Mariel Lane and Paul Swan got married earlier this year at the Childress Vineyards in Lexington, NC, and the wedding was a glitzy, glamorous dream. Mariel is a former NFL cheerleader-turned model who made her television debut in the show Racing Wives this year, while Paul is a jackman for NASCAR driver Austin Dillon. The two met through friends three years ago and have been together ever since.
“My new last name is Swan, and I wanted to tie that into the theme of my wedding,” said Mariel. “I wanted everything to have an enchanted feel, because after all, I was morphing into a swan.” Perhaps the most striking interpretation of this theme was Mariel’s stunning ballgown that features intricate lace detailing and a voluminous feathered train. She tied the look together with a gorgeous tiara, and looked like true royalty. Paul looked sharp in a jet black tuxedo that had a velvet blazer.
“They used several cultural traditions in their ceremony like ‘jumping the broom’,” said photographer Kristin Summey about the ceremony. To jump the broom is an African-American tradition, which is meant to symbolize the couple sweeping away their old lives and starting a new one together. The pair looked so happy on their special day! Keep reading to see these fantastic photos.