On Saturday, May 26, 2012, Virginia (Ginny) Wiedower, daughter of Fred and Joy Wiedower of Conway, became the wife of Chad Hensley, son of Dennis and Mary Hensley of Little Rock, in a ceremony performed by the Rev. Don Chandler in front of a gathering of family.
The bride is the granddaughter of Richard and Rebecca Hendrickson of Conway and Wendell and Anna Ruth Kennedy of Conway.
The groom is the grandson of the late John and Helen Spates of Ogden, Ark., and the late Clifford and Ora Mae Hensley of Wylie, Texas.
The marriage took place in the rotunda area of Central Baptist Church with the focal point of the setting being satin in the bride’s colors, crystal blue and khaki, draped from the balcony, puddling on either side of a faux fireplace. The fireplace held a mirror that reflected the candlelight of the crystal candle holders placed inside it. As guests entered the area, a table draped with khaki satin and accented with purple provided a large wooden “H” for guests to write their well wishes on. Other accents to the area included two white candelabras accented with purple tea lights, two pillars with white candle holders on either side of the fireplace and dark purple eucalyptus arrangements, as well as large white roses draped from the candles on the fireplace. The aisle was lined with large white paper flowers with row markers of silver cones of baby’s breath.
The bride incorporated several familial touches into the wedding and her attire. She was escorted by her father, Fred Wiedower, wearing a gown with a pleated sweetheart bodice of a matte silk. Falling from the bodice was an overlay that was covered in a hand embroidered vine pattern of silver threading. Her veil was created from her mother’s. She carried a bouquet of rosettes made from her mother’s wedding dress adorned with various family brooches. She wore a garter that was embellished with an opal pin that belonged to her great-great-aunt and also was worn by her mother during her parents’ wedding. The bride’s wedding band was given to her maternal grandmother by her late uncle, Bob Hendrickson, and was presented on a ring pillow made for her parents’ wedding by the bride’s great-aunt, the late Mary Hendrickson.
The song played during the processional was “God Blessed Our Love,” by the Rev. Al Green. “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” by Ingrid Michaelson was played while the couple performed a salt ceremony. The “Hallelujah Chorus” played as the couple was announced following the ceremony.
The bride’s attendants included her sister, Julie Kaylor, matron of honor, Heather Maxwell, maid of honor, and cousin of the bride, Sarah Fisher, they wore dresses of their choice in various shades of cream or khaki.
The flower girl/junior bridesmaid was Ali Fisher and the ring bearer was Clay Fisher, both cousins of the bride. The flower girl dropped hearts cut from sheet music that once belonged to the bride’s uncle, Bob Hendrickson.
The groom’s attendants included his best man, his cousin, David McDowell, and friends Robert Kinslow and Chris Thomas.
After the wedding, the family in attendance was provided lunch at the church. The tables of the luncheon were decorated with tea pots owned by the bride’s maternal grandmother. Later that evening the couple enjoyed a night of dancing and desserts at the Centennial Valley Event Center. The tables were decorated with various candle holders, twig branches and butterflies accented with crystal blue tea lights. The bride’s table was surrounded with a wall of large white paper flowers. The bride’s cake was a three square tier white wedding cake with butter cream frosting accented with dark purple ribbon and rhinestone brooches. The groom’s table provided a two tier chocolate cake with chocolate dipped strawberries. The table was decorated with pictures of the groom throughout his life. The dessert tables were highlighted with antique windows that were utilized to showcase pictures of the couple. The faux fireplace was utilized as a focal point of the dance floor, with a mirror and two chandeliers hanging inside. White trees draped with beading and various crystal blue tea lights as well as large white paper flowers on the floor were used to section off the dance floor.
As the couple exited the celebration, family and friends rang bells attached to wands of ribbons in the bride’s colors of crystal blue, dark purple and khaki.
The bride graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in public relations. She is employed as media relations specialist for Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The groom graduated from Henderson State University with a bachelor’s degree in management. He is employed as quality engineer for Berry Plastics of Hot Springs.
The couple honeymooned in Destin, Fla., and have since made their home in Maumelle, Ark.