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Miss Williams, Martin united in marriage

Miss Williams, Martin united in marriage

Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:01 pm

The serene beauty of Anthony Chapel at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Ark., was the setting for the recent wedding of Adria Laine Williams and Dr. Ryan Charles Martin.
She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. James Michael Williams of Blytheville, Ark., and the granddaughter of Frances Jones of Hickman, Ky., and the late Dr. Laurence Jones and James Williams of Byhalia, Miss., and the late Dorothy Williams.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Charles Martin of Little Rock, Ark. His grandparents are Donna Brown of Washburn, N.D., and the late Clyde Brown and Doris Martin of Bismarck, N.D., and the late Clifford Martin.
The Rev. Linda Jones of Louisville, Ky., aunt of the bride, officiated the ceremony.
The guest book attendant was Kari Kidd of Siloam Springs, Ark., friend of the bride, and the program attendant was Hannah Jones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Jones of Dyersburg, cousin of the bride. The wedding director was Mary Jane Van Horn of Blytheville, friend of the bride. They all wore pink rose corsages.   
The altar was decorated with a large arrangement of white gladiola and hydrangea, pink roses and bells of Ireland in a crystal cylinder, centered between two bronze candelabra. Smaller matching arrangements flanked each side of the altar. Rose petals of various shades of pink lined the aisle of the chapel.
Ushers were Dr. Cidney Hulett of New York City and Jeff Womack of Portia, Ark., friends of the groom.
Music was by pianist Mary Seymore of Cabot, Ark., friend of the groom, and vocalist Melissa Fureigh of Cabot, friend of the bride. Following a prelude of wedding selections, Mrs. Seymore played Bach’s “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” for the seating of the mothers and grandmothers. The bride’s mother wore a three-piece tea-length dress of handcrafted silk crocheted lace with beadwork in celadon green. The jacket with bell sleeves covered a scoop neck shell and the A-line skirt had a scalloped hemline. The groom’s mother wore a floor-length dress of champagne satin with spaghetti straps and asymmetrial draping at the waistline. The empire bodice was covered with beads and she wore a matching shawl. Their corsages were of white spray roses.
Mrs. Furleigh sang “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman prior to the entrance of the bridal party.
Justin Martin of Little Rock served his brother as best man. Groomsmen were Jason Donovan and Dr. Michael Kitchens, both of Little Rock, Dr. Dan England of Siloam Springs, Ark., Dr. Jim McGeady of Albany, N.M., and Ashley Vogler of Shreveport, La., all friends of the groom.
Ring bearer was Justin Kitchens, son of Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kitchens of Little Rock, friends of the groom.
The groom wore a white rose boutonniere and his attendants wore hot pink rose boutonnieres.
The attendants entered the chapel to Pachelbel’s “Canon in D.” Honorary bridesmaids, wearing individually selected black cocktail dresses, carried single hot pink roses tied with ribbon. They included Jessica Gibson of Little Rock, sorority sister of the bride; and Leslie Hooker, Erin Hodges and Olivia Stone, all of Jonesboro, Ark., and friends of the bride.
Katie Gurley of Marion, Ark., friend of the bride, served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Audra Williams of Conway, Ark., and Amelia Williams and Alicia Williams, both of Blytheville, Ark., sisters of the bride; and Kimberly James of Arlington and Michelle McCalman of Cordova, cousins of the bride. Their two-piece strapless gowns of rose chiffon had vertically shirred empire bodices and asymmetrical draping at the waistlines, with floor-length A-line skirts. Their jewelry, gifts from the bride, was rhinestone necklaces ending in single pearl drops and matching earrings. They carried hand-tied bouquets of hot pink and soft pink roses.
The flower girl was Madison Scott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Scott of Cabot, friends of the bride. She wore a dress of ivory Duchess satin with decorative embroidered straps of rose supporting a tank-style bodice with a band of embroidered rose at the high waist. The princess line skirt had decorative beading with a hemline band of rose and a back bow with an embroidered insert panel of rose. She wore a halo of soft pink and white miniature roses and carried an ivory satin basket filled with pink rose petals.
Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” was played for the bride’s processional. She entered the chapel on the arm of her father and was given in marriage by her parents. She wore a light ivory satin gown by Jasmine Couture. The strapless bodice had a sweetheart neckline and the entire gown was embellished with beaded embroidery and flowed into a Tiffany train. Her sheer illusion veil, secured with a rhinestone headband, was waltz-length and edged in rhinestone beading. Her necklace was a circle of rhinestones ending in pearl drops and she wore matching earrings. Her something old was a handkerchief fashioned from a bonnet she wore as a baby. She carried a hand-tied bouquet of full-blown white roses accented with crystal sprays.
During the lighting of the unity candle and presentation of pink roses to the mothers by the couple, Mrs. Furleigh sang “You Are the Love of My Life” by Michael W. Smith.
The recessional was Mendelson’s “The Wedding March.”

The parents of the bride hosted the reception at the Grand Salon of the Embassy Suites Hotel following the ceremony. Round tables were decorated with several sizes of arrangements of white gladiola and hydrangea, pink roses and bells of Ireland in crystal cylinders filled with floating flowers atop octagon shaped mirrors and rose-colored table runners of crystal organza. The centerpieces were surrounded by votive candles and rose petals in various shades of pink. Small cylinder vases filled with pink rose petals and floating candles atop mirrors and surrounded by additional rose petals decorated cocktail tables scattered around the room. The hors d’oeuvres buffet table held a large pink and white arrangement of wedding flowers in a crystal cylinder vase filled with floating flowers.
The bride’s cake was a four-tiered strawberry and vanilla cake with alternating tiers of light pink and white shimmer fondant with scrollwork and pearls on each layer. It was topped with light pink roses and surrounded with various shades of pink rose petals. The groom’s cake was shaped like a football field with a large cut-out Arkansas Razorback as the second tier. It was surrounded by chocolate and white chocolate-covered strawberries.
Servers at the reception were Keri Williams of Bartlett, Melissa Williams of Eads and Kristen Hoing, Brittany Hoing and Samantha Hoing, all of Olive Branch, Miss., cousins of the bride; and Katie Moses and Bailey Moses of Cabot, friends of the bride. They wore corsages of pink roses.
The couple left the event through a shower of sparklers to an awaiting horse-drawn carriage.

On the eve of the wedding, the parents of the groom hosted the wedding party and close family and friends at a rehearsal dinner aboard the Belle of Hot Springs Riverboat. Guests enjoyed a scenic cruise of Lake Hamilton during the dinner. At this time, the bride and groom presented their attendants with gifts.
After a honeymoon in Negril, Jamacia, the Martins are residing in Little Rock.
The bride graduated from Blytheville High School in 2001 and from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 2006. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi and is on the teaching staff of Cabot Public Schools.
The groom graduated from Little Rock Catholic High School in 1996 and from Hendrix College in Conway in 2000, where he was a member of the varsity soccer team. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and is a practicing dentist in Cabot.
Published in The Messenger 9.9.09


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