Couple ties the knot at Waffle Cone
By LYNETTE SOWELL
Copperas Cove’s Waffle Cone in Cove Terrace Shopping Center has been the site of many celebrations that include ice cream, but this week the ice cream shop hosted a different celebration altogether – a wedding.
There wasn’t an aisle with a runner, or the sounds of “Here Come the Bride,” yet Amy Terry and John Engelke of Killeen exchanged their vows and rings before their family and close friends, with the ice cream case and menu board serving as a backdrop.
Terry is a music teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School in Killeen.
“I knew I wanted a rockabilly wedding, something with a 50s look to it,” Terry said. “We wanted something unique for our wedding, like a diner. Then we walked into here and we knew this place would be perfect. He was very, very nice to let us come in.”
The bride wore a white dress, covered in black musical scales like sheet music, with her wedding party wearing 50s style dresses with wide skirts and crinolines.
“This was a great excuse for us to dress up and have a good time,” said the new Mrs. Engelke, whose three best friends and her niece stood up for her at the ceremony.
The Rev. Rick Peavy performed the ceremony for the couple, whom he is friends with through their mutual interest and involvement in the Stronghold of Hellsgate, the local Society for Creative Anachronism.
Peavy, who teaches English and German for Central Texas College is ordained through the Episcopal Church. He said he’s performed several wedding ceremonies, but this is the first one in a place like an ice cream shop.
“When she told me they were looking for someone to perform the ceremony, I told her, ‘I’m ordained, I can do this,’” Peavy said.
After the double-ring ceremony which included handfasting with a ribbon, the newly married couple took more photos with family and friends, then cut into a rainbow-colored ice cream cake provided for them by Waffle Cone.
The store posted on its Facebook page the day before the ceremony, inviting customers to stop by and wish the newly married couple well.
John Hayes, owner of Waffle Cone, called it an honor to host the couple’s ceremony.
“It was a small request on our part,” Hayes said. “We’ve had couples meet at Waffle Cone for their first dates, and some couples have come here right after their wedding reception, but this was our first wedding."