Sunday, December 17, 2017

Bates/Smith Wedding Photos

Tori Bates and Bobby Smith became husband and wife in a beautiful Knoxville wedding ceremony yesterday afternoon. (Click here for more details.) Until the professional photos are released, we have a few snapshots to share.

 Lawson Bates, Bobby Smith, Tori (Bates) Smith

Lawson Bates and Callie Bates and Tori Bates wedding
Lawson and flower girls

Tori Bates wedding
 Tori (Bates) Smith and Judson Bates

Carlin Bates and boyfriend Evan Stewart
Carlin Bates and boyfriend Evan Stewart
(The bride and bridesmaids wore gowns designed by Renee Miller.)

Photos courtesy of, Carlin Bates,

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Tori Bates is Married!

What a lovely afternoon watching Tori Bates become Mrs. Bobby Smith at a beautiful wedding in Knoxville, Tennessee! The purple and silver, alongside white trees, made for a gorgeous, wintry setting. As expected, the wedding party was made up mostly of siblings. The audience laughed and cried as Pastor Gil Bates officiated the ceremony with the perfect combination of tenderness and humor.

Tori was glowing in her stunning Renee Miller wedding gown. (I--Ellie--was invited to join the Bates ladies the day Tori chose her dress.) The lemon-blueberry wedding cake, made by Kelly Bates' sister Kay, was simply divine.

We enjoyed exchanging hugs and hellos with members of both the Bates and Duggar families. The Duggars are close friends of the Bates, and most were in attendance today. We were also thrilled to chat with a few followers of our blogs.

Details of Tori and Bobby's special day can be found at

Friday, December 15, 2017

Wedding Festivities Have Begun!

Tori Bates' wedding is just one day away! She and Bobby Smith will have a Bates-sided bridal party, made up of 10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen. Carlin Bates is the maid of honor, and Kelton Balka--Josie Bates' boyfriend and the mutual friend who introduced Tori and Bobby--is the best man.

Watch season seven of Bringing Up Bates for updates on Carlin and Josie and their boyfriends!

Evan Stewart, Carlin Bates, Josie Bates, Kelton Balka

Photo courtesy of Carlin Bates/

Carols By Erin and Lawson

As the holiday season heats up, the Bates are running around like chickens with their heads cut off, setting up for the big wedding tomorrow and preparing for Christmas. In the video clips below, two of the most musical family members, Erin Bates Paine and Lawson Bates, sing Christmas carol duets.

Jingle Bells

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Photo/videos courtesy of UP

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Zach and Whit Celebrate 4 Years

Wishing Zach and Whitney Bates a very happy 4-year wedding anniversary!

Zach and Whitney Bates
 Renovating their new house

Photo courtesy of Zach and Whitney Bates