Miss Amy Kathryn Browning and Mr. Phillip Joseph Scholtes, both of Chicago, Ill., were united in marriage at 6:30 p.m., July 21, 2012, in a double-ring ceremony at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, Ark. Judge Doug Martin, brother-in-law of the groom, officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Blake and Vicky Browning of Conway. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Montean Joyner and the late Glover Joyner and the late Emily and Blake Browning Sr., all of Conway.
The groom is the son of Doug and Sheri Neely of Fort Smith, Ark. He is the grandson of Mr. Phillip Horton and the late Florence Horton of Palmetto, Fla., and the late Mary Sue Neely and Leo Neely of Fort Smith.
The ceremony took place in the ballroom, which was decorated with two large urns on pedestals filled with Queen Anne’s lace, dusty miller, red celosia/cockscomb, pink lacecup hydrangea, hanging amaranthus, hypericum berries, dahlias and sabiso at the front with a large ivory drape as the backdrop. A silver candelabra completed the setting, which represented the grandparents who are deceased.
Processional music was provided by the University of Central Arkansas string ensemble.
The bride was escorted by her father and wore an Allure ivory gown with a fitted bodice of Alençon lace over English net with covered buttons on the back and a modified sweetheart neckline. The waistline had a satin princess waist, accented with an antique brooch belonging to her maternal grandmother. The slim A-line skirt featured tiers of scalloped Alençon lace over English net with a chapel train. Her veil was of mantilla lace. She carried a bouquet of white dahlia, cockscomb, oal, dusty miller, pink lacecup hydrangea, succulents and hanging greenery. An antique lace handkerchief belonging to her paternal grandmother was in her bouquet.
Elizabeth Clark Scott, a longtime friend of the bride, was matron of honor. She wore a long, strapless gown of black chiffon. She carried a clutch bouquet of flowers same as the bride.
Jeffery Paul Scholtes served his brother as best man.
Ring bearer was Miles Lennon Browning, nephew of the bride, and flower girl was Emma Morgan Scholtes, niece of the groom.
Becky Vint, aunt of the bride, gave a special reading, “Wedding Song,” and prayer for the couple.
The mother of the bride wore a long mauve tiered vintage gown in shimmer chiffon with matching beads on the square bodice. A matching shrug with rosettes completed the gown. She carried a small nosegay of the bride’s flowers. The groom’s mother wore a long gown of navy chiffon with tiny pleats in the bodice with cap sleeves with rhinestones. She carried the same nosegay.
Ushers were Mark Edward Scholtes, brother of the groom, and Brooks Patrick Browning, brother of the bride.
The reception was held upstairs in the Brooks and Baxter Parlors. The Baxter Parlor was decorated with round tables, skirted with long ivory cloths with large flower arrangements of Queen Anne’s lace, dusty miller, dark red celosia/cockscomb, light pink hydrangea, hanging green amaranthus, yellow and peach hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus, ivory and white dahlias and sabiso in silver candelabras. Stem votives completed the tables.
A large trumpet vase of the same flowers complemented the buffet table. The guests dined on mini buttermilk biscuits with country fried chicken and preserves, catfish cakes with pickled onion remoulade, mushroom fritters, vegetable spring rolls, smoked duck on a sweet potato chip with fruit chutney, various cheeses and hard breads, assorted bruschettas and sliced fruit. A carving station consisted of beef tenderloin with au gratin potatoes and rolls, and gulf shrimp with grits. Favorite pies of the bride and groom were set up on silver serving stands, which consisted of Key lime, rhubarb, chocolate, pecan and coconut.
The Brooks room served as the DJ room, with music by Central Arkansas Entertainment. Highboy tables were covered with long ivory pin-tuck cloths and ties, centered with silver trumpet vases with the same flowers and small votive candles.
The day after the wedding the couple and out-of-town guests were entertained at a brunch at the home of Brooks and Elizabeth Browning of Little Rock.
Following a honeymoon in Anguilla, the couple are at home in Chicago.
The evening prior to the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at Forty Two in the Clinton Library. The bride and groom presented their gifts to the wedding party.