Bubba Wallace rang in the New Year with a new wife by his side.
The NASCAR driver, 29, and his longtime love Amanda Carter tied the knot in a romantic New Year’s Eve wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The bride was glowing as she walked down the aisle in a strappy white lace fit and flare gown with a low V-neck and plunging back by Madam Barcu Couture.
I do: Bubba Wallace, 29 and Amanda Carter closed out 2022 with a romantic New Year’s Eve wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina
Her long dark hair was styled in a low chignon that supported a small veil that cascaded down her back for the ceremony and she carried a bouquet of long stem red and white roses.
The groom, who was born William Darrell Wallace Jr., stood tall in a custom dark red velvet tuxedo jacket and charcoal pants designed by Stitch by Mitch.
Video shared on Amanda’s Instagram stories shows the couple kissing after the ceremony and dipping at the end of the aisle as their delighted guests applauded.
The look: The bride walked down the aisle in a strappy white lace fit and flare gown with a low V-neck and plunging back by Madam Barcu Couture. The groom, 29, stood tall in a custom dark red velvet tuxedo jacket and charcoal pants designed by Stitch by Mitch
Dip: The couple delighted their guests when a kiss at the end of the aisle turned into a romantic dip
At the reception, fog machine created a fluffy white cloud as the DJ announced the newlyweds who walked onto the dance floor while being applauded by their 250 guests, including drivers Daniel Suarez, Drew Herring and his wife, Anna.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series driver told People he was excited to take the next step in their relationship. ‘Getting married, and starting a new life together, I’m just so excited to have a good one in my corner. We have so much fun together.’
Guests, including fellow driver Scott McLaughlin and his wife, Carly toasted the happy couple with champagne and custom made paper cups with Amanda and Darren 12.31.22 written in red.
Sparks: Sparks few as the couple welcomed their 250 guests to their reception/New Year’s Eve party
Fog machine: At the reception, fog machine created a fluffy white cloud as the DJ announced the newlyweds who walked onto the dance floor
Guests: Guests included Drew Herring and his wife, Anna
Toast: Guests, including fellow driver Scott McLaughlin and his wife, Carly toasted the happy couple with champagne and custom made paper cups with Amanda and Darren 12.31.22 written on them in red
Tables: Tables were decorated with signed ‘Welcome’ cards, snacks and party favors, along with a customized tote bag
Tables were decorated with signed ‘Welcome’ cards, snacks and party favors, along with a customized tote bag.
The food consisted of small bite stations of their favorite cuisines, including Italian, Asian stir fry, burgers and tacos.
The couple became engaged in July 2021, with the driver announcing the happy news by posting photos in which he was seen proposing to his partner beside a majestic waterfall after five years of dating.
He also wrote a brief message in the post’s caption that read: ‘soooooo yeah…I have no idea why the hell I waited so long!! Here’s to forever babe, love you @amandacarter17!!’
She said yes! Wallace announced that he had become engaged to Amanda in a post that was shared to his Instagram account in July 2021
Questions: The NASCAR driver also expressed that he had ‘no idea why the hell I waited so long’ to propose to his girlfriend in the caption for his post
Wallace and his girlfriend initially met in 2016 and have been dating ever since.
The racer spoke about how he and his partner deal with his hectic schedule during an interview with People that occurred just before a competition, where he noted that they were learning to adjust to his needs.
We’re lucky to have two more days at home now [because] I’m flying out the day of the race and sometimes the night before, so that’s different, but we manage it,’ he noted.
Going strong: The racer and his girlfriend initially met in 2016 and have been dating ever since
Wallace also noted that he and Carter have been enjoying “the time at home” that they were faced with during their periods of quarantine.
The racer went on to speak about the pair’s Aussiedoodle dog, Asher, whom they have grown close to over the past year.
He noted that the couple’s pet ‘makes it really hard to leave during the day…we’ve just been really enjoying our time together with him.’
Happy couple: Wallace recently told People that he and Carter have been enjoying ‘the time at home’ following their period of quarantine
Wallace discussed his now-fiancée’s initial attitude towards Asher, as she was concerned about his frequent absence from her company.
He recalled, ‘She was never really keen on getting a dog…She always thought, “Hey, I’m gonna be taking care of him. You’re gonna be racing, you’re gonna be gone.”‘
The driver then noted that once the two were able to spend more time with each other, bringing a pet into their lives became a much more reasonable prospect.
‘The pandemic hit and gave us an opportunity for both of us to be home, and she was like, “Oh cool, a dog.”‘ Amanda now refers to herself as Asher’s mom on social media
Puppy love: Wallace also expressed that he and Carter were happy to welcome their dog into their lives after the pandemic ‘gave us an opportunity for both of us to be home’
Wallace has gained national attention in 2020 as an activist.
The race car driver successfully pushed NASCAR to ban the Confederate flag at its events earlier in this pandemic-shortened season. Then in June 2020, Wallace was believed to be the victim of a racist attack at Talladega Superspeedway when a rope was discovered in his garage stall that resembled a noose.
All 39 other NASCAR drivers rallied in support of Wallace before the following day’s restart, collectively pushing his No. 43 cars to the front of the grid in a show of solidarity.
Incident: Then in June 2020, Wallace was believed to be the victim of a racist attack at Talladega Superspeedway when a rope was discovered in his garage stall that resembled a noose; he is seen last June
Soon thereafter, an FBI investigation found that the item – which was described in the original NASCAR statement as a ‘garage door pull rope fashioned like a nose’ – had been there since 2019, when a white driver was using that specific stall.
Wallace, who did not discover the noose and was not the person who reported it to NASCAR or the FBI, faced criticism for the misunderstanding, but described himself as ‘relieved’ that it was not intended as a racist threat.
‘I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been,’ he said in a statement.
Former President Donald Trump took to his Twitter account to criticize the driver and to express that NASCAR’s ratings had been in decline, a claim that was later refuted.
Not alone: Several figures from around the sports world offered their support to Wallace in the aftermath of the rope’s discovery