Couple: Rhonda Bryant and Ricky McFarland, Jr.
Date of Wedding: October 8, 2005
Place: First Missionary Baptist Church (Clayton, NC)
Officiant: Rev. Barbara Davis
The bride and groom grew up in the same church and lived in the same town.
The bride used to volunteer to stand on the back row while cheering at Clayton High School football games so that she could be closer to the football team. The groom was on the football team and he used to purposefully run the bride’s way to get tackled next to her.
Before they were married, the bride and groom used to be the last people to approach the altar for prayer during weekly church services so that they could hold each other's hand during prayer at church. Both of them had sweaty palms.
The couple was blessed with beautiful girls in 2006 and 2010. God blessed them with a little boy (rainbow baby) in 2017 and they had the gender reveal in the midst of Hurricane Matthew on their anniversary in 2016.
*A rainbow baby "is a baby born after miscarriage, stillborn, or neonatal death...The child is called a rainbow baby because it is like a rainbow after a storm: something beautiful after something scary and dark."