Sam Shelley of Olney and Lindsey Pate of Fort Worth were united in marriage Saturday, Dec. 28, at Arborlawn United Methodist

Church in Fort Worth. The Rev. Verne Fugla officiated the ceremony. 

The bride is the daughter of Dan and Stacy Pate. The groom is the son of Ron and Debbie Shelley of Olney.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a white satin ball gown featuring lace cap sleeves and a sweetheart neckline with side ruching and beaded flowers. The back of the gown was made of beaded lace that tapered to a V and flowed into a small, chapellength

train. Her veil featured scalloped edges of Swarovski crystals.

 She carried a hand-tied bouquet of white roses, hydrangea and white freesia. The bouquet included a tatted handkerchief from 1903 which members of the bride’s family have carried in their weddings.


Maid of honor was Lauren Pate, sister of the bride, of Fort Worth. Bridesmaids were Sydnee Cole of Wichita, Kan., and Sarah Johnson

of Fort Worth. Attendants wore black, tea-length gowns and carried hand-tied bouquets of red roses with jewels.

Flower girls were Kaytlin and Karli Sowards of Argyle. Ring bearer was Fisher Hughes, cousin of the bride, of Fort Worth. Best man was Antwan Jeffery of Wichita Falls and groomsmen were Matt Fox of Chicago, Ill, and Crispen Bournda of Amarillo.

Ushers were Dr. Todd Canon, of Austin, uncle of the bride, and Reed Gallant of Flower Mound, cousin of the bride.

Emily Estes read scripture during the ceremony and Gigi Matar registered guests.

The groom and groomsmen entered to “New York, New York” and the bride entered to the bridal chorus. Wedding party members entered to “Canon in D.”

Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception. The groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Prima Parta of Fort Worth prior to the event.

The bride is a graduate of Midwestern State University and is employed as an RN-BSN at Graham Regional Hospital. The groom is an MSU graduate and is employed by the Texas Department of Public Safety as a state trooper in the Highway Patrol Division.

The couple is at home in Breckenridge.