Rory Feek’s daughter Hopie married her fiancée Wendy in an outdoor ceremony held at the family’s farm in Pottsville, Tennessee, last month.
Hopie, 30, said ‘I do’ to her new wife on October 27 in a floor-length wedding gown embroidered with colorful flowers on the bodice and hem.
Wearing his signature denim overalls, 53-year-old Rory walked his daughter down the aisle, which was decorated with lanterns and festive fall pumpkins.
Newlyweds: Rory Feek’s daughter Hopie (left) married her fiancée Wendy (center) at his family farm in Tennessee on October 27. The couple is pictured with Hopie’s sister Heidi (right)
Hopie’s older sister Heidi, 32, took to Instagram to share photos from the wedding, writing: ‘What a beautiful and perfect day that was. I’m SO HAPPY for Hopie and Wendy!’
While Hopie wore a gown and veil, Wendy donned a navy vest over a white button-down shirt and orange tie.
Members of her bridal party wore a similar look, but instead of vests, they had on orange suspenders.
Meanwhile, Heidi and Hopie’s other bridesmaids wore burnt sienna dresses and carried bouquets of sunflowers and baby’s breath.
Hopie and Heidi’s four-year-old sister Indiana — Rory’s only child with his late wife Joey Feek — was a flower girl.
One picture from the wedding shows the little girl getting her hair done in pigtails before putting on her white dress to walk down the aisle on her sister’s big day.
In another snapshot, Hopie is pinning a boutonnière on her father’s overalls as he smiles and looks off into the distance.
When Rory’s middle daughter came out to him as a lesbian, he didn’t have the ‘best’ reaction, but he has since learned to embrace his children regardless of who they love.
In an interview that aired last month, the country music singer welcomed Jenna Bush Hager, 36, on his farm.
There, the self-described ‘fairly conservative Christian’ told the
‘My first reaction was not the best one because it was such a challenge to my faith,’ Rory said.
Hopie’s coming out came a few weeks after Joey, Rory’s wife and singing partner, died of cervical cancer at the age of 40 — a trying time that led him to rely on his faith to process his loss.
All smiles: Heidi, 32, was a bridesmaid at Hopie’s wedding, and she shared this sweet photo of herself posed with their four-year-old sister Indiana, who was the flower girl
Family: Last month, Rory opened up about his reaction to his daughter Hopie coming out to him in 2016
‘Our faith and our belief system is really how we were getting through everything, and then all of a sudden everything I thought I knew about love and that I thought was right and wrong — I thought our blessings was because Joey and I made the right decisions,’ he said.
‘I still think they are but we made the right decisions for us and we were trying to follow what God said that we should do. So when Hopie said that, I didn’t really know how to react.’
Hopie worried she wouldn’t be allowed to see her little sister Indiana any longer. She also wondered whether her father would stop loving her — a question that Rory initially didn’t know how to answer.
‘So we had a conversation without words and Hopie was kind of asking me: “Am I going to be around my baby sister anymore?” And even more than that: “Are you still going to love me?” And I really didn’t know the answer to that,’ he said.
‘I’m afraid that, at first thought, was “I don’t know.” But it didn’t take very long for me to realize that this is the way life works, and you go from one thing that you think you can’t handle that you end up learning so much from to another thing that you didn’t see coming that you’re going to learn so much from.
‘And so, so far, I’m learning how to love my middle daughter whom I love like crazy, but I’m learning how to love her even when our faith and our choices don’t line up exactly. And that’s — I really see it as a chance for me to grow.’
Opening up: The country music singer welcomed Jenna Bush Hager, 36, on his farm in Columbia, Tennessee, for an interview that aired on the Today show in October
Siblings: Hopie initially feared she would no longer be allowed to see her sister Indiana after coming out as gay, but the two have remained close
Rori also opened up his decision to have Hopie and Wendy’s wedding at the farm.
‘What happens when your daughter says, “I’d like to marry my friend Wendy at the farm?”‘ Rory mused. ‘And she’s waited her whole life, her whole life for this moment.
‘Well, it took me a little while to realize that if that’s what she wants, then that’s what she should get. And so I’m thrilled. I love Hopie, I love Wendy, she’s a great girl. They’re happy and I just want what’s the best for them.’
Rory said he was eventually inspired by his Christian faith to love his daughter unconditionally.
‘The biggest thing is that God’s bigger than this. And I understand it. I understand,’ he said.
‘It’s a challenging situation but if it shows up at your house you might look at it differently. Maybe not. But the biggest thing that it’s shown me is that if I were going to be more Christ-like, wouldn’t it be this? Wouldn’t I love greater? What’s been really fun is seeing my daughter realize that I love her. I love her no matter what.’
Bond: Indiana has grown close to both Hope and Heidi (all three are pictured in an Instagram snap)
Home: Rory told Jenna how he and his family continue to honor Joey’s memory and how attached he remains to the farm where they once lived together
Rory has opened up in the past about being ostracized by part of the Christian community after openly discussing his daughter’s homosexuality.
In a blog post in June, Rory, explained that his new book, which contains a chapter about Hopie, wouldn’t be sold in most Christian bookstores because of that passage.
‘In a different chapter of the new book, I share the story of how my oldest daughter Heidi says she’s an atheist and has no interest in organized religion,’ he
‘For some reason, they are fine with that. But the chapter about how my middle daughter Hopie says she’s a Christian but disagrees with some church doctrine, is somehow unacceptable. That seems so strange to me.
‘I get it though, this is tough stuff . . . because they have their beliefs and want to stand by them. And I want to honor that. But honestly, what is it that they would prefer I do? Shun my daughter? Or not share something that we as a family are going through, just because it’s challenging and divisive?’
In his interview with Jenna, Rory told the host how he and his family continue to honor Joey’s memory more than two years after her death, and how attached he remains to the farm where they once lived together.
Proud dad: The father said his daughter Indiana is now walking and talking and has proven to be ‘really smart’
Ordeal: Joey (pictured with Rory in 2013) passed away in 2016 aged 40 due to cervical cancer
‘I fell in love, we had a baby, my wife and I were able to grow a music career here, and then ultimately even though we’re here without her she’s still here, she’s buried in the cemetery back there and all of it, it’s so beautiful and tragic at the same time but the beautiful outweighs the tragic,’ he said.
The father also opened up about his daughter Indiana, who was just two when her mother passed away.
‘When you find out that your little one has Down syndrome you don’t know what you’re going to get. It’s turned out that so far she’s really just a normal kid,’ Rory said of his youngest.
‘She’s walking and talking really well and she’s so smart. What a gift to have her. It can’t be in place of Joey but just as a great way to feel Joey’s love every day.’
Indiana, he said, talks about Joey ‘a lot’ and knows her music, including all the lyrics to the hymns album she and Rory released in 2016, titled Hymns That Are Important to Us.
‘I think she’s not quite old enough to understand why Mama isn’t walking her to school or helping us make breakfast in the mornings,’ Rory said.
‘But she is old enough to understand that she’s here and she has a mama and her name is Joey.’