, Charla sang Rebecca Lynn Howard’s song “Jesus, Daddy, and You." After being named Mr. And Mrs. Bryan Barrett following their first kiss, the handsome groom swooped Charla off her feet revealing cowboy boots by Bodacious Boots and carried her down the isle to the Bob Marley tune “Stir It Up.”
The reception was nothing short of a big bash, Texas-style. Food galore as guests and wedding party members were treated to a buffet with Bourbon Chicken, Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Mixed Vegetables with Caesar Salad. Needless to say, no one went home hungry after this party. The Bride’s cake was absolutely breath-taking; a four-tear Italian Cream Cake with Cream Cheese Butter Cream Icing, dressed with peach and ivory Juliet roses. The grooms’ cake was nothing short of fantastic as well; a chocolate cake with peanut butter icing that featured Bryan’s interest in Strongman competitions. Several memorable moments during the reception included a video called “A Love Story” which was produced by Eddy Puckett from Serenade Video and Corner Wedding Chapel. Mr. Puckett was also the videographer of the wedding. Charla, after changing from her wedding dress into a second dress that was ivory lace with and open back and plunging neck line that hugged the hips with a mermaid cut that matched her wedding dress, had nearly every woman in the place crying as she danced with her father to the song “I’ll Be Your Water” by Keb’ Mo’. The most memorable dance, though, came when the couple shared their first dance together as husband and wife to “Saved By Love,” sung by an artist that both say is one of the best artists in all of country music…Chris Knight. Groomsman Ross Shreves had everyone laughing during his heart-felt toast, remembering times he’d spent with Bryan and all the good times they’d spent since high school and how much he has come to love Charla just as much as anyone. Maid of Honor Hannah Garber spoke after Shreves and aided the water works as tears flowed while she gave her heart-warming toast about her and Charla’s close friendship and how happy she was that Charla had found such a good man in Bryan Barrett. At the end of the night, sparklers were passed out and everyone waved them in the air as the new Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Barrett raced out to the 1954 Chevy Pick-Up truck and drove away.
All in all it was a wedding fit for Hollywood, but could have only been pulled off in Texas. Bryan and Charla would like to thank the following for all their help in putting the wedding together and making it so successful and such an amazing day that they will remember for the rest of their lives:
Photographer – Kim and David Hayes of Kim Hayes Photography in Ft. Worth,Texas
Videographer – Eddy Puckett of Serenade Video and Corner Wedding Chapel.
Florist - Kim May
Dance Floor Rental - Confetti's Party RentalsEnnis,Texas
Bride Cake - Teryn Wicker
Groom Cake - Creme de la Creme
DJ - Jared Darter of 95.9 The Ranch in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Hair Stylist - Erica Perry
Bodacious Boots - Brittany Malone www.bodaciousbootco.com
Betsy Cathey-Charla Corn Music