Ella Bess Bumgarner and Durham native George Marshall met through Teach for America while working on Henderson Collegiate Middle School’s fourth grade team in Henderson, N.C. “It was our shared love of teaching that brought us together and continues to play a large role in our lives,” Ella Bess says. In August 2015, on the weekend after their two-year anniversary, George asked Ella Bess to marry him in the classroom where they first worked together, surrounded by many friends.
Although they still live in Henderson, Ella Bess and George chose to wed in George’s hometown, and the two love exploring Durham through date nights. As most guests were coming from out of town, the couple planned hotel accommodations at Aloft Durham Downtown, Durham Marriott City Center and The Durham Hotel. The day before the wedding, Ella Bess had lunch with her bridesmaids at The King’s Daughters Inn, and the rehearsal dinner was held later at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe.
On July 9, 2016, Ella Bess and George were married at First Presbyterian Church with the help of Gather Together event planners and Big Dog Little Bed Productions capturing all the special moments. Their reception at The Cookery was decked out by American Party Rentals and catered by Donovan’s Dish. They chose 10 Toes Tours Pedicab as their transportation to the after-party at Tyler’s Restaurant & Taproom.
Ella Bess, an instructional coach, and George, grade-level chair, head of athletics and a teacher, continue to work at Henderson Collegiate Middle School.
Photography by Katherine Miles Jones Photography