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2018-10-05 21:21:05


‘Bringing Up Bates’ Star Josie Bates Marries Fiance Kelton Balka: Pics

Wedding bells are ringing! Josie Bates married her fiancé, Kelton Balka, on Friday, October 5, Us Weekly exclusively confirms.

The Bringing Up Bates stars tied the knot at 4 p.m. in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, Tennessee.

The bride’s father, Pastor Gil Bates, officiated the ceremony alongside Mike Fox. Her sisters, Erin Paine and Tori Bates, who is expecting her first child in November, were also involved in the nuptials, performing music on the piano and violin, respectively. Per family tradition, Josie’s brother Lawson Bates also wrote and performed a song for the newlyweds.

Members of the twosome’s family were also included in the wedding party, with Josie’s sister Alyssa Webster serving as matron of honor and siblings Katie Bates and Carlin Bates, who is newly engaged to Evan Stewart, acting as bridesmaids. Josie’s sister-in-law, Whitney Bates, who is married to brother Zach Bates, and Kelton’s older sister, Ariana Balka, were also bridesmaids, as was Josie’s friend, Makayla Landrum.

Meanwhile, Tori’s husband, Bobby Smith, was best man, with Stewart, Josie’s brother Trace Bates, Kelton’s brother Grant Balka, John Whitney and Jayman Yant, all serving as groomsmen.

Bridal party members wore custom Renee Miller gowns as they walked down the aisle to J. Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Groomsmen wore burgundy floral ties with suspenders.

The bride herself was escorted down the aisle by father Gil to “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Chris Rice while weaing a crown of greenery and a stunning gown by Project Runway season 5 winner Leanne Marshall.

The wedding was also attended by family members and friends, including several members of the Duggar family, including Jim Bob, Michelle, Josh, Anna, Jedediah, Joy-Anna and Jackson.

Josie Bates Marries Fiance Kelton Balka
Josie Bates Marries Fiance Kelton Balka

Following the ceremony, guests were encouraged to play volleyball and tennis.

As for food, wedding-goers nibbled on chips, cheese balls, sandwiches and wedding cake, which was made by Josie’s aunt Kay, who also made Tori’s cake for her wedding to husband Bobby Smith. 

Josie Bates Marries Fiance Kelton Balka
Josie Bates Marries Fiance Kelton Balka

Bates, 19, and Balka, 23, began their courtship in January and got engaged in June. “I cannot wait to marry the love of my life. Couldn’t have dreamed of a more sentimental engagement,” the Bringing Up Bates star captioned an Instagram photo of the happy couple at the time. “Kelton put so much time into planning and making sure every little detail was perfect and it felt like a dream. Can’t wait to do forever with you, babe.”

Balka shared a similar sentiment about this fiancée on their wedding website, per The Knot. “I can truly say that Josie is the love of my life, my soulmate and the only person I could ever imagine spending forever with,” he said. “I used to think that the ‘Perfect One’ didn’t necessarily exist, but when God works in your life in a way that you never could’ve dreamed of, you can experience life changing answers to prayer!”

He added: “I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that Josie is the perfect one for me and I cannot wait to share the rest of our lives together!”