Miss Mary Katherine Bailey and Mr. Andrew Joseph Harris were united in marriage at 6 o’clock in the evening Saturday, April 24, at Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Conway.The double-ring ceremony was officiated by their pastor, the Rev. David Hatfield.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Robert Bailey of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Betty Jumper and the late Gerald Jumper of Jonesboro and Mrs. Elizabeth and the late James Bailey of Mattoon, Ill. The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Michael Harris of West Des Moines, Ia. He is the grandson of Mrs. Helen Revson and the late Alfred Revson of Atlanta, Ga. and Mrs. Lois Binenkorb of West Orange, N.J. and the late Robert Harris of Rochester, N.Y.
Guests were welcomed in both foyers by entry tables with guest books and arrangements featuring tall square crystal cylinders filled with Bells of Ireland, orange and green gladiolas, oriental lilies and ambiance roses. Wrought iron aisle markers were used down the center aisle and throughout the sanctuary. They held large column candles encircled with green hydrangeas and ambiance roses. The alter was adorned with oversized matching arrangements of Bells of Ireland, orange gladiolas, oriental lilies, ambiance, jade, high in peace, hot pink roses, snap dragons, green spider mums, seeded eucalyptus, and Italian ruscus. These arrangements were placed atop tall iron candelabras. Multiple iron candelabras flanked the arrangements. Focal points on the alter were hand painted silk banners of candlelight, bronze, and gold. The bride and groom’s names along with their biblical meanings were inscripted on the banners. A center back-drop banner featured the scripture I Corinthians 13:4-8.
The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a strapless drop-waist ball gown of candlelight empress satin designed by Amsale Aberra of Kenneth Pool for Neiman Marcus. Delicate pearl and crystal beading accented the curved neckline, waist, dropped waist, low hip, and chapel-length train. The bride chose to wear her sister’s double layer veil of cathedral length illusion edged with ivory satin cording. Katie selected shoes designed by Pour Le Victoire made of ivory silk. The shoes featured a rhinestone encrusted rosette on the open toe and Tiffany Blue soles that featured the words “I” and “Do” in crystals. The bride’s bouquet was composed of Virginia roses, stock, white hydrangeas, freesia, and lemon leaf, hand-tied with ivory French silk. Along with this, the bride carried a linen and lace handkerchief monogrammed with the wedding date, given to her by her sister.
Musicians for the ceremony were pianist Donna Gober of Conway, organist Wrenetta Austin of Conway and soloists Tommy Lyons of Jacksonville and Donna Gober of Conway. The bridal processional was Fanfare/Trumpet Voluntary by Clarke. The Recessional was Hallelujah chorus by Handel/Beethoven. The wedding party exited to Ode to Joy.
Matron of Honor was the bride’s sister Sarah Elizabeth Lowe of Arlington, Virginia, and Kendra Michelle Webb of Conway served as Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Valerie Cuthberston Ruhl of Conway; Emily Brooke Bussey of Conway; Julie Kathaleen Woodard of Conway; Kristen Baird Crow of Fayetteville; Perris Ashley Peterson of Conway; Meagan Ann Roberts of Dallas, Texas; Krista Jade Thompson of Dallas, Texas; Morgan Louise Farmer of Springdale; Samantha Mercier Stoner of Meridian, Miss.; Rachel Fruchey Bell of Little Rock; and Whitney Davis Green of Vail, Colo. The bridesmaids wore Clementine silk faille, knee-length dresses with open v-necklines. There were accented with matching fabric flower at the waist designed by Priscilla of Boston.
They each wore pearl and Austrian crystal earrings, a gift from the bride. The bridesmaids carried bouquets of green hydrangeas, high in peace roses, Clementine roses and T-leaves hand-tied with French sheer. The house party featured special friends Lindsay Marie Bettinardi and Robin Cate Berg, both of Conway.
Flower girls were Anna Kaye Olson and Gracie Marie Olson of Jonesboro; Victoria Reece Jumper of Jonesboro; and honorary flower girl, Elsie Louise Bailey of The Woodlands, Texas. They wore ankle length candlelight silk dresses with organza sashes at the waist. Their matching shoes were ballet slippers of ivory silk with organza ties. Garlands of ambiance and Virginia roses and organza ribbons were worn in their hair. They carried ivory silk baskets filled with ambiance roses.
Bell ringers announcing the entrance of the bride were Mitchell Hartford Lowe, Jr. of Arlington, Virginia and Gerald Virginia “Cross” Jumper IV of Jonesboro and honorary bell ringer Alexander Bailey Lowe of Arlington, Va.
