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It was neither ceremonial nor necessarily permanent.
Only after the birth of a child or the loss of his parents would be the bride be accepted as the wife in the man's home.
If a man saw the same woman for a period of three nights, they were considered married, and the wife's parents held a banquet for the couple.
It is not uncommon for a pastor to be opposed by the very people who at first enthusiastically promoted him.
Because this unfortunately is not the pattern of most churches, you will have to depend heavily on the observations of the references supplied.
Superficial or overly subjective answers by the candidate himself could distort the true picture.