By: Ellen Haygood | Feb 11, 2020

Love is in the Air

On January 11th, Ellen Petersen became Ellen Haygood when she married Michael Haygood from The Haygoods, another performing family in Branson. Read all about their fun engagement here. The wedding celebrations took place in Branson, Missouri with the ceremony held at their church, First Baptist Church Branson and the private reception at the Branson Airport.

The Wedding Party

The Maid of Honor was the bride’s sister, Katie Petersen, and the Maiden of Honor was Julianne Petersen, the bride’s little sister. The bridesmaids were Catherine Harvey, Nicole Sager, Arielle Metzger, Ashley Bressler, and Veronica Coleman. 

The Best Man was Michael’s older brother, Patrick Haygood, and the groomsmen were Jason Harvey, Matt Petersen, Michael Maples, Anders Fredlund, Jay McManus, and Chris McLemore. 

The flower girl was Everlee Haygood and the ring bearer was Xavier Haygood. 

The Wedding Day

The bridal party got ready and took pictures at Rock Canyon, a beautiful resort right in the heart of Branson.  The wedding ceremony took place at the bride and groom’s church, First Baptist Church Branson, with pastor Jeremy Thomas officiating. The ceremony musicians were The Johnson Strings with Emmet Franz playing a special number during communion.


A private reception was held later that evening from Michael and Ellen’s family and close friends at the Branson Airport. The couple fell in love flying together so it was really sweet to be able to highlight their personalities through all the celebrations. Michael video mapped the wedding cake by Sugar Leaf so it changed colors and images throughout the night. For their first dance, they danced to Extraordinary Magic by Ben Rector. Michael surprised Ellen with fog so it looked like they were dancing on clouds and then had a snow machine for the grand finale. Nothing short of magical. Ellen’s siblings played “Today” by John Denver for the Father-Daughter dance. It was sentimental to them because their dad sang them to sleep every night with that song growing up. Michael also arrange for a firework display at the reception!

Ellen and Michael left for their honeymoon following the wedding and returned in time for Ellen to kick off the Petersens’ 10th season in Branson on February 1st. The Haygoods kicked off their season at the Clay Cooper Theater on February 8th. Michael and Ellen will both continue to play music with their own families and look forward to many more wonderful years together entertaining in Branson, Missouri. Thank you for all your support as the couple begins their new life together.

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Ellen Haygood

Ellen puts her master’s degree in marketing to work serving as the band’s full-time marketer. She also sings and plays banjo, which she did on season 14 of American Idol, making it all the way to the top 48. In January of 2020, Ellen married Michael Haygood of The Haygoods, another performing family in Branson.

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