Carl Michael Harris, father of the bridegroom, served as the best man. Groomsmen were brother of the groom, Scott Revson Harris of Birmingham, Alabama; brother of the bride, Ryan Michael Bailey of The Woodlands, Texas; Michael Joseph McCarthy of Houston, Texas; Cameron Austin Myers of Austin, Texas; Jonathan Potts Peters of Austin, Texas; and Taylor Monroe Byrd of Ocean Springs, Miss. Ushers were William Frank Revson and Jay Kirkland Revson of Columbia, S. C.
The bride’s mother wore a metallic rose-gold one shoulder Grecian style gown of tissue silk. Austrian crystals accented the ruched waist and side draping. She also carried a linen and lace handkerchief given to her by the bride’s sister, along with a nosegay of Virginia, ambiance, and high in peace roses, with orange and green dendrobium orchids.
The groom’s mother wore a bronze shantung silk two-piece gown. The jacket and bustier were of Italian cut lace and the skirt featured a fluted hemline with corded lace appliqué. She carried a nosegay of ambiance, jade and high in peace roses with dendrobium orchids. After the ceremony the couple greeted guests in the church foyer. Upon leaving the church, guests showered the couple with rose petals as the groom led the bride to her awaiting white-iron Cinderella coach, complete with footmen and white horses, a surprise from the groom. The horse-drawn carriage took the couple to the Centennial Events Center, the reception site.
Guests entered the event center through a large white garden tent accented with white lights and a large iron chandelier covered in garlands of crystals and lights. The garden tent guest tables were covered in floor-length white linen tablecloths with Clementine silk toppers. White garden chairs were used in the garden area. Bistro tables covered in white linen were cinched in with sashes of Clementine and apple green silk. Garden tables were decorated with iron lanterns holding white column candles and fresh flowers in the bride’s chosen colors.
In honor of Katie and Andy’s engagement in Paris at the top of the Eiffel Tower, the couple chose a large replica of the tower to serve as a focal point for the reception. This theme prevailed throughout. The main tower stood in the center of the room. The base of the tower was encircled with flowers of ambiance, hot pink and orange roses, lilies, pink wax flower, aster solidago, hydrangeas in white and green, and orange and green dendrobium orchids. The guest tables were decorated with various sizes of iron Eiffel Towers, iron candelabras, and Warsaw vases, all accented with the bride’s chosen flowers. Bistro tables surrounded the dance floor and were covered in ivory linen cloths and cinched with gold organza sashes as were the covered chairs.
The bride’s cake was featured under a large iron rotunda covered in ivory silk and enhanced with lighting and hanging crystals. Floral arrangements hung from the iron columns inside the dome. The six-tier cake was butter cream vanilla with cream cheese icing. It was covered in white chocolate curls airbrushed in a shimmering gold metallic. Every other tier was a butter cream with a tone-on-tone draping design and fleur de lis. The base of the cake was encircled with green hydrangeas, and jade and high in peace roses. The top layer of the cake was covered in green hydrangeas and roses in shades of soft green. Waterford toasting flutes, a gift from the bride’s parents, were placed beside crystal and silver cake servers. The groom’s cake was four-tier red velvet covered in Ghirardelli chocolate icing with chocolate curls and dark chocolate straws. Triple layers of fresh raspberries accented each layer. The top layer held a large dark chocolate “H”. Engagement photos were displayed on each side of the cake. Coral and orange lighting was used throughout the reception area providing a soft amber glow.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail buffet featuring a carving station of beef tenderloin, rolls, a martini mashed potato bar, and a large buffet table serving various dips, chicken tenders with sauces, meatballs, southwest eggrolls, and assorted fruits and cheeses. In keeping with the couples love for tailgating, a “Rendezvous” station completed the buffet.
A 7-foot columned floral iron bridge was the focal point on the buffet table. Bells of Ireland, orange gladiolas, oriental lilies, dendrobium orchids, snapdragons, Italian ruscus, roses of jade, high in peace, ambiance, and hot pink and green spider mums spanned the top of the bridge. Other complimentary arrangements were used on the other food and beverage tables. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Rockets of Little Rock. Guests danced to everything from jazz and Motown to pop-rock and 80s delight. The departure treat for the guests was the bride’s favorite snack of individual boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts and paper Krispy Kreme hats. The label on each box read, “Sweet Dreams, Love, Katie and Andy”. All guests and the bridal couple donned Krispy Kreme hats for the farewell photos.
On Friday evening, a rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents was held at Conway Country Club. The theme for the evening was Tee-aras and Toasts honoring the avid golfer and former Miss Arkansas.
After a honeymoon in Turks and Caicos, the couple is residing in West Little Rock where the groom is a Commercial Loan Officer with OneBanc and Trust of Little Rock and the bride is a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative with Warner Chilcott.