Lauren Jenkins Walks Down the Aisle After Months of Physical Therapy: “It Was a Big Accomplishment.”

The country singer and Patrick Davis exchanged vows on October 15 on Georgia’s Lookout Mountain.

Lauren Jenkins, a country music performer, was unsure if she would be able to walk down the aisle unaided on her wedding day after having hip replacement surgery earlier this year.

But the musician did precisely that in October.

Following her Oct. 15 wedding to musician Patrick Davis, Jenkins, 31, tells PEOPLE in a recent interview that it was a “huge accomplishment” to be able to walk without a cane or walker and stand in heels.

“The act of walking down the aisle served as a metaphor of both my physical growth this year and the progress Patrick and I have made as a couple in order to take “that step.” In every way, it has been a road toward healing, but I couldn’t fathom sharing this one crazy and wonderful life with someone else.”

Jenkins linked her arm with her uncle’s as she proceeded down the aisle to her lifelong love, but tears continued to fall. But this time, there was no physical discomfort to cause the tears.

Jenkins recalls one of the many priceless moments that Nashville’s La Boutique Photography painstakingly captured: “I gripped onto [my uncle] so hard because I was shaking.” It brought back memories of how I had to hold on to Patrick for several months after surgery just to walk or climb stairs.

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Jenkins, who wore a gorgeous bridal ensemble by Grace Loves Lace, a veil, and Chris Lanston’s makeup, had many thoughtful surprises planned for her husband, one of which was revealed during the wedding ceremony.

Jenkins, who collaborated with Bud Floral + Home for the florals displayed during both the ceremony and the reception, explains that she chose the florals because “Patrick’s little brother Rodger died in 2008 in a single car accident, and although I never got to meet Rodger, I know how loved and important he was to everyone who knew him.” I made sure to reserve Rodger the first seat on Patrick’s side for the wedding ceremony.

A star-studded group of guests, including Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan, and former NFL linebacker Corey Miller, gathered atop Georgia’s renowned Lookout Mountain for the wedding ceremony. Channing Wilson, a dear friend, gave a performance at the wedding as well.

Jenkins recalls playing a string version of Davis’ song “Beautiful Day for Flying” as she went down the aisle to surprise her fiancé, Patrick. Davis co-wrote the tune, and Grizzly Media recorded its live performance.

“The song was then played acoustically by Channing. Although the official song hasn’t been released yet, I have a hunch that it will be played during many wedding ceremonies because it is a lovely love song.”

Following that, Davis and Jenkins made their own handwritten vows public in front of their adoring guests and the officiant, Jamie Kenney. Jenkins chuckles, “Since we are both composers, it makes fitting that we would both write our own vows. It’s similar to writing your own music as opposed to playing a cover, you could say.

Additionally, the pair exchanged rings, one of which was a Rustic & Main custom-made ring that Jenkins created for her husband.

Jenkins, whose own ring was made by renowned South Carolina jewellers Jay Friedman and Louis Friedman, says, “A lot of attention went into it.” I was aware that everything he would wear for the rest of his life had to be meaningful to the two of us.

Guests were invited to The McLemore after the wedding, where they were welcomed by a unique speakeasy space called “LJ & PD’s Wine Cellar.”

Jenkins, who later changed into a dress from Nashville’s Showroom for the reception, explains that all of their winemaker pals from Napa and Sonoma were there pouring wine.

The music continued after a delectable supper prepared by McLemore Club chef Michael Price and the unveiling of a gorgeous cake made by Sweet Sunshine Bakery.

Jenkins, who made her debut in the music industry in 2019 with her critically acclaimed album No Saint, recalls that “a lot of our songwriting friends ended up leaping up to play at our wedding.”

“The main band, the Mike Veal Band (from Atlanta), supported a number of our pals. Chris Gelbuda, Charlton Singleton (Ranky Tanky), Slim Gimbill (Lady A’s guitarist), Patrick’s father Rusty Davis, David Ryan Harris (who tours with John Mayer), and even Patrick and I all took the stage to perform at some time.”

Jenkins is eager to continue her path to full healing as she and Davis start their lives together as husband and wife.

Jenkins, who is currently on tour once more and getting ready to record her second album next year, says she is extremely grateful for having the courage to get through her wedding day without worrying about her hip. “I know I won’t notice it much — or ever — in time.”

